Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands
At a time, when the perfect outfit is just one click away, the high demand for trendy clothing has become a major problem for the earth. Landfills are piling up with unwanted garments in earth-damaging materials, and the inhumane manufacturing process is wreaking havoc on the fashion industry. While the issue is certainly dire, there are myriad ways to shop without hurting the environment. Over the last few years, emerging and established designers have made a commitment to sustainability with renewed fervor. By using organic fabrics, ethical manufacturing, and zero waste, companies are putting their brands at the forefront of sustainable change. The benefits for the consumer are endless: not only can you curate a wardrobe you feel good about, you can invest in quality garments that you know will last. Ahead, see 15 eco-friendly brands that every chic girl should incorporate into their wardrobe.
Edun was founded by Ali Hewson and her husband, music legend Bono. The line aims to increase clothing trade in Africa. While the mission is commendable on its own, the designs will leave you speechless. Take the split front-flare jeans, for example. Not only will they stand out, they're totally versatile and transition well from season to season.
If you're looking for stylish and affordable basics, turn to Alternative Apparel to build your wardrobe. Their products are organic, and made with sustainable materials and processes.
ORGANIC BY JOHN PATRICK
When it comes to making eco-friendly clothing, it looks chic and Organic by John Patrick, who is one of the pioneers. He started the brand in 2004, understanding that the industry was on its way to becoming less and less sustainable. Shop his line of perfect-fitting knitwear, butter-soft silk camisoles, and cool-girl basics for every staple, you could ever need.
SIIZU has a transparent business model, revealing both the origin and manufacturing process of each garment to their customers. The best part? They make super stylish (and on-trend!) pieces like this powder blue peplum top.
The denim-shopping process can have an adverse effect on the environment. In search of the perfect fit, shoppers often buy multiple cheap pairs — and that practice can lead to a massive amount of waste. Bluer Denim takes the guesswork out of the denim shopping by offering simple cuts and waist heights. All their jeans are constructed, using earth-friendly practices with materials made completely in the U.S.
It's no secret that many of H&M's affordable and trendy pieces have contributed to the landfill clothing waste problem in recent years. As a way to combat this, the brand created a conscious collection that uses organic fabrics at the same low price, and great style. Now, when you go to the mall for summer shopping, you don't have to choose between a cute pair of shorts, and the environment.
Philadelphia-based brand United by Blue uses sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison fiber to make their clothing, and that's just the beginning. They've also have pledged to remove a pound of trash from the earth’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. So, basically, when you get an adorable t-shirt dress like this one, you also help save the ocean. Hence, it creates win-win position.
Eco-friendly fashion doesn't just apply to clothing, accessories are a huge part of the equation as well. Pelcor is a unique line that fashions the perfect handbag out of cork. The result is a covet-worthy, collectible item that also helps to maintain the Portuguese cork oak forests.
M Patmos is a company, which you may want to get behind for a few reasons. For starters, the clothing is made by fairly-paid artisans around the world, and they've been at the forefront of using eco-friendly materials for quite some time. On top of that, their style is high-fashion loungewear, making it both extremely comfortable and chic at the same time. You may want to wear this every single day.
As they say, the shoes make the outfit. So, if you're going for a fully sustainable look, then you need to have an eco-friendly pair to go with it. El Naturalista makes all different styles from boots to Mary Janes, using ethical manufacturing and sustainable materials like cork.
StudyNY is like the cool girl of the eco-fashion genre. This small, Brooklyn-based line offers everything from jumpsuits to oversized button-ups made out of responsible and zero-waste materials.
Reformation is lauded for bringing responsibly-made clothing to the mainstream. The brand reveals exactly, what your carbon footprint is for each item on the website. And every few months, they have a major sale, where you can get items at really low prices.
The husband and wife team behind Riyka are making a commitment to using only sustainable materials like end-of-roll, GOTS certified organic, fair-trade, British-made or reclaimed fabrics. Their collections feature light fabrics with geometric shapes and bright colour accents, that are an incredible addition to any wardrobe.
Sustainability doesn't have to stop with, what you wear on the outside; what's underneath counts as well. Lingerie brand Naja paved the way for sustainable (and stunning!) undergarments, that won't hurt the environment.
Wren takes high fashion styles, and makes them sustainable by using organic and low impact materials. With their organic cotton blouse, you can be well-dressed for your summer internship, while saving the earth at the same time.