Whether they like it or not, more fashion brands need to start thinking about sustainability. The textile industry will account for 25 percent of the global carbon budget by 2050, according to ThredUp’s 2019 Resale Report. The online secondhand retailer claims that 59 percent of consumers expect retailers to create clothes ethically and sustainably.
But are they keeping up with demand?
While the fashion industry still has a ways to go in terms of ethical practices and sustainable production. More brands are considering fair trade practices, production ethics, cruelty-free methods, sustainable materials and accessible price points when creating their clothes. We’ve even seen a few sustainable swimsuit brands that we’ll be sure to shop this summer.
Not only do consciously designed clothing brands positively influence how we shop, but it also leaves us feeling good about our purchases and inspires other companies to do better. It’s a win-win.
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- MATT & NAT explores the synergy between MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE. They’re committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs and each season they continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. Shop them here.
- ADAY sets out to create the wardrobe of the future, one that is timeless and will get a lot of wear through transitional pieces. Many of their pieces are made from recycled fabrics. Shop them here.
- The California brand incorporates environment-friendly practices in our designs by using low-impact goods like GOTS-certified organic cotton, recycled cotton, hemp, and tencel. They also use 100% post consumer recycled mailers and clothing bags for shipping.
- Reformation’s mission is to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable. They source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout their supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion. Shop them here.
- Of a Kind aims to support and promote on-the-rise fashion designers, and cater to those who shop as much for the experience as they do for the product. Shop them here.
- ABLE uses a radical and disruptive reporting system that provides unparalleled transparency into the social impact of their employment and manufacturing practices. Shop it here.
- Everlane is committed to radical transparency with every product they make, from materials to labor to transportation, then offer them to consumers, minus the traditional retail markup. Shop them here.
- Mara Hoffman wasn’t always an avid believer in sustainable fashion. But once she realized how unsustainable her practices were, she quickly shifted gears. While the brand doesn’t claim to be perfect, they’re making major strides in ethical fashion through increasing their Made in the USA products, using digital printing to reduce and water and wastage, and using certified organic cotton fabric. Shop them here.
- PACT is committed to organic cotton to minimize their impact on the environment. Shop them here.
- People Tree has been sustainable for 26 years and counting, making them a pioneer in ethical fashion. They purchase the majority of their Fair Trade products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world and use natural resources throughout production to promote environmentally responsible initiatives for a sustainable future. Shop them here.
- A lot of Outdoor Voices clothing uses fabrics made from recycled materials like water bottles and mesh. Shop it here.
- Levi’s believes in the power of positive action. From their worker Well-Being initiative to their production technique that uses far less water than traditional methods, Levi’s is a forward thinking brand. Shop them here.
- rag & bone prides itself in the time-honored techniques of supremely skilled, local manufacturers at some of the oldest factories in the country. Shop them here.