In a world of fast fashion, $10 tees, and growing wardrobes, the fashion industry has a dark way of selling its customers the next ‘hot’ thing and the next trendy thing at a largely discounted price. When we decide to buy from a sustainable or ethical brand, we are supporting the company’s vision to better the fashion industry. As shoppers, we are choosing quality over quantity when we choose to buy sustainably or ethically. Here are 10 sustainable or ethical brands you should be buying from!
ABLE is a clothing brand that makes sure all of its products from bags, to jewelry, to shoes, and clothing, all are sourced sustainably. This brand also strives to provide opportunities for its employees, especially women. The shipping process is done with recyclable packaging to ensure love for the planet while getting clothes that you will love!
ABLE publishes all of its wages for its employees and what they are making. We love this brand for being so transparent with the entire process of getting your clothes to you and where your money is going. You can be sure that any purchase from ABLE is going to get you an ethically or sustainably made product that lasts for years to come!
2. Girlfriend Collective
Activewear is not only for working out! Girlfriend Collective makes cozy clothes that are perfect for lounging around, running errands, or getting your sweat on. Girlfriend is completely transparent with their process of making clothes and the ‘ingredients’ that goes into each piece.
A fun fact that Girlfriend likes to brag about is that since all synthetic activewear is made of plastic, they choose to make theirs from recycled water bottles! Another reason we love Girlfriend is because of the size inclusivity that of this brand! Most of Girlfriend’s activewear runs from an XXS to a 6XL. It’s all cute, comfy, and good for the planet!
3. Ética Denim
Everyone needs a good pair of denim, especially a pair that is going to last forever! Ética prides themselves in their fair labor practices to make their great jeans. Before you even step a leg in Ética Denim, the company has been selective in their cotton producers and the production of their jeans.
A cute addition to your purchase is that the tag is made out of recycled products and seeds for you to plant once you receive your jeans! With so many great styles to choose from, you are going to find a pair of denim that meets your needs and that you will keep loving forever!
4. Gigi Pip
There’s no better way to complete an outfit than with a fun hat! Gigi Pip hats are made to last you a long time while in a stylish fashion to go with just about anything. Gigi Pip is transparent with their materials that are used in each hat and the hats are sourced from hand-picked sources.
Gigi Pip believes in fair labor in all of the places that their hats are made in. This would include regularly checking on each factory and ensuring Gigi Pip quality for the products but also all employees.
5, Thread & Supply
Another comfy brand that is still really cute is Thread & Supply. Thread & Supply has a growing collection of select products made up of organic materials and lower impact fibers. The love for the planet begins in the shipping process as Thread & Supply sends out their clothing in 100% recycled plastic.
Thread & Supply is even making efforts to tag hangers for the tags on the clothing. This plastic is recycled as well to complete your sustainable purchase! Their sustainable collection does not compromise on style as Thread & Supply offers a large seasonal collection year-round.
6. Synergy Organic Clothing
Next time you are about to head to Walmart or Target for a basic white tee, reconsider your options and take a look at Synergy! Synergy has a great range of basics that are great for pairing with so many different outfits and will last longer than your average $5 tee.
Synergy uses GOTS-certified organic cotton with low-impact dyes in its clothing. All Synergy factories are fair trade certified factories meaning that they use fair labor practices to ensure high-quality pieces.
7. AVRE Footwear
Shoes are a girl’s best friend! Why not make your next shoe purchase that gives back and shoes love for Mother Earth?! What makes these shoes great is that each pair is made out of recycled water bottles while still being durable and fashionable. In the production of these shoes, AVRE makes sure to reduce its carbon footprint with reduced energy and water usage.
These shoes are perfect for the active lifestyle as they will ensure comfortability with every wear. Another reason why we love this sustainable shoe is that AVRE always gives so many great style options for their products if you are stuck with how to pair your new pair!
8. Aether Beauty
Dress yourself up with a new makeup look that is sustainable and vegan! Aether Beauty is vegan and considered to be clean, as this brand makes sure every ingredient in their products is good to the planet and to your skin.
Aether Beauty is totally transparent with its ingredients and its choices to make a clean product. Aether is offered at Sephora and through their website for purchase so you are well on your way to clean skin and a clean purchase.
9. Whimsy and Row
Based out of LA, this sustainable clothing brand offers so many great options that are in style and that you can also feel great about purchasing! With low qualities in their clothing, your choices are one of a kind and made by the hands of local workers. Whimsy and Row is a carbon-neutral company with their clothing production to avoid carbon emissions all the way around!
All the pieces in the sustainable collection at Whimsy and Row are made to last forever so you can keep wearing your clothing over and over again! When you receive your purchase, you can be sure that the packaging is recyclable and can be reused in the future!
Last but not least, we have Tonlé that offers a great range of basics and prints for the sustainable shopper. Our favorite thing about Tonlé is that they are inclusive of who makes their products and who wears their products, making tremendous efforts in striving towards social justice.
Tonlé has a zero-waste process in making their products and each product is hand stamped leaving the piece special to each customer. You can feel great about wearing these products because the dye used in their pieces is all-natural, non-toxic, and even some are edible! Tonlé has recently released an all-gender inclusive collection for all to enjoy and make a difference with their purchases!
Do your research before each purchase to make sure that your money goes where you want it? What are your favorite sustainable brands? Do you prefer when clothing is ethically made? Let us know in the comments below!
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