Dress to impress, without the negative ecological impact.
Reducing our impact on the environment is only one step towards reducing the effects of climate change. Many of us have chosen to trade in the items we use every day for more sustainable options, like eco-friendly cleaners and natural kitchen products. Or maybe you’ve chosen to create a capsule wardrobe, focusing on a few key pieces instead of buying new ones each season.
For fashion lovers, it can be difficult to focus on not shopping for new seasonal items when there are so many amazing options to choose from. However, you can easily find pieces that match current trends while remaining timeless. The best part? So many staples are available from sustainable fashion brands, so you can rest assured you’re making an eco-friendly and fashionable choice when adding a new piece to your wardrobe.
Some of our favorite brands specialize in creating pieces with organic cotton and recycled materials, while maintaining ethical production practices. From workout clothes to office-appropriate pieces, from everyday basics to dressy clothes, here are some of our favorite sustainable fashion brands.
Our favorite sustainable fashion brands
We’re big fans of loungewear that’s cute enough to wear in public, just like these joggers from Tentree. A tapered leg keeps them from feeling frumpy, and a high waist hugs you to your smallest point. There are three different colors to choose from in this specific style, all made from a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester. Tentree Plants, you guessed it, ten trees for every purchase made, no matter what you buy.
Yes, even your swimsuits can be sustainable! This flattering one-piece offers plenty of support through the bust, thanks to thick straps, and the bottom offers coverage so you don’t feel like you’re leaving everything hanging out. Andie creates some of their wetsuits from recycled nylon, reducing the need to use new polluting materials in production. Plus, the recycled materials give the suits a smooth, shiny finish.
Looking to upgrade your workout collection? Girlfriend Collective creates flattering and comfortable leggings and bras from recycled water bottles – something you would never know just by looking at them. These compression leggings offer support during a pilates or yoga session, and they have side pockets to keep your phone close.
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You can never have too many comfortable pairs of sneakers, especially when they are washable and durable. Allbirds designs shoes from materials like wool and eucalyptus fibers that can easily biodegrade at the end of their life, but they’re also durable enough to be worn every day and thrown in the wash when needed – no more stinky shoes.
One of Katie’s wardrobe essentials is this turtleneck from Dudley Stephens, which is made from recycled fleece material, helping to keep plastic and virgin polyester out of landfills. The fabric is super soft and comfy, making it a great option for cooler evenings or mornings when you want to take a brisk walk.
Bamboo is a silky soft fabric that is far more durable than traditional cotton. It takes less water to grow and grows faster – not to mention that when made into fabric it has temperature regulating qualities that keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s not. is not. Boody has both men’s and women’s styles, and we’re loving this men’s zip-up hoodie right now.
A simple buttonhole is a shirt you’ll be looking for constantly. Wear it open on warm days for a laid-back vibe, or button it up and tuck it into pants when you hit the office. This boyfriend-style top is slightly oversized, but it won’t look sloppy thanks to the wrinkle-free technical silk it’s made from. ADAY specializes in creating durable basics that you will wear for years.
If you have a love-hate relationship with lightweight packaging, Wayre is the brand for you. Not only do they make fashionable pieces from recycled materials, each piece is designed for travel. They’re wrinkle-resistant, anti-microbial (aka odor-resistant), and stretchy, making them easy to fold and wear. These wide leg pants make a great beach or plane wear, and you can also pair them with the matching top for a matching look.
It’s amazing what you can do with materials that were destined for landfill. This backpack is made with an old automatic airbag and seat belts, and it looks amazing. Due to the durable materials, the bag is waterproof, washable and durable, making it a great everyday bag. A laptop slips easily inside and there are plenty of pockets to keep you organized. Rewilder is a women-founded brand that specializes in creating pieces from 100% recycled materials, right down to snaps and zippers.
Soft, breathable shirts, dresses and even underwear are some of the most comfortable garments, but cotton production can consume a lot of water and other precious resources. Pact creates organic cotton clothing using less water than traditional production methods. You can find us alive in this jumpsuit, which used 81% less water in its manufacture than conventional cotton.
Big Bud Press
Inclusiveness, durability and sustainability: the holy trinity of fashion forward. Big Bud Press is a Los Angeles-based company that creates unisex 100% cotton apparel that’s ethically made and built to last. All sizes are gender neutral, so be sure to check the size chart before adding your normal size to cart. The brand is known for its unique jumpsuits, like this one in heavy cotton.