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The textile industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters—according to the EPA, Americans send 21 billion pounds of textile waste to landfills every year. Yeah, that’s a LOT. But sustainability in the fashion industry is finally becoming more and more of a priority, and consumers are really pushing for more accountability from brands. “Sustainable” can really mean so many things, like brands using natural, biodegradable fibers in clothes, reducing water use, or initiating recycling programs. But there are also companies that are transparent about its supply chains, give opportunities to local communities, compensate their workers fairly and treat them ethically, and support important causes. All of these aspects are equally important!
And while slow fashion is usually more expensive than fast fashion, that’s part of the point. You’ll be way more thoughtful about your purchases and subsequently, your impact on the environment. So with that in mind, here are 26 sustainable, eco-friendly fashion brands doing their part to make this Earth a little bit better.
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Clay Compressive High-Rise Legging
The reviews of these leggings (there are more than 3,000 of ’em) will make you want at least five pairs in different colors, but what’s even better is that they’re made out of recycled water bottles. And it’s not just the leggings that are sustainable. Other products are made from recycled fishing nets, nylon, polyester, and spandex.
Mother of Pearl
Tie-front Checked Cotton and Silk-Blend Mini Skirt
You’ll find polished pieces and sophisticated silhouettes when you shop this brand, which uses sustainable natural fibers like wool, cotton, silk, and Tencel and is transparent about its supply chain.
Pour Les Femmes
Classic Cotton Pajama Set
Your PJs can do good too! Founded by actress Robin Wright and designer Karen Fowler, this company employs women in regions of conflict, so that they have job opportunities and more stability. It offers pajama sets, robes, nightgowns, and other sleepwear.
Organic Cotton-Jersey Shorts
The brand is named so because according to its site, it shares “90% of distributed profits between charitable causes and those who make our collection happen.” The causes range from organizations that empower women to protecting the environment. The brand’s clothes also have that minimal vibe that make them wardrobe staples, like these drawstring jersey shorts.
Ribbed Underwired Bikini Top
This swimwear company uses recycled fishing nets and nylon waste to create its fabrics, like the ribbed material seen on this eye-catching red set. It offers bikinis and one-pieces with cute patterns and bright hues.
Faithfull The Brand
Luda Belted Polka-Dot Crepe Midi Skirt
Each garment is designed, produced, and manufactured in Bali so the brand works with local artisans and ethical factories. Its prints are inspired by vintage markets and the company has an effortless aesthetic with pieces that can transition from the beach to a fancy restaurant—or vice versa.
The ReNew Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt
Everlane’s ReNew line features cute items made from recycled fabrics—and even water bottles! This textured sweater is made of 100 percent recycled polyester. The brand even pledged to have no new plastic in its entire supply chain by 2021.
Women’s Wool Runners
Gamela One PIece in Multi
Yes, you’ve probs heard of this brand before thanks to its bold, graphic patterns and stylish swimwear, but it also uses recycled, organic materials wherever possible. The factories where garments are produced also follow strict guidelines so that workers are treated and compensated fairly.
Reformation sells everything from jeans to swimwear to bridal gowns. The brand makes sure you know exactly what went into making its effortlessly sexy pieces and how they compare to the rest of the industry.
Fame and Partners
Puff Sleeve Wrap Tie Dress
This brand’s gorgeous dresses are made to order, generating less waste (there’s no excess inventory to throw away, for instance). You also get your dress perfectly tailored to your body, which means you’ll end up happier with the way it looks too.
Tie Dye High Neck Bikini
The athletic brand is working toward using more sustainable resources, and even has a whole section on its site with eco-conscious items. Most notably, its swimwear is made from recycled materials like nylon but is also quick-drying and has UPF protection. Yes, this cute tie dye ‘kini included!
Francoise 3/4 Sleeve Tee
At Amout Vert, you’ll find wearable, breezy looks made with a mission to reduce waste at every part of the supply chain. It also plants a tree for every T-shirt it sells and makes items in limited quantities to cut down on excess materials.
Ariel Wide Leg Jean In Cream
This UK-based brand displays its ethos of sustainable and fair trade fashion right under its logo. People Tree is transparent about its sourcing, from its cotton to its wool, offers a wide variety of styles (just look at these cute jeans!), and ensures its manufacturers and workers are treated ethically.
This California brand with a low-key, beachy aesthetic (think breezy T-shirts and tie-dye dresses) makes all of its clothing in Los Angeles and partners with different organizations and charities, including the ACLU and L.A. Family Housing.
Florence Ankle Mid Rise Skinny
Known for its trendy denim styles, DL1961 recycles water, uses clean indigo dyes, and uses energy-efficient fibers to make its pieces—all in a solar-powered facility, no less. So you’ll feel that much better about wearing those stylish wide-leg cropped jeans.
Isla Slide Sandal
All the producers involved in making Nisolo products, from its comfy slide shoes to its sleek tote bags and everything in between, are paid fair-trade wages, receive health care, and work in a healthy environment. The brand’s accessories have a minimal aesthetic that go with basically any outfit.
Banana Mix Mini Wrap Dress
Whether you’re ready for a vacation or just love bright colors, this Brazilian company definitely has the perfect clothes for ya. But it also does its part to help the Earth by partnering with One Tree Planted, an organization dedicated to recovering endangered forest ecosystems. With every purchase, the brand plants one tree in the Amazon.
501® High Waist Mid Thigh Cutoff Denim Shorts
The iconic denim brand is working hard on improving its carbon footprint. One of its goals to achieve by 2025 includes a 40 percent carbon emissions reduction across its entire supply chain. It also saved more than 3 billion liters and recycled more than 2 billion liters of water when treating and finishing its denim pieces. Now that’s a lotta H2O.
This L.A.-based brand makes jeans with sustainable fabrics and uses one-third of the amount of water needed for regular (aka bad for the environment) denim. It also recycles its fabric waste from cutting patterns to make new pieces. Even its hardware, like the buttons and rivets, are made from reused metal.
Lounge Printed Burnout French Terry Shorts
The brand has both cute and comfy options from lounge shorts and tank dresses and more importantly, ensures that everything is made in safe and clean conditions for its workers. It uses organic cotton, recycled water bottles, and less harsh dyes—its packaging is also biodegradable!
Veja’s retro sneakers are a favorite of celebrities (even Meghan Markle, the Duchess herself!), but they’re also great for the environment. The materials, like organic cotton and even fish skin, used to make the shoes can be traced right down to where they were sourced. The brand also partners with Atelier Sans Frontières to employ those who have been incarcerated or who struggle to find jobs.
Essential Cropped Legging
Yogis are obsessed with Manduka because of its durable yoga mats, which are free of chemicals and produced with zero emissions and made with recycled materials. The fabrics of its workout gear are also made using a combination of recycled polyester, plant-based fibers, and organic cotton.
Devon Crop – Botanical Tie Dye
Linen Cotton Relaxed Shorts
Uniqlo stores accept your used items from the brand, which are then recycled or given to refugees, the homeless, and others in need of clothing. As of August 2018, the brand has donated more than 30 million items to 65 countries and regions all over the world.
Denim Patch-Pocket Popover Shirtdress
You love this brand for its Insta-friendly dresses and super-cute jeans, but it also partners with Fair Trade USA to ensure safe factory conditions, so its workers are empowered. Another cool thing? If you have an old pair of jeans you don’t wear anymore, you can donate them at any store (they’ll be turned into housing insulation?!) and get $20 off a brand-new spanking pair. Now that’s a win-win.
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