Now more than ever, being aware of your carbon footprint is so important. While recycling is awesome, and staying away from littering is great, purchasing and putting on clothing that doesn’t harm the environment is a stylish and easy way to help the earth. With so many places to shop, we’ve dished out the top 9 sustainable fashion brands you should know and shop ASAP.
SUKI + SOLAINE
Grown in Chicago in 2014, SUKI + SOLAINE is the destination for any city-girl who’s craving comfortable clothing with stylish silhouettes and one-of-a-kind prints. Their latest collection dubbed “Cool Spring” features a light color palette and soft textures – think a white tunic with fringe detailing, and a blush shift dress with a coral-colored hem. While all of the pieces are made in the USA, SUKI + SOLAINE import the highest quality textiles from around the world – including France, Turkey and Japan – to support working-women worldwide.
A go-to shoe that delivers style and is environmentally friendly? Sign.Us. Up! Rothy’s are versatile, lightweight, moisture wicking, seamless (goodbye blisters!) and machine washable but since their launch last year they also diverted 650,000 water bottles from landfills and are manufactured in a low-waste, responsible way. It’s no secret that the footwear industry has little awareness when it comes to production waste and, after three years of research and product development, Rothy’s has tackled this issue with its 3D-knitting technology to create the upper of the shoe. With a carbon-free rubber outsole and insole made of recyclable foam, the entire shoes is constructed of alternative materials. Rothy’s, the “going green” doesn’t just stop with production process. Just one year after its launch, Rothy’s inspected all aspects of operation, including packaging which has been reduced to half the size, using 30% less materials (recycled materials) and therefore doubling shipping space and emitting 26% less carbon. Not to mention you can give your Rothy’s a new life by sending them back to be recycled, free of charge, after their wearable life. This Earth Day, April 22, Rothy’s will donate a percentage of profits to the Ocean Clean Up Project.
Featured in the popular film “The True Cost” that highlights the harms of fashion, People Tree’s popularity sparked not only because of their big-screen debut but their sustainably and ethically made clothing, accessories, and activewear. Founded in 1991 and dubbed the first-ever Fair Trade company by the World Fair Trade Organization, People Tree is the epitome of sustainable fashion. Pieces such as a watercolor shift dress, loose duster and a belted jumpsuit are carefully crafted by artisans in third-world countries that are treated and paid fairly for their creations.
Titania Inglis is a minimal and extremely chic brand that produces each piece in a family-owned factory in New York using sustainable fabrics, like Italian vegetable-tanned leather, Japanese organic cotton, and dead stock wool from the local garment industry. They specialize in ready to wear, bridal, accessories and swim with a minimal approach. In 2012 the brand was honored with Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in Sustainable Design, no small feat.
Reformation is probably the most mainstream eco-fashion brand today. With a huge celeb following, including Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift, the brand offers modern, fashion-forward collections made out of sustainable fabrics. Created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, the Ref designs and manufactures the majority of their collections in Los Angeles. All other garments are produced using sustainable methods and materials, while incorporating better practices throughout the supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion.
Stella McCartney is a household fashion name, and rightfully so. We can’t have an eco-fashion post with mentioning Miss McCartney, the pioneer of sustainable design for high fashion. As a vegetarian and earth enthusiast herself, McCartney’s collections are free from animal leathers and furs, created with organic textiles, and manufactured under a roof that uses wind-generated energy. Her latest collection featuring high-waisted trousers, fitted tops, and paperbag-waisted skirts are all made from organic cotton and represent her sustainable yet trend-focused and modern aesthetic.
HENRY & BELLE
Founded and named after lovers and style-enthusiasts Henry and Belle Mann in 2012, Chicago’s very own denim company Henry & Belle offers ecologically sourced and carefully crafted denim for the “modern muse.” Made from Supima – an American-grown, incredibly soft, and environmentally conscious cotton company – Henry & Belle’s signature jeans are a wardrobe staple for ladies who love uniquely designed and easy-to-wear denim.
This Brooklyn-based (via Canada) brand specializes in seasonless classics with a modern feel, of course created with sustainable materials. Study NY cuts and sews collections in NYC’s garment district using both ethical fabrics and production methods. Many elements from the collections collaborate with artisans around the world; for example, locally sourced Peruvian alpaca is used in much of the knitwear. In 2011 Study NY was awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Grant for sustainable design. In 2013 St James’s Anti-[fashion]-Calendar was named one of Sustainia100 Solutions for Sustainability–a global initiative spearheaded by Arnold Schwarznegger to promote innovative global solutions across all industries. In 2014 Study was awarded runner up in the CFDA / Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge.
Loomstate should be you go-to sustainable fashion brand for all things sport essentials. The brand specializes in hoodies, tees and tanks that are produced form 100 percent organic cotton. The cotton is sourced from farmers who avoid the use of petroleum-based chemicals and pesticides, which ultimately keeps the land and water supply clean. Loomstate tries to bridge the gap between healthy farming and sustainable fashion.
Two other brands that deserve a mention, particularly because they are part of the fast-fashion ecology are the ASOS Eco Edit, which offers a myriad of ethically conscious brands, including hand-crafted jewelry and recycled vintage; and H&M Conscious Collection, which offers garments made out of hemp, organic linen and organic leather.
Instead of treating Earth Day as “just another day,” make a positive impact on the planet, fashionably. What are your go-to sustainable fashion brands?
Thispost was written by Amanda Kaplan and Anna Marevska; featured image via Titania Inglis