Fast fashion is easy for consumers because it’s just that: fast and inexpensive. But it is not so easy on the planet. Additionally, this apparel normally lasts for only a season or so, it’s easy for us to end up with clothes that shrink and rip after just a few wears. When it comes to ethical fashion, I know the price tags for quality pieces can be daunting. But I truly feel that it is worth investing in good quality staples that you will wear for years, like a white tee or a pair of jeans.
Today I am sharing sustainable clothing brands that make ethical shopping attainable for all budgets. Let’s direct our conscious spending towards apparel that makes us feel good, look good, and help the environment.
Here are 6 sustainable clothing brands that will not break the bank:
Made with Organic Cotton in a Fair Trade Factory (Fair Trade certified). Pact offers the option to offset the carbon footprint of your shipment. Pact uses organic cotton because it sustains the health of soils, ecosystems, and people by using natural farming processes. That means no toxic chemicals and 91% less water than non-organic cotton.
Clothing for men, women, babies and even has a bed and bath collection. Great for basics and everyday loungewear.
Veja sneakers have been all the rave recently (I own two pairs). They are made entirely in Brazil. “We use fair trade and organic raw materials, because they are more economically equitable for all parties involved in the production chain, because we invest in research and new technologies.”
With a variety of sizes for all body types, Girlfriend Collective produces a quality line of athletic wear, loungewear, intimates, and more.
Packaging: Packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, so don’t throw it away!
Compressive Leggings + Bras: Made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex, leggings are made from 25 recycled post-consumer bottles and our bras are made from 11.
Madewell has a variety of styles, options, and brands (including Veja!) that they sell on their website. This Fair Trade company is arguably most known for their jeans. They have a variety of styles for both men and women that are of great quality.
Additionally, In partnership with Girls Inc., Madewell hosts Girls Who Create events to give young women the opportunity to meet with professional artists, writers and thinkers.
Everlane has high-quality basics, denim, and staples for your closet. If you are looking for a more neutral and minimalistic color palette you should definitely take a look at Everlane.
“At Everlane, we’re not big on trends. We want you to wear our pieces for years, even decades, to come. That’s why we source the finest materials and factories for our timeless products— like our Grade-A cashmere sweaters, Italian shoes, and Peruvian Pima tees.”
Reformation has been carbon neutral for the past 5 years, and this year is planning to become carbon positive. Additionally they are 100% water-neutral. “We’re more committed than ever to sustainability, with a focus on climate action and environmental justice.”
Reformation is great for prints, dresses, and unique but trendy styles.
I hope at least one of these brands appeals to your style and needs. If you want a more in depth post for outfit inspiration click here.