Now more than ever, it’s imperative we all make more eco-conscious decisions. Reducing our plastic use is one major step—you know, skipping plastic straws, using canvas totes, and buying items in bulk to avoid unnecessarily packaging. Ride-sharing, biking, and limiting water use are other small steps you can take to do your part. And finally, supporting companies and brands that make ethical and sustainable decisions when producing their clothes is so important, especially considering the impact the fashion industry has on the environment.
Fast fashion might be your current go-to, but that’s not always the best decision for your closet, wallet, or the environment. There’s a reason some of the clothing you buy is so cheap—and when you take a deep dive into the production processes, you might think twice about purchasing said pieces. It’s 2019, and luckily, there are many ethical clothing brands using sustainable production processes and fabrics, removing plastic from their packaging to being completely transparent with their customers.
Ahead, 10 ethical clothing brands you can feel 100 percent good about wearing, plus what each is doing to make style sustainable.
Ethics: Sustainable production processes; transparency; tracks environmental footprint by adding up the pounds of carbon dioxide emitted, gallons of water used, and pounds of waste generated.
Ethics: Ethical production processes and factories, and radical transparency.
Ethics: Uses responsibly sourced organic, recycled, and regenerated materials when possible; responsible, ethical manufacturing processes; embraces diversity and inclusivity.
Ethics: Made in the USA; sustainable, ethically produced fabrics; partnered with American Forest to plant a tree in North America for every T-shirt purchase.
Ethics: Sustainable production processes, cashmere sourced from free-roaming goats, and transparency.
Ethics: Fair trade–certified collections; sustainable materials and production practices; goal of being completely sustainable by 2020.
Ethics: Fair Labor Association– and Bluesign- certified manufacturing; fair working conditions; uses recycled fabrics; sustainable processes; some fair trade–certified offerings.
Ethics: Made-to-order model to limit production to reduce waste and lower cost; aim to source chrome-free leather; pays workers fair wages.
Ethics: Sustainble, eco-friendly sneakers made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic, sustainable production processes, offer a shoe recycling program, and transparency.
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