While 2020 has had many setbacks, we have to admit that emerging recognition of all the damage and waste in the fast fashion industry has been a great step forward. There’s no doubt that the future of fashion is more ethical and sustainable.
Every year, 85% of textiles are sent to landfill, so it’s no wonder that the sustainable clothing movement is becoming such an important part of the fashion industry. To help give you a guiding hand, we’ve collated a list of 10 eco-friendly fashion brands, just a tiny proportion of the many great options out there. They range from affordable to treat-yo-self, but ultimately by buying from these environmentally-conscious clothing brands you are helping the Earth, and not just yourself.
Hemp Clothing Australia
Hemp Clothing Australia has some beautiful pieces for both women and men. The brand exudes natural, earthly tones and offers natural fibre shirts, tees, denim pants and even more sustainable staples. Items are easy to wear, care for, and they are easy on the planet.
For bamboo basics, Boody should be your new go-to. This brand supplies sustainable everyday women- and menswear, that is designed with both style and comfort in mind. Bamboo offers a whole host of environmental benefits: it’s grown organically; it uses no artificial irrigation; bamboo plantations improve air quality, and the plant is fast-growing and regenerating. Bamboo is also a great choice for your health, as it is hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and is extremely comfortable.
Trendy, comfortable shoes that are more than simply sustainable; each pair are vegan, support positive impact at every stage of production, and are ecological. Made with raw materials from organic and agro-ecological farming, Veja shoes are manufactured without chemicals or polluting processes. The sneakers are sold worldwide and have become a leading trend in footwear.
Kowtow was founded in 2006 by Gosia Piatek. The label is committed to creating positive change and making a conscious decision to only use renewable and sustainable fibres and ethical manufacturing. Not only known for its sustainable practices, they also provide ultra-funky looks. From the boxy t-shirts to the carpenter jeans, Kowtow has everything from clothing, swimwear, makeup and lifestyle objects.
After great success in Europe, Seaside Tones, has now been established in Australia. The label was started in 2016 by creative duo Anna and Michal Rutko. Their pieces are all ethically- and consciously-made in Poland. At the heart of the label is the highest quality GOTS certified pure Polish linen, renowned all over the world. All fabrics are organic, coloured without harmful chemicals and produced in safe and fair conditions.
Cloth & Co.
Cloth & Co. is a contemporary lifestyle brand that produces sustainable and ethical clothing while supporting and partnering with women’s cooperatives, artisan communities and small ethical factories. All stages in the production process are independently certified, from farm to stitch. They source the highest quality materials that are 100% natural – their cotton is sourced from organic and regenerative farms and all of their pieces are biodegradable so they can be recycled, repurposed or decomposed.
Dorsu values design, ethical production and sustainability. Produced in-house from start to finish, the versatile designs are carefully crafted in soft, breathable cotton jersey. The materials are chosen from the remnants of Cambodia’s ubiquitous garment industry. The team also receive substantial training in the use and maintenance of our industrial machinery.
Good Studios is a clothing and homewares design brand that supports hemp textiles and provides a platform to educate the community around sustainability in fashion. They sell hemp & wool clothing along with sustainable homewares, all of which are a contemporary design and very stylish.
Icebreaker is a brand that is committed to changing the way clothing is made by looking forward and championing sustainability, not only in their clothing but also in their values and the design of their business. They provide everything, from underwear to activewear, specialising in warm outdoor garments for hiking, adventures and snow sports.
If you’re looking for designers who care for their workers as much as their profit, try Outland Denim, who are on a journey to end poverty. Their morals are empowerment, sustainability and transparency. Outland Denim was founded as an avenue for the training, employment, and career progression for women. From the cotton farm right through to the courier who delivers the jeans, they aim for ‘zero exploitation.’
Activewear. Activewear. Working from home in our activewear (if you did not recognise this reference, you’re truly missing out on some comedy gold). Sustainable activewear made out of plastic bottles is our new favourite. Yes, that’s right – Team Timbuktu uses plastic bottles after they have been sterilised and melted by weaving them into a new fabric. It’s breathable, sweat-wicking, silky soft and much more sustainable.
As if all of these options aren’t enough, we present you with able2online. Sustainable, mindful and chic, this is an online destination that hosts inspirational brands from around the globe where mindfulness and sustainability are equal to style and luxury across apparel, jewellery, beauty, accessories & interiors.