10 Best Ethical and Sustainable Fashion and Accessory Brands
Fashion is one of the most highly-polluting industries in the world, but for those concerned about the environment and broader socio-economic impacts of conspicuous consumption don't have to sacrifice style and good taste for a smaller footprint.
Enter sustainable and ethical fashion brands, which typically define themselves by practices that range from earth-friendly production standards (material-sourcing, farming, water-use, and the careful use of other natural resources) as well as the utilization of renewable energy sources. Beyond that, ethics and practices that encourage good conditions through the chain of production. And of course, these same brands encourage more thoughtful and intentional consumption that extends the life cycle of goods.
While there are more and more brands arriving on the scene every day, these labels have our hearts when it comes to stylish designs that we feel chic wearing, but more importantly, we can sleep a little better knowing that our consumption is nicer to the earth, too.
Plum Seamless LITE High-Rise Legging
SHOP NOW: girlfriend.com
Girlfriend's matching sets aren't just uber flattering and ultra-comfortable—they're also made from recycled plastic waste from the oceans. The brand also makes tee shirts that are made from cotton-industry waste in zero-emission facilities, and are also biodegradable, breathable, and ethical.
If that wasn't enough, the brand will recycle your old Girlfriend leggings, bras, and shorts when it's time for a refresh and give you a $15 credit for closing the loop on waste.
Kara Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Amour Vert, amourvert.com
Amour Vert translates to "green love" from French, which is perfectly fitting for a brand that is committed to making sustainably designed clothing. Not only are the pieces they make precisely produced to eliminate excess waste, but they're also crafted with sustainably farmed and organic textiles that are milled ethically.
The New Classic
SHOP NOW: Essen the Label, essenthelabel.com
Every pair of Essen's shoes are made from high-quality materials from low-minimum suppliers. Styles are pre-ordered so what is sold is what is produced—and only that. These are quality shoes you can feel good about slipping your feet into.
The White Shirt
SHOP NOW: epoqueevolution.com
A wardrobe of edited designs that are made to be ultra-versatile and travel-friendly. That in and of itself is great, but the brand also uses sustainable, organic, upcycled, dead-stock, and post-consumer waste recycled fibers to reduce carbon footprint. And Epoque Evolution doesn't require dry-cleaning, either.
Cosa Midi Dress
SHOP NOW: Reformation, nordstrom.com
One of the most popular sustainable brands around. Reformation, more often than not, makes that super cute dress you saw on that incredibly stylish woman walking downtown. Not only do they use dead-stock fabrics, but they also invest in green building infrastructure to minimize waste and water use and reduce energy footprints. Beyond sustainable manufacturing, they also invest in offset programs to replace resources and help reduce emissions. It's shopping that you can feel really good about.
Vintage Classic Double Flap Bag Quilted Lambskin Medium
SHOP NOW: rebag.com
Fashion creates a lot of waste—that's nothing new. But if you're not into alternate brands and prefer to invest in classic luxury, upselling is a fantastic way to reduce one's footprint. Rebag offers a curated selection of vintage and used designer handbags (think Birkins and Chanel 2.55 bags) that you can feel good about because you're not contributing to further production and wasteful byproducts of the aforementioned production.
SHOP NOW: VEJA, nordstrom.com
Veja is known for their fair trade practices and commitment to social and environmental responsibility—and the Duchess of Sussex has worn them before! They source their rubber directly from communities in the Amazon rainforest to ensure that they save water, energy, and reduce harmful emissions.
Bell Stretch-bamboo Briefs, set of two
SHOP NOW: Baserange, net-a-porter.com
Baserange is known for their breathable separates and intimates that are made from natural fibers such as bamboo (one of the fastest-growing, most sustainable plants on the planet) and organic cotton.
Naadam is known for its incredibly stylish and affordable cashmere knits. The brand flexes a serious sustainability muscle beyond clean energy powered manufacturing without toxic chemicals and a reduced carbon footprint; they also invest in the supply chain and herding partners so that their livestock can sustainably graze and live healthier lives. In fact, Naadam has protected over 1 million animals since 2015, built a $200,000 park within the herders' village that included the planting of 2,000 trees (they expect to plant 10,000 more in the next two years) and last but not least, invested in a grassland the size of Manhattan in the Gobi desert that has provided a safe food source and fresh pasture for over 1,000 herders and 100,000 goats every year.
If that doesn't sell you on sustainability, surely their elegant and oh-so-soft knits will.
SHOP NOW: Rothy's, rothys.com
Another Markle-approved ethical line is Rothy's. The shoemaker takes single-use plastic bottles and recycles them into beautiful—and durable—flats that are truly seasonless. It's a shoe purchase that you can feel good about.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors