Sustainable clothing brands
The textile industry is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture. It generates more greenhouse gases than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. Vibrant colours, prints and fabric finishes are often achieved with toxic chemicals. As a result, the textile industry is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, after agriculture. Polyester is one of the most popular fabric used for fashion. But when washed in domestic washing machines, polyester clothes shed microfibres that end up in our oceans. Cotton? Well, cotton growing requires high levels of water and pesticides to prevent crop failure. Finally, fast fashion encourages people to buy more and more, and produces 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each year. Is there such a thing as sustainable clothing?
It is possible to find sustainable clothing. We need to choose better quality clothes, keep them longer, mend them when needed, and recycle or upcycle them. Prefer second-hand clothing, and if you buy new, choose brands that use more sustainable fabrics like hemp, organic cotton, recycled materials and promote good working conditions.
Have a look at our selection of sustainable clothing brands
WAMA is a US brand that produces hemp underwear, with a range of classic styles for men and women. They use hemp because it does not require pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to grow well and quickly; the plant even improves soil health rather than depleting it. Hemp is also anti-bacterial, super soft and breathable.
Clothes made from recycled bottles and fishing nets
Girlfriend is a US brand clothes made from sustainable fabrics, including recycled water bottles, fishing nets and post-consumer bottles. Girlfriend designs leggings, tops and sports bras using eco-friendly dyes. Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. Their core factory is in Hanoi, Vietnam, is SA8000 certified, guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labor. Girlfriend promotes transparency and you can find a detailed and comprehensive explanation about their production process and materials on their website.
Flip flops made from natural rubber and recycled plastic
Waves is a UK brand fighting plastic waste in the ocean. Whereas most flip flops are made from artificial rubber or simply plastic that can release microplastics in the ocean, Waves created flip flops made from natural rubber. Natural rubber is biodegradable, recyclable and reusable. They also have a recycling program that takes back your old flip flops to recycle them into new flip flops!
Organic cotton clothing
Pact is an US clothing brand selling organic cotton. Pact partners with Pact partners with Fair Trade Certified factories to ensure care for both people and planet. Pact uses paper envelopes and cardboard boxes made with 98-100% post-consumer recycled materials. The plastic bag inside keeping your clothing safe is made with biodegradable plastic.
Slow fashion made of linen, organic cotton, hemp, silk, and lyocell
Norte Women is a slow fashion brand from the US, inspired by Galicia’s coastline villages where time feels slow and meaningful. Norte collections are made with natural fabrics: linen, organic cotton, cupro, hemp, silk, and lyocell. Inés, the designer and creator of Norte, designed clothes that women can return to each year and still find elegant. Production is made in small batches and no resources are wasted. Ines believes that beloved pieces should endure over decades!
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Vegan handbags made of Piñatex and natural cork
Svala is a US brand selling luxury vegan handbags and accessories that are handcrafted in LA from premium, European, innovative fabrics. Vegan materials used include Piñatex, natural cork, and Italian vegan leather, Each Svala handbag is lined with organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles and comes with an organic cotton dust bag. Svala donates 10% of their profits to charities, and participate in an offset program to reduce carbon footprint.
Organic and recycled cotton t-shirts and hoodies
This is our own collection. Free delivery in the UK. We partnered with Teemill to produce 100% organic cotton t-shirts and hoodies. Teemill cotton fields are in the North of India, where monsoons fill water reservoirs naturally. Where Teemill products are dyed, 95% of the water is recovered, cleaned and recirculated in a closed loop system. In the UK, Teemill own a solar farm and power operations with renewables. In India, the factory owns two wind farms. Products are only made after they have been ordered – there is no waste. Finally, all packaging is plastic-free.
Fairtrade organic cotton clothing
Etiko is an Australian clothing brand. They sell apparel and footwear, and they focus on working conditions and human rights. Etiko was the first fashion brand in the southern hemisphere to be Fairtrade certified. They use 100% organic cotton, natural rubber and no animal products. They use recycled and recyclable packaging.
Vegetable tanned leather bags
O My Bag is a Dutch brand selling leather bags, tanned without the use of harmful chemicals like chromium, heavy metals, formaldehyde, short-chain chlorinated paraffin… Instead, vegetable tannins are used in the tanning process. O My bag believes that hides and skins are a by-product of the meat and dairy industry, and therefore transformation into leather is the best use for those hides. O My Bag has a second life program, finding bags new owners who love the vintage look. Packaging is made from recycled materials and they offset their shipping carbon footprint. All their factories are SA8000 certified.
Versatile clothing, slow fashion, designed to last
Encircled is a Canadian slow-fashion brand. They sell versatile clothes that you can wear in different ways. They are high quality, designed to last. They use sustainable, natural fabrics knitted and dyed locally (over 55%) and free from pesticides and harmful substances. Their factories are in Toronto, a few blocks from their HQ, so they can to ensure workers have a safe and happy work environment, feel respected and are paid a fair wage.
Organic cotton, hemp and jute twine clothing
Eco-friendly materials: Valani’s clothes are made with organic cotton, hemp and jute twine. They use fabric leftovers to make scrunchies, and filling for toys or pillows. They use straw paper card, recycled boxes and cards, and recycled tissue paper. Valani’s garments are made with no toxic chemicals, low waste, low impact, Oeko tex certified dyes and are fair trade compliant. Valani’s production partner is certified GOTS 6.0 and adheres to stringent environmental and ethical standards. Tailors are paid hourly wages instead of by the piece, so quality and safety are never compromised for speed.
Slow fashion, genderless clothing for kids and babies
URSi is a New York slow fashion brand for kids and babies. They make durable clothes that are eco-conscious, seasonless, and genderless. As a result, their designs can be worn by more people and for a longer period of time. They produce in small batches made by small ateliers in New York. They use organic fabrics and high-quality natural fibres. Fabrics made with synthetic fibres are upcycled to save them from going directly into landfills or into our oceans. This model supports local businesses and reduces dead-stock waste. Their packaging is plastic-free. They use recycled paper hang-tags, organic fabric bags that customers can reuse, and compostable shipping bags.
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GOTS certified organic cotton and Tencel clothing
People Tree is a UK ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. People Tree is Fair Trade certified. Theu use GOTS certified organic cotton and Tencel, a sustainable fibre which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibres with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. They prioritise handmade textiles and traditional crafts to reduce the need for machinery.
Clothing made from recycled fabrics
Organic Basics is a Danish fashion company. They design everything to last. The only use natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles, including organic cotton, recycled nylon, Tencel, recycled wool, silver tech, polygiene and recycled cashmere. You can visit their factories on their website: they are all certified, and ensure they are free of child and forced labor, their workers are surrounded in a safe working space, paid a living wage, and of course, they are treated with respect at all times. Organic basics even have a low impact website!
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Aloha is a Spanish Vegan footwear brand that produces on-demand, so they produce almost exactly the number of shoes they will sell. All their shoes are produced by artisans in nearby production facilities so they can visit regularly to ensure that labour conditions and quality standards are in line with their values.