According to a 2020 article published in the peer-reviewed sustainability journal, the fashion industry is traditionally characterized by high water consumption, high discharge of hazardous chemicals, and bigger greenhouse gas emissions. Luckily, the growing emergence of sustainable fashion brands has had such a positive impact on the fashion industry!
If you’re looking to make your closet a lot greener, ahead we rounded up some sustainable fashion brands that do their part to cut back on waste, and will surely help get your spring wardrobe in amazing shape.
From spring-ready footwear to delightful handbags, below are timeless 18 essentials you’ll wear again and again.
This conscientious retailer not only boasts a low waste design process, but provides fair, livable wages, and humane working conditions to all LACAUSA team members. This stunning pink piece is made with breathable materials (100% cotton), and can be worn with flats, sneakers, or sandals for a casual-cool look.
This Los Angeles-based retailer features hemp and organic pieces that are not only fashion-forward but are also ethically made. Trade in your sweatpants for these organic cotton corduroy cargo pants, which are super comfortable, and look chic with tees, crop-tops, and turtlenecks.
All garments are made with natural materials, like coffee, plastic bottles, and beech trees to name a few. Utilizing recycled fishing nets (yes, really!) as materials, this white coat is sure to spice up your #OOTD posts in no time, as its cardigan-coat mix provides comfort and style all in one.
This line of bodywear (including this cute cropped sweatshirt!) uses materials such as recycled plastic and sustainably harvested wood pulp. The brand also gives back by donating to environmental initiatives such as The Ocean Cleanup Project, which aims to clean up 90% of floating ocean plastic pollution.
To help combat microplastic pollution, the YES AND apparel brand always chooses organic and biodegradable materials that won’t disturb the planet’s ecosystem. And, yes, this tie-dye dress is sustainable and made with 100% cotton and french terry.
Made with a sustainable Supima cotton and micro modal blend, this unisex tee offers a comfy and relaxed fit to all who wear it. The brand utilizes textiles that are completely natural through the fabric’s weave, contain no chemical add-ons, and are purely sustainable cotton blends and polyester knits.
Not only is KEVA Style’s CACTUS collection completely vegan, but it is also sustainable thanks to its use of Nopal cactus, (also known as prickly pear), a type of cactus that is grown on an organic ranch in Mexico. While the brand’s CACTUS collection includes gorgeous earrings and wraps bracelets, it also includes Apple watch-compatible bands that are Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified.
This brand of accessories is dedicated to using ethically sourced materials and creating eco-friendly products that leave little to no carbon footprint. With that said, this white rattan crossbody bag will fit nicely in your collection, as it pairs easily with dressy and casual outfits alike.
All shoes from this brand (slides included!) are handmade with minimal machinery, reducing carbon footprint as a result. Recycled materials are also incorporated in the shoe design and production process, including boxes and hangtags.
This shoe brand offers a line of chic, luxurious footwear (sandals and heels) that are ethically and sustainably manufactured in Los Angeles. These flat-sandals, for example, are made with sustainable craftsmanship and use environmentally-responsible packaging.
This swim brand chooses recycled materials before new ones, and always opts for designs based on style, rather than trends. This sexy one-piece is no exception, as it is not only stylish when worn poolside (or as a bodysuit), but is also made with 78% ECONYL® regenerated nylon materials.
You’ll definitely get a lot of use out of this spacious tote pack, which is made from G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco, a blend of 65% recycled polyester and 35% organic cotton that is extremely durable.
Like other sustainable fashion brands on this list, the époque évolution brand is committed to using sustainable materials in their products. These sophisticated leggings utilize econyl®, for example, use 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from old fishnets and carpet.
This sustainable fashion company creates soft and breathable undergarments (available in different styles) and loungewear crafted from genuine bamboo fabrics.
Activewear brands like Koral and their new Koral Blackout™ fabric are sustainable in both construction and fabrication. Additionally, the fabric used in this crop top is fully biodegradable in just three years, as the average activewear break down usually takes over 30 years.
This accessories line makes sustainability a top priority, as it has already helped to divert 96 million plastic bottles from oceans and landfills. This backpack is made with sustainable materials including a First Mile® waxed canvas made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, a 100% recycled polyester lining, and trim, LWG-certified leather detailing water repellant neoprene, and conflict-free metal YKK zippers.
This sustainable activewear line produces pieces (think leggings, bras, and tops!) made from recycled fabrics in Orange County, California. Even the brand’s scrunchies are also sustainable! They are made from recycled fabric (used to make bras and leggings), in order to minimize scraps and reduce waste.
Not only is every Emilia George piece 100% sustainable and recycled, but it’s also produced in small batches, and is OEKO-TEX certified. If you are looking to get a headstart on your Mother’s Day shopping, why not treat mom to this gift set, which is made with 100% cupro, a sustainable fabric made from cotton waste.
xx, The FabFitFun Team