Fashion

Sustainable and Ethical Brand List

This is a list of brands, to my knowledge, that are using sustainable and ethical practices! I have starred next to any of the places I have personally shopped at. Some of these brands are not “sustainable” in the way they are using necessarily sustainable materials but use slow business models. Again, slow fashion is one of the most important choices we can make when talking sustainability within the garment industry.

As always, shoot an email if you are ever curious about a brand and they will usually get back to you with more information!

This list will be updated as more brands come into my awareness + added reviews as I try their items and find more information. A great way to check a brand on its own is the app: “Good On You” which gives detailed information on a lot of brands! I don’t personally take their word as “God” but do think it’s a great starting place to get information on a brand!

*Not all of these brands are vegan*


Womenswear

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*Lilt Clothing https://www.lilt.clothing/about-lilt/

*OhSevenDays https://ohsevendays.com/

*Girlfriend Collective https://www.girlfriend.com/

*Reformation https://www.thereformation.com/

People’s Products https://peoplesproduct.ca/

*Les Femmes https://www.shoplesfemmes.com/pages/about

Christy Dawn https://christydawn.com/blogs/our-story/how-its-made

Matt + Nat (Vegan) https://mattandnat.com/

*The Break https://shopthebreak.com/

Mara Hoffman

*Paloma Wool https://palomawool.com/ww_en/about

Patagonia https://www.patagonia.com/corporate-responsibility.html

People Tree https://www.peopletree.co.uk/

Stella McCartney https://www.stellamccartney.com/experience/en/sustainability/

Eileen Fisher

Lisa Says Gah

*there are many more to be added! *


Swimwear

Vitamin A Swimwear https://www.vitaminaswim.com/pages/about

Ocin https://www.ocin.co/

Araks https://www.araks.com/pages/about-us

Saltwater Collective @thesaltwatercollective

Reformation

Nu Swim

You Swim

Solid and Striped (Ethical, has a line of recycled)

Undergarments

Pansy Co https://www.pansy.co/

Hara the Label https://www.harathelabel.com/

Jonesy https://www.jonesy-nyc.com/shop/

Reformation https://www.thereformation.com/categories/intimates

Naked Intersection https://www.nakedintersection.com/shop/

Everlane

Botanica Workshop

GUIDE TO SHOPPING MORE CONSCIOUSLY

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So very excited to bring you all this guide for my resources, tips and ideas surrounding consuming fashion in a more conscious way!

Lowering our consumption of clothing and choosing more eco-friendly clothing is one of the greatest ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and ultimately save the planet. Since each item we buy has a lifecycle and it’s own footprint, it’s important to consider how much energy and resources it takes to make every single item. Materials have to be planted, grown, harvested, go through a series of treatments such as dying and chemical processes, sewn, and shipped. When looking at every product, even if it’s “eco” friendly, they all still have some kind of energy and waste connected to it which is why consuming more consciously is the best thing we can do for our planet.

Companies like Forever 21 and Zara process one million garments per day. …In the world’s least developed countries, an estimated 40 million people sew more than 1.5 billion garments in 250,000 factories and sweatshops each year. In many cases, these workers are not provided with basic workers rights, fair wages, and ethical working conditions. -greenorg

When I’m putting this into perspective for myself, as it can be hard to grasp, I relate it back to my own world. I think about how my favorite part of being alive is being lucky enough to spend time in oceans, rivers, beaches, parks, and forests. Seeing other countries that have completely lost their natural environment due to our consumption of fashion absolutely breaks my heart. I truly believe that all people have an innate need for nature and I can’t help but feel responsible for them losing theirs. To these people, this is their life. They may be far away from us and hard to imagine but the cost of their life is not less important than having a new item from one of these brands. This is what keeps me on track and this is what makes me want to find other solutions.

I truly believe that change is already happening and will continue to happen as long as we hold brands accountable for their actions.

Resources:

Documentaries:

RiverBlue, find here: https://www.watchriverblue.eco/

The True Cost, find Here: https://truecostmovie.com/ or Netflix

The Lifecycle of a T-Shirt, find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiSYoeqb_VY

Theanne Schiros Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aDmtThjH3U&t=116s

The Lifecycle of Clothes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1kZe-2kiuQ

Online References:

Fashion Revolution: https://www.fashionrevolution.org/

re/Make: https://remake.world/

One Green Planet: https://www.onegreenplanet.org/

Apps:

Good on You: https://goodonyou.eco/app/ (This app gives you a rating on what brands are doing for the environment, their workers, and animals! Very updated and a great reference point if you are every questioning a brand!)

Depop: https://www.depop.com/

Poshmark: https://poshmark.com/

Ebay: https://www.ebay.com/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/

Shoptagr: (I like this app for debating purchases) http://rcl.ink/yaa


How we can change:

  1. Buy Less, Use for Longer

  2. Shop Second Hand

    Shopping second hand is the best way to have a lessened impact. Since the item has already been created and is no longer wanted, you are saving it from going to landfills. Around 85% of clothing ends up in landfills! Socially, it’s important to remember that thrift and second hand stores also support people who cannot afford to shop elsewhere. While I don’t think this should stop us from consuming second-hand clothing it’s important to be mindful of this and don’t overshop just because it’s less expensive and keep your clothing in good condition so you are able to donate back. At this point, there are still a very high percentage of clothing going in landfills from donated sources because there is not enough of a demand for them so it is absolutely not a scarcity.

  3. Save up for Sustainable and Ethically made Brands

    (My favorite brands list coming soon)

  4. Choose Eco-friendly fabrics

    1. Tencel, Organic fabrics, linen. More Here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/what-is-the-most-animal-and-eco-friendly-material-for-clothing/

  5. Consciously Shop

    Don’t impulse buy! I know it feels good but take the time to consider if you will actually wear and use it for a long time.

  6. Take Care of Your Clothing

    Only around 20% of donated clothing is repurchased. Some of this has to do with clothing not being in wearable condition. If we can make sure the clothes we are donating have been kept in good condition they have much more likely hood of being used again!

  7. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle

This list will constantly be updated! If there is any reference you would like me to add, please reach out to me! @hey.wearilive@gmail.com






9/6: Brands to Watch

This list is coming straight out of my 'notes' section in my phone as I feel I constantly stumble upon little vintage and second hand stores on Instagram weekly and know with my memory I usually forget them by the next day so I think this post is for you and I both! I wanted to put together a list of small brands that are mostly vintage based that I've had my eye on as of late! I hope this gives some of you inspiration and some new, thoughtful businesses to scroll through when you're looking for your next wardrobe purchase! I hope to keep this list a constant flow of emerging brands. 

I Am That Shop @iamthatshop

Oats The Label @oatsthelabel

Maison Cleo @Maisoncleo

Courtyard LA @courtyardLA

The Break @shopthebreak

SubrinaHeyink Vintage @SubrinaHeyinkvintage 

Magnetism Store on Etsy @magnestismstore

Naked Intersection @nakedintersection

Dauphinette @dauphinette.nyc

Favorite Depops:

@bloodorangevintage

@commonthreads

@hnnhry

@maiaaaarose

@Quinnlake

@littlehellcity

@ugliclothing

@museemod

@brycebatch

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