What is sustainability and why should we care about it? Sustainability, in simplest terms, is being able to meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This means that sustainability has multiple dimensions including environmental, social, and economic.
It also involves changing our attitudes towards consumption patterns, waste management, and natural resources. Sustainability is important because we only have one planet Earth, so if we do not take care of it today, there will be no tomorrow. If you want to start your own sustainable clothing brand, read this article.
These are clothing brands that use sustainable materials and methods to make their clothes. All of these companies produce high-quality pieces using organic fabrics and recycled materials with minimal use of chemicals and toxins:
A small shop with an environmental conscience was founded by Yvon Chouinard in California back in 1973. Its first product was rock climbing equipment but soon expanded into clothing and gear for skiing, fly fishing, hiking, and other outdoor sports. It also campaigns to preserve wilderness and wild places where its products are sourced from. A lot of their clothes are made from recycled materials such as PET (from plastic bottles), organic cotton, and hemp.
Modavanti works with disadvantaged communities to give them opportunities they would otherwise not have. This includes providing jobs, helping to create sustainable income and skills for people who might be exploited or discriminated against in their home country. Since its launch in 2009 it has sold over 100000 ethical women’s dresses.
Established in 2015 in Los Angeles, Good Society creates high-quality jeans that are also sustainably and ethically made. Most of their clothes and accessories (such as scarves) are American-made from vintage denim which is recycled to make new material.
Little Earth Project:
The Little Earth Project was founded by Nina Faulhaber in 2009. It works with communities around the world to provide them with opportunities to earn their own income. With every order, they donate threads to one of their partner organizations which are women’s self-help groups in Bangalore, India. These help the disadvantaged by providing education programs to help break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.
Established in 2009 by Solenn Heussaff, Sol Sana is an Australian brand that creates high-quality shoes for men and women using sustainable materials such as organic cotton or recycled plastic bottles.
Stone Fox Bride:
Stone Fox Bride is a luxury bridal boutique that offers sustainable and ethically made wedding dresses. They provide high-quality, eco-friendly wedding gowns which are made in America and free from sweatshop labor.
Loomstate was founded by Rogan Gregory in 2005 with the aim of using fashion to inspire people to choose environmentally friendly products more often. Its clothing is designed for those who support sustainable practices.
A lot of their clothes are made from organic cotton or recycled materials such as recycled polyester and hemp. Their latest collection features garments constructed from 95% post-consumer plastic bottles!
Since its founding in 2001, Stella McCartney has gained a reputation for using sustainable materials and practices to create luxurious fashion pieces. While it is not the only high-end brand on this list, its use of organic cotton and faux fur across most of its ranges makes it an ethical choice for many people.
Since its founding in 1994, People Tree has been an ethical leader within high street clothing. It works with struggling communities around the world to train them in new skills and provide them with healthy working conditions. Furthermore, the brand only uses organic cotton and natural dyes across most of its collections.
Alala was founded in 2012 by Lizzy Dabczynski-Beaumont and Alex Silver-Fagan. It is a brand that believes hard work and good design can create products that are functional, sustainable, and ethical. Every garment reuses or upcycles material which would usually be wasted for its items such as using discarded fabrics from factories in China to make their yoga shorts!
Since 2009, Anekdot has been producing high-quality, stylish, and sustainable underwear made with organic cotton. All of it is created by people earning a living wage in factories based in India where conditions are safe and hours are reasonable. This allows them to support their families while also providing an affordable, ethical clothing option.
One of our personal favorites, Kowtow was founded by sisters Klaudia and Martyna Sobczak who wanted to create ‘the right kind’ of streetwear and yoga wear inspired by traditional Polish folk costumes vintage military uniforms. Their design philosophy is all about strong silhouettes, fabrics, and colors with classic cuts.
Ashiana is a fair-trade company that provides employment opportunities to women in Bangladesh while also providing them with a safe working environment. Its textile factory works with partners in both India and Bangladesh to produce high-quality fabrics which are then used throughout its collections at competitive prices!
Founded in 2008 by Sofie Palmerlee, Shakuhachi produces beautifully designed, timeless clothing made from organic cotton. The brand has created a wide range of basics from t-shirts to jerseys which are perfect for everyday wear.
Rapanui was founded by Martin Long in 2010. Its name comes from Easter Island where its material sourcing initially began; its textiles were modeled on the varied patterns found across this mystical island. Now, its material sourcing is as varied as the designs which are used to create its clothing – from organic cotton and recycled textiles to Bamboo!
One of the first environmentally aware brands, Gorman was founded in 1980 by Ian Gorman. Initially a surfwear label, it began growing rapidly throughout Australia once celebrities such as Fran Drescher started wearing its clothing.
Founded in 2015 by sisters Nisa & Hilary Price, Duskii specializes in creating beautiful pieces for mothers looking for stylish yet practical activewear that helps them embrace their postpartum bodies. By using sustainable materials with supportive fits, Duskii has become the go-to brand for new mothers!
Founded by Laura Binns in 2008, Maundy Thursday was originally created to give new life to old textiles. Its collections of dresses are perfect for women looking for eco-friendly boutiques or vintage shops which have a modern edge. Not only is the brand committed to using recycled fabric but its team also regularly contributes items to charities so that you can contribute your time, not just your money!
Why choose sustainable clothes?
Sustainable, green fashion involves using ingredients without toxic chemicals or processes to produce fabrics. This means we don’t need harmful pesticides (for cotton), fertilizers (for cotton), bleaches (for polyester), carcinogenic pigments (for dyeing).
Also, sustainable materials must come from renewable resources such as bamboo or recycled bottles instead of fossil fuels like products. Finally, all of these factors require that the clothes are manufactured in socially and ethically responsible ways like fair trade, organic cotton, or recycled fabrics.