Over the past few years, awareness around the fast fashion industry’s ethically and environmentally damaging practices have taken the forefront. Consumers have become increasingly wary of greenwashing in fast fashion and tend to verify the sustainability of products before buying into brands. Combining your love of adventure with sustainability these eco-friendly clothing brands are at the forefront of the eco-fashion movement!
Here is a list of 6 eco-friendly clothing brands with ethical fashion at the core of their values:
This brand aims to occupy the sweet spot between sustainability and performance. With the environment and the consumer in mind, the brand has sourced and produced fabrics that are sustainable, recycled, biodegradable, and durable.
Nau’s vision recognizes the importance of sustainable materials. All their products use the same 10 sustainable fabrics. Some of the materials used are organic cotton, linen and hemp, ethically-sourced alpaca and merino wool, and recycled down polyester.
Patagonia’s products are powered by their love for nature. The company grew from its roots in making tools for climbers and now offers a variety of outdoor clothing and gear.
The brand focuses on ethical sourcing and manufacturing of their products. Their WornWear program sells repaired, reused and recycled Patagonia products to help keep the clothes in circulation for longer and away from landfills.
They have also been actively involved in social causes by donating 1% of their sales to environmental organizations at the grassroots levels.
3. Toad and Co.
Toad and co. takes multiple initiatives to ensure that their products have almost zero impact on the planet.
The outdoor clothing company offers clothes that are made from a minimum of 80% eco-friendly fibers and/or fabrics that are 3rd person certified for sustainable manufacturing. Some of these fabrics are organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, recycled, or vegan fabrics.
Toad and co. also focus on reusable packaging when designing their products. They have also partnered with the Renewal Workshop to upcycle clothes and push the circular economy forward.
prAna is an eco-friendly clothing brand based out of California that offers yoga, traveling, and adventure clothes. They are the first North American clothing brand to produce Fair Trade Certified clothing.
The brand makes an active effort to cut environmental toxins out of its production process through its bluesign program. This effort also translates into reduced water usage and pollution.
prAna also uses organic cotton and recycled wool in an effort to further reduce the negative impact that sourcing, processing, and dyeing other materials could cost.
Loyal to their name, Tentree promises to plant ten trees for every item purchased. Tentree has partnered with several tree-planting organizations across the world to achieve its goal of planting one billion trees by 2030. Their current tree count is 300, 900, 030 and is updated regularly on their website.
The company also uses eco-friendly materials, production methods, and promotes fair labor practices as well as safe working conditions.
6. Oboz Footwear
Oboz Footwear offers its customers hiking boots, hiking shoes, and sandals. The brand prides itself on the fit, feel, and performance of its products.
This eco-friendly footwear company also plants trees – one for every pair of footwear sold. In addition, they offset carbon for all product shipments. Their carbon emissions are also reduced by the fact that they use wind energy to power their headquarters. To reduce their eco-footprint even further, they also donate any unsellable, yet wearable, shoes to people in need through nonprofit partnerships.
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