When was the last time you thought about where your clothes came from? Today I would like to take some time to bring awareness to chic and eco-friendly brands that are dedicated to ethical and sustainable fashion. Now I will be the first to admit to loving a good bargain. Cheap online shopping and social media has made acquiring the latest trends very convenient and easily accessible. However, do you ever wonder who makes the clothes you wear and whether their working conditions are safe and fair? Utilising the designer profiles on lyst.com will give you information on a range of designers ethical practices so you will no longer need to wonder.
Did you know: Fast fashion trends are often low-priced garments. Low-cost items are usually low quality which means we are buying and disposing extra clothes now more than ever. Scary Stats! In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year, synthetic and plastic fibres may take hundreds of years to break down. We need to rethink and repurpose fabric in order to leave a lighter footprint on our planet! Let’s take a look at our list of 10 Chic and Eco-Friendly Brands everyone should know about.
Modern in her approach, Stella McCartney uses no leather or fur in any of her collections and is committed to operating a responsible and ethical company.
Edun is an innovative, sustainable fashion label that was founded by Bono and Ali Hewson in 2005 to promote positive change by sourcing production throughout Africa.
Kowtow is a New Zealand-based clothing brand with an ethical outlook. Concerned with today’s harmful consumer habits, Kowtow prides itself on being certified fair trade organic.
Synonymous with style, comfort, and sophistication, Karen Kane is one of the most esteemed designers in women’s fashion.
A rare and unique label, Mata (meaning ‘Mother’ in Hindi) Traders is run by three US college friends, who upon traveling through India became transfixed with its vibrancy and diversity.
The Patagonia outdoor clothing brand grew from humble beginnings as a small company that made tools for climbers into a global brand that’s known as much for their ethical policies as they are their high-quality outerwear and activewear.
Style and sustainability go hand in hand at Amour Vert. While fashion always comes first for them, it doesn’t come at a cost to the environment, thanks to its zero-waste design philosophy and use of only organic and sustainable fabrics.
Eco-conscious brand Groceries Apparel makes its entire range out of 100 percent organic and recycled materials. Crafted in its own factory in Los Angeles, the brand supports family farms, localized manufacturing, living wages and GMO-free ingredients.
Founded by Yael Aflalo and Chi Bui in 2009, Los Angeles-based Reformation is an eco-conscious fashion label for women. Made in America’s first sustainable sewing factory in LA, Reformation sources green materials and vintage merchandise, upcycling it into fresh and original designs.
From vintage-soft fabrics and impeccable fits to innovative washes and hand-detailed designs, Alternative Apparel is all about creating comfort both inside and out.
How do you balance your desire for cheap clothes with the need to keep our planet beautiful for future generations?
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