10 Sustainable Fashion Brands To Put On Your Radar ASAP

Some of the brands we're loving and worth shouting about this September.

 

 

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Acting and thinking consciously about how we shop and what we purchase has never been more important.

In Ireland, 225 tonnes of textile are dumped every single year. This in turn, is putting enormous pressure on our planet, all from actions made by us. Buying fast fashion and products that are unethically sourced to wear them once and throw them away is not sustainable and it’s up to us, as consumers, to think before we shop. To wear our outfits multiple times, shop sustainably when we can and upstyle our clothing instead of dumping it.

Many sustainable fashion labels are devoted to a noble cause and donate a lot of their income to charities and organisations that actually fight for change and equality. Having more brand awareness for these sustainable brands will not only make us more likely to shop at them, but it will also help to spread the good word on all it is that they’re doing.

And so, this month we’re shining a light on some sustainable brands we love. Brands that produce incredible pieces in a manner that’s better for the planet, with fabrics that will last the test of time.

1. Able

 

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Able is determined in its ethics which provide clothing Artisian-made in Peru and fight for fair labor practices, B corp. The brand believes that in order to end poverty you must create economic opportunities so that people, specifically women, can provide for themselves. This brand sells lovely items like denim, shoes, bags and jewelry. Its items are made by women from all over the world who are paid fairly and come from all walks of life.

2. Tentree

 

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Tentree is another great sustainable brand, ethically made and organic. As well as being B corp and eco-friendly, giving back to the environment.

The people behind Tentree feel a strong sense of responsibility to preserve and protect the world we live in. Each time and item are purchased a tree is planted. The motto of the company is “buy one, plant ten”, they believe you don’t have to be a hardcore environmentalist to make a difference. The brand has planted over 42 million trees around the world.

3. Boden

 

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Boden, another great label who are passionate about ethical trading, fair wages, giving back and recyclable packaging (which is very important in a time where brands overpackage items).

Boden is a British brand which was founded more than 25 years ago and is renowned for being both ethical and expansive.

4. Kotn

 

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Kotn is one of my personal favorites because of their soft and breathable Egyptian cotton. The brand works directly with farmers by paying fair prices for cotton and assisting supplies in making the switch to organic. The ethics are simply, B corp, safe and fair labour standards for all.

5. Thought Clothing

 

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Thought clothing create eco-friendly clothing from organic ingredients which include cotton, bamboo and hemp. This is another UK brand which ships worldwide and is dedicated to being sustainable.

6. Ref Jeans

 

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Ref jeans is uses amazing eco-friendly practices and is an organic cotton brand which launched in 2017, making affordable denim available to all.

The thing about Ref Jeans is that they use only a third of the water used by other denim companies.

7. Girlfriend Collective

 

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This site is brilliant for real and honest photoshoot images advertising their recycled materials in all sizes. No photoshop or retouching their models which makes them very much fashion forward and inclusive, with sizes that come from XXS to 6XL. Their ethics are simple; inclusive sizing, ethical working conditions and fair wages to all.

Unlike other brands that manufacture in Vietnam, the workers at these factories are provided with safe working conditions and fair wages as well as standard working hours.

8. Cuyana

 

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This label follows the motto “fewer, better things”. They believe you don’t need to buy a lot of things that don’t last, and better to buy one or two things that are good quality. The brand chooses manufacturers that are close to raw materials so there is less travelling and sourcing items.

9. Amour Vert

 

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This brand is very much about minimising their waste by making small quantities of clothing in the US with focus on sustainable options for materials, like organic cotton.

The company plants trees every time a t-shirt is purchased, with over 220,000 trees planted so far.

There is an also an option to donate money on top of your order to plant a tree.

10. Everlane

 

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Everlane is another brand that has nothing to hide.

It shows its markup, as well as how each garment is created, showing the factories and the conditions it is in. Although it may not be super environmentally focused, it is still important that it acts completely transparent with its customers unlike certain fast fashion brands.

By STELLAR Intern, Anastasiya Sytnyk

Read all about the Secondhand September movement and how you can make a sustainable change to your wardrobe this month right here.

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