When it comes to buying new clothing, nowadays, there are many things to be on the lookout for; the style of the clothing, the quality, the price and, of course, the sustainability. As more people have become aware of the effects of fast fashion and the inevitable evil cycle it causes buyers to participate in- it is important to also make the public more familiar with alternatives.
To minimize the impact fast fashion companies have on the environment, it is imperative to stop buying from the industry and to get comfortable with buying alternatives from eco-friendly brands.
For reference, here is a list of the best, affordable and trendy sustainable fashion companies:
Price Range: Up to $50
Adult and Children Apparel
“The best ingredients make the best clothes and products. The people who make the clothes are as important as the people who wear them.Style & sustainability can coexist.” (SHOP PACT.COM)
Pact sells both adult and children’s apparel, both created to be worn for long measures of time. The fabrics are soft and cozy, while still being sustainable through countless washes. Their style is timeless, and their morals are outstanding. Here, Pact not only attacks the environmental issues caused by fashion, but also focuses on humanitarian issues.
Price Range: Up to $80
“Garments are made of environmentally-conscious materials that’s kinder to the planet and feels great to wear.” (SHOP TENTREE.COM)
For every garment sold, tentree plants 10 trees. Their goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030; they believe that we have created this problem, and it is our duty to solve it, step by step. They use organic materials for production, and provide more jobs; creating a solution for the unemployment crisis.
Price Range: $50-$80+
“Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure…We source the most beautiful and sustainable fabrics possible to bring those designs to life quickly.” (SHOP REFORMATION.COM)
Being aware of the environmental impacts clothing companies have is an important step toward building a sustainable wardrobe. Here, Reformation makes a point to take all factors into consideration (water input, energy input, land use, eco-toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, availability and price) and then create clothing using the best graded fibers.
Price Range: Up to $80+
“Trash looks better on you than it does polluting the planet. That’s why we turn old plastic bottles, fishing nets and other waste into bras, leggings and shorts you’ll never want to throw away.” (SHOP GIRLFRIEND.COM)
In addition to making stylish clothing out of waste products, Girlfriend also has the Regirlfriend theory;
“Our recycling program that collects old Girlfriend clothes and turns them into new pieces… when you recycle them, you’ll get site credit so you can buy more socks and underwear (or anything else).” Therefore, encouraging you to dispose of clothing waste properly and making the most out of the material’s lifetime.
Price Range: $25-$80
Cotton Basics, Adult Apparel
Kotn works directly with farmers in rural Egypt, “like farm-to-table, but for clothes.” Kotn begins clothing production from raw cotton, already a step toward eco-friendly garment production. In addition to the clothing being sustainable, in regards to quality and process of creation- each purchase also “directly supports the lives of farmers and their children.” (SHOP KOTN.COM)
Kotn sells timeless, basic, comfortable fashion pieces.
It is possible to live sustainably and stylishly at the same time.
Be sure to check out these companies, and check out my bonus mentions as well.
Rent the Runway: Eco-friendly alternative to buying new clothing. Gowns, jumpsuits for galas and even every-day clothing is available from this store. Garments are delivered to you in reusable bags and then thoroughly cleaned and ready for the next user once returned.
Cuyana: Timeless handbags, made by skilled craftsmen.
Tom’s: This popular shoe brand creates shoes made from sustainable and vegan materials like natural hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester.