Uh-oh, I’m in a little bit of an online-shopping rut. By rut, I mean, I’m doing it too much – I’m stuck in the fun and the habit of it! Evening after evening, the lure of cardboard boxes arriving with sweet surprises has me reaching for my computer – which has simply got to stop! But before it stops, I have some new brands for you to consider, brands that don’t produce that “What crap did I just buy?” guilt.
Below are five brands that create and sell clothes that are “sustainably” produced, in environmentally and socially conscious ways. I’m personally one who believes in putting your money where your mouth is, and supporting brands that are making a difference in their industry is one simple, and satisfying, way to do just that. So, let’s go shopping, shall we?
1. Reformation This sassy company produces green fashion by sourcing sustainable fabrics and using vintage materials, which makes their collections really stand out – no two dresses are the same, and they don’t last long, either – since they often use overstock material and re-purpose it to make new designs, they can run out of fabric quickly. You gotta snap up those gorgeous dresses, quick! They’re based in LA in an environmentally friendly building, and their sustainability mission is at the core of their being. For example, at the bottom of each one of their emails comes a quirky fact about how polluting the fashion world can be. For example: “The average wedding produces 500 pounds of stuff. Dress healthy.”
2. Amour Vert “With every stitch a purpose.” Amour Vert creates truly gorgeous, feminine, creative clothing that’s manufactured in America without the use of toxic dyes, and with a “zero waste” philosophy. How refreshing. Their commitment to sustainability goes beyond their materials: they’ve committed to planting a tree in North America for every t-shirt purchased. If that isn’t awesome, I don’t know what is!
3. Nau Founded with the concept that “style, performance and sustainability could be friends”, this is a brand that I’ve been noticing popping up everywhere from Pinterest to our local Vermont co-op. Their manufacturing is environmentally conscious, and their materials meet tough sustainability standards. Plus, they donate 2% of every sale to organizations like Mercy Corps and EcoTrust. Their clothes are super weather-proof, and they even make some sweet jeans!
4. Feral Childe This New York City based brand checks just about every box on the Sustainability list – their clothing is made of natural fibers (tencel, silk, cotton) that are upcycled or overstock as often as possible, their pieces are dyed (in a conscientious, low-impact way) and assembled in the USA. Plus, their designs are stunning!
5. Lemlem Founded by supermodel, designer, actress and maternal health advocate Liya Kebede, Lemlem is a line of delicate, elegant and whimsical clothes handmade in Ethiopia. The pieces have a featherweight material and delightful shocks of neon and rich color, and are woven with natural cotton in a way that preserves Ethiopian craftsmanship and tradition. From cover-ups to jumpsuits, Lemlem’s stuff is simple yet surprising. We love it!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.