🍃 Green Apparel For A Better World🍃
When we think of pollution, we think of big oil companies and smog from coal mines - but the truth is, the fast fashion industry is one of the central polluting industries in the world. Less than 3% of the world’s croplands are used for cotton for our clothes, yet it consumes nearly 25% of pesticides. Not only is that harmful to our planet, but it also kills thousands of farmers and producers each year who work surrounded by these chemicals and waste.
Brand are becoming increasingly mindful of how their clothes are produced. Whether they are using low-impact dyes, upcycling natural materials, or growing organic pesticide-free cotton, we’ve rounded up 10 eco-friendly clothing brands that are making a positive environmental impact for the long term.
Threads 4 Thought
Based In | New York City, NY
Eco-Friendly Practices | Certified B Corp, sustainably produced, organic, recycled materials
Product Range | Activewear, dresses, tops, bottoms, accessories for men & women
Price Range | $12 (tank) - $65 (hoodie)
Threads 4 Thought was started 10 years ago in an effort to create a more sustainable fashion and textile industry. Since then, they’ve gone from basic tees to an inspiring lifestyle brand sharing about sustainability and environmental responsibility. With apparel for both men and women, their active wear line full of bold styles and relaxed colors has options for any body size, shape, or type.
Based In | Atlanta, GA
Eco-Friendly Practices | Eco- and organic practices, low-impact dyes, recycled materials & fibers
Product Range | Tops & bottoms for men & women, accessories, home
Price Range | $15 (tank) - $150 (denim)
Alternative Apparel is a leader in eco-friendly production of clothing, from their use of eco-fleece for jackets to organic cotton in tanks. Working with factories globally that ensure safe and fair working conditions, Alternative produces everyday clothing for men and women on the go that are as versatile as they are comfortable. If you’re looking to restock on your basic tees or leggings, Alternative Apparel is your one-stop shop.
Based In | London, UK
Eco-Friendly Practices | Organic cotton, sustainable practices, Tencel
Product Range | Women’s dresses, jumpsuits, trousers, tops, skirts, essentials
Price Range | $15 (pajama top) - $200 (dress)
People Tree not only produces their clothes ethically through Fair Trade and living wages, but their clothes are also eco-friendly, organic, and use GOTS-approved dyes. They even take environmental sustainability one step further - their labels are made from FSC-certified paper. People Tree’s line of vibrant patterns, flattering silhouettes, and high-quality garments makes their dresses a wardrobe staple.
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Eco-Friendly Practices | Cut to order, zero waste, low carbon footprint, plant a tree with each new member
Product Range | Tops, Bottoms, Coats, One-Pieces, YSTR Club Subscription
Price Range | $38 (tee) - $198 (dress); $139/mo for subscription
YSTR’s philosophy is to minimize waste and environmental impact in the fashion world - and their brand has done just that. Every single piece purchased is made to order, ensuring no additional waste, and their newest model is a capsule subscription ranging from month-to-month to 6 months. Each month, preview the styles, fill out the size profile, and wait until the 5th for your new pieces to arrive. Their glamorous styles are reminiscent of Reformation, but in small batches and without the excess.
Based In | Portland, OR
Eco-Friendly Practices | Give back, recycled & natural materials, sustainably produced
Product Range | Apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry
Price Range | $29 (tank) - $98 (dress)
Founded by 2 partners in 2010, EcoVibe Apparel emphasizes considering where and how things are made, ensuring what they sell is ethically produced whenever possible. In addition, they donate 1% to 1% For the Planet each year, always giving back to environmental causes. Their chic and stylish apparel includes billowy floral dresses, to tencel denim button ups, to strappy jumpsuits, and additional options in plus-size - there’s truly something for everyone.
Based In | San Francisco, CA
Eco-Friendly Practices | Streamlined production, lean shipping
Product Range | Tops, bottoms, swimwear, sweaters, dresses
Price Range | $40 (tee) - $395 (classic trench coat)
When we think of grace, elegance, and style, we think of Cuyana. While their textiles are sourced internationally, production takes place all in the same country streamlining the process. And, with each purchase, they’ll send you a bag you can fill with your used clothes which they donate to women’s organizations - and give you a $10 credit toward your new purchase. With their simple and classic looks, Cuyana believes in buying fewer, better items to reduce waste and invest in high-quality pieces.
Based In | San Francisco, CA
Eco-Friendly Practices | Zero waste philosophy, non-toxic dyes, sustainable sourcing
Product Range | Tops, bottoms, dresses, sweaters, baby
Price Range | $48 (tank) - $200 (dress)
Amour Vert was founded on the principle that great fashion and sustainability can coexist peacefully. That’s why all of their pieces are produced within 20 miles of their San Francisco headquarters, using non-toxic dyes and zero waste. In addition, with each purchase of a tee, a new tree planted, with over 130,000 trees already planted to date. Their effortless and comfortable looks give off a carefree and laidback California vibe with New York style.
Based In | New York City, NY
Eco-Friendly Practices | Small batch, low waste, 100% natural dyes
Product Range | Tops, dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, jackets, shorts
Price Range | $67 (scarf) - $485 (jacket)
Globally sourced from artisans around the world and produced in New York City’s garment district, Cienne is the working woman’s ready-to-wear collection. Thoughtfully designed in small batches and hand-spun or woven in the USA, Cienne eliminates excess waste and empashizes unique style knowing your piece will be nearly one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking for that glamorous top for a night out or your casual sweater for brunch, Cienne offers stunning quality options for everyone.
Based In | Boulder, CO
Eco-Friendly Practices | Organic cotton, GOTS Certified, responsibly-made
Product Range | Men's & women’s underwear, dresses, tops, bottoms, loungewear
Price Range | $9 (tee) - $40 (dress)
Best known for their basics, PACT knows that going organic has benefits for the consumer, the farmer, and the planet. Their eco-friendly organic cotton uses up to 95% less water than traditional cotton, avoids the use of chemicals, and is softer than the alternative - a true win-win for everyone involved. Our personal favorite is their underwear, engineered for all-day comfort, leaving you feeling comfortable and confident underneath it all.
Based In | Aarhus, Denmark
Eco-Friendly Practices | Organic cotton, 100% eco-certified, sustainable production, solar + wind energy
Product Range | Men's & women’s underwear, bras, socks
Price Range | $13 (socks) - $200 (10-pack underwear)
Organic Basics knows the fashion industry can be a dirty place - they want you to look, feel, and act as clean as possible with their high-quality underwear. Most notably, they’ve recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for organic underwear that keeps you cool while preventing bacteria growth. With black, white, and rose nude bikini-style underwear and triangle bras, you’ll feel confident, comfortable, and a hint of vintage. We love this collection for anyone who’s low-key and on the go transitioning from work to yoga to their next dinner party.