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5 Need-to-Know Ethical Clothing Brands

 

These companies are betting against fast fashion.

Photo by  Ian Keefe

Photo by Ian Keefe

I’m in the middle of a complete wardrobe revamp right now. I’ve learned a LOT about myself and my style over the past couple of years and my old wardrobe just doesn’t fit who I am anymore (hello nursing mom bod). So, I’ve decided to trade out my fast fashion clothing items for ethically-made, higher-quality pieces. Purchasing these items slowly over time is allowing me to curate my wardrobe to best fit my budget and lifestyle.

I’ll share the details of how to revamp your wardrobe in another post, but today I want to share five of my favorite ethical clothing brands!


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Everlane*

Best for: Denim and sweaters

One of the best known ethical clothing companies, Everlane is changing the fashion industry with their commitment to Radical Transparency. Each listing has a link to view photos of the factory where the item is made, and the true cost-breakdown of each piece. While you can’t go wrong with any of their items, their denim, recycled polyester fleece jackets and sweaters, and $100 cashmere are outstanding!


Krochet Kids

Best for: Casual basics

Krochet Kids has an amazing mission. Not only do they provide job opportunities and anti-poverty wages to women around the world, but each item is hand-signed by the person who made it. You’re able to visit the profile of the woman who made your product, so you can learn her story and write a note of thanks! Shop here for fair-trade dresses and men’s and women’s casual tops, as well as winter hats.


Pact Apparel

Best for: Undergarments and leggings

Pact is a fair-trade company that sources only long-staple 100% organic cotton, which means no pesticides and fertilizers. Their Certified Organic Cotton consumes very little water compared to conventional cotton. Pact has amazing underwear, leggings, and hoodies for men and women, and organic cotton onesies for baby! Use this link* to get 20% off your first order!


Reformation

Best for: Trendy pieces

With their own factory in Los Angeles, this brand creates products only from sustainable and up-cycled materials in a fair wage environment. Plus, each item comes with a description of its environmental footprint. If you love fashion, Reformation has stylish dresses and tops, including formal and bridal dresses!


Outdoor Voices

Best for: Activewear

Outdoor Voices is a great ethical alternative for purchasing activewear. They take great care in the selection of their factory partners, and are always on the lookout for better, more sustainable technical fabrics for getting sweaty in, like their recycled polyester made from water bottles and their sustainably-produced Merino wool. Use this link* for $20 off your order!

There are many more great companies out there, but these are some of my favorites. I encourage you to be a conscious consumer. Together, we can make a difference.


Do you have any favorite ethical and sustainable brands? I’d love to know! Share them in the comments below!