In this post I’ll go over five fashion industry brands leading the way in sustainable fashion.
Now more than ever people are becoming aware of our affect on the environment. With pictures of garbage islands in our oceans, and thick layers of smog in some urban cities, it’s hard to ignore the fact we’ve been abusing our planet for a while.
While smog may be the image a lot of people have when they think about pollution, a less popular picture is the fashion industry.
Unfortunately, fashion is the second biggest polluting industry in the world, right behind fossil fuels and the oil industry.
Fashion affects the environment in many different ways: discarded garments filling up landfills, the dyes clothing is made from tainting fresh water, the list goes on and on. This article from Forbes does a great job of giving more details about the affects the industry has on the environment.
The good news is, as awareness spreads on social media, it’s easier to get informed on how to make less of an impact on our environment.[bctt tweet= “As consumers, we have the power to be mindful about the products we buy.” ]
If there is a demand for sustainable fashion, more companies will see they need to adapt to not only the trends in fashion, but to the trend in social consciousness.
Check out these brands leading the way in sustainable fashion.
This upscale women’s wear brand has not only nailed the effortlessly cool esthetic, but they are industry leaders in sustainable fashion! Back in 1997, they were one of the first to take initiative towards being responsible for their contributions. Not only the environment, but the people who inhabit it, too!
Clothes are where we start. We believe they should be ethical, timeless, well-made clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly and be part of a responsible lifecycle.Eileen Fischer’s website
They started leading the way for businesses to be socially and globally consciousness before a lot of other companies. From the making of their clothing, sourcing the materials, and dying fabric, to the types of facilities in their buildings. They’ve thought in detail about the impact their garments have on the world. Hopefully other brands will catch up soon!
Their headquarters has mostly natural lighting with floors made from re-purposed wood. They have thought about the environment in a way that goes far beyond appeasing the eco-conscious customer. Eileen Fischer really lives the sustainable way.
They also realize that their pieces can’t last forever. So, you can bring your retired garment to a local Eileen Fischer store and they will responsibly recycle your clothing and give you $5 as well!
Read more about Eileen Fischer’s efforts here.
Where to buy Eileen Fischer
- Eileen Fischer Stores and their website
- Every major department store (like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, etc)
- If you’re looking for a deal on Eileen Fischer, you can also find them in outlet stores like Nordstrom Rack or other outlet stores.
As I think about brands modern take on sustainable fashion, Girlfriend Collective instantly comes to mind.
This active wear line actually makes their bras and leggings out of used water bottles!
They can boast about not only what their garments are made out of, but also what is used to dye their products. Not only are they holding themselves accountable to the water they use to wash the dyes, they take care of the parts of the water that shouldn’t go into the environment. After treating the water that is used in the dying process, they take the leftover “mud” and send it to facilities that make sidewalks and pavements, instead of just dumping it in landfills like most companies would.
On top of all of their efforts to protect the environment, they go into every little detail about their factories their merchandise is produced in.They work towards ridding our world of plastic, and making sure their clothing is made in a ethical, safe factories.
Not only describing in detail about how they are making sure every worker is treated fairly and ethically, they also share documentation about the working bylaws in their factories.
They talk about being transparent and leaders in the sustainable fashion movement and they certainly live up to it!
Read more about Girlfriend Collective here.
Where to buy Girlfriend Collective
The transparency with this brand is truly inspiration. This is another brand that doesn’t just talk the talk, but they walk the walk. According to them:
Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option, Reformation is #2.Reformation
They want to be as honest as possible about their sustainability efforts. So much so, they can email you quarterly “sustainability” reports of how they continue working on being sustainable. In these reports, they talk about making and dyeing their fabrics, transporting, manufacturing and shipping their products and more.
They also openly admit there are ways they can continue their progress towards sustainability. As they work on being 100% sustainable, they make up for it in what they call “offsets”. They will plant trees and so much more.
From their factories, hangers they use, dyes, fabrics, even to the pens they use in their stores and offices, they have completely and THOROUGHLY thought about every impact they have on the environment.
The way Reformation is making sustainable fashion a norm in the industry is really inspiring.
Read more about Reformation’s efforts here.
Where to buy Reformation
I personally own a few Amour Vert pieces and I love them! I have been hesitant about some “eco-friendly” clothing because they were made from materials that were itchy and uncomfortable. Amour Vert is definitely not like that.
They are a clothing company that is eco-focused, but also works hard to have all their clothing made from the best (and eco-friendly!) materials!
What I also love about Amour Vert is how they actively focus on making less of a carbon footprint, but also gives back to the environment.
Every time someone buys one of their tees, they plant a tree! So far, the company has planted close to 200,000 trees. On their website, you can actually see a map of where they have planted them.
With some companies, their bottom line is everything to them and meeting demand with inventory ready to go is usually business as normal. Amour Vert focuses on only producing the limited quantities to produce less waste in the future.
All of the fabrics and materials used to make their clothing is non-toxic and takes less land to produce like their beechwood fabrics.
They have even thought about the affects of what transporting their goods would have on the climate. With their head quarters in San Fransisco, CA, they use local factories to create all of their pieces.
The brand also talks about being able to check in on their factory partners to ensure fair and ethical practices with their employees. There are certainly cheaper places to produce clothing. So the fact they chose to keep them in local California certainly speaks volumes.
Amour Vert talks about how they check on their factories, but they also go into detail about all of the factories they work with.
Read more about Amour Vert’s efforts here.
Where to buy Amour Vert
You can find Amour Vert:
When I think about sustainable fashion, I typically don’t think of denim. Denim is notorious for using a ton of water and producing toxins and chemicals that is released into our environment.
DL 1961 is changing that up.
They not only use WAY less water than typical denim brands do, but they are able to recycle it for further use!
DL1961 also makes sure their extra fabric is being used instead of ending in a landfill through the non-profit organization Fabscrap.
Speaking of what ends up in landfills, DL 1961 packages their products with completely recyclable and compostable paper.
The brand works with only ethically sustained materials, and eco-friendly factories.
Perfect Fit. Mindfully MadeDL 1961’s website
I love how they say they are mindful about what they make and how they make it! Obviously, I’m all about that here at Mindfully Monica!
Read about DL 1961’s efforts here.
Where to buy DL1961
You can find DL1961:
Now that you’ve read this you may be thinking, “how can I be mindful about the fashion I buy?”
My advice is to take a look at what is already in your closet, and go to those brands websites. Companies that are concerned with their affect on the environment, will usually have a link in the menu at the top of their websites. This will give you an idea if you should continue supporting this company, or take a moment or two to do a check on other brands websites to see what they do to help the environment.
Some of the leaders in the sustainable fashion area will be labeled like “sustainable practices” or “our values”.
I love when brands go into detail about their efforts rather than quickly mention trying to be sustainable on their “About” page.
What eco-friendly fashion brands do you love?
How are you mindful about your fashion? Tell me in the comments below!