The acknowledgement and subsequent increased awareness of human impact on the health of the earth and each other has resulted in countries, leaders, and industries reevaluating their regulations and practices and exploring innovative ways to contribute to the movement. The fashion industry is no exception. From choosing organic, natural fabrics, to using recycled goods for packaging to relocating production and manufacturing to places with preferable working conditions.
Here are a few brands that are dedicated to more responsible design and fostering good will:
Fanmail is allll about transparency from what their products are made from, which could be organic cotton hemp jersey or organic cotton hemp french terry, both textiles that combine eco-friendly materials from certified responsible farms, to where their garments are dyed and produced: Los Angeles and Brooklyn, respectively. Props to them for finding a way to be environmentally friendly and support local American businesses! #MadeInAmerica
While their garments aren’t especially artistic looking, the art is in their creation. Check out some of their basics!
Nau is a company I think I could settle into with quite nicely, and not just because their clothes are both sensible and stylish, but because it’s obvious that their small team of 20 are a bunch of badasses! I mean, they use the word f#*k on their website- bold, and I like it. Beyond the cool factor that is evident in every aspect of their company, Nau is committed to creating awesome and inspired pieces from sustainable, renewable materials in an eco-friendly manner. Nau is globally sourced, which means that even though they are headquartered in Portland, Oregon, their materials come from Korea, New Zealand, China, Japan, and the US, and manufacturing takes place in Turkey, China, Canada, and Thailand. When their products are complete and sold, 2% of sale are donated to humanitarian and environmental causes!
Check out their awesome urban and outdoor wear!
Two Birds is a clothing company whose products are entirely designed, created, and manufactured in our neighbor to the north. Using Canadian materials like bamboo, tencel, and organic cotton, Two Birds works with socially conscious and responsible partners to create some pretty sweet garments. They initiated a pretty cool program to incentivize customers to recycle worn, unwanted, clothing items; TB allows customers to send them their used clothing at no cost, and in turn Two Birds finds constructive and innovative ways to use or donate the old clothes and gives the customer 10% off their next purchase! Talk about killing two birds with one stone (pun intended).
Here are a few of their items. Check out the rest on their site.
- Organic Matters, Discover the Difference and Change What you Wear (modavanti.com)
- Amber Valletta – the Face of H&m’s Spring Conscious Collection (wall0ffashi0n.wordpress.com)
- Can Eco Fashion Go Mainstream? H&M And Amber Valletta Say Yes (refinery29.com)
- A Guide to Natural and Eco-Friendly Fabrics (vinusluxurycocktaildress.wordpress.com)