With summer winding down, we know lots of people are headed to the stores for back-to-school and fall fashions. Like a lot of areas of sustainability, sustainable clothes shopping can be confusing. Do you focus on items made from recyclable or organic materials? What about brands that protect labor in their supply chain, or give a portion of proceeds to charity? If you (or your kids!) need new wardrobe items, check out some of these slow-fashion, sustainable clothing brands. Also, remember to recycle, upcycle, or donate older items that don't work anymore to give them a second life!
My Sister is a clothing brand on a mission to prevent sex trafficking, educate communities, and empower the population through the sales of their statement-making, ethically-sourced apparel and accessories. All purchases help support after-care programs and provide opportunities for survivors of sexual exploitation. They’re products are extremely affordable and the brand offers exclusive plus-size options—perfect for everyone.
This UK brand offers sustainable options perfect for women headed to the office. Using all organic, fair trade cotton, they developed the first integrated supply chain for organic cotton from farm to final product and were the first organization anywhere to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification on a supply chain entirely in the developing world. Take a look at their site to “meet” the artisans behind their products, which live in a wide variety of developing countries.
Fair Trade Winds believe in the radical idea that people and the planet should not be exploited for the things we buy. They work with artisans from around the world to ensure that everything has been created sustainably. On their site, you'll find great items for men, women, and children that'll take you and everyone you love from summer to fall! Also, check out their gift guide for great gifts for every and all events.
"A Brand for [All] Seasons" that is also child labor free with classic, comfy staples for all –which basically means this will be your new favorite brand! What makes HOPE special is that their dedication to handpicking and overseeing all of their suppliers on a number of standards, including environmental facets, human working conditions, and product quality. Made in the US and Peru, you'll find high-quality staples for your everyday wear.
As big advocates of a "trade not aid" policy, Impression Purple believes that through fair trade and dignified work, you can eliminate poverty and make a bigger impact on people's lives. They promote diversity and eco-consciousness through their brand while striving to create minimal to zero waste. Find out more about their Ethical Stitch Project to get a better understanding of their beliefs.
It can be difficult to find upscale brands that give back, which is why Eileen Fisher is so refreshing. They are dedicated to using organic and sustainable fibers in their clothing, and even have a "take back" program in place. Bring back pieces you don't need and see Eileen Fisher transform them into new fashion or raw materials. Creating zero waste is their goal, and this is your way of being a part of it.
We wish you well in your (slow) shopping adventures! If you are interested in learning more about sustainable fashion and how you can make a positive impact through it, check out “What Old Is New: Slow Fashion to Fast Fashion and Back Again” and “The Apparel Industry: What’s Necessary and What’s Possible” from the Sustrana Blog.
If you are an apparel company looking to enhance or jump start your sustainability efforts, Sustrana can help! With our sustainability management consulting and software, you will improve operational efficiency, meet customer demands, increase employee engagement, and boost your brand and reputation. To learn more, request a demo.