Sustainable fashion means fashion that is both ethical and environmentally friendly.

Sustainable fashion is so much more than organic materials. It is fair wages and good working conditions, suitable working hours and workers that aren’t children as well as reducing carbon emissions and toxic chemicals.

The brands that I am about to list work hard to make a difference in this world and make sure your purchase means so much more than a new item of clothing. As consumers, our spending has a direct impact. This way, our direct impact can effect more than just our environment.

Some of the brands I am about to mention are members of The Ethical Fashion Forum, which was set up in 2006 as a collaborative movement to transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry.

Their mission;

To support and promote sustainable practices; facilitate collaboration; raise awareness; and provide the tools and resources needed to reduce poverty, reduce environmental damage and raise standards in the fashion industry.

1. KOMODO

 

Image credits: Komodo

Komodo, coined ‘the original ethical fashion brand’, was founded in 1988 and has been creating stylish and sustainable fashion for over 30 years. The company, based in London, have factories in Nepal, China, Indonesia and Turkey.

Certification

Soil Association and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. Also a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum. 

Materials

Organic Cotton, Hemp, Bamboo, Rayon, Organic Linen and Soya. 

Price

££ – £££

2. ARMEDANGELS

 

Image credits: Armedangels

Armedangels is a German company founded in 2007 and has been working to change peoples perceptions about eco-friendly clothing being ‘hippy’ and showcasing chic styles that are environmentally friendly and fair-trade.

Certification

GOTS certified, PETA-Approved items, Fair Trade. Also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. 

Materials

Organic Cotton, Organic Wool, LENZING ECOVERO, Recycled Plastics, Organic Linen, TENCEL Lyocell.

Price

££ – £££

3. THOUGHT

 

Image credits: Thought

Thought was originally named ‘Braintree Clothing’ but changed in 2007. The company began in Australia in 1995 and travelled to the UK in 2002 and today they’re collection is in over 1,000 stores worldwide.

Certification

GOTS certified, Fair Trade. Personal Code of Conduct.

Materials

Bamboo, Hemp, Sustainable Wool, Organic Cotton, Recycled Plastic, Rayon.

Price

££ – £££

4. RILEY

 

 

 

Image credits: Riley

Riley is a gender neutral, leisure and sportswear brand that creates its clothing from up-cycled waste. The clothing they create is season-less and genderless resulting in timeless items.

Certifications

No listed certifications.

Materials 

Waste such as Q-NOVA and ECONYL, Recycled Polyester, Recycled Cotton, Organic Cotton, Lyocell.

Price

££ – £££

5. PACT

 

 

Image credits: Pact

Pact is an American company that use 100% organic cotton for the majority of their clothing if not all. They believe in promoting self-love and a wholesome environment for their customers as well as ethical consumption. They also sell bedding!

Certifications

Certified organic cotton, Fair Trade Factory Certified.

Materials

Organic Cotton, No Toxins.

Price

£ – ££

6. WHOLESOME CULTURE

 

 

Image credits: Wholesome Culture

Wholesome Culture began in 2016 as a way to make plant-based and healthy living more accessible. The movement has since taken off and the company now sell unisex clothing and accessories as well as an array of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. 

Certifications

Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)

Materials

Recycled Plastic Packaging, Water-based Ink.

Price

£-££

7. IN THE SOULSHINE

 

 

Image credits: In The Soulshine

In The Soulshine is a cruelty-free and eco-friendly clothing brand for men, women and children. Recently GOTS certified, their first range of organic cotton will be released next month.

Certifications

GOTS certified, part of the Fashion Revolution.

Materials

Organic Cotton, Biodegradable Packaging, Vegan Clothing.

Price 

£-££

8. KOTN

 

 

Image credits: Kotn

Kotn was born through a desire for good quality, simple essentials, made of Egyptian cotton, and so became a brand that sells just that. Through working with different companies and organisations that that work towards the same goals, they’ve created a brand that not only helps the environment, but funds schools in the communities where their cotton is made. 

Certifications

No listed certifications.

Materials

Egyptian cotton (aim to use 100% organic cotton in the next 5 years)

Price

££ – £££

9. KROCHET KIDS intl.

 

 

Image credits: Krochet Kids 

Krochet Kids was created by three high school boys who learned to crochet. Now they are a clothing brand for men, women and children. They create practical and ethical fashion with every item you purchase hand-signed by the woman who made it. 

Certifications

No listed certifications.

Materials

No sustainable materials. 

Posted by:Erin-Louise Kirsop

Creator of El Inspired. Journalism student and movie addict on the journey to a more sustainable life.

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