Helping our planet by not contributing to climate change, pollution, global warming, and environmental damage starts with changing our consumption, or what we consume. Buying clothing made from cheap, mass producers such as SHEIN, ROMWE, and other notorious brands supports cheap, unethical labour and fast fashion which all harm the environment.
Buying sustainable clothing doesn't just mean buying second hand. Sustainable clothing can be fashionable as well.
Here are some sustainable clothing brands that leave a lower footprint on our earth, and are more sustainable.
Girlfriend Collective is an activewear brand that sports a variety of workout and lounging clothing. Their items are all made of recycled materials, and their packaging is also 100% recyclable.
They have wide inventory of activewear leggings, joggers, skirts, shorts, tops, and sports bras, as well as outerwear and products such as bags, hats, and etc...
Girlfriend Collective is pretty good in terms of price. Their items cost similar, if not less, than items at other popular brands such as lululemon, nike, and adidas, except they have a much more ethical production process.
Levi's is a clothing brand known worldwide for their denim jeans and timeless apparel. Their clothing can be found bought in hundreds of stores worldwide and via their website.
Levi's clothing is made with a less waste and water technology, which produces less material and water waste in the production. Its clothes are also made to last a very long time without getting worn, making it a very long-lasting, sustainable option.
Patagonia is an outdoor clothing and gear company. It makes clothes for sports such as skiing, surfing, climbing, fishing, snowboarding, etc...
Patagonia is aware of the climate crisis and is contributing to causes such as helping to fight against oil drilling. Patagonia also has a self-imposed Earth tax. This Earth tax, 1% for the Planet, provides support to environmental nonprofits working to defend our air, land and water.
Chnge clothing is all made of 100% carbon neutral materials, which means it produces zero carbon waste. Most of the water used is also recycled.
Chnge has a variety of shirts, sweats, and accessories to choose from. They also have merchandise for movements such as Black lives matter, feminism, and equality.
Ghanda clothing is a very sustainable, eco friendly brand. The brand uses sustainable fabric, and recycles samples or damaged goods. The packaging they use is also recyclable. Ghanda clothing prints to order, meaning there won't be any extra waste left over from producing an item.
Ghanda clothing has clothes for men, women, and chilren, as well as a large inventory of shoes, swimwear, underwear, accessories, and lifestyle items.
It is always a good choice to shop small businesses, especially local small businesses. Small businesses do not mass produce or exploit labourers like big corporations do, and that make them much more sustainable and ethical.
A quick google search or social media surf will leave you surprised at how many small businesses there are available to you. Whether it's in your area, or in online stores such as ETSY, supporting small businesses is a great option for shopping.
Whenever possible, you should choose to either shop second hand or thrift. I know what you are thinking, "No! I don't want to wear something someone wore before!" I know, I understand, but some items don't fit people well, some were unwanted gifts, and others may just be impulsive purchases made by people regreting their decision. You can shop second hand on many websites, including Facebook marketplace, poshmark, Kijiji, and Vinted.
Shopping second hand and thrifting gives you a massive variety of clothes to shop for, and a lot of it is a pristine condition and never worn before. The clothes you can find shopping second hand or by thrifting also come at amazingly low prices. By shopping second hand or thrifting, you are giving a second life to things that could of ended up in a landfill, which makes it both a sustainable and affordable option.
Here is a list of a few stores where you can purchase from small or local businesses, as well as second hand.
Some, (not all) individual amazon sellers
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