Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands That are Fashionably Conscious
When it comes to choosing good, conscious clothing brands, we should consider what ethical steps are employed by brands separately from the sustainable practices. When we think of being ethical, it's all about the welfare of the workers, and being sustainable focuses on the choice of materials and manufacturing processes. The majority are doing both. Ethical and sustainable clothing brands take a wrap-around approach to improving all aspects of how they work and the choices they make.
Some ethical brands are small, niche, and manufacture in-house so they can oversee the wellbeing of their employees first hand. Other brands outsource to factories overseas and rely on independent initiatives, like Sedex, to ensure they are choosing ethical manufacturers in the first instance, and have continuous monitoring of their supply chains. Other brands, like Carolina K and Lemlem, work with co-operatives to ethically employ artisans in poor, isolated communities.
Sustainable brands are conscious in their choice of fabrics, often sourcing organic or recycled materials. Brands like Banjanan use natural dyes, and others like Boyish create their entire clothing line from recycled eco-friendly fabrics. Scroll down for an inspiring look at some great ethical and sustainable clothing brands.
ASCENO is all about timeless designs made for many years of multiple uses. Made from 100% natural fibers such as organic linen and silks.
Banjanan is a clothing label making feminine print dresses using traditional artisanal printing and embroidery techniques in Jaipur, India.
Carolina K is an eclectic boho-inspired clothing label authentically and ethically crafted by artisans in remote parts of Mexico, Peru, and India.
Chinti and Parker is a British brand creating luxuriously crafted cashmere clothing and knitwear in timeless styles.
dRa is a collection of modern wardrobe pieces from LA designer Diana Ra. Loved by celebrities for its elegant, feminine style.
EDWIN is a pioneering Japanese jeans brand known for cutting-edge denim finishes. It chooses to work with the only B-Corp certified apparel manufacturer in Asia which balances purpose and profit.
Girlfriend Collective makes sustainable activewear out of recycled materials. The range is size-inclusive and uses simple block colors for versatility.
Just BEE Queen create feminine resortwear inspired by the Mother-Daughter design duo's Cuban heritage. Sustainably and ethically made.