Do you want to buy your clothing from ethical and sustainable brands but don’t know where to start? Look no further! Below we’ll cover some of the top brands committed to ethical labor practices and sustainable manufacturing processes.
This California-based brand started out focused on yoga outfits but has since expanded to “adventure gear,” encouraging customers to explore the earth. They are committed to sustainable practices like plastic-free packaging and earth-friendly materials. They are also fair-trade certified, so they meet some high standards for labor practices!
Did you know Levi’s is passionate about producing sustainable denim? Levi’s is an excellent option if you’re looking for high-quality, sustainably sourced jeans. Levi’s intentionally crafts their jeans to last you for years and is currently trying to reduce their water usage significantly by developing new production methods. Additionally, Levi’s is committed to bettering the lives of apparel workers.
Another well-known brand, Adidas, has recently made great strides to reduce its carbon footprint. By 2024 they plan to use only recycled polyester, minimize water consumption and use more renewable energy. Like Levi’s, they are also passionate about using fair labor practices.
Patagonia is a popular outdoor clothing brand. Most of their materials are recycled, and all of their cotton is organically grown. They are also heavily involved in the fair trade movement, doing everything they can to ensure the factory workers who produce their products are well-compensated. While they have little control over wages since they do not own the factories, they are actively working to ensure workers earn a living wage and pay premiums that go directly to workers.
Are you looking for minimalist pieces to add to your wardrobe? Kotn is an excellent option. They are part of the “slow fashion” industry, dedicated to producing quality products rather than mass-produced, cheap pieces. They primarily use high-quality Egyptian cotton and are committed to supporting NGOs in the areas from which they source their materials.
There are plenty more sustainable and ethical clothing brands out there, but these are great places to start. If you’re passionate about making your wardrobe sustainable and ethical, take it slow! It can be tempting to trash all of your “fast fashion” pieces, but textile waste is hard on the planet. Enjoy the clothes you have, and consider investing in these or similar brands as you seek new pieces or need to replace old ones!
Doaa Dashoush is an experienced businesswoman in the fashion industry. She currently serves as the President and CEO of GFASHION, a global luxury brand currently based in New York City. GFASHION prides themselves on their unique approach to the industry. They don’t follow trends set by others. The Luxury brand focuses on innovative design through their work with the top designers on collections that reflect the company’s craftsmanship.