10 Sustainable Clothing Brands Women Love

When you think of carbon emissions, you probably imagine airplanes or an arid forest, and you don’t think t-shirts or jeans. But it turns out that the fashion industry is responsible for 8-10% of all carbon emissions, and is the second water consumer, according to the conclusions of the UN (the most important is agriculture). Supporting sustainable clothing brands made with eco-friendly materials that are built to last has never been more important.

It’s not just the making of clothes that causes environmental stress, but also what happens after consumers have finished wearing them (surprisingly, every piece of clothes are only worn seven timeson average, before being discarded, according to The Wall Street Journal).

The sustainable women’s clothing brands on this list don’t compromise. They are ethically made from recycled and eco-friendly materials like Tencel and silk. These brands limit or completely avoid plastic (unless their product is made from recycled plastic). And of course, all the pieces are well made, beautiful and so comfortable that you’ll want to wear them again and again.

According to the World Economic Forum, “the equivalent of a garbage truck full of clothes is burned or dumped in a landfill every second.” Yes, all second. So, in addition to buying sustainably (or used) as much as possible and keeping clothes as long as possible (which often means avoiding trends in favor of things that go well), it’s also important to support brands like Rewoven Where marimoled, who are thinking about innovative ways to recycle textiles. Because instead of being in a landfill, old clothes and discarded fabrics can get a second life like a jersey or a dog bed.

Read on for some of our favorite sustainable clothing brands for women.

We only include products that have been independently selected by Romper’s editorial team. However, we may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article.

Two days off

Los Angeles-based brand Two days off manufactures its garments in-house in small batches or to order. Beautiful clothes are made from natural fibers like linen or sustainable EcoVero™ knit fabric made from wood pulp from certified sustainable forests. Many of the textiles used by Two Days Off are what’s called “unsold,” meaning fabrics that were previously made but never used (and the new fabrics are all made from more eco-friendly natural materials). ‘environment).

The brand is also carbon neutral, meaning all carbon emitted by the company is offset through decarbonization initiatives. These refined basics are well-made and built to last, even with regular wear. Oh, and every package is shipped plastic-free.

Stripe and look

Stripe and look is best known for their incredibly soft underwear (panties, as they say on their website) that biodegrade over time (well, 95% of the fabric does, and the brand works on fully biodegradable fabric). Those underwear and basics won’t live forever in a landfill once you’re done with them because, surprisingly, you can put them in with your compost.

All of their products (including the super cute joggers above) are made from TENCEL™ Modal, which is made from wood pulp from sustainable forestry operations. Through a partnership with EcologicalStripe & Stare will plant a mangrove tree in Madagascar with every order.

Back Beat Co.

Back Beat Co. has a cool, effortless, and cozy vibe that manages to look casual while still staying put together. The brand uses what’s called “low impact” fabrics, which means they’re either recycled or sustainably grown. Currently, the fabric list includes hemp, tencel, recycled cotton and linen. All products are shipped plastic-free in recycled paper or compostable envelopes, including larger orders destined for store accounts.

Everything from pattern making to fabrication, sewing and fabric dyeing is done locally in Los Angeles, less than 10 miles from the studio. The silhouettes of these comfy garments are vintage-inspired with cool modern updates, and you’ll get a ton of wear with the versatile looks.

Edit+

Edit+ designs, produces and ships all apparel in-house from their factory; this process both reduces carbon emissions and enables faster execution: a win-win. Cozy pieces include outerwear (like the multicolored fleece above), slouch tops and pants, and accessories like face masks and balaclavas; everything is neutral enough to stand the test of time while still having interest and detail.

The pieces are designed to be worn in all seasons, thus limiting the amount of new clothing a consumer has to buy. All materials are durable; some are made from recycled polyester and others are made from organic cotton and wool. Edit+ also donates 10% of the profits made to NGOs.

Everlane

You’ve probably at least heard of Everlane, and you might even own a few of their timeless clothes (their jeans are the best). The brand has pledged to eliminate all virgin plastic from the supply chain by 2021 (a target currently 90% achieved). Pioneers of transparency, they are also communicative about their partnerships with fair trade, “clean” factories, that is to say using recycled water or renewable energies to supply the installations.

The brand is also transitioning all jeans to be made from a yarn known as Roica® V550, which is made without harmful chemicals. According to the brand’s website, “97% of our clothing materials containing polyester and nylon are now made from certified recycled fibers”, and 45% of plastic shoes come from recyclable materials.

Proclaim

Proclaim was founded by Shobha Philips who decided to launch her own lingerie line after struggling to find underwear that matched her skin. The brand is inclusive, while being ethically and environmentally responsible.

The products (which include bras and underwear in various styles, including the comfortable high-waisted fit pictured above) are all made from eco-friendly Tencel or REPREVE® recycled polyester made in United States and from plastic water bottles.

The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, where it also manufactures its products, and as its website states, all items are “cut and sewn in a facility that adheres to strict City of Los Angeles labor standards. and the State of California”.

Pact

of the pact the products, which include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, as well as bedding, are made from organic cotton. As the Pact website says, “We choose to use organic cotton because it supports healthy soils, ecosystems and people using natural agricultural processes. That means no toxic chemicals and 91% less water than non-organic cotton.

Additionally, the brand partners with Fair Trade Certified™ factories that provide safe and fair working conditions that help protect workers and the environment.

Pact is known for its extremely soft parts; from base layers to cozy sweaters and outerwear. Customers can choose to offset the carbon emissions created by shipping; this calculation is made using the distance of the shipment and the carbon footprint created, and the cost goes towards purchasing wind energy credits or other decarbonization efforts.

Taylor Jay

Taylor Jay uses the word “high comfort” to describe their pieces, and that’s exactly it. Everything the brand makes, even the maxi dresses, seems to be comfortable and as soft as it is chic.

“We chose to do slow fashion because empowering women cannot happen without integrity and social responsibility. We partner with a fair labor and ethically sourced factory in Oakland, CA to produce eco-friendly apparel from certified eco-friendly textiles,” according to Taylor Jay’s website.

Some examples of this sustainability include the use of recycled yarns and eco-friendly dyes. Based in Oakland, CA, the company works with a fair and ethical labor factory, also in Oakland.

girlfriend collective

If you’re looking for buttery leggings that are compressive yet completely comfortable, look no further than Seattle-based, girlfriend collective. I own several pairs of the brand’s leggings, so I can attest to the fact that you’d never know they came from the trash. Well, more specifically, from post-consumer bottled water.

The brand takes plastic from water bottles and turns it into yarn, which diverts bottles from landfills and excludes petroleum from the manufacturing process.

Girlfriend Collective offers tons of sporty hobbies, from leggings to shorts and bras, in basic dark colors and fun seasonal hues.

Fantasy + Line

Based in Los Angeles Fantasy + Line has sustainability built into everything they do. If you find yourself liking something on their website, be sure to add yourself to the waitlist; the brand does this to know exactly how much of a certain item it makes, which reduces waste. When ready, the company collects each piece from the local factory, eliminating the need for plastic entirely.

In addition to unsold and recycled fabrics, Whimsy + Row uses eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton, linen and silk. Each piece of fabric is recycled (sometimes to make smaller items like scrunchies or bandanas) and if it’s too small to use, the brand donates it to Marimole in New York, where it’s spun into new fibers .

If you like colors and prints that are still super durable (there’s even a section of sustainable dresses for wedding guests), this brand is for you.

Michael O. Stutler