17 sustainable clothing brands in the UK you should know

These brands aim to support the slow fashion movement and do their part to help combat the problems caused by fast fashion.

Ethical and sustainable fashion has never been more important.

These days we all think a lot more about our planet and the impact the products we buy and use have on it.

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The problem is that, thanks to fast fashionever-changing trends and mass production, around 300,000 tons of used clothes are burned or landfilled every year.

As people become more aware of the devastating impact of climate change – and how fashion is contributing to it – brands are working harder to create their clothes in a more ethical way and shoppers are also looking to buy more outfits. durable.

Here are some of the best eco-friendly brands that offer sustainable clothing lines.

Some names you’ll recognize from the main street, and some may be new.

What is sustainable fashion?

Sustainable fashion is about meeting the needs of customers today, while ensuring that the way we meet those needs will also meet the customers of future generations.

On the surface, sustainable fashion is about producing clothes using the most environmentally friendly materials and processes, then ensuring that the clothes can be recycled or reused when the items have reached the end of their life to avoid damage. aggravate pollution or landfill problems.

However, sustainable fashion is also about benefiting those involved throughout the fashion supply chain and ensuring that everyone is treated fairly – from farmers to consumers to everyone who works in end-of-life facilities such as recycling plants.

Sustainable fashion is sometimes called slow fashion because it was created to last a lifetime.

Which brands offer sustainable clothing?

We’ve rounded up 17 of the best brands that offer sustainable and ethical clothing. Good shopping.

H&M

Their designers have created a new collection of clothing, using innovative ways to deal with fabrics and materials often considered waste.

They’ve found ways to give these materials new value and utility in our wardrobes, and also encourage people to take pride in passing their clothes on to loved ones.

Ella Soccorsi, concept designer at H&M, said: “The design team was talking about who we become when we fall in love – and how our clothes are part of the love story.

“So we created a collection about love and its many forms: romantic, tough, passionate, non-binary and platonic.

“We are passionate about circularity, which is why most pieces have tags inside to encourage customers to write their name and a message when it’s time to pass them along.”

John Lewis Girlfriend Collective

A new brand in the industry, Girlfriend Collective specializes in making activewear from recycled materials because they say “waste looks better on you than it pollutes the planet”.

Its philosophy of not making waste but rather wearing it even goes so far as to take pieces already worn to recycle them and create new products.

John Lewis has also relaunched their “BeautyCycle” program and encourages shoppers to recycle empty beauty products to get £5 off their next beauty purchase or donate the money to charity.

Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer are committed to sourcing 100% of the cotton they use in their garments from more sustainable sources, the majority through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).

The BCI initiative helps farmers increase their profits and reduce their water consumption.

They are also committed to helping their customers recycle their old clothes through their “shwopping” program.

Customers can donate clothing from any brand in any condition in the dedicated bins found in M&S stores, including shoes, accessories and bras.

All their unsold clothes are sent to their charity partners Oxfam, Newlife or SmartWorks to be reused or recycled.

ASOS

ASOS have created a dedicated line of sustainable clothing which they call their Manager Edit.

Consider it a one-stop-shop for all eco-friendly clothing and accessories on their website.

You will find recycled products, where waste, plastic and textiles have been reused as new products.

There are also new items made from sustainable fibers and fabrics, which use less water and generate less waste, making them better for the environment.

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The brand also uses recycled polyester and polyamide in its synthetic garments and all its cotton has been sourced either from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) or recycled since 2020.

This is where you’ll find a long-lasting wardrobe treasure.

Mango

Mango announced its commitment to designing more sustainable products that are housed in more environmentally friendly packaging.

The brand also claims to want to produce less textile waste.

So far they have said that 79% of their pieces have what they call sustainable properties – the target for this year is for 100% of their garments to have sustainable properties.

By 2025, they aim to use 100% sustainable cotton in their products, as well as 50% recycled polyester.

They have a clothing collection called Committed, which is made up of items that contain at least 30% sustainable fibers.

Monki

Monkipart of the H&M group, is a fashion brand that proudly champions the power of the planet, brotherhood and the power of community.

They are committed to sourcing materials that will have less impact on the environment, including using recycled materials.

They are also committed to sustainability being at the heart of everything they do.

Their Monki Cares edition features a carefully curated selection of clothing, including a fabulous range of recycled bikinis.

If you have pre-loved clothes that have seen their best days, you can also recycle them at any Monki store.

Reformation

Reformation started out selling vintage clothing in a small storefront in Los Angeles in 2009.

The brand quickly grew and started making its own clothes, with a focus on sustainability. Reformation’s mission is to bring sustainable fashion to everyone.

They make everything from low impact materials, reclaimed fabrics and repurposed vintage clothing.

Some garments are still made in the LA factory, and the rest in sustainable partner factories around the world.

Every week they release new limited edition collections and only start with small quantities of each product.

More of the same product is then made if the demand exists and they know their customers want it, based on direct data and feedback. This reduces production waste and makes their products more exclusive.

Aspinale

From responsibly sourced leather to recycled materials, the Aspinale sustainable collection does its part to minimize the impact on the environment.

These beautiful must-have pieces were designed to last a lifetime.

Boden

Boden has created a line of bodycon dresses and trendy linen shirts that have been made from more sustainable materials.

They have been created from LENZING™ ECOVERO™ proprietary fibers which are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, from certified and controlled sources.

Selfridges

The strategy is built on three themes; shifting to more sustainable materials, exploring new business models and challenging mindsets to deliver better products and help customers buy better.

They offer eco-friendly options in their lines, including clothing, accessories, and beauty.

They also have the ability to buy and sell pre-loved clothes and rent clothes.

Omnes

Omnes are a brand new fashion brand, but they are already making an impact on the industry with their trendy and stylish designs which are all created with sustainability at the forefront.

The brand uses sustainable materials, recycled fabric scraps and guarantees that all suppliers are audited and sustainable as well.

They say, “There’s no shame in wanting to look good, but the damage certain fashions do to our environment is.”

“We all need to do things differently and Omnes exists to create cool, thoughtful clothing, so you can look stylish, without harming the planet or your wallet.”

New look

New look are committed to doing their part to help the planet. Over 30% of their clothing is now made from more sustainable fabrics, their shopping bags are made from 80% of their own recycled plastic.

They have a specific line of clothing, called Kindlywhich focuses on more sustainable and ethical materials and processes.

These items are made from organic cotton grown using processes and resources that have a lower impact on the environment.

They also incorporate recycled metals into their jewelry range.

By summer of this year they aim to use only 100% sustainable cotton, and by summer 2023 they aim to use only 100% sustainable viscose, as well as fabrics even more recycled by summer 2024.

Baukjen and Oxfam

For a third year Baukjen partnered with Oxfam and 50% of the net sales proceeds of their ‘Pre-loved collection‘ are donated to a selection of women’s associations.

Old Baukjen clothes are repurposed, recycled or given new life through their Preloved program.

Lucy and Yak

Lucy and Yak say they want to prove that everyone, from production to customer, can be happy.

All their clothes are made in India by tailors. Depending on what the brand pays to make its clothes, tailors are paid three to four times the state minimum wage.

They have also built a new factory for the tailors which overlooks the beautiful Indian desert and farmland.

The factory also has solar panels, so a large percentage of the energy used in the factory is renewable.

thought

thought is a brand founded on the philosophy that clothes should feel good and do better for the planet.

All of their clothes are made only from clean, natural and recycled materials, such as recycled wool, nylon, polyester and rpet, a material made from recycled pet plastic.

The brand is also changing its manufacturing process from a linear to a circular approach where waste and pollution are engineered.

This means materials are used for as long as possible, allowing natural systems to regenerate.

Community clothing

This is a social enterprise with a simple goal; selling affordable, high quality clothing and in doing so creating jobs for people in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

Each garment is designed for perfect everyday use and made to last using the highest quality sustainable natural materials. Best of all, every garment is made right here in the UK.

Michael O. Stutler