8 eco-friendly clothing brands to shop right now

OOften when people decide to start living a more eco-friendly life, the first step is to ditch plastic straws or invest in reusable grocery bins. Don’t get me wrong, both of these changes are good for the planet, but if you want to have an even bigger impact, it might be time to rethink the way you shop for clothes. Fortunately, eco-friendly clothing brands have come a long way in terms of sustainability and style.

It’s no secret that the fashion industry is responsible for vast environmental damage, contributing 10% of global carbon emissions. According to Maintain your style, it is the biggest polluter in the world after the oil industry. Far from being eco-friendly, the fashion industry produces untreated toxic wastewater that spills into rivers and oceans, harming both aquatic life and humans. It also uses 1.5 trillion liters of water every year, releasing microfibers into the water that eventually end up in your food. Synthetic fibers take hundreds of years to break down in landfills.

To make sure your wardrobe doesn’t harm the planet, start buying sustainably. There is an ever-growing list of companies that have made it their mission to create eco-friendly clothing with responsible materials and sustainable practices throughout the process, from using solar-powered factories to compostable shipping materials. These are the best brands to find eco-friendly clothing with avant-garde design.

8 eco-friendly clothing brands to shop right now

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Whatever your denim needs, whether it’s jeans, jackets, skirts or shorts, DL1961 has you covered. The eco-friendly clothing brand puts environmental awareness and sustainability at the forefront by being solar-powered and using ethically sourced cotton and water-saving botanical fibers. While a typical pair of jeans requires 1,500 gallons of water to produce, the company uses less than 10 and then recycles 98% of that water with an on-site water recycling plant.

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You won’t find more comfortable cotton products than those from Pact. The company only sources 100% organic cotton, which is as soft as it is good for the planet. This means there are no toxic dyes or pesticides in your clothes, whether you’re wearing a bralette and underwear or a pair of leggings and a sweatshirt. There is also a live count on the website that shows how many gallons of water have been saved by customers buying organic cotton products. (Spoiler: that’s a lot.)

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If you want designer clothes to be more eco-friendly, meet Cienne. The brand may be expensive, but the high-quality items you’ll find on everyone from Emma Watson to Gwyneth Paltrow are made with the environment in mind. The company works with artisans around the world, sources natural and sustainable fibers and reduces waste by designing in small batches. You will have unique and eco-friendly pieces that you will be proud to wear.

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United By Blue is on a mission. Certified B-Corp has all the outerwear you could ever need, but produces it in a way that protects the planet you explore while wearing it. Each product is created from responsible materials, including organic cotton and recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. The company also removes one pound of waste from the world’s oceans and waterways for every product sold. So far, that equates to more than £1.7 million.

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The next time you need to stock up on all your basics, head over to Alternative Apparel. All of the brand’s comfortable t-shirts, dresses and sweatshirts are made with organic and recycled materials, low-impact dyes and water-saving washes. The company also ships the products in environmentally friendly packaging that saves 2,100 trees, 860,000 gallons of water and 400 cubic meters of landfill each year.

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Threads 4 Thought wants to be as sustainable, ethical and impactful as possible. The company’s eco-friendly clothing, which includes t-shirts and activewear, is made from organic cotton, recycled polyester and Lenzing Modal (which comes from beech wood). In addition, the factories where everything is made have sustainable production processes and working conditions that comply with the highest certifications in the fashion industry.

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With a name that means “green love” in French, Amour Vert was built with sustainability in mind. Not only are the pieces made in small batches to eliminate waste, but the fabrics used in the process are made from eco-friendly materials like beech fibers, organic cotton, Oeko-Tex certified silk and Tencel (which is made from eucalyptus). Plus, when you buy a t-shirt, the company is planting a tree in North America, a promise the company has delivered at least 220,000 times.

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People Tree is one of the first eco-friendly clothing brands. Since its launch in 1991, every product has been made as ethically and sustainably as possible, enabling people to buy contemporary items made with organic cotton, low impact dyes, Tencel Lyocell and responsible wool, all created using traditional craftsmanship. Because of these practices, it was the first fashion company to receive the product label from the World Fair Trade Organization.

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Michael O. Stutler