Shop the best recycled clothing brands

Trying to navigate “sustainable” fashion is a minefield. There’s the greenwashing of fast fashion brands, technical language so vague we had to create our own guide to it, and the undeniable fact that shopping for any fashion item is an inherently unsustainable practice. .

However, when it comes to recycled fabrics, things are a little simpler, where designers take old materials and reuse them. While it’s rare to see pieces made from 100% recycled materials, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

We went looking for pieces from designers who use this method of working and came back with a long list of fire pieces that you can face with reduced bad conscience. There’s an outdated stereotype that sustainably made clothing is boring and plain, but the designers below like NOAH, Acne Studios and Marine Serre use recycled materials and have proven that’s far from the case. .

From fine jewelry to technical outerwear, discover our favorite items made from recycled materials. Also get jargon-free information on how the materials were made.

Scroll down to find our favorite pieces that use recycled materials

Joshua Vides x Converse Basketball Utility Bag

It’s not called a “utility bag” for nothing, the design includes 10 side pockets, a hammer loop and a detachable waist bag to ensure optimal functionality. Part of a collaboration between Converse and LA-based artist Joshua Vides, it’s one of many pieces in this collection that uses recycled materials. In this case, the bag is made from 600D recycled poly.

Reebok Zig Kinetica II

The sneaker industry doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to durability, but Reebok is helping to change that with its latest trail running-inspired design. The upper of this shoe is created from a minimum of 30% recycled materials, as is the Vibram Ecostep outsole.

The North Face CTAE Full-Zip Fleece Black

Designed to celebrate the 1990 International Trans-Antarctic Expedition that brought global attention to the dangers of climate change, this fleece honors its heritage by using recycled polyester.

NOAH Crusher bucket hat

NOAH has been streetwear’s golden child when it comes to sustainability, and this bucket hat continues its commitment to acting in an eco-responsible way. The stonewashed style is made from a cotton blend that uses: 50% recycled cotton, 25% organic cotton, and 25% cotton.

ASICS HN2-S Protoblast

This retro-futuristic pair of bright sneakers is courtesy of studio Kiko Kostadinov and his ongoing work within the ASICS design team. The upper is made with more than 20% recycled materials, while the solution-dyed insole reduces overall water consumption by around 33% and carbon emissions by around 45%.

Our Heritage Classic Shirt

Classic shirt

This shirt features a slightly different finish each time as it is created with noil silk fabric, which is made by recycling leftover fibers from the manufacture of other silks, then dyed with a special pigment dyeing process.

GmbH Jersey

While GmbH champions Berlin’s native culture and way of life, it also honors Germany’s reputation for sustainability with its production methods. In this case, he uses recycled nylon to create a striking black and neon yellow jersey.

Acne Studios shoulder tote bag

Shoulder tote bag

Not only does Acne Studios’ Face sub-label create killer essentials, they’re also all made from organic or recycled materials. In this case, the Swedish brand’s crossbody tote bag is made from recycled polyester.

[email protected] Pangaia x Haroshi cotton hoodie

Pangaia has always been refreshingly open about the origins of its fabrics, with many of its pieces imprinting how the fabric was made where a logo would traditionally sit. For this collaboration with [email protected], she uses an organic and recycled cotton blend hoodie to present the grail figure [email protected] by Japanese artist Haroshi.

adidas swim shorts

adicolor swim shorts

adidas has quietly made efforts to become more eco-friendly and partner with organizations such as Parley for the Oceans. Here he produces his classic three-stripe swim shorts with 100% recycled polyester twill.

Serre Regen Marine Patchwork Jeans

The United Nations Environment Program estimates that it takes 3,781 liters of water to make a pair of jeans. For this pair, Marine Serre cut that number down considerably by patchwork old jeans and adding a purple wash with her signature moon pattern along the way.

Woolrich Freedom 3-in-1 Jacket

Freedom 3 in 1 jacket

America’s oldest outdoor brand has proven it’s possible to create technical fabrics from old materials. In this jacket, its 40D two-layer fabric is not only waterproof, breathable and laminated, but it also uses recycled materials.

COMPLETEDWORKS bracelet in sterling silver

It’s not just clothing that can be created from recycled materials, you can also step up your jewelry game with this platinum-plated recycled sterling silver bracelet.

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Michael O. Stutler