Sustainable Fashion Brands

How important is it to shop sustainably? How accessible is it?


Fashion’s detrimental effect on the environment tends to go unnoticed by many. How can we as consumers minimize our individual carbon footprints and assume responsibility for our contributions to climate change?

The fashion industry accounts for 10% of carbon dioxide emissions, more than the shipping and flight industries. In addition, it accounts for 20% of plastic produced worldwide and uses over 79 trillion tons of water a year.

As consumers in a capitalist economy, we might feel as though we have little control over how corporations affect the environment, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The choices we make regarding what we purchase and from whom have a large impact on the industry as a whole. 

Even the most popular brands, like Forever21, GAP, and Urban Outfitters, are incredibly unsustainable, although they may be the most widely accessible options. However, alternatives exist, and it is crucial to inform the masses about them.

Here are some examples of clothing brands that strive to make a positive impact on the environment:

  1. Patagonia – 87% of their clothing is made with recycled materials, and they donate 1% of their profits to non-profit environmentalist organizations.
  2. Reformation – This brand is incredibly transparent about its environmental impact. They make significant efforts toward using renewable materials and are known for having high ethical standards.
  3. Tentree – Tentree uses eco-friendly materials, in addition to planting 10 trees for every item purchased. 
  4. Minga London – They are committed to having strong ethical policies and producing clothes responsibly. Also, their packaging is 100% recycled and their shipping is entirely carbon neutral. 
  5. Levi’s – This denim brand is making serious efforts toward using recycled materials. They indicate which items on their website are made with renewable materials and are very honest about their company standards. 
  6. Mud Jeans – This is another denim brand focusing on using recycled cotton. Also, their entire brand is carbon neutral and emits 70% less carbon than the industry standard.
  7. Secondhand shops – These are always a good option for those on a budget, and they can be found both in person and online. Options include sites like eBay, Poshmark, and Depop, or a trip to your local thrift shop.

Because styles and budgets differ, it is essential to do research individually. It benefits us and the environment to minimize our consumption of clothing and buy well-made, eco-friendly pieces that will last a lifetime. We should all make an effort to purchase clothing with positive intentions and decrease our carbon footprints.