If you want to get serious about sustainability, you need to get to know brands that practice green and eco-friendly production techniques.
Shopping smarter and greener still isn’t as easy as it should be—but luckily there are some great eco-conscious brands paving the way. Here are five brands that focus on sustainability and ethical practices. What does that mean for you? You don’t have to feel guilty about your next purchase—especially when it’s a stylish fashion piece that’s made to last.
Here are 5 green fashion brands we’ve fallen for.
This San Francisco-based company preaches transparency at all levels. From its commitment to only partnering with the best factories that are ethical, to breaking down the exact costs, markup and profit of each item, Everlance ensures that you know exactly what you’re contributing to when you pick up one of their well-made basics.
This summer, a sleek silk shirt dress is just what you need. We love that this breezy silhouette comes in staple colours like navy and black, but also this great colour-of-the-year-inspired green.
The Silk Square Shirt Dress in Moss, $125USD, everlance.com.
Championing slow fashion, Michael and Donna Gaughan, the husband and wife duo behind Canadian brand Miik, were first inspired by sustainable fabrics. Bamboo is the brand’s bread and butter, and its designs are simple, stylish wear-everywhere pieces that you won’t want to take off. The bottom line? Miik creates locally milled and designed items that are composed of sustainably sourced fabrics and made to last.
Everybody could use a great t-shirt dress. This one has a cocoon silhouette, pairs easily with heels, flats, blazers and jackets and is so soft it will become part of your regular wardrobe rotation.
Tia Dolman Sleeve Cocoon Dress, $145, miik.ca.
This British Columbia-based brand’s motto is “I am love.” It sounds cheesy but Nicole Bridger puts its money where its motto is by supporting what is right for people and the planet. This means sourcing the most sustainable fabrics to minimize toxic waste and employing ethical manufacturing both at home and in other countries. You’ll find easy, accessible designs made from materials like hemp, organic cotton, silk, linen and wool.
Pick up these tapered silk pants in an incredible floral print this season. They’re made from 97% silk and 3% lycra, and uber flattering. Dress them up for work with a blouse and blazer, or pair with a simple t-shirt for a more casual look.
Bliss Pants in Blue Floral, $338, nicolebridger.com.
Just how much more sustainable is Reformation than other brands? Well, they’ll tell you exactly how much depending on which garment you buy. Alongside colour options and sizing information, Reformation lists the environmental impact savings (they call it the RefScale). You’ll know exactly how much carbon dioxide, water and waste was saved in the making of every garment you purchase. The brand even incorporates sustainable practices in its building infrastructure to minimize any environmental impact. The cherry on top is that the clothes are simple, trendy and always stunning.
You can always use a simple and breezy button-down shirt. This one is slightly sheer and very light (so it’s perfect for layering), and is 100% viscose. Pro tip: The brand always recommends hand-washing—not only will your delicate garments last longer, but it’s better for the environment too.
Violet top in June, $128, thereformation.com.
The mission of this Canadian brand is all about travelling light. Like carry-on only light. Encircled creates versatile separates that celebrate stylish travel. Their other main focus? Sustainability. The company refuses to compromise on human rights, materials and the environment, incorporating sustainable practices company-wide. That means eco-fabrics, up-cycle production methods, recyclable materials and closed-loop processes.
Our pick this season? A simple wear-everywhere pencil skirt. This piece is reversible (meaning you get two neutral colour options), but the best part is that the skirt easily adjusts to all body types and is made from 95% modal (an anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, wrinkle-resistant material derived from the inner pulp of resilient Beech trees).
The Reversible Pencil Skirt, $124, encircled.ca.