Shopped your closet, rented the runway and still need something new? These brands will see you through the rest of the summer
We all love a little retail therapy, especially now that we’re emerging out of lockdown in Britain. But before we rush to the shops, it’s worth considering how our craving for something new might have a knock-on effect for the planet.
In 2017, we produced over 6.9 billion tonnes of plastic waste. And what’s even more staggering is that 6.3 billion tonnes of this was not recycled – it was simply left as waste to pollute the planet.
The fashion industry has a lot to answer for and are responsible for some serious environmental damage – accounting for 10% of global carbon emissions and, according to the World Bank, generating 17 to 20% of the world’s industrial water pollution through textile mills.
Since it’s Plastic Free July, I can’t think of a more fitting time to put together a list of fashion brands and products offering plastic-free alternatives, operate with planet-friendly production methods or are offsetting their environmental footprint.
Here are seven brands to kickstart that fierce fashionista lurking within us all – pure eco style!
Labo mono are a relatively new brand, established in 2018 who produce urbanised raincoats the sustainable way. Every jacket they produce is made with 30 recycled bottles and their mission is to encourage adventure, big or small, without ruining the planet!
The company has also ditched the harmful PFC’s (fluorocarbons) which are used in most waterproofs for an innovative and safe alternative called BIONIC-FINISH® ECO made in Germany. This alternative provides the jacket with a remarkable water repellent finish which is fluorocarbon-free and bluesign® accredited.
With a 10,000mm HH rating, these jackets not only help you to stay dry in light and heavy rain, they also look perfect for the urban adventurer/dweller. You can choose between three vibrant solid colours and three bold prints, all designed in-house thanks to their technologically advanced design machinery.
The factory which makes the Urban Jacket was specially chosen by Labo mono’s founder, Ali – the workers are paid a living wage by the hour and work in a safe and regulated environment for only 8 hours a day.
Where better to get your super sustainable shoes than TOMS? In the next five years they have some pretty incredible targets towards sustainability including expanding to 100% sustainable cotton by 2025 and continuing to source 100% of their packaging from sustainably managed forests and ensure it’s made with at least 80% recycled materials.
Their new REPREVE ® collection is a high quality fibre produced from recycled plastic bottles – keeping them out of the ocean. This manufacturing process also reduces CO2 emissions and water usage! They are also 100% vegan and Part of earthwise™ – products which are rooted in earth-friendly materials and processes including TENCEL™ lining made from wood pulp, a natural jute midsole and OrthoLite ® Eco LT Hybrid insole with 26% eco content.
Aside from sustainable materials they are also using eco-friendly natural botanical pigments in their Plant Dye Collection, making the pieces super unique!
Tentree are an incredible brand rooted in the belief that we have a responsibility to protect and preserve the world we live in. If you purchase any one of their products they will plant ten trees. 🙌
They aim to plant 1 billion trees by 2030, which will drastically reduce climate change. They’ve planted over 30 million trees and restored land in over eight countries so far so fingers crossed with our help they can continue to make a real difference.
Not only that but their clothing is made from sustainable materials such as: Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, Tencel, Hemp, Cork Trims, Coconut Buttons and Modal. I personally love the hemp and organic cotton combi products; like this women’s super simple everyday dress and men’s modern-classic shorts.
The sportswear market is dominated by polyester, polyamide, and nylon – all very unsustainable materials.
However the new and emerging company Tripulse uses TENCEL™ lyocell, a revolutionary material fibre made by the Austrian company Lenzing. It is made from certified renewable and sustainable wood sources, mainly eucalyptus and beech trees.
If you compare it with growing cotton, these trees require very little water, no pesticides and a lot less land. This material is also free from toxins and microplastics.
You’ll look good and smell good at the end of your workout – yup, it’s less smelly than cotton – and it’s completely biodegradable at the end of its life.
The classic, and original ethical fashion brand since 1988 – dedicated to creating clothes that are sustainable and don’t have a negative impact on the environment. They stock all manner of men’s, women’s, and unisex items in quality organic, natural and eco fibres.
Recently they’ve also started selling clothing which is made of innovative fabrics such as green PU coating and recycled PET, from plastic bottles.
Most of Komodo’s products are vegan and all are cruelty free. They are also in the process of reducing single use plastic in their supply chain to zero. They’re GOTS certified and a member of the soil association.
Corkor specialises in manufacturing unique vegan products, such as handbags, wallets, purses and accessories for men and women. No fur, wool, exotic skin or other animal-derived fabric is used; and the company is PETA approved.
The range is handmade in Portugal by local artisans, which ensures that a high level of manufacturing quality is used.
The cork fabric is natural and sustainable vegetable leather which has been certified cruelty free by PETA, they have clearly signalled their commitment to sustainably managed forests and the protection and adequate harvesting of the cork oak forest.
Alongside their natural material they use non-toxic water-based inks, operate a water reutilisation system, source and manufacture their products locally, make items by hand and in small batches, design for longevity and durability, keep their packages simple and ship in bulk to logistics warehouses to reduce carbon emissions.
Y.O.U produces classically stylish, super-soft organic Fairtrade cotton underwear for men and women. They are PETA-approved vegan, and they’re as good for the world as they are for your wardrobe.
The company also uses a simple, yet effective charitable model – buy-one-give-one – and believes that underwear should be universally available to people in all communities. And so it should be.