You are what you wear — but is your killer style hurting the environment?
We live in a state of “fast fashion” where trends come and go quicker than you can say “crop tops what?” Not only is the fashion industry extremely pollutive, but the rate at which we are disposing clothing to purchase new ones is extremely wasteful. In an ideal world, we would all do away with fashion to stick it up to the man. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world. Instead, Tinycaravan wanted to find an alternative. We researched and scoured the internet to find fashion brands that are trendy, sustainable, and affordable. In the end, we stuck with these 8 sustainable fashion brands, each with a mission of their own. Hey, we all might just start to dress like one another someday.
For: Men and Women
What They Support: 70% of goods made from sustainable materials, certified green practices, fair labor laws, and ethical production processes.
Why We Love Them: One of our favorites, Alternative Apparel produces clothes that are meant for casual wear, perfect for lounging in style. They have a wide array of basics such as sweaters, French Terry, hoodies, and — dare we say — joggers?
What They Support: Zero-waste philosophy, sustainable practices, and American Forests. Fabrics are either made from recycled, organic, renewable, or low-impact dye materials.
Why We Love Them: Amour Vert means ‘Green Love’ in French and is the perfect name for a brand that creates clothing with the least impact on Mother Nature. With every purchase of an Amour Vert T-shirt, a tree is planted in North America. Today, they’ve helped plant over 100,000 trees with American Forests, a non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect and restore forest ecosystem.
FREEDOM OF ANIMALS
What They Support: Sustainability, ethical and cruelty-free practices, and vegan materials.
Why We Love Them: Freedom of Animals is a cruelty-free handbag line born from their love of animals and the environment. All bags are lined with organic cotton and recycled plastic water bottles, while their zippers are made of recycled metals attached with organic twill tape. We admire the little details Freedom of Animals put in their products. Most bags are named in honor of orphaned elephants, brought to The Sheldrick Foundation, who lost their mothers to poaching.
INDUSTRY OF ALL NATIONS
Gender: Men and Women
What They Support: Social, sustainable & economic awareness, fair trade, and open borders for production and delivery — or as they call it “giving power back to the people.”
Why We Love Them: Industry of All Nations work with small businesses to provide opportunities for them in the international market through fair trade practices and a humane supply chain. In a sustainable sense, they do away with the use of artificial dyes or toxic chemicals to keep apparel colors truest to nature’s colors. It’s an admirable philosophy.
MATT & NAT
For: Men and Women
What They Support: Linings made from 100% recycled plastic bottles (~ 21 per bag), vegan and cruelty-free practices, socially responsible and ethical production processes.
Why We Love Them: There’s a personal bond we feel to their motto “Live Beautifully”. Similar to why many choose to live sustainably, the inspiration behind Matt & Nat’s story is centered around their awe, love, and the personal responsibility they feel for the world around us. We commend their company culture. They follow a ‘cruelty-free zone’ where employee birthdays are celebrated with vegan food and cupcakes!
What They Support: Sustainable practices, environmental awareness, green building infrastructures, a certified B Corp which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, and bringing about a sense of community.
Why We Love Them: We love how 75% of Reformation’s management team is made up of women or people from underrepresented populations, and we’re also very impressed with their commitment to the Earth. Each individual garment is assessed on a RefScale, which tracks its environmental footprint through the production process. In addition, their sales are invested in programs that give back to the environment and staff birthdays’ are celebrated with donations to TreePeople, a non-profit organization that supports urban forests.
What They Support: 100% organic and eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable production process to reduce carbon footprint and minimize production waste. They make sure all fabrics are used to their full potential.
Why We Love Them: Being women of color, we were extremely happy to stumble upon a fellow sister who is on the same path towards sustainability and very proud of her success! As a part of SiiZu’s company philosophy, they also donate a portion of their sales to American Forest. Again, these funds help plant thousands of trees to aid in the restoration of wild habitats.
For: Men and Women
What They Support: 100% natural, organic, and recycled materials that are ethically sourced, fair trade, and investment in public education.
Why We Love Them: All of Slum Love’s clothing are handmade in Kenya. Their employees are paid fairly, treated with respect, and provided a better life for themselves and their family. In addition to sustainability, we love their emphasis on the importance of education. They give back to a non-profit organization that provides high school scholarships to children living in one of the world’s largest slums.
Jennifer and Vivian