Updated: Nov 9, 2018
Choosing fashion brands that care about our planet, when updating your wardrobe, can make a huge impact on existing environmental, social and labor practices, and help put an end to animal cruelty. After all, how we spend our money dictates what kind of businesses and products will survive and which will become a thing of the past.
Surveys report that people feel great about being a part of the eco-friendly movement, unless it becomes too inconvenient or forces them to walk around wearing a paper bag.
Luckily, today we do not have to choose between looking good and doing good by the planet. The number of brands that concentrate on creating Earth and animal friendly fashion continues to grow. With the cold months coming upon us it is worth checking them out. Here are some of my favorites.
Ten trees are planted for every item purchased withe goal to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.
This Canada-based company aspires to be the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet. Their mission states,"We don’t want to just reduce the negative impact of the apparel industry, we want to use it as a vehicle for change. Our purpose is to revitalize our environment and inspire a generation to believe that they can do the same."
They produce beautiful apparel made out of progressive eco materials such as Tencel, hemp, modal, linen, organic cotton, recycled polyester, cork, or coconut.
Check out their website and make sure to follow their awesome Instagram page.
2. MATT & NAT
This stylish vegan brand continuously tries to improve the standards for all their materials.
"Being inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure means exploring the synergy between the two, the reflection of one on the other," says the brand that came to life in Montreal in 1995.
They produce wide selection of stylish, high quality bags, backpacks, luggage, footwear and accessories for men and women. They use various vegan leathers, 100% recycled plastic bottles for all linings inside the bags and sustainable materials such as cork and recycled rubber. M&N encourages upcycling of the rarely worn bags and donation of the used ones.
3. Vaute Couture
This New York based company was the first vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week.
Vaute Couture promises "to create the warmest winter coats for the warmest hearts," using innovative, high-tech, sustainable textiles, cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district. They work with the best high-tech mills around the world using organic and recycled fibers, combine them to create shockingly warm coats, beautiful gowns, comfy sweaters, and cool swimsuits.
I bought my first vegan winter jacket from Vaute Couture a year ago and, have to say, it kept its promise to keep me "Canada Goose" kinda warm the entire winter.
4. Save the Duck
This US based company produces 100% animal free, high performing outwear.
They replaced goose down with progressive technology - Plumtech - that is warmer, more breathable and lighter than the original. The result - lightweight, water repellent and wind resistant jackets. Save the Duck uses recycled polyester fibers, "high-definition" nylon fabric, faux fur and faux sheep skin for comfy, yet fashionable look.
5. Good Guys<