Eco-friendly fashion is no longer limited to hemp t-shirts and old plastic repurposed into clunky accessories. With a variety of chic, on-trend brands dedicated to sustainable fashion, there’s no excuse to not go green. Update your wardrobe this spring with these stylish and ethical environmentally-friendly brands.
Querencia Studio uses a multidisciplinary approach to address social, environmental and human rights issues within the fashion industry. Using the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as framework, the brand sources materials from FabScrap and Goodwill for its unisex range of streetwear-inspired pieces. Querencia’s clever “Unsubscribe” tees shed light on the myriad problems plaguing the fashion industry by printing eye-opening statistics on the back: the average American throws away 70 pounds of textile waste each year, it takes 200+ years for synthetic fibers to decompose, the average day wage of factory workers in Dhaka is $3.
Actress-turned-designer Rooney Mara started vegan label Hiraeth with her best friend, Sara Schloat. The line offers shoes and clothing—mainly in vegan leather—that will hit Barneys stores in August. “In fast fashion, you can find faux leather boots that are really cheap…while it’s cruelty-free in the animal sense, I didn’t necessarily know where those things were made, or if they were cruel toward humans,” Mara told Vogue. With celebrities as young as Sadie Sink declaring themselves fans of the line, Hiraeth is sure to become a red carpet favorite in no time.
Brooklyn-based designer Miranda Watson uses dead-stock leather and natural cotton, wool and linen to craft smart, deceptively simple outerwear and separates. Having recently shown her fall 2018 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week, Watson is on the fast-track to mainstream success.
Founded in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband (the famous Bono), EDUN is a New York-based label that promotes fair production and trade across Africa by working closely with manufacturers, artists and local communities across the continent. In 2009, luxury conglomerate LVMH partnered with the brand, a logical move considering EDUN’s high-fashion approach to ethical and eco-friendly clothing.
Founded in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, Reformation designs and manufactures most of its limited-edition collections in downtown Los Angeles. Everything in the shop, from underwear to denim to bridesmaids dresses, is produced using sustainable fabrics (made of renewable plant-based fibers) and vintage garments. Reformation also boasts a management team over three-quarters female, and recently released a collaborative collection with model Ali Tate Cutler in extended sizing that ranges from 0 to 22.