Bourgeois Boheme is an eco-friendly, animal-friendly, cruelty free, vegan brand. The brand produces unique and comfortable footwear for both men and women. As proponents of the "slow fashion" movement, Bourgeois Boheme uses timeless designs to create shoes that are built to last. Additionally, the brand is extremely committed to transparency, and provides their customers with ample information about where and how each product was made.
Kuyichi is a Dutch denim brand that is both socially and environmentally responsible. The brand works with factories that guarantee their workers fair wages in safe and healthy work environments. Additionally, the brand is a champion of recycled and organic materials; in fact, in 2013 their entire collection was made from 100% organic or recycled cotton, hemp, linen, polyester, and tencel®.
Haikure's products are what you get when you mix the quality of Italian tailoring with eco and ethical fashion practices. The brand, which emphasizes the importance of traceability, believes that the consumer should have access to information on each product's production processes. Additionally, Haikure is on a mission to inspire a new lifestyle in which sustainability and fashion can coexist through the promotion of respect for both people and the planet.
Alchemist is a brand striving to mix high fashion with ethical fashion. Currently, 92% of Alchemist's production takes place in Europe, a decision the brand made to reduce their carbon footprint and ensure the protection of their workers' rights. Alchemist is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to improve labor conditions in the fashion industry.
Nomads is a UK-based clothing line that has been committed to producing fair trade items for over twenty years. The brand works with Indian handicraft artisans to create one of a kind pieces. In addition to their commitment to fair trade practices, the brand is also environmentally conscious.
Slowers is a Spain-based brand that specializes in producing modern versions of traditional espadrilles. Based on respect, honesty, and enjoyment, this brand is dedicated to creating ethical pieces of fashion. All Slowers items are hand-made in Spain from organic and raw Spanish materials, so as to reinvest in local communities, as well as minimize the company's transport footprint.
As both an environmentally and socially responsible brand, The Green 3 works to produce both modern and classic garments from recycled, organic, and reclaimed materials here in the United States. The brand uses only biodegradable detergents and low-impact reactive dyes. Additionally, the company works with organizations such as Aspiro to provide jobs and life skills training for adults with cognitive disabilities.
All shoes from Julie Bee's are made with the environment in mind. The brand create eco-chic shoes by way of sustainable processes - vegetable dyes, no harsh chemicals, recycled materials, vintage upcycling, etc. Each pair of shoes is handcrafted in the USA, "reducing carbon emissions and supporting an employee friendly working environment."
Sinerji is a brand striving to "change the fashion industry for the better, one thread at a time." This Australia-based brand exclusively engages in fair trade and sweat-shop free production. Additionally, their products are made from certified organic cotton and bamboo jersey and are dyed with organic vegetable dyes, making the clothing eco-friendly in multiple ways.
Levi's, which is part of the Levi Strauss & Co. apparel company, is a clothing company that specializes in denim. Their products are made with four key values in mind: empathy, integrity, originality, and courage. For years, the brand has been committed to fair labor standards and workers rights. Today, their Made of Progress campaign exemplifies their current mission - doing more with less while caring for people worldwide. To learn a little bit more about the spirit behind the Made of Progress campaign, check out the video below.
Country Road is an Australian brand dedicated to ethical fashion practices. Their corporate social responsibility model focuses on four key components: their people, their communities, the environment, and ethical trade. The brand is a big supporter of the Australian wool industry, but their products are exclusively sourced from non-mulesed wool. Additionally, they have developed an Environmental Code of Practice, which they require all their suppliers to sign.
Rapanui is an eco-friendly brand dedicated to making sustainable fashion "cool." The UK-based brand is known for its radical transparency and use of organic textiles. For Rapanui, ethical fashion begins with their design practices and continues through every stage of the production process.
Etrican is a Singapore-based brand dedicated to creating accessible designs and affordable clothing out of organic cotton. On top of that, they work exclusively with responsible factories that ensure fair pay, adequate working hours, and good conditions for their workers. All Etrican products are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard organization, which holds its members to both social and environmental standards.
4 All Humanity is an online private label that offers women's apparel (like this fair trade, 100% organic cotton Hi-Lo Henley Dress) made by a cooperative in northern Uganda. The brand also produces accessories, which are made from recycled materials, silver, vintage fabrics, leather, and semi-precious stones by co-ops in India, Thailand, Mexico, and South Africa. 4 All Humanity ethically sources every one of their products, believing that in doing so they can not only change the futures of the artisans they work with, but also transform the apparel industry's current model of sourcing.
Steven Alan is a New York based designer committed to creating classic, timeless pieces of clothing. His garments are handmade from high-quality raw materials. Most of the manufacturing is done in New York (seventy percent, in fact), and the small amount of production done in China takes place in small factories that do not partake in mass-production. This allows the brand to be proud of their product as well as their process.
Hovey Lee is a Los Angeles based eco jewelry brand. All of their jewelry is made in LA out of 100% recycled metals and fair trade gemstones. The company is committed to providing safe socially and environmentally responsible jewelry to their customers while promoting fair trade, human dignity, and environmental sustainability.
Nau (pronounced "now") is a Portland-based company dedicated to social, material, and aesthetic sustainability. They create beautiful pieces out of natural, renewable, recycled, and salvaged materials and donate 2% of every sale to their humanitarian and environmental Partners for Change, (which include Ashoka, Breakthrough Institute, Mercy Corps, People for Bikes, and Ecotrust). Nau is known for their modern take on urban and outdoor apparel like this rain poncho, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Allie Gardner is a DC-based nonprofit professional working to eradicate human trafficking. She holds a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University.
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