Five Ethical Clothing Brands You Need To Know About
2020 is a year for growth. 2020 is totally new year, do you. But how about you do you a little more ethically?
According to the BBC, about 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon emissions are produced by the fast fashion industry. Not only this, but apparently according to The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, people are buying twice as many items of clothing as they did a decade ago - with a lot of it ending up in landfill sites.
In 2018, 235 million items of clothing were sent to landfills. In fact, the fashion industry is the world's second most polluting industry after oil.
If you're a fashionista, you'll already have some weird emotional attatchment to your clothes, but why not make it an emotional attatchment to ETHICAL clothes.
Here's some ethical brands we have found that have ethical and eco-friendly at their core.
House of Sunny
The East London brand launched in 2011 and it seems like influencers can't get enough. Louise Thompson has even been pictured wearing a coat from the AW19 collection.
With the help of British Fashion Council, House of Sunny is now in its fifteenth collection.
The brand prides itself on its sustainable nature, using vegan leather and minimising fabric wastage.
The brand offer 'seasonless' pieces. So rather than dropping new collections when we enter a new season, their clothes can be worn all year round. This allows them more time to source ethical fabrics.
On the website it says: "Along with making a conscious effort concerning animal welfare, animal agriculture impacts global Green House Gas and emission.
"We acknowledge that the synthetic alternatives are not without concern, however our decision to avoid leather allows us to have a lower environmental impact than those that do use animal products.
"For VOL15 SS20 we have chosen to avoid print placements. This is where the print is engineered to the garments shape, which creates a lot of fabric wastage. By using repeat prints each garment is unique as the placement is always different. We are very conscious of our fabric consumption and will avoid wastage wherever possible."
Not only are they striving to become more sustainable, but the garments are full of funky prints and jeans to die for.
You may have heard of this ethical shoe brand as only bloody Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was seen sporting them back in Summer 2019.
Created by two childhood friends Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion and launched in 2005, their mission is to make footwear with eco-friendly materials from ethical suppliers.
According to the company, it takes three recycled bottles to make one pair of shoes. The bottles are taken from the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and sent to a factory where they're crushed into fibres.
The company has also started buying wild rubber from rubber tappers in the Amazon even though it costs more than synthetic materials, providing an important boost in the fight against deforrestation.
The shoes come in a little pricey starting at around £95, but knowing they're coming from an ethical background may take the sting away.
It's all well and good having outerwear thats ethical, but don't forget about those intimates.
Lara Intimates have got us girls covered in the undies and bras section.
Not only is this brand ethical but it's also super inclusive with an extensive size range, from 26A-36I. Now that's how it's done.
Created in London, they use sustainable suppliers and zero-waste fabrics, creating more products with left-over materials.
On their website it says: "On average, 10% of fabric in the fashion industry ends up wasted on the cutting room floor, with even more faulty items being thrown straight in the bin.
"We save and shred our cuttings so that they can be used to create new Lara products, as well as giving gentle worn, slightly imperfect items a second chance at love as part of our Factory Seconds range."
Again, the underwear is more expensive than what you'd find in Marks & Spencers, but it's totally cute and ethically made and sourced.
People Tree was founded back in 1991 and their core mission has stayed the same, that 'every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standard from start to finish'.
People Tree is a member of the Fair Trade Association and PETA Vegan Approved, in fact, they were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation product label.
I think it's damn fair to suggest this brand is as ethical as they get, with organic cotton throughout their products.
Armed Angels are an affordable ethical and eco-friendly brand. They say 'taking responsibility and protecting our environment is not an option but a must'.
They only use sustainable materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, organic wool, recycled polyester, Lenzing Modal® and Tencel®, and their mission is to oppose fast fashion and aim for a 'timeless design'.
Similar to People Tree, Armed Angels is part of the Fairtrade organisation and have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard Organisation since 2011.
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