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Get ready to be inspired and thrown into the wonderful world of sustainability with these, the best sustainable fashion brands…

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The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. It’s also one that is swiftly changing its ways by listening to the wants and needs of mindful consumers who can afford to want to know that their clothing, accessories and shoes are being made sustainably.

Stella McCartney told us: “We have to stop and consider the waste, it’s spiralled out of control. I think in order to have sustainability in fashion, you need to think in advance. You need to think about everything in a circular way and in its entirety and at the end of the day a lot of it is about waste, you know, ‘Waste not, want not, do unto the planet as you would have them do unto you’.”

From Stella McCartney to Sonia Carrasco and Celtic & Co, there are plenty of wonderful, slow-fashion brands worth shouting about; labels which understand that good quality clothing should be kept forever and recycled, upcycled, or passed onto others via charity shops or re-selling websites such as Depop and Vestiaire Collective; fashion brands which have taken the time to consider their supply chain and who take pride (rightly so) in being able to say that they are a sustainable brand.

Whether it’s out of genuine concern for the planet or just to capture a new type of customer who follows the sustainability-related buzzwords, many brands are catching on to the sustainability wave by creating environmentally-friendly and ethical capsule collections. But as much of a positive a change as this is, a singular collection just isn’t enough. So, as part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging you to do the same, we’ve researched and rounded up the best sustainable fashion, footwear and accessory brands to support, who ensure they are being as sustainable as they possibly can. Thought sustainable fashion meant un-fashionable fashion? These brands will make you reconsider…

FASHION

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney Overcoat

Stella McCartney was one of the first luxury fashion brands to advocate environmentally friendly production, still with a chic, understated aesthetic which appeals to the fashion-conscious customer. Partnering with the ethical fashion initiative since 2011, the designer has banned fur and leather in her collections and continues to inspire other fashion brands to embrace a more sustainable business model. Stella has launched a line of one-off items, in line with her commitment toward a circular economy, specially crafted from left over fabrics, ensuring nothing goes to waste. Every piece has a special not from the designer sewn into the piece. The limited-edition collection launched at the newly reopened flagship Old Bond Street shop. Prices range from £475-£1795. stellamccartney.com

Sonia Carrasco

Sonia Carrasco

Committed to crafting environmentally conscious clothing, each of Sonia Carrasco’s garments is created in Barcelona – just 5km from the brand’s studio in fact – and is made with materials certified by the Global Recycled Standard. The womenswear label, whose style is both modern and minimalist, also ensures that its suppliers compliment the brand’s environmental ethics, focusing on the production of high-quality timeless pieces, each to be loved and to last. What’s more, the exemplary label also supports local NGOs to offer women at risk of social exclusion training and job opportunities. sonia-carrasco.com 

Dos Gardenias

Dos Gardenias

Dos Gardenias is a sustainable swimwear brand which certainly doesn’t compromise on style. The Malibu-based label uses Econyl – a sustainable material made from synthetic waste, such as plastic bottles and fishing nets from the ocean – to produce its elegant designs. What’s more, the brand has recently partnered with Dutch model and charity:water ambassador Roos de Kok in creation of a new one-piece, the ‘Roos Suit’, in which 100 percent of all profits are being donated to the charity. dosgardenias.com

Mayamiko

Mayamiko

If it’s good enough for Meghan Markle, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Sussex sported this ethical and sustainable brand whilst on the Royal Australia Tour and it’s easy to see why. Not only does Mayamiko create vibrant, comfortable and zero-waste African-inspired clothing, but every garment is produced in the label’s green energy workshop in Malawi, a space designed in association with The Mayamiko Trust charity which offers support and opportunities to vulnerable women by teaching them creative new skills. mayamiko.com

Beamont Organic

Beamont Organic

Beamont Organic

Beamont Organic, a brand stocked at Young British Designers, was founded with a mission to create ‘contemporary conscious clothing’. The materials they use are fair-trade, organic and eco-friendly, and the styles vary from light floaty linen dresses for summer, to organic cotton hoodies for winter. It’s a responsible, slow-fashion brand that can be trusted to always produce ethically and reduce waste wherever possible, whilst being an easy brand to head to for a quick wardrobe update. beaumontorganic.com

Arela

best sustainable fashion brands: Arela

Arela

Fashion brand Arela set up the ‘For Good’ initiative to ensure they take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products. ‘For Good’ is a framework that allows the life of their garments to be as long as possible, and is split into design, care, taking back unwanted products, using quality materials, recycling and reusing materials, and using recyclable packaging, which is often something that gets forgotten and can put a real dampener on a new purchase. The most enticing thing to us about Arela, apart from the designs, is the fact that they re-use materials from their products to make and mend new ones. Waste not, want not – and we want everything Arela is selling. arelastudio.com

BITE Studios

BITE

Sustainability is at the heart of BITE (which stands for By Independent Thinkers for the Environment): 95% of the fabrics used in the brand’s endlessly wearable collections are made from natural organics and recycled or sustainable fibres. The SS20 collection, crafted from organic silk, wool, linen and cotton, took inspiration from surrealist artist Dorothea Tanning’s move to Arizona with her husband Max Ernst, and the colours of her work from that period. What’s more, for the latest season the brand is offering a buy-back scheme, re-purchasing any BITE item for 20% of its original value. BITE is available online on net-a-porter and in store at Liberty.

Beulah

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands: Beulah

Beulah Spring Summer 19 Collection

Beulah is a sustainable fashion brand excelling in floaty dresses and skirts. It also does its very best to be ethical and is on a mission to eradicate slavery ‘through the power of skilled craft, exemplary business ethics and conscious consumption’. Their supply chain prides itself on transparency, as the brand knows that the fashion industry is one where forced labour and slavery can thrive. So, Beulah employs women who have been overcome sex trafficking and slavery with the hopes of giving them and their families a more sustainable future. They are also sustainable in the sense that their garments are high quality, to decrease the number of clothes thrown away and end up clogging up landfills. One material used frequently in their collections is silk which is sourced from China and then hand-printed either in India or digitally printed in Italy. They explain on their website that ‘currently there are not many viable higher-welfare alternatives to traditional silk; options like peace silk are still relatively unfeasible in terms of quality and quantity’, and assure that the company is always striving to investigate new fabrics and spearhead the latest environmental practices. The use of cashmere and wool in their collections isn’t common, but when they do, it’s through a partnership with a women’s cooperative in Nepal. In fact, Beulah intricately details how their materials are sourced and how they’re trying to improve. beulahlondon.com

JETS Swimwear

Best Sustainable fashion brands: jets swimwear

JETS Swimwear

Australian swimwear brand JETS has created a sustainable collection using Renew Plus, an environmentally friendly and sustainable fabric made of 100 percent recycled polyamide and Lycra Xtra Life fabrication. On the hunt for a cute one piece? JETS is the ticket. jetsswimwear.co.uk

Tretorn

Tretorn.com

Tretorn

If you’re on the hunt for a sustainable jacket suitable for unruly weather conditions, buy one from Tretorn. Their initial goal was to be able to ‘label 50 percent of our outerwear with the Eco Essentials initiative before the year of 2020’. Having already achieved this, Tretorn now boasts that 85 percent of their outerwear is part of the Eco Essentials Initiative. This means that the products included in this initiative are made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles. tretorn.com

Celtic & Co

Celtic & Co

Celtic & Co

Pioneers of sustainable fashion from the start, Celtic & Co predominantly use British-sourced natural materials when creating a piece of clothing designed to last a lifetime. The benefit of using these natural materials means that when the clothes are washed, micro-plastics aren’t emitted into the ocean. celticandco.com

Davy J

best sustainable fashion brands: Davy J

Davy J

Designed in Devon and made in the UK, Davy J is the new swimwear brand with covetable pieces to add to your sustainable summer shopping list. Stylish and designed for relaxing, swimming and diving in, Davy J use ECONYL, a swimwear fabric made from ghost fishing nets; those that have been lost or left in the sea and seriously dangerous for any animal that gets stuck inside it. davyj.org

Twenty-Seven Names

best sustainable fashion brands: Twenty-Seven Names

Twenty-Seven Names

New Zealand based brand Twenty-Seven Names offers fashionable sustainability at its finest. Created by Rachel Easting and Anjali Burnett, and named after the 27 people who helped to get the business off the ground, Twenty-Seven Names chooses entirely ethical fabrics and methods of creation. On each garment’s page, you’ll find a full disclosure of where the piece was cut and made, and the provenance of the lining, trims and fabrics. twentysevennames.co.nz

Vivienne Westwood

best sustainable fashion brands: Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood uses her collections and catwalk shows as a platform for positive activism. Her resilient campaigning on climate change and overconsumption has underpinned the brand’s identity, as has her ecological crusades. Vivienne Westwood is a Trustee of human rights organisation, Liberty, a Patron of Reprieve and a campaigner for Amnesty International. Her green campaign support includes Cool Earth, in their efforts to save rainforests and stop climate change. In collaboration with the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative she began producing bags in 2015 supporting thousands of women from marginalised African communities. The collections are created using recycled materials from slums and landfill and the income helps to stop the need to continue deforestation in the area. viviennewestwood.com

Eileen Fisher

best sustainable fashion brands: Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher

Ethics and sustainability are quite literally woven into US fashion label Eileen Fisher’s minimalist fashion offering. The brand publicly shared its commitments in its 2020 vision that looks at improving the social and environmental impacts of the supply chain. Its initiative, Green Eileen, has seen the fashion label collect and recycle previously worn Eileen Fisher clothing, supporting women, girls and the environment. What’s more, the brand offers free repairs on all its clothing. eileenfisher.com

Tome

best sustainable fashion brands: Tome

Tome

Tome’s sustainability and ethical fashion impetus began with the launch of its first capsule for the White Shirt Project in 2014. The White Shirt Project supports Katie Ford’s foundation, ‘Freedom For All’ which fights human trafficking and slavery. Katie’s enquiries raised internal questions for Tome itself: ‘is everyone involved in producing the clothes paid well?’ Tome took a fine-tooth comb to their process and visited the factories, working on reducing waste and using local and renewable sources. They see periodic check-ins of factories as the best way to monitor their supply chain practice and safeguard the women who work for them. Emma Watson was also spotted in Tome during her Press Tour for Beauty and The Beast where she only wore ethical and sustainable clothing. tomenyc.com

Chinti & Parker

best sustainable fashion brands: Chinti & Parker

Chinti & Parker

Chinti & Parker, renowned for its ‘quality basics’, started in 2009 as a joint venture between cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood. They began with ethical cashmere clothing for children, soon venturing into womenswear, creating simple and versatile pieces. The brand is committed to sustainability and better living, justifying the cost of the products with the ethical process behind them. For example, each of the Chinti & Parker factories is handpicked for its relevant expertise and high-quality credentials. What’s more, in places where production involves long travel, Chinti & Parker actively offsets carbon emissions as outlined by the Carbon Neutral Company. Gwyneth Paltrow even designed a jumper to champion the brand’s approach to ethics and sustainability. chintiandparker.com

People Tree

best sustainable fashion brands: People Tree

People Tree

People Tree truly pioneered the idea of ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion in its entirety as opposed to an external campaign or side note. They were the first international clothing company to be awarded the World Fair Trade product label – evidence of their dedication to covering fair wages working conditions, transparency, capacity building, environmental best practice, gender equality and setting standards for conventional fashion companies to improve their supply chains. And still, their stylish designs are affordable, proving that ethics don’t need to be expensive. peopletree.co.uk

The Cotton Story

Best sustainable fashion brands: The Cotton Story

The Cotton Story

If you think you need to go to Primark to get your basics, think again; The Cotton Story sell good quality and very reasonable (£16 for a tee-shirt) basics; long sleeve tops, short sleeve tops, sweatshirts, shirts and more, in soft colourways such as navy blue, greys, white and black. They pride themselves on their pricing being honest, although judging from the quality they certainly could be charging more; beautiful products for everyone and anyone; and ethical factories. In fact, if you visit their pop up on the King’s Road, you’ll be able to see pictures from their factories and learn about who made the clothes. Even the swing tags are recyclable! thecottonstory.co.uk

Somerville

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands: Somerville

Somerville

A British brand inspired by British spirit, Somerville produces small collections of high-quality clothing which are both stylish and comfortable for working people to wear. The sustainability element is clear – garments are made in the UK, collections are small to minimise waste, digital printing is used to save water waste, and the packaging is recyclable. Perfect! somervillelondon.com

Haute Hijab

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands: Haute Hijab

Haute Hijab

Haute Hijab is a brand which has thought about every step of its production and selling process to make it as ethical and sustainable as possible, and it’s clear its an issue that’s important to them. Each hijab is made from deadstock materials which are tested to make sure they’ll last a long time. The pieces are then made by manufacturers with whom Haute Hijab are in contractual agreement, guaranteeing each employee involved gets paid fairly. Once a product is sold, it is packaged in polybags made of biodegradable, recyclable plastic. hautehijab.com

Belize

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands: Belize

Belize

Belize is making efforts as a company to become more sustainable; many of their garments are made using Khadi fabric, which is a 100 percent eco-friendly fabric. This means it takes longer than your average garment to create – but it also means it keeps more deserving people employed. Using Khadi reduces the brands’ carbon footprint by 30 percent, and it means that the garment is biodegradable, so it won’t sit in landfills forever – it will naturally fade away. belizeofficiel.com

Bunks

Best Sustainable Fashion Brands: Bunks

Bunks

Bunks is a premium quality swimming trunks brand for kids, with matching options for parents. Launched only 3 years ago, Bunks is contributing positively to the world by helping to protect the ocean and its inhabitants which have inspired its designs. Buy a pair of trunks from Bunks and you’ll be pleased to find that their packaging is made of biodegradable and recyclable plastic packaging. Plus, the swing tag can be reused as a luggage label. bunkstrunks.com

Vin + Omi

best sustainable fashion brands: VIN + OMI

Vin + Omi

Eco-conscious design duo Vin + Omi have been practising and developing eco-innovation since 2004. Their process of producing rPET textiles starts with collecting plastic from clean-up sights, and their way of producing clothes uses over 50 percent less energy than with PET fabrics. vinandomi.com

Elio

best sustainable fashion brands: Elio

Elio

South African fashion, accessory and jewellery brand Elio create one-off pieces made in Cape Town. It’s a slow-fashion brand and all materials are locally sourced, adhering to the company ethos of being as ethical as possible in their processes, producing ‘little to no waste’. Shop here for limited edition, floaty and unique summer dresses, tee-shirts and hair accessories. elio.clothing

Lilliput & Felix

best sustainable fashion brands: Lilliput & Felix

Lilliput & Felix

British based swimwear and beachwear brand Lilliput & Felix is bringing something very necessary and new to the table – sustainable and stylish swimwear. Since launching in 2014, the label has gone on to create luxury, high-end pieces which ‘merge classic and contemporary styles’. The brand was awarded Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability, and it’s no surprise – the pieces are made with recycled fabrics, and others are sustainably woven to order in small quantities so as to reduce waste. lilliputandfelix.com

ACCESSORIES

Neubau

Best sustainable fashion brands: Neubau

Neubau

This glasses brand creates its pieces using naturalPX – an eco-friendly material unique to the brand made from organically sourced and renewable primary products, ’65 percent of which is eco-friendly oil extracted from the seeds of castor oil plants’. The cases they come in are also recyclable, as are the cleaning cloths which are made of recycled plastic bottles. Even the packaging used is all paper (which is recyclable), and the suppliers they work with are all selected as eco-friendly ones. neubau-eyewear.com

Bom Bom Morocco

best sustainable fashion brands: Bom Bom Morocco

Bom Bom Morocco

Each Bom Bom Morocco product is handmade by a women’s association near the Atlas Mountains. They’re made from natural palm leaves and the pom poms are hand-dyed in Marrakech tanneries, before being hand-sewn onto the piece. A scoop of sustainability with a sprinkling of female empowerment equals a solid brand worth supporting. bombommorocco.com

Lovia

Best sustainable fashion brands: Lovia

Lovia

Accessory brand Lovia creates all types of bags entirely from waste materials. With an understanding that the fashion industry accounts for around 800,000 tons of leather waste every year, Lovia decided that there must be a way to create beautiful leather bags without adding to this waste. Plus, they’re passionate about being transparent – all the waste that goes into creating their bags can be entirely traced right back to its original source. loviacollection.com

Taylor Yates

Best sustainable fashion brands: Taylor Yates

Taylor Yates

British accessory brand ‘Taylor Yates’ has mastered understated luxury, and is committing to sustainability, too. The leather they use is a by-product of food production, and for this, they have been awarded The Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury for their company-wide commitment to sustainability. tayloryates.com

SHOES

Veja

Vega-store.com

Veja

Veja’s sneakers are everywhere – look around London and it feels like everyone has a pair. This is a national obsession we can get behind, because the brand is big on transparency. Customers can look into Veja’s supply and production chain and find out all the information they need to know. Plus, the vegan shoes are totally inexpensive for stylish design and well-thought-out materials. vega-store.com

Good News

Best sustainable fashion brands: Good News

Good News

Good News produce effortlessly cool sneakers. The brand is sustainable from the start of the shoe-making process to after the shoe is no longer wanted. Created with the aim of using a platform to promote a healthy planet, Good News goes to great lengths to ensure its carbon, water and chemical footprint is as low as possible. Each pair of shoes is made with a recycled rubber sole, organic cotton and weave uppers, and a recycled eco-lite footbed. The brand also has a small supply chain to be able to care for each person involved. Finally, Good News will donate deadstock and faulty shoes to refugees in need, as well as the homeless. Shop them at Dover Street Market and goodnews.london

Aspiga

best sustainable fashion brands: Aspiga

Aspiga

Aspiga was founded after Lucy, the founder, fell in love with the impressive craftspersonship in Kenya – in particular, the handmade beach sandals. The label practices ethical trading, supports local communities, as well as ensuring the supply chain is small, trustworthy and transparent, using natural fibres to create each piece. aspiga.com

Yatay

Yatay

Yatay

Not only are Yatay’s shoes 100 percent sustainable, their packaging is too. Buy yourself a pair of these sustainable sneakers which are made in Italy to reduce the environmental impact of production. The brand also uses entirely eco-friendly materials – expect them to arrive in a box made of 5 plastic bottles making its environmental impact approximately 90 percent lower than a traditional shoebox. yatayatay.com

Penelope Chilvers

best sustainable fashion brands: Penelope Chilvers

Penelope Chilvers

Why have regular shoes when you can have Penelope Chilvers shoes, in which the soles are made of old tyres? This is the kind of creative recycling which makes a respectable brand. In addition, their ‘waste not want not’ motto means there is no plastic used throughout the collections. penelopechilvers.com

Allbirds

Allbirds

Allbirds

San Francisco-based brand Allbirds – which recently launched in the UK with a store on Long Acre – has sustainability at its core. Each pair of shoes, priced at £95, are comfortable and cosy and adds something a little different to the heavily logo-ed sports shoe industry. Materials used include wool from New Zealand and renewable Eucalyptus fibre, proving that sustainability need never put a cramp on style. allbirds.co.uk

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