Happy 4th of July! Need a new outfit for the parades, barbecues and fireworks?

Did you know that 97% of of our clothes are made overseas? It seems funny to rock a U.S.A. t-shirt that’s made in China on the holiday. But just ‘cause something is made in the U.S. doesn’t mean it’s sweatshop free.

Fear not Remakers. Here’s our guide to ethical U.S. brands that are creating jobs with dignity right here at home and saving on carbon emissions. Sizzle on as you take in those fireworks!

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Sword & Plough

Sword & Plough’s product line supports veterans, start to finish. All goods are upcycled from thousands of pounds of discarded military wear that would otherwise be trashed. From the manufacturing side, the brand sources from American suppliers that are either veteran owned, operated or staffed. Once the products are sold, 10% of the profits loop back into the cycle, going to veteran initiatives and thus giving back to the initial users of the materials. So Sword & Plough reduces waste, empowers veterans and raises awareness on the challenges veterans face at home.

The Reformation

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Reformation

This is likely one of the first ethical brands you’ll hear about these days. With the mission to make killer clothes without killing the environment, founder Yael Aflalo committed to L.A. local manufacturing for stylish, sustainable threads. Even their packaging is made from recycled goods. A certified B Corp, this company adheres to more rigorous standards of transparency.

Lazlo

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Lazlo

Lazlo backs their tees for life and does so while creating above minimum wage jobs for formerly incarcerated men. The tees are all made in Lazlo’s Detroit facility and are made from organic cotton, so no one in the supply chain was exposed to toxins from farm to wear.

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Hackwith Design House

Everything from the desktop computers to the industrial machines, live in this brand’s Minnesota studio. Their makers are highlighted on their website, bringing us face to face with the people crafting our clothes.

Fibre Athletics

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Fibre Athletics

This workout brand weaves integrity into their stretchy, sweat-wicking threads. As a Chicago Fair Trade business member, Fibre Athletics sources organic, recycled and low impact materials. The clothes are stitched locally and they even extend their fair practices to their overseas mills. Now that’s the kind of value system we want to export.

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Arkins

The secret of this line is in the fabric. 100% of Arkins’ textiles are made from renewable fibers that are healthier to produce and use less water. Fabrics include soft wools and vegan leather. They use GMO-free organic cotton and low-impact, natural dyes. 80% of these fabrics are Certified Fair Trade, meaning all makers along that supply chain were fairly paid. Manufacturing is done in a Manhattan garment factory, where the brand keeps a close eye on their small scale production.

Eleanor Amari
Eleanor Amari manages content at Remake. Shoe-obsessed and a true-to-form millennial, she found that her interests and drive to help others were perfectly united in the ethical fashion space. Eleanor also volunteers at the non-profit art gallery Creativity Explored.