FashionRemake

You asked us: How can I look great without paying for sweatshop labor or pumping up the earth’s heat? Here are 10 companies that are improving makers’ lives and reducing their impact on the planet:

10. Warby Parker Sunglasses

These sunnies give more than just sun protection. For every pair you buy, Warby Parker provides resources for its nonprofit partners to give vision exams and sell affordable glasses in maker communities.

9. Reformation Jacket

Is it a brand or a movement? Reformation’s chic-sustainable styles are designed and made in their own factory in LA. They make everyday style look easy and flawless while using sustainable fabrics, repurposed vintage clothing, and over-ordered fabric sitting in other fashion houses.

8. Levi’s Waterless Jeans

Save your quarters! Sunday is no longer Laundry Day. Levi’s reduced a ton of water use (28%-96%) in these jeans and asks you to do the same. And Levi’s Improving Worker Well-being initiative partners with suppliers to improve makers’ lives.

7. Eileen Fisher Scarf

Elegant style from a company that’s pledged 100% sustainability by 2020. Including all organic cotton and linen, US operations will be carbon positive (not just neutral) and they are focused on the fair treatment and happiness of makers and their communities. Makes you happy too, doesn’t it?

6. Etsy Purse

Show your unique style with a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bag. Through Etsy, you can have direct contact with the artist-entrepreneur-maker and know that your purchase is directly supporting their craft.

5. TOMS Shoes

You’ve heard the buzz. Buy a cute pair, and a child gets one too. But it’s not just shoes anymore–clothes, bags, glasses, accessories. Through your purchases, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need.

4. Bario Neal Jewelry

Beautiful inside and out. Their jewelry is handcrafted in Philadelphia using reclaimed metals, ethically sourced stones, and Fairmined gold from small-scale miners working under fair and safe conditions.

3. Goodwill Belt

For a bargain deal, skip the production process—and the energy, water, and pollution that goes with it. Less landfill, too. Plus, you’re supporting Goodwill’s nonprofit mission to help people transition back into the workforce.

2. Fairphone

Not just another Android—this Dutch company sources conflict-free minerals from the DRC and Rwanda and promotes the stability and safety of miners. And it’s designed to last with easily replaceable parts rather than turning into obsolete e-waste after the usual 2 years.

1. Uniform T-shirt

This incredibly soft tee, mostly made from recycled beechwood with no nasty by-products, is crafted by working mothers in the first fair trade factory in Africa. Every shirt bought gives a Liberian child a uniform and the chance to go to school.

Do you have a favorite sustainable brand? Tell us who and why!

Ayesha Barenblat
Ayesha is a social entrepreneur with a passion for building sustainable supply chains that respect people and our planet. Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has spent the last decade working with brands, governments, and nonprofits to improve the lives of makers in global supply chains.
Rina Horiuchi
Rina Horiuchi leads the design and creates many of the visual pieces at Remake, including infographics and cartoons. She is passionate about systems thinking and information visualization and hopes her work can help reveal the hidden world where our stuff is created.