Want to dress like a sustainable fashion pro? Look no further, because we’ve gathered leading companies in the business who are innovating the industry through smart and sexy design. Read on to find out where you can stock your shelves with the best products made from some of the world’s top innovations, brought to life by industry veterans.
Agaati proves that sustainable luxury doesn’t have to compromise exquisite beauty. Supporting a pro-artisan movement, the luxury clothing company keeps socio-economic and environmental impact at the core of their design, supply chain and logistics, all while contributing 5% of profits to NGOs that support women and artisans around the world.
Pro-Achievement: Agaati designer Saloni Shrestha is trained in couture and ready-to-wear, boasting experience from prestigious fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen and Naeem Khan.
Made with 100% organic cotton, Kuyichi Denim helps to provide a safer life for cotton farmers in Peru by eliminating toxic chemicals. All the cotton used by the company is free from pesticides, fertilizers, and insecticides. In addition to denim jeans for men and women, Kuyichi also offers denim shirts, jackets and organic cotton sweatshirts.
Pro-Tips: Wash denim only when they are visibly dirty. After wearing, jeans can be hung outside for a few hours to freshen up. Spots can mostly be cleaned with a damp cloth. Use short or eco washing programs for lightly soiled laundry, and whenever possible, dry laundry outdoors in fresh air or in an unheated room.
Who said sustainable can’t be sexy? We Are HAH begs to differ. Featuring lingerie, swimwear and apparel oozing sex appeal, the real X-factor of the company is its commitment to minimizing waste and smarter use of resources and raw materials. Manufactured by Bennett and Company, a veteran lingerie designer and manufacturer with over 30 years of experience in the business, praised for her product’s perfect fit, quality, and construction.
Pro-Achievement: We are HAH co-launched the EFL fabric (Extended Fabric Life) with their factory in Sri Lanka. EFL is an eco-friendly performance fabric that earned its name because of superior durability, resistance to chlorine, and life-extending qualities.
Dubbed the perfect white tee by InStyle Magazine and GQ, Alternative Apparel offers basics made with organic and recycled materials, low impact dyes, and water-saving washes. From their biodegradable packaging to their commitment to ensuring a safe and fair workplace for their makers, the company makes good on their promise to social responsibility.
Pro-Achievement: By using Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester, 120,000 plastic bottles are recycled annually towards the brand’s Eco-Alternative fabrics.
Thanks to Swedish Stockings, you can get a leg up on the sustainability game. On a mission to transform the hosiery industry, the brand offers products made from both pre and post-consumer nylon waste, offering a production process that is a lot less harsh to the environment compared to traditional nylon products, which is created from harmful petroleum-based manufacturing processes. Moreover, traditional hosiery isn’t built to last, so Swedish Stockings is re-creating the model with their higher quality products.
Pro-Tip: Once you collect at least three old stockings, you can send them to Swedish Stockings for recycling…and a 10% discount! See here for more details. You can also view their Pro-Care tips here, so you can learn how to prolong the life of your tights!
Based on science, founded on ethics, and best of all, run by women, Nicora will help you leap at your sustainable fashion journey with both feet in. Engineered with what they call Kind Leather, Nicora shoes are made with 100% vegan leather. The company ensures a transparent and ethical supply chain, introducing a kinder way to buy footwear.
Pro-Tip: “My top tips for making the switch in footwear? Focus on styles that you will wear repeatedly, and purchase quality. Vegan shoes that are well made can be repaired and refurbished, just like a leather shoe. Cheaply made shoes that fall apart end up in the trash and then the landfill and then the ocean, potentially wreaking havoc on sea life.” – Via Nicora founder Stephanie Nicora, as told to PETA.
Sustainable fashion is best when it comes from the inside out, which is why we’re looking to Scandinavian-designed Organic Basics for quality undergarments and basics that last. Conceptualized by four Danish guys, Organic Basics has thought about all the details in their supply chain to ensure that every step is responsible. From their certified organic cotton, smart packaging, management of waste water, ground transportation, down to the LED lights used in their local factories just outside of Izmir, Turkey, Organic Basics has their social impact track record covered.
Pro-Tip: Did you know that 2/3 of a garment’s environmental impact is due to washing and drying? Thanks to Organic Basic’s SilverTech technology, you can wash your garments less frequently without worries: the company provides a heat-regulating, anti-bacterial, odorless collection that helps you conserve water and energy!