The need for clothing brands to be more sustainable is becoming increasingly important to consumers. Therefore, in recent years there has been an increase in brands turning towards sustainability when producing their clothes.
Below are 11 of the world’s sustainable brands on the market, although there are many more. Before purchasing from any clothing brand claiming to be sustainable, do a little research to make sure they are not greenwashing.
ASKET – www.asket.com
Founded in 2015, ASKET is an independent clothing brand that has hopes to help slow down the fashion industry to reduce its impact on our planet. To do this the company has looked into how they manufacture, market and consume their clothing. The company has a transparency policy that allows the consumer to see where the materials originated from, the impact it has on the planet, and its cost.
ASKET also boasts that its clothes are not meant to fit in with seasonal trends but are pieces you can keep forever.
Beaumont Organic – www.beaumontorganic.com
Beaumont Organic is a UK-based, international, womenswear company that produces ethical and sustainable clothing. The company is known to be a slow fashion brand, only producing two collections each year. To make their clothes sustainable the company uses organic cotton, recycled cotton fibres and seaweed technology.
The company offer full transparency to how their clothing is made, by sharing their production and manufacturing process with their customers. Although the garments are not made in the UK, they are produced in Portugal where their factories for each stage of production are within close range of each other to lower their clothing’s carbon emissions through low production mileage.
BITE Studios – bitestudios.com
Based in Stockholm and London, BITE Studios, also known as By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress was founded in 2016. BITE Studios is a luxury womenswear company that aims to create sustainable fashion. The company claims that it meticulously researches materials before using them to create their clothes, therefore they use organic materials as well as recycled and low-impact fabrics to lower their carbon footprint.
In order to be sustainable, the clothes the company produces are made to last, in order to be worn again and again.
GROUNDTRUTH – groundtruth.global
Groundtruth was established by three sisters, who believe that collaboration, protecting people and nurturing the planet, is how a sustainable business should be run. The sisters wanted to produce goods and clothing needed for travelling that would help their customers and also reduce plastic waste. To do this they use 100% recycled materials to make their products and they boast carbon neutrality within their company.
The company believe that the planet and the people living on it are linked and that everyone within their supply chain is important. That is why they look for sustainable companies to work with, that share their ethos.
KOHR – www.kohrfashion.com
KOHR is an ethical slow fashion brand that also produces ethical skincare products. They state that their products are designed and manufactured in house to lower their carbon emissions. In order to produce their products, the company uses organic and sustainable materials.
The company abide by their three main focuses in order to keep them sustainable, these three focuses are traceability, longevity and versatility. The company do admit they are not 100% sustainable, but through their transparency they hope to show that they are working towards being as sustainable as possible.
Neem – neemlondon.com
Neem, a UK-based menswear company founded by Nick Reed, was established after he wanted to produce an ‘antiseptic’ for fast fashion. The company wants to put sustainability at the centre of their focus in order to safeguard the environment. In order to do this, they are transparent when regarding their supply chain to show that they strive for sustainability.
The company want their customers to feel good in their clothes whilst they are responsible for less CO2 emissions with their fashion choices. Once a customer is done with a piece of clothing it can be returned and recycled to create something new.
PANGAIA – pangaia.com
PANGAIA is a clothing brand made up of scientists, technologists and designers who are working together to produce sustainable clothes. The company produces clothing using science and technology to produce materials that have a low environmental impact and release the lowest amount of greenhouse gas emissions. To do this their clothes are made from materials including seaweed, agricultural waste, and proteins. Their dyes are also sustainably made through fabric waste and bacteria.
In order to increase sustainability throughout the fashion industry, PANGAIA, shares its scientific research with other companies in the industry.
People Tree – www.peopletree.co.uk
People Tree is a fairtrade clothing brand that creates sustainable clothing. Since it began in 1991, the company have received recognition from PETA, the World Fair Trade Organization and the Soil Association.
The company have an environmental policy in place that requires the company to limit their water use and use recycled water where possible; use only organic and natural fibres for manufacturing their clothes; avoid polluting substances as much as possible and to only source suppliers that use sustainable practices.
Pop My Way – popmyway.co.uk
Pop My Way is a clothing brand for babies that produces organic and soft clothing and accessories for your little one. The company uses organic, ethically-sourced cotton and does not use any dyes or bleaches that can be harmful for your babies skin and also the planet.
Founder, Sashe Christopher, wishes to put sustainability at the forefront of the company, as it was where she grew up in South Africa. She promises that all parts of the clothing and accessories supply chain is sustainable and is monitored regularly.
Sheep Inc. – sheepinc.com
Sheep Inc. are the first carbon negative clothing brand, the company produces woollen clothing items such as hoodies, that are made from merino wool. The wool is from regenerative New Zealand farms and is manufactured using 100% solar power.
The company claims that the fibres used are self-cleansing, meaning that the carbon footprint of the garment is lowered further after the consumer has purchased it as they won’t need to wash it as often as other items of clothing.
The company also claim that their clothing is 100% biodegradable and has a negative carbon footprint.
Rapanui – rapanuiclothing.com
Rapanui uses renewable energy to produce their clothing that is made from natural materials, in order to lower their company’s carbon footprint. Once an item has be worn and has become worn out it can be sent back to the company to be turned into something else. Therefore, the company have created a circular economy that produces little to no waste. To prevent further waste, the company only produces your clothing once you have ordered it. This stops overproduction and prevents wearable pieces of clothing from going to waste.