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Top 10 Sustainable Clothing Brands You Need To Know

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Finding sustainable clothing shouldn’t be a chore. Unfortunately for Young Alphas, it’s hard to find ethical brands that support sustainable fashion and also have ethical practices. Fast fashion is cheap and easy to come by. But it’s also destroying our planet. The fashion industry uses around 1.5 trillion litres of water every year. Not to mention, the industry is also notorious for contributing to climate change and using sweatshops and child labour.

Fortunately, there are new sustainable brands perfect for Young Alphas looking to improve the world with each purchase. We’ve rounded up a list of ten eco-friendly clothing brands for young women looking to shop without guilt!

1. Tentree

Sustainable brand Tentree

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First up, tentree is a clothing company based in British Columbia, Canada. The company plants ten trees for every purchase and uses sustainable manufacturing. According to the brand, a tentree sweatshirt uses 75% less water on average than most brands. In addition to its current initiatives, the company hopes to plant 1 billion trees by 2030. That’s billions of CO2 absorbed each year! Currently, tentree has planted 25 million trees. Without a doubt, an ambitious and ethical brand!

2. Wolven Threads

Sustainable brand Wolven

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Next up is Wolven! An inclusive apparel site featuring swimwear and super stretchy leggings. Their clothing is completely sustainable and made from recycled bottles. According to the site, 11.2 billion pounds of plastic make their way into the ocean every year. But Wolven uses 27 post-consumer bottles in each pair of their leggings to help reduce waste. The company ships worldwide and uses sustainable packaging for every order. Absolutely sustainable and stylish!

 3. KOTN

Sustainable brand KOTN

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KOTN is an ethically sourced clothing brand founded in 2015. They sell loungewear and source raw sustainable materials from Egyptian farmers. KOTN prides itself on using non-toxic dyes and using certified organic cotton. Not to mention, the brand ensures fair, equal pay, and safe working conditions for their farmers in Egypt. Another important initiative is their commitment to building and operating seven new schools for underprivileged children in Egypt. Definitely, a fashion-forward find!

4. Everlane

Sustainable brand Everlane

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Everlane is a clothing brand with a variety of choices. From loungewear to business casual, Everlane provides a sustainable consumer experience. In addition to using recycled materials in 100% of their shipping bags, the company also uses recycled materials in their clothing. Recycled fibres include plastic water bottles, fishing nets, fabric, and other materials that end up in our oceans. Everlane also aims to move all cotton to certified organic by 2023. Clearly, a front runner in fashion!

5. Komodo Fashion

Sustainable brand Komodo

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Next up is the sustainable clothing company Komodo Fashion. Komodo is based in the UK and prides itself on using 100% certified organic cotton. According to their site, cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world. While most cotton t-shirts contain over 100 grams of toxic chemicals, Komodo is entirely organic and pesticide-free. The company also uses recycled materials and other sustainably sourced materials to create sustainable shoes, accessories, and clothing. Fashion-forward sustainability at its best!

6. Happy Earth Apparel

Sustainable brand Happy Earth Apparel

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Next up is the brand Happy Earth Apparel. The sustainable clothing store aims to fight climate change, clean up trash, and plant trees. Every purchase on their site helps prevent 150 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions and plants 15 trees with Trees for Future. Not to mention, every item sold cleans up 1 lb of trash as part of a community initiative to pick up trash around the world. And, materials are vegan and packaged with 100% recycled materials. Vegan and virtuous!

7. Cedar & Vine

Sustainable clothing brand Cedar & Vine

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Cedar & Vine is a small women’s apparel shop based in Saskatchewan, Canada. The company uses ethically sourced linen as an eco-friendly fibre for its comfortable garments. All products are made right in their Saskatchewan studio to ensure ethical and sustainable standards. The company prides itself on being a part of the “slow fashion” industry. An industry that intentionally prioritizes ethical manufacturing and amazing quality. A slow fashion staple!

8. Girlfriend Collective

Sustainable brand Girlfriend Collective

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Girlfriend Collective is a fitness apparel brand that prides itself on being transparent and versatile for the active Alpha Woman. From swimwear to outerwear, Girlfriend Collective uses 100% recyclable and recycled packaging. In addition to sustainable packaging, the company uses post-consumer recycled bottles in their clothing and eco-friendly dyes. Not to mention, they ensure ethical working conditions for overseas production. The perfect go-to for fitness apparel!

9. Cariuma

Sustainable shoe brand Cariuma

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Next up is Cariuma. A Brazil-based sneaker company for everyday wear, skating, and surfing. The brand uses certified organic bamboo and cotton and includes recycled plastics in its laces, labels, and threads. It’s also worth noting Cariuma uses non-toxic dye and includes vegan ingredients in its products. And best of all, for every pair of sneakers sold, Cariuma plants two trees in the Brazilian rainforest. Perfect for everyday wear and the environment!

10. Rothy’s

Sustainable shoe brand Rothy's

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And last, but certainly not least- Rothy’s is a brand with sustainable shoes made from recycled plastics. The brand transforms millions of single-use plastic water bottles into their signature threads to create their comfortable shoes. So far, 78 million plastic bottles have been turned into their signature thread to knit their shoes. Rothy’s also “knits to shape.” In other words, they minimize the extra fabric, which results in 30% less material waste than traditional methods. Along with their awesome design, Rothy’s also plans on launching a recycling program this year. Comfortable and ethical!

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Gabrielle Samson

Gabrielle is a Ryerson student in the Creative Industries program with a passion for diverse media and women empowerment. As a young, Queer, Woman of Color, Gabrielle is passionate about contributing to the Young Alpha series from a lens of intersectionality. She is also a fitness instructor and personal trainer eager to advocate for physical and mental health for young women.

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