17 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Brands Transforming the Fashion Industry

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Do you ever wonder where your clothes are made? What about how they are made? Or where they end up once you’re done wearing them? According to The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “rubber, leather, and textiles make up more than nine percent of municipal solid waste” — and that’s just in the US! This equates to about 80 pounds of clothing thrown away every year. Luckily, consumers are slowly coming to the realization that what you wear matters for more reasons than just improving your appearance.

If you’re someone who’s looking to lessen her negative impact on the environment, or who is just looking to put her hard-earned money behind a brand with a consciousness, consider one of the names in our list below.

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Reformation

Reformation is a brand that offers sustainably made women’s clothing. In fact, it rates all of its materials in categories ranging from “a” to “e” to denote just how sustainable each one is and tries to use only the top two categories for the majority of its pieces. It has also developed a number of sustainability practices that are used at every stage of the manufacturing process, everything from growing textile fibers and making fabric to dyeing, moving materials, manufacturing, packaging, shipping, garment care, and even recycling clothes when you’re done with them.

In the company’s own words, “We put sustainability at the core of everything we do. We invest in green building infrastructure to minimize our waste, water, and energy footprints. By providing on-the-job training and opportunities for growth, we also invest in the people who make this revolution possible.”

In addition to that, Reformation strives to be an inclusive brand. As well as a main clothing line that fits women who are 5’6” all the way up to 5’10”, it also offers a petite line and extended sizes up to 22.

Reformation ships straight to the Middle East and is now also available on Net-a-Porter and Shopbop.

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Everlane

Everlane employs a practice that it calls “radical transparency” to give its customers confidence that the products they purchase are consciously made. The factories that Everlane works with are closely audited to evaluate factors like fair wages, reasonable hours, and environment, and the brand only uses the finest materials for its lines of men’s and women’s clothing. One of the unique things about this company is its radically transparent pricing — it actually shows you how much it costs to make each product.

Its denim, for instance, is made in a factory that recycles 98 percent of its water, relies on alternative energy sources, and repurposes byproducts to create premium jeans — minus the waste. This is another retailer that ships internationally, including to the Middle East.

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Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn makes its vintage-inspired line of women’s clothing with deadstock, which is a residual fabric left over from other fashion houses. This material would normally be thrown away, but instead this brand purchases and uses it. What’s more, it ensures that its seamstresses are paid competitive wages and receive health benefits. You can have your order shipped to the Middle East, as well as internationally.

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Re/Done

Re/Done is a luxury brand that specializes in repurposing vintage Levi’s denim. It takes apart old jeans pieces and uses that fabric to create something new. Because of this, each piece of denim is one of a kind. Not only that, but the product you see in the images online is the exact product you are going to receive. If you’re a die-hard denim fan, you’ll be glad to know this company offers delivery internationally, as well as to the Middle East.

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ABLE

ABLE is doing something no other brand is: it’s actually publishing the wages of its workers — even the lowest-paid ones. The company employs women and provides them with a fair wage in multiple countries to help end generational poverty. Additionally, if you go to its site and pledge to shop sustainably in 2019, they’ll send you shopping tips and a $15 discount. You can have your order shipped anywhere in the world.

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Eileen Fisher

The Eileen Fisher brand focuses on being a part of a responsible lifecycle. It offers a program called ‘Renew’, through which you can send your old Eileen Fisher clothing and the brand will find new homes for it or transform it into new outfits. A woman-centric company, Eileen Fisher offers a ‘Women Together Retreat’, as well as The Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute. The company also funds several grants to assist community organizations, woman-owned businesses, and environmental justice efforts. You can have your order shipped to over 200 countries, including the Middle East.

Photo: Courtesy of Eileen Fisher
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Lemlem

Lemlem is an entire collection of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, in addition to home goods that are made in Africa. The company was founded by supermodel Liya Kebede and is passionate about helping Ethiopian weavers to hone their craft and preserve the traditional art. The brand also established The Lemlem Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that helps to empower African women. If you would like to order from Lemlem, the products ship internationally, including to the Middle East.

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People Tree

This U.K.-based sustainable fair trade fashion company was one of the first of its kind. It uses organic cotton and responsible wool to make its clothing, as well as other eco-friendly fabrics. By utilizing traditional artisan skills — such as hand embroidery and hand weaving — the retailer provides women of all ages with unique clothing that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to supporting producers and artisans in six different countries, People Tree is also fair trade and WFTO (World Fair Trade Organization) certified. While the brand ships internationally, countries are limited and the Middle East is not included.

 

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Girlfriend Collective

This unique company is turning trash into fashion. It uses 25 recycled post-consumer water bottles in every pair of its compression leggings. Additionally, it uses econyl, which is a material made from recycled fishing nets, to make its nylon clothing. Girlfriend Collective offers a full line of women’s sportswear, including leggings, bras, and shorts, including for moms-to-be. Unfortunately, the company currently only ships to the US, UK, Australia, and Canada, which means it’s time to get a shop and ship account!

Photo: Courtesy of Girlfriend Collective
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Voz

Voz is an ethical fashion company that specializes in luxury women’s clothing. Its works with Mapuche artisans in Temuco, Chile to handmake its clothing. This company takes pride in keeping the ancient weaving techniques of the Andean region alive. It also uses sustainable fibers in its garments. While Voz ships internationally, you’ll need to contact them directly to inquire about your country and the costs involved.

Photo: Courtesy of Voz
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Sunad

Sunad is a Spanish company that creates women’s shirts. Its uses only natural fibers and believes in working with a slow fashion philosophy. It has been featured in multiple magazines, and ships internationally, including to the Middle East.

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Ohoy Swim

Ohoy Swim is a women’s swimwear company that was founded in the UAE by two Scandinavians. Because of their belief in preserving the environment, all products are made with 100 percent econyl yarn, which is made from discarded yarn, including recycled fishing nets. If you would like to order from Ohoy Swim, you can do so on this website. One percent of all proceeds will be donated to Healthy Seas, a nonprofit organization. Your order can also be shipped internationally, including to the Middle East.

Photo: Courtesy of Ohoy Swim
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A.BCH

An independent fashion label, A.BCH works to a “circular economy standard.” Its clothing is made in Melbourne, Australia using organic, natural, and recycled materials to ensure every piece of your blouse, pants, and jacket is made as sustainably as possible. Believing in affordability, A.BCH also prices its clothes fairly. While the company ships internationally, all orders are displayed and processed in Australian Dollars.

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Allbirds

Allbirds offers a whole new category of footwear that’s made out of revolutionary wool fabric. Grounded in simplicity, these comfy shoes are made from nature and are free of flashy logos and senseless details that traditional retailers are known to use. With Mother Nature as the company’s muse, Allbirds uses superfine merino wool that’s breathable, temperature-regulating, and moisture-wicking. Better yet, it’s not scratchy! While it currently only ships to the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK, it hopes to expand to other regions and countries in the future.

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Amour Vert

Amour Vert means “green love” in French, so it’s no surprise that this retailer is dedicated to making sustainable clothing that’s good for you — and the planet! Its signature modal fabric is made from sustainably harvested beechwood fibers that are free from pesticides. It’s also biodegradable and luxuriously soft. Even better: every time you buy a shirt from Amour Very, it plants a tree in North America through its partner, American Forest®

 

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Antibad

With a mission to reshape the perception of sustainable fashion, there’s no doubt Antibad is an ethical choice. Unlike the other names on this list, Antibad is an e-commerce site that provides a platform to other smaller sustainable brands. Its goal is to “bring style and substance together again.” From ethical banking to carbon neutral shipping, this company is proud to redefine the fashion industry once and for all. When you buy from them, you can rest assured every item is designed to be eco-friendly, as well as made in a fair-trade environment. Antibad ships internationally, including to the Middle East.

 

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Raeburn Design

If you’re someone who’s looking to buy a piece as unique as you are, Raeburn Design is the brand for you. Every item on the retailer’s site is a limited edition and produced in England. From reworking extra materials to minimizing our world’s carbon footprint through local manufacturing, this brand is keen on reducing waste any way it can. In fact, recycling used materials and utilizing green technology is fundamental to its production process. Sound like the brand for you? If so, good news — they ship internationally, including to the Middle East.

Photo: Courtesy of Raeburn Design