Written by Jade Crowther • Published 4th February 2020 • 3 minute read

We know all about ethical fashion brands and most of us are conscious about where our clothes are made. However, what about sustainable fashion? The sustainable fashion industry refers to the production of clothing and its effects on the environment. Ideally, we want to wear brands that are both ethical and sustainable.

As the world becomes more conscious about their carbon emission and people continue to shout about sustainability, both sustainable and ethical fashion brands are becoming more available to us.

Here are five brands that you can support knowing you are doing good for the planet whilst also looking great.

Brothers We Stand

This ethical and sustainable men’s clothing brand makes sure every product has a positive social or environmental impact. Some products may be made in a wind-powered factory with a carbon footprint 90% lower than that of a conventional garment, whilst others could be made by small Fairtrade factory in southern India.

Brothers We Stand requires the designers and brands that manufacture products in their collection to provide them with a full breakdown of their supply chains whilst partner brands are required to provide clear evidence of the added value their processes or suppliers offer to communities and to the environment.

ColieCo Lingerie

ColieCo produces ethically handmade, eco-friendly lingerie, underwear and swimwear in a small, home-based studio by the sea in Sagres, Portugal.

The business’ care for the environment is at the heart of their decision-making and embedded in their business model. They regard their commitment to the environment as important as the fun, simple and striking design they create.

ColieCo uses organic, recycled, re-used and reclaimed fabrics, minimising textile waste, and working with line ends and local suppliers to control their carbon footprint. They use renewable energy to power their studio, package orders using only biodegradable and recyclable materials, and are always working on new ways to make their processes greener.

They also appreciate that every body (and everybody) is unique, and welcome requests for custom-sized garments. Could they get any better?

Nancy Dee

Nancy Dee provide a unique range of ethical and eco women’s fashion. Exclusively designed and made in Britain the label was created in 2008 by Seraphina Davis who has a passionate belief that responsible fashion is possible without compromising on quality or design.

Inspired by contemporary classic designs and specializing in jersey, Nancy Dee’s offers versatile pieces that translate easily from day to night and season to season, ensuring that their products stand the test of time.

Mostly made from renewable natural sources such as bamboo and organic cotton the company also use Modal, an eco-friendly man-made material originating from beech wood. Some items are made using up-cycled material that would otherwise be consigned to landfill.

Antiform

Antiform, Bristol-based fashion brand, entices consumers with their mantra Clothing with An Irregular Twist.

Antiform pushes the boundaries of ethical and sustainable design by using reclaimed materials and mixing fashion forward shapes with heritage craft. All the materials and workmanship involved in the production of Antiform clothing is sourced within the UK, and local to their studio if possible.

The brand was established by Lizzie Harrison in 2007 and is run by an experienced team of local designers, researchers and communicators.

Thought

Thought, initially branded as Braintree Clothing, started in the heat of Australia back in 1995 with the desire to wear and create natural and cool clothing.

In 2002 Thought’s founder, John Snare, took the fledgling brand to the UK and opened pop-up shops on London’s famous Portobello Road and at Camden Lock market resulting in huge success for the brand.

From their simple collection of ramie and hemp to the present day’s contemporary clothing Thought’s collections and fabrics have grown organically over time into a range of bamboo and organic cotton clothing. Using only natural and sustainable fabrics the fashion brand thoughtfully crafts pieces designed to work together, so customers can build an elegant wardrobe with ease.

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