16 Fashion Brands That Make the World a Better Place
Every time Earth Day rolls around, we're reminded of how we can join in on the environmental cause with our go-to (and supremely chic) eco-friendly fashion brands that reduce waste and their carbon footprint through sustainable manufacturing practices. So in addition to listing our eco favorites, we've gone one step further and rounded up brands that give back to the planet too, and, ultimately, make the world a better place. No exaggeration here. Do your part, support these do-good, feel-good fashion brands, and shop for a cause. (Plus, check out these 11 beauty brands that also make the Earth a better place.)
Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands
1. G-Star Raw's Raw for the Oceans collection: Last year, Pharrell Williams joined the G-Star Raw team, and together, they partnered up with The Vortex Project and Parley for the Oceans to invent Bionic Yarn, an eco-friendly fabric made of fibers derived from recycled plastic bottles found in the ocean. The result? A line of "new generation denim and apparel." Our pick: this playfully embroidered denim romper ($250; g-star.com).
2. Woodzee: For every pair of Woodzee shades sold, the eco-chic company will plant a tree (one day, you'll get to choose where you want your tree planted). What's more, every pair is made from recycled, natural, and biodegradable materials. Our pick: this pair that's crafted from walnut wood ($105; woodzee.com).
3. United by Blue: The brand's mission is to clean up water pollution. For every product sold, United by Blue will remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups. Our pick: this easy, super-comfy color-block dress ($72; unitedbyblue.com).
4. H&M Conscious Collection: The fast-fashion retailer recently made sustainability a huge focus, and its collaboration with Olivia Wilde's new e-commerce site, Conscious Co., is proof of just that. Its pieces are made of organic cotton, mulberry silk, and some with sequins made of recycled plastic. Our pick: this jacquard-weave reversible jacket ($99; hm.com).
5. Amour Vert: The brand's motto reads, "With every stitch a purpose," and that couldn't be any more true. Amour Vert (which translates to "Green Love" in French) boasts a zero-waste design philosophy, which includes local, made-in-the-USA manufacturing, non-toxic dyes, and sustainable fibers. Plus, for every tee purchased, Amour Vert will plant a tree. This Earth Day, Instagram a tree and tag it with #PlantATreeAV and @AmourVert, and the brand will plant a tree in your honor. Our pick: this classic worn-in tee ($72; revolveclothing.com).
6. Style Saint: The line prides itself on using 99 percent less water, selecting sustainable fabrics, and paying 2,000-percent higher in factory wages. Every piece listed on the site includes an informative key that illustrates how many gallons of water were saved and how many yards of sustainable fabrics were used. Our pick: this silk chiffon wrap dress ($198; stylesaint.com).
Slow Fashion Brands
7. Zady: Since its launch two years ago, the lifestyle destination and e-commerce site Zady has spearheaded the slow fashion moment with curated, quality goods from brands with sustainable practices. And to initiate a fashion industry revolution in which brands are transparent at each step of the apparel-making process, Zady introduced its first piece of merchandise last year: a sweater that came complete with a video and a series of behind-the-scenes photos. Its next item? A tee, available starting today. Our pick: this striped tee from Small Trades that's environmentally conscious, handmade, and locally sourced ($70; zady.com).
8. Cuyana: The philosophy behind the brand can be summed up in two words: "Fewer, better." The company supports the idea of keeping a lean, curated closet, which in turn, will help reduce waste in the long run. Our pick: this refined blush pink silk tee ($155; cuyana.com).
Fashion Brands That Support Artisans
9. Raven + Lily: The brand helps empower women through design by employing female artisans all across the globe, including India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cambodia, Pakistan, Guatemala, and the USA at fair trade wages. Bonus: The products are handmade and made from recyclable materials. Our pick: this arrow charm beaded necklace ($68; ravenandlily.com).
10. Accompany: Consider this an online marketplace of ethically edited, one-of-a-kind finds that meet the standards of at least one of these three areas: artisan-made, fair trade, or philanthropic. Our pick: this summery dress from Della, a socially responsible line working with a community in Ghana, West Africa ($108; accompany.us).
11. Sseko Designs: Through design, Sseko Designs has provided employment and scholarship opportunities for women who are pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. Our pick: this lush hand-woven scarf from Ethiopia ($50; ssekodesigns.com).
12. Bloom + Grace: Every jewelry piece sold will not only support local designers and artisans in developing countries, but with the help of its humanitarian partner, UN Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, Bloom + Grace will also provide life-saving vaccinations for children in developing countries. Our pick: this open triangle cuff handmade in Cambodia ($135; bloomandgrace.com).
13. People Tree: The UK e-tailer prides itself on delivering goods that were made ethically and sustainably—and the brand takes its fashion seriously, too. In the past, it has partnered with Emma Watson and Orla Kiely to create unique on-trend collaborations. Our pick: this playful striped dress ($165; peopletree.co.uk).
14. Same Sky: Made by Rwandan artisans, 100 percent of net profits from Same Sky jewelry sales go back to their makers. The aesthetic, which includes a range of colorful necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that feature Japanese beads, Venetian glass, or traditional fabrics, have found fans in stars like Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, and Meryl Streep. Our pick: this black lacquer beaded necklace ($350; samesky.com).
Brands That Give Back
15. Faircloth & Supply: For each item sold, one school uniform is donated to a girl in Nepal. Through a partnership with General Welfare Pratisthan (GWP), the recipients are able to attend school and receive an education. Our pick: this asymmetric indigo dress ($275; fairclothsupply.com).
16. Toms: The shoe brand is famous, not only for its crazy comfortable slip-ons, but for its one-for-one program, in which for every pair purchased, Toms will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need. Recently, Toms expanded beyond its original canvas sneaks with an introduction to other shoe styles (and sunglasses, bags, apparel, and coffee). Our pick: chic black woven sandals ($79; toms.com).