Sustainable fashion brands

Do yourself (and the planet) a favor and check out some of these fashionable and earth-friendly clothing lines

Emily Haber, Arts & Culture Writer

It is a new year and also time for a new wardrobe. More and more brands are starting to go sustainable or slowly taking the steps to become planet-friendly. There are many clothing brands that are making clothing trendy, timeless and unique while being sustainable. 

Popular brands are beginning to take the initiative to become more sustainable. Many brands have set goals for themselves to go fully sustainable in the future. Zara, for example, plans to make 50% of its products part of the Join Life Range in 2022. H&M plans to only use sustainable materials by 2030. Five years ago, Adidas partnered with Parley for the Oceans, an ocean conservation group to produce products made from recycled materials found in the ocean. These popular brands are one of many jumping on the bandwagon of using more sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is a nonprofit alliance for clothing and manufacturing goods that is resolving damaging practices and achieving better ones to help the environment. Patagonia is a part of this coalition and they produce high-quality products that are long-lasting instead of fast fashion. All the cotton they use is certified organic, and many of the materials they use are made from recycled fabrics. Patagonia is taking action for the environment and it does not look like they are stopping anytime soon.

Fast fashion is typically purchased over sustainable fashion because of the prices. However many smaller sustainable fashion brands are trying to make products affordable and environmentally friendly. Quince is a brand based in San Francisco that uses sustainable and organic materials. They are also virgin plastic-free. The brand has great sustainable basic pieces for women and men. 

Another brand similar to Quince is Fair Trade Winds. Many of their products are made of organic and sustainable materials. Their clothing is affordable and offers many different pieces for women. They also have an organic cotton collection.

Another way to shop sustainably is by going to second-hand stores. Thrifting allows shoppers to find unique second-hand pieces while benefiting the environment. Thrifting is a very affordable way to shop sustainably. There are many thrift stores all around Burlington County including Goodwill and Plato’s Closet.

It’s not too late to start this new year off with shopping sustainably and helping our planet. There are so many brands all over the world that have amazing products that are sustainable and eco-friendly.