CURATED LISTS OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION BRANDS
Good on You – great source for fashion brand ratings in sustainability. Simple rating on a scale from 1 to 5 and detailed info for those who want it. An app too.
Find a fashion B Corp – B Corporation is a well recognised nonprofit that certificates businesses with best social, environmental and governance practices. You can use on-site search to locate fashion brands – just type in what you’re looking for – shoes, sportswear etc. Or a brand name if you want check if it’s certified. Use for other aeras of life too!
A list of 35 brands betting against fast fashion by The Good Trade – regurarly updated selection of TGT’s Staff favourite brands with a focus on ethical and transparent approach to garment production that considers both people and the planet.
Climate Neutral Certified Brands – Climate Neutral i s a nonprofit that helps brands and companies measure, offset, and reduce their carbon emissions. To be certified a brand needs to take steps to neutralize every tonne of it’s greenhouse gas emissions.
140+ (and growing) Fair Wear Member Brands – Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit with a mission to see a world where the garment industry supports workers in realising their rights to safe, dignified, properly paid employment.
Canopy Partners – Canopy is an organisation that aims to protect the world’s forests, species, and climate, and to help advance Indigenous communities’ rights. When it comes to fashion the biggest culprit is viscose (aka rayon) that is produced from cellulose (aka trees). Partner brand is obliged to – among others – not using Ancient and Endangered Forests for packaging and textiles and speeding the uptake to smarter, eco-friendly alternatives to forest products. You can see some big high street fashion labels on the list.
Ethical Consumer – a bunch of shopping guides and many interesting articles on topics variating from how to recycle your shoes or choose the right fabric to the specifics of production. Ethical Consumer also covers other areas outside fashion.
Fashion Footprint Calculator – with this Thread Up calculator find out how dirty is your closet and how it contributes to climate change. Tips on how to do better are offered generously through the questionnaire and additionally at the end.
13 Things You Can Do Right Now To Reduce Your Fashion Footprint – Thread Up’s comprehensive handbook for a sustaibable closet.
Buy only organic cotton – and best if it was fairtrade too. Organic cotton helps to significantly minimise the short and long-term environmental impacts of the textiles and fashion industry but yet it is still just 1% of all cotton out there.
The Conscious Closet – a whole book by Elisabeth L. Cline on how to seek out ethical brands, keep up with trends without harming the environment and just buy better quality.
Wardrobe Crisis Academy – online courses platform focused on sustainability with a claim to make sustainability education fun and accessible, and provide a framework for taking positive action based on your values. There’s also a worthwhile podcast.
Eco Index browser extension – developed by Changing Room. While online shopping you just click this little fellow in your browser and you get info on it’s environmental impact. It supports several high street brands and suggests more sustainable alternatives. It could work better, but still – it’s awesome.
How to wear fair – by Fair Wear. 7 absolute basics on the topic.
The “Will I wear that 30 times?” question before buying – pretty self-explanatory. It’s an app for it, for real.
Love Your Clothes – a straight forward guide to reducing fashion’s carbon footprint by caring more for your own stuff. This is often customer’s most significant chance to make an impact in this matter.
Get Guppy Bag – laundry bag designed to minimise microplastic pollution from washing synthetic clothing.
Wash with Cora Ball – microfiber preventing laundy ball designed not only to collect microfibers (that you later remove and put in the trash), but also to prevent your clothes from breaking up. That means your clothes will last longer while protecting your public waterways.
Install Filtrol in your washing machine – it’s not cheap and it’s not easy. But it significantly reduces plastic microfibre that get to the oceans straight from your laundry.
Lease your jeans – Mud Jeans specialises in circular economy. You can buy a pair of organic cotton jeans, but you can also lease it for a small monthly fee, then send them back after use and they’ll recycle them.
Mend your clothes yourself – if you’re a DYI person this long Fashion Revolution’s Youtube playlist will give you many, many inspirations.
Mend your clothes yourself – if you’re a DIY person this long Fashion Revolution’s Youtube playlist will give you many, many inspirations.
HOW TO BE PROACTIVE
Labour Behind the Label – is a campaign that works to improve conditions and empower workers in the global garment industry. On their site you’ll find a list of 8 thing you can do as a consumer to help, starting today.
No Sweat – get involved in one of many ongoing campains of this anti-sweatshop initiative. If you’re an activist at heart stalls and protests outside shops, online actions and like-minded gatherings are waiting for you.
Clean Clothes Campaign – this worker centred global network of over 235 organisations operating in over 45 countries gives some simple ideas of what any of us can undertake to help the fight for better conditions for garment workers from the safety of our own armchair.
Join MAKE SMTHNG community – one of Greenpeace’s Detox My Fashion Campaign initiatives helps find creative ways to extend and enhance the life of your clothes (instead of buying new ones) and share those ways with others on Instagram using @makesmthng
Take Action with Fashion Revolution – a brochure that will (among other things) tell you how to find your policymaker and give you email templates you can send them or a clothing company.