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The Modern Woman's Guide To Sustainable Fashion

Posted by Matthew Coughlin on

Look Great And Leave A Small Footprint

Things move fast in today's world...fashions change fast, technology changes fast, and fashion brands and manufacturers have to innovate fast to stay competitive.

Unfortunately, this can lead to some unfortunate consequences, like when companies cut corners and buy products made from un-friendly materials made by people in unhappy workplaces. 

We all want to stay fashionable, but it can be tough to find brands that promote a healthy, happy world and don't sacrifice the good of the planet for the sake of low prices.

This guide is meant to introduce you to some brands that don't cut corners, and produce great fashion items while promoting a greener, more fair planet.

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What happens when fashion meets sustainability?

Here are the 6 principles we focus on when talking about sustainability:

  1. Natural and organic farming
  2. Non-polluting materials
  3. Fair trade
  4. Local
  5. Renewable materials
  6. Recycling

1. Natural And Organic Farming

Organic farming isn’t just for food. There are organic fabrics available that are grown organically as well… cotton, wool, hemp are commonly used for a huge range of fashion items.

Look for that certified organic label!

People Tree Abby Dress

Abby Flared Dress from People Tree
Certified organic cotton produced by Mandala (read more about them here).
Price: $154.99
See more from People Tree







2. Non-Polluting Materials

It can be tough to find non-polluting materials for some products, especially accessories like jewelry and sunglasses that tend to use lots of metals and plastics.

However, you can definitely find some great stuff made from biodegradable options.

Also, look for brands that use reduced and recycled packaging.

Roots bamboo sunglasses


Roots Bamboo Sunglasses by Timber
Price: $79.99

  • Made from eco-friendly bamboo.
  • Comes with a bamboo hard case (no plastic packaging).
  • Sustainably sourced.
  • See more from Timber Bamboo




    3. Fair Trade

    Fair Trade doesn't just mean paying a fair price for a product. It is an entirely different way of doing business. Fair Trade puts people and the environment front and center.

    The objective of Fair Trade is not profit at any cost, but to help people in the world's poorest and least powerful communities escape poverty, strengthen their communities and promote environmental sustainability.

    Farima Farima Tunic Dress from Raven & Lily
    Price: $188
    • Empowering women in Afghanistan
    • Hand embroidered by Afghan refugees in Pakistan
    See more from Raven & Lily




    4. Locally Made

    Buying local has a lot of benefits. You support local producers and avoid the carbon footprint that comes with flying goods around the world.

    So shop around your local street fairs and farmers’ market and support your local artisans.

    Spiritual GangstaNamaste Hamsa Fleece Hoodie from Spiritual Gangsta

    Price: $98
    • Made in Los Angeles.
    • Part of proceeds go to Cambodian Children’s Fund.

    See more from Spritual Gangsta




    5. Renewable Source Materials

    There is a huge wave of new brands and companies building their business with sustainable supply chains, including using materials sourced from renewable sources in communities that actually benefit from the business

    Orion DressOrion Dress from Reformation

    Price: $98
    • Made in Los Angeles.
    • Sustainably sourced materials
    • Environmentally friendly packaging

    See more from Reformation.



    6. Recycled Fashion

    It’s no secret that you can find some amazing fashion gems in thrift shops and secondhand stores.

    What’s great about this is you can get top brands for up to 90% off the normal retail price, and you can feel good because you’re taking part in a recycling network that benefits everyone!

    Recycled fashion

    American Eagle Jeans from Thredup
    Price: $13.49
    High quality second hand cloths, shipped in recycled packaging.
    See more from Thredup.




    Being A Responsible Consumer

    No one should be exploited for the things we buy. That is the essence of what it means to be a responsible consumer.

    This little guide is meant as a reminder that it’s possible to look great while supporting environmentally friendly products, eco-friendly businesses, and supply chains that make the world a better place.

    We’ll send you some special deals from time to time from businesses that we think are worth promoting. We hope you enjoyed this little guide.


    -Brought to you by Timber Bamboo

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