Change Makers in Sustainable Clothing. The People and Brands Driving the Eco-Friendly Apparel Movement.

Slow fashion, or the creation of sustainable clothing, has made a huge impact on the world we live in.

Why do the pioneers of slow fashion believe in creating eco-friendly apparel?

Because they fully understand that our world, as vast as it is, is fragile.

And they want to make sure our Earth is around for generations to come.

Manufacturing eco-friendly plastic laundry carts is one of our specialties, but we are only one piece of this puzzle.

We want to share with you 57 other brands, bloggers, and journalists…the changemakers… of the slow fashion movement.

We stand by these wonderful people and want to share their stories with the world in hopes to get more people involved in the eco-friendly movement.

Note: The first 5 chapters of this post contain a backstory on why slow fashion is important, how it came to be, and what makes clothing ‘eco-friendly’. If you wish to go straight to the awards, feel free to click here and skip to chapter 6.

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Chapter 1: Sustainable fashion. What is it?

what is sustainable clothing?

In recent years consumers have become increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their shopping habits.

Whether this means ditching single-use plastic bottles, making the switch to green cleaning products, using reusable shopping bags, or purchasing organic fruits and veggies, this shift in consumerism has increased awareness of the environmental and social impacts of consumerism across a variety of industries, including the world of fast fashion.

In recent years, the sustainable fashion movement has emerged as an alternative to fast fashion, which is notorious for its contributions to pollution, climate change, and unethical labor practices.

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Unlike the fast fashion brands, which many of us have become accustomed to purchasing at big box retailers, sustainable, eco-friendly fashion focuses on manufacturing clothing in a way that minimizes environmental impact while also engaging in socially responsible business practices.

Chapter 2: Fast facts: The environmental + social impact of fast fashion

impacts of fast fashion

One of the easiest ways to understand the negative impacts of fast fashion (and, in turn, the importance of sustainable clothing) is to consider some basic statistics on the role that the current fashion industry plays in pollution and climate change.

Check out the infographic below to see the dire need for sustainable clothing:

Chapter 3: How did we get here? Some history on the sustainable clothing movement.

history of sustainable clothing

It all started with the Industrial Revolution…

To trace the history of the slow fashion movement, we will first need to rewind to the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries, that forever changed the way that the world thinks about consumerism.

You probably vaguely remember learning about it in your high school history class, but in case you forgot, here is a quick refresher!

  • It was during this time period that manufacturing shifted the production of goods from a small-scale operation, often done in people’s homes, to the world we know today of factories, specialized machinery, and mass production.
  • Although this time period resulted in increased accessibility to manufactured goods — like clothing — it also marked a shift into dangerous working conditions for working-class Americans, most notably, child labor.
  • During the latter part of the Industrial Revolution, department stores began to emerge in the United States, making clothing more accessible than ever before. However, at this time most Americans still maintained small wardrobes, with only a small portion of the population owning enough clothing to fill an entire closet.

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The post-war consumerism boom

The end of World War II marked a shift in American consumerism, with “more, newer, better” becoming the American mindset, following years of wartime rationing and frugality.

  • It was during this economic boom that strip malls became commonplace, and shopping for non-essentials became an everyday way of life for Americans. This consumer culture set up an economy deeply rooted in mass production.
  • However, at this time most clothing was still manufactured within the United States.

The modern day environmental movement emerges

During this time of post-war consumerism and economic growth, the modern day environmental movement also emerged, much in part due to the pollution and environmental degradation caused by the factories used in mass production.

  • Some highlights of this early phase of environmentalism include the establishment of The Nature Conservancy in 1951, the publication of Rachel Carson’s much-acclaimed Silent Spring in 1962, and the first Earth Day celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  • The idea of sustainable clothing also emerged during this time period as public awareness of the negative environmental impacts of textile and clothing manufacturing increased. Nayelli Gonzalez, social Impact & sustainability champion, puts it best, stating that “sustainable fashion sprouted from the seeds of the paisley patterns sewn onto patchwork bell-bottoms widespread during that period.”

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Globalization

The next key shift in American shopping habits started with a 1973 agreement that placed quotas on clothing and textile imports from certain countries.

This agreement, which was meant to protect U.S. manufacturing, backfired, leading to dramatically increased manufacturing costs domestically.

  • In 2005, the quota system ended and outsourcing of textile and clothing manufacturing to countries like Cambodia and Vietnam become commonplace as it led to a major decrease in the cost of mass-produced clothing.
  • However, many of the nations that manufacturing was outsourced to were known for sweatshops and unregulated factories, with human rights issues including child labor, non-living wages, and inhumane working conditions being commonplace.
  • According to Connie Ulasewicz of San Francisco State University, it was at this point that many Americans became disconnected from the manufacturing process of their clothes, and “lost contact with how and where their clothes were made.

Controversies give rise to sustainable fashion

During this time, industry giants like Gap, Nike, Levi’s, and Converse outsourced labor to the cheapest bidder to lessen manufacturing costs and increase company earnings.

  • This focus on the bottom line led to wide-ranging controversies over worker’s rights and environmental impact of manufacturing, such as Nike’s 1991 scandal over reports of low-wages and dangerous factory conditions in an Indonesian factory.
  • High-profile incidents like these sparked public anger which encouraged many of these companies to invest in ethical manufacturing practices to boost their reputations with consumers.
  • One of the most notable incidents in recent years was the 2013 Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, which killed an estimated 1,130 workers and injured thousands of others, when an eight story building containing clothing factories collapsed. These factories were known to produce clothing for popular U.S. brands including Walmart, J.C. Penney, and the Children’s Place.
  • In recent years the environmental impact of fast fashion has also moved into the mainstream, with issues like textile waste, pollution, water stress, and carbon emissions, fueling an increased demand for eco-friendly clothing.

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Slow fashion begins to make its mark

Although increased awareness of the environmental and social impacts of fast fashion has greatly increased over the last five years, the sustainable clothing movement has been slowly and steadily making its mark for years.

  • Patagonia and Esprit began pioneering sustainable clothing in the late 1980s, as their founders observed the negative environmental impacts of the clothing manufacturing industry. The owners of these two popular apparel companies were two of the first industry leaders to research the environmental impact of the fibers and materials used to manufacture clothing, leading to some of the first models for eco-friendly clothing production.
  • More recently the sustainable clothing industry has drastically increased in popularity thanks to increased public awareness around the environmental impacts of fast fashion, with brands like H&M and Madewell launching clothing recycling programs, Levi’s spearheading a sustainability campaign, and high-end designers like Gucci committing to sustainable manufacturing practices.

Chapter 4: Legislation shaping sustainable fashion

sustainable clothing legislation

According to Simone Cipriani, the founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative, legislation focused on protecting workers and the environment is the most effective way to combat the negative social and environmental impacts of fast fashion.

However, because of the globalized nature of clothing manufacturing, it can be very difficult for legislative bodies to develop enforceable and effective laws.

Although there is still a long way to go when it comes to regulating textile and clothing manufacturing, here are some of the laws influencing sustainable clothing production and the slow fashion movement:

Alien Tort Act

This U.S. law allows non-citizens to file lawsuits in domestic courts for human rights violations that occurred abroad.

Transparency in Supply Chain Act

This California legislation requires that companies doing business in the state demonstrate the efforts that they are taking to ensure slavery and human trafficking are not a part of their manufacturing and supply chains.

551/2009 Regulation

This European Union law makes the use of phosphors illegal in the majority of washing process and detergents used within its jurisdiction.

The Bribery Act

This 2010 UK law penalizes companies operating in the nation that are found to be a part of any sort of bribery — be it directly or indirectly.

Grenelle II Regulation

This French legislation requires that companies clearly label the carbon footprint of all consumer goods sold within the county.

REACH Regulations

This EU legislation holds manufacturers responsible for “assessing and managing” any risks associated with chemicals used in their product, which also includes relaying safety information and risks to consumers.

This regulation is key in the fashion industry when it comes to dyes used in manufacturing as well as herbicides and pesticides used in growing fibers used for clothing and textile production.

Chapter 5: Behind The Scenes Innovations Of Sustainable Fashion

Behind the scenes innovations

When it comes to sustainability in fashion, one significant area that often gets overlooked is the negative impact that doing laundry can have on the environment.

“Really?” You might ask. “But it’s just laundry!”

It may seem crazy, but it is true.

In fact, according to a study conducted by Proctor & Gamble and Marks & Spencer, anywhere from 75 to 80 percent of the environmental impact of apparel comes from the process of doing laundry.

This is due not only due to the energy needed to heat the wash water and power dryers, but also the amount of water used by washing machines, and the toxic chemicals that enter our waterways through this seemingly mundane chore.

High-efficiency washers and dryers

With the average household estimated to do approximately 400 loads of laundry annually (that’s around 13,500 gallons of water) creating more sustainable washing and drying practices is a critical part of eco-friendly fashion.

Fortunately, there have been many innovations to washing machines and dryers in recent years, including the emergence of high-efficiency (HE) washers and dryers that use less energy, reduce pollution, and conserve water.

Mother Earth News reports that making the switch to a front-loading, HE washing machine can cut water use by 25 to 50 percent.

Similarly, HE dryers typically use about 20% less energy than their traditional counterparts thanks to moisture sensing technology and a more efficient use of heat.

According to Tree Hugger, one of the best ways to choose eco-friendly appliances like washers and dryers is to make sure that the washer and dryer your purchase are Energy Star approved.

Eco-friendly detergents, bleaches, and fabric softeners

You may not realize it, but the cleaning products you use when doing laundry can have a major impact on both your personal health and the environment.

The detergent, bleach, or fabric softener you use may not seem like a big deal, but consider the below facts and figures:

  • The petro-chemicals used to add fragrance to traditional laundry detergents are potential hormone-disruptors, which can have wide-ranging negative effects on your health.
  • Studies show that approximately 70% of U.S. streams contain chemicals from laundry detergents.
  • These toxic ingredients are not only harmful to fish and other aquatic life but can also eventually end up in our drinking water.
  • Most traditional laundry detergents rely on petroleum-based ingredients, which contribute to global warming and can have negative effects on your health

The good news is, in recent years a variety of highly effective plant-based detergents, bleaches, and fabric softeners, have emerged — providing an alternative to the harmful ingredients found in traditional formulations.

In addition to containing safe, non-toxic ingredients, these eco-friendly detergents are typically highly concentrated, which not only reduces wasteful packaging and saves on fossil fuels used in transporting the products, but also reduces the “400 million gallons of water wasted each year in diluting detergents.”

Even better, eco-friendly detergents do not rely on hot water to be effective.

This drastically cuts down on the amount of energy you use while doing laundry, and ultimately, your carbon footprint.

In fact, it has been shown that switching to a cold rinse cycle can reduce your washing machine’s use of energy by as much as 90 percent.

Sustainability in the commercial laundry industry

Aside from appliance and detergent innovations, improvements to laundry carts and the materials used to manufacture these carts have also contributed to a more efficient and sustainable commercial laundry industry.

In the past, the laundry carts used to handle bulk laundry in commercial laundries and hospitality industries were often manufactured from materials that were ill-suited for the job, such as metals — which rust and corrode when exposed to moisture for prolonged periods — and cheap plastics with a short-lived product life.

Fortunately, rotationally molded laundry carts, manufactured from durable and long-lasting polyethylene, offer a heavy-duty alternative to the laundry carts of the past and are revolutionizing the sustainability of commercial laundry.

In addition to a durable design, which means less pollution from manufacturing and fewer products ending up in landfills, rotationally molded laundry carts also feature innovations such as convertible shelves, built-in wheels, and an ergonomic design, which lead to less waste and a more efficient use of resources.

These polyethylene laundry carts are also manufactured using 100-percent virgin plastics that are both FDA and USDA approved — which means less harmful chemicals entering the environment during the manufacturing process.

Additionally, these carts can also be manufactured from recycled materials — further reducing the carbon footprint of the commercial laundry industry.

Even better, rotationally molded polyethylene laundry carts are recyclable, which means they won’t end up in a landfill and can be ground down and reused to create new laundry carts once they are no longer of use.

Although laundry is definitely a more “behind-the-scenes” aspect of eco-friendly fashion, it plays a major role in the environmental impact of the clothing and textiles.

Fortunately, innovative thinking and improvements in technology are changing the way we think about laundry and moving us closer to a more sustainable fashion industry one HE washing machine and jug of plant-based detergent at a time.

Chapter 6: The people and brands driving the eco-friendly apparel movement

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The sustainable clothing movement has come a long way over the last 20 years thanks to increased awareness of the fashion industry’s impact on society and the environment.

Yes, controversies, awareness, and legislation have been a big part of this shift away from fast fashion.

However, we believe that it is people and brands that are the true driving force behind eco-friendly fashion and sustainability.

Below are 57 people and brands making a change in the fashion industry.

We’ve broken them down into five main categories.

Keep in mind these are in no particular order. They are just numbered because we love organization!

We hope you enjoy learning about these incredible influencers as much as we have.

Sustainable style influencers

These sustainable style bloggers prove that you don’t have to compromise on personal style to be good to the earth.


sustainably chic

1. Sustainably Chic

Founded by Florida-based style blogger Natalie Kay in 2014, this beautiful lifestyle blog is “a place where fashion can exist responsibly, so we can enjoy the art and love behind the things we wear & use everyday.” On her blog Kay highlights eco-friendly, sustainable clothing brands that use ethical manufacturing practices and covers topics including green beauty, eco-lifestyle, and sustainable fashion.

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fashion me green

2. Fashion Me Green

The sustainable style blog of creative consultant, Greta Eagan, says it best with the tagline “style + sustainability – sacrifice,” highlighting the fact that you do not have to sacrifice on style and creativity to live a sustainable lifestyle. A fashion insider, Egan holds a degree in Fashion Marketing and Promotion from the London College of Fashion as well as an MSC focused on sustainable fashion from the European School of Economics and has worked for Kate Spade, Glamour Magazine, and sustainable designer Eileen Fisher. She has also published a book titled Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe, which “bridges the gap between stylish and conscious fashion and beauty.”

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style bee

3. Style Bee

Curated by Lee Vosburgh, this minimalist style blog focuses on inspiring followers “to shop thoughtfully with careful consideration about every purchase.” Highlighting independent designers and brands, Style Bee is all about helping readers curate a small yet stylish wardrobe of timeless staples that will serve them for years instead of focusing on fast fashion trends.

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seasons and salt

4. Seasons + Salt

This Oregon-based lifestyle blog focuses on building a community of women focused on simple, sustainable style. Founder Andrea Hartman features eco-friendly styles from ethical designers proving that “ethics and style aren’t mutually exclusive.” She encourages readers to stop purchasing fast fashion and to instead invest in sustainable clothing that is “good for people and good for the environment.”

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Grechen's closet

5. Grechen’s Closet

This sustainable fashion blogger has been in the game for over 14 years, founding her blog in 2004. Focused on conscious shopping and style for women over 40, Grechen’s beautiful blog features independent designers and eco-friendly styles. She also curates an online consignment store of pre-owned women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories from sustainable brands that are transparent in their production, use eco-friendly materials, and practice ethical manufacturing and business practices.

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a day pack

6. A Day Pack

This adorable style blog is run by the husband and wife team Nicholas and Emily Pack. Self-described “ethical enthusiasts” this sustainable style duo is on a mission to make slow fashion that is manufactured ethically the norm. Their impeccably curated list of ethical apparel brands is a wonderful resource for savvy shoppers while their style posts are a source of inspiration for those trying to curate a fashionable wardrobe without contributing to unethical labor practices.

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simply Liv and co

7. Simply Liv & Co.

Focused on slow fashion and thoughtful living this lifestyle blog discusses everything from self-care to motherhood to the slow clothing movement. Olivia’s guides to ethical shopping brands make switching to eco-friendly style easy and accessible to her readers and inspires conscious consumerism.

Visit Simply Liv & Co.

mademoiselle

8. Mademoiselle

This Australia-based fashion blogger focuses on curating an ethical, minimalist wardrobe, and will leave you drooling over her adorable outfits. If you are looking for a lifestyle blog to inspire your sustainable fashion journey, this is the one for you!

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The sustainable edit

9. The Sustainable Edit

Started by a “Former fast fashion addict turned slow and responsible fashion advocate,” the sustainable edit is a lifestyle blog dedicated to slow fashion and sustainable living. Discussing capsule wardrobes, sustainable materials, and an eco-friendly lifestyle, The Sustainable Edit is a standout lifestyle blog for those interested in sustainable clothing and fashion.

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closet confessional

10. Closet Confessional

A personal style blog at its best, Closet Confessional is Dana Frost’s platform for slow fashion and sustainable living. Her stylish street style snaps are proof that style and sustainability can easily go hand in hand.

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Social Justice Trailblazers

Spreading the power of positivity and eco-friendliness, here are our Social Justice Trailblazers.


Michelle for Good

11. Michelle for Good

Focused on conscious consumerism, Michelle Chavez uses her blog as a platform to turn ethical style from “a niche to a norm.” A co-founder of The Tote Project, which raises awareness on human trafficking, Chavez founded her blog as a resource for consumers that want to purchase ethically-made, sustainable products and clothing.

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Life + Style + Justice

12. Life + Style + Justice

This inspiring lifestyle blog, curated by Hannah Theisen, is “a resource for stylish, sustainable living with an emphasis on social justice.” On her blog, Theisen emphasizes the idea “that normal, everyday actions can affect change in the areas of the world that need it most.” Topics on this blog that speaks to the idealist in all of us range from social justice to ethical clothing to health and beauty.

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Tortoise and Lady Grey

13. Tortoise & Lady Gray

A lifestyle blog focused on slow fashion and sustainable style, Tortoise & Lady Gray focuses on inspiring readers to live stylishly without compromising their ethics. More than just a lifestyle blog, Tortoise & Lady Gray is an excellent tool for anyone that wants to shop more ethically, featuring resources like an Ethical & Sustainable Shopping Guide as well as Guide to Sustainable Textiles. Blog topics range from indigenous human rights in fashion to where to purchase ethical denim.

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Dress Well Do Good

14. Dress Well//Do Good

Focused on how purchasing power influences manufacturing and business practices, Dress Well//Do Good was founded by two friends — Ellie and Elizabeth. The blog’s mission “Fashionable to feel good. Responsible to do good.” aims to raise awareness on how the way we shop influences the world as a whole, be it garment workers in another country or the environmental impact of the manufacturing process.

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fashion revolution

15. Fashion Revolution

This exciting movement wants to turn the world of fast fashion upside down by building an online community that will “work together towards radically changing the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed so that our clothing is made in a safe, clean and fair way.” In addition to a blog, this website includes resources for students, educators, and activists, hosts events, and gives readers clear ways to take action towards a more fair and ethical fashion industry.

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StyleWise

16. StyleWise

Founded by Virginia-based singer, writer, and blogger, this lifestyle blog is so much more than just another lifestyle blog. Striving to be “a resource on all things ethical, sustainable, eco-conscious, and fair trade,” Leah Wise uses her blog to promote conscious consumers and social justice.

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Water Thru Skin

17. Water Thru Skin

Featuring the tagline “Lifestyle with a Conscious” this style blog is all about eco-friendly fashion, sustainable living, and conscious consumerism. Featuring ethical design brands that are committed to fair labor practices, discussing eco-friendly travel, and green lifestyle, this socially conscious blog has it all.

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Future King & Queen

18. Future King & Queen

Focused on cruelty-free and ethical beauty, the editors of this lovely blog “hunt for beautiful things without compromise to ethics or style.” A fair fashion guide, an index of vegan recipes, and tips on going plastic free, this blog highlights everything you need to know to live a more sustainable and intentional lifestyle.

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The Curious Button

19. The Curious Button

Focused on ethical fashion, sustainability, and minimalism, this “conscious lifestyle blog” focuses on using spending power to create the world you want to live in. Guides to finding ethically made clothing, reviews of eco-friendly brands, and tips for green living are just a few things you can expect to find on this inspiring lifestyle blog.

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Magnifeco

20. Magnifeco

A blog “where ethics meets aesthetics,” this lifestyle blog features “designers, artisans and makers who have ‘change’ at their core; triple bottom line (people, planet and prosperity) in their structure yet never sacrificing design or beauty.”

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Eco-Friendly Style Leaders

These bloggers stand by their ways of minimizing their footprint and conserving the earth.


Ecocult

21. Eco Cult

This beautifully curated blog founded by Alden Wicker focuses on “sustainable fashion and travel for the conscious woman.” Frustrated with “the dichotomy between enjoying what life has to offer and doing good for the world” Wicker founded Eco Cult to highlight stylish, beautifully designed apparel and products that don’t compromise on sustainability or ethics. Afterall, “Why can’t you look chic but care about where your clothes come from? Why can’t you get your nails done while reading about climate change action?” says Wicker.

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Leotie Lovely

22. Leotie Lovely

A lifestyle blog focused on conscious living, Holly Rose uses her blog to tell the stories behind conscious consumerism, “[weaving] together an aesthetic and digestible tale about the people, places, and products which provide sustainable solutions for our lives and planet.” Through her lovely blog, Rose hopes to inspire readers to use their purchasing power to impact positive change in the world.

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Eco Warrior Princess

23. Eco Warrior Princess

This groundbreaking media brand is focused on “redefining what it means to live green.” Founder, Jennifer Nini, founded the blog in 2010 to cover a wide range of topics including sustainable fashion, eco-friendly beauty, green technology, green politics, conscious business, and more. Nini defines her brand as “a media business and a community of clever, stylish, discerning people who want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.”

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My Green Closet

24. My Green Closet

After earning a degree in Fashion Design and Technology, Verena Polowy founded My Green Closet, as an outlet for her interest in eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. Focusing on green living, ethical fashion brands, natural beauty, and minimalism this lifestyle blog serves as an inspiration guide for those aspiring to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

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Conscious Fashion Collective

25. Conscious Fashion Collective

Created to inspire “a more thoughtful and sustainable future in fashion,” this innovative blog features a wide range resource for conscious consumers including eco-friendly gift guides, research on sustainable fashion, and curated lists of green styles. With the tagline, “Zero judgment, infinite inspirations” this is a wonderful place to learn more about the impact of fashion on the environment and what you can do about it.

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Selva Beat

26. Selva Beat

A self-proclaimed “environmental magazine with an edge” Selva Beat is a fun and informative online and print publication that raises awareness of pressing environmental issues such as the palm oil, the importance of eco-friendly clothing, and green beauty. Their playful approach to the topic shows that caring about the earth is anything but boring.

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Sustainable Daisy

27. Sustainable Daisy

Started by an environmental scientist, this blog strives to be a resource for eco-friendly shopping and conscious consumerism. Karen, founder of Sustainable Daisy, believes that “We have the power to shop mindfully and in turn make choices that radiate goodness into the world.” She uses her blog as a platform to encourage us all to work towards a better planet through our daily lives.

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Sustainable Siren

28. Sustainable Siren

This Bay Area blogger and design student is passionate about sustainable, eco-friendly style that does not harm the environment. Her blog explores organic, second hand, vintage, recycled, fair trade, and ethical fashion.

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Moral Fibres

29. Moral Fibres

Started by Wendy Graham, this sustainable living blog is anything but crunchy. Centered around the idea that “sustainable living should be hip, not hippie,” Graham covers eco-friendly clothing, natural beauty and more without the cliche “hippie environmentalist” spin.

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Eco Boost

30. Eco Boost

This blog is all about the founder Kate’s passion for living a zero waste lifestyle. With topics including fashion, beauty, and sustainable style, this blog is a wonderful resource for those dedicated to minimizing their environmental impact.

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Ethical Fashion Pioneers

These brands aren’t just promoting slow fashion, they’re paving the way for a more sustainable culture.


Everlane

31. Everlane

Starting with a sustainable t-shirt, Everlane now boasts a wide product line including denim, footwear, loungewear, and accessories. Focused on “radical transparency” this sustainable clothing retail shares every step of the manufacturing process with their consumers. This includes sourcing the highest-quality materials, working with the most ethical factories across the globe, and sharing the true cost of their products with shoppers.

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reformation

32. Reformation

This style leader believes you don’t have to harm the environment in order to manufacture the latest trends. Designing some of the most stylish clothes on the market today, Reformation only uses sustainable materials including “rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing.” The company is also focused on developing and using sustainable fabrics in their production, such as tencel, viscose, and modal.

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People Tree

33. People Tree

This sustainable and fair trade fashion brand has been manufacturing sustainable clothing since 1991. The brand prides themselves on making ethical fashion “contemporary, accessible, and desirable.” People Tree has long been recognized as trailblazers in the sustainable fashion world, earning a Soil Association Certification as the “first integrated organic supply chain in the developing world” in 2009 and becoming the first apparel company to be labeled with the World Fair Trade Organization’s product mark in 2013.

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Patagonia

34. Patagonia

As mentioned previously, Patagonia was one of the first apparel brands to spearhead eco-friendly clothing and sustainable manufacturing practices. The company’s mission statement sums up their contribution as a pioneer in eco-friendly fashion, stating, “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”

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PACT

35. PACT Apparel

This wonderful brand of clothing basics is dedicated to manufacturing all of their products using fair trade labor practices and organic cotton. Aside from using eco-friendly organic cotton, they are also committed to manufacturing without pesticides or toxic dyes. According to the brand, “Our ingredients are nice and clean, and our approach is just plain nice. We’d rather make friends than compromises.

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Stella McCartney

36. Stella McCartney

One of the first fashion designers to refuse to use any fur, leather, or animal products in her designs, Stella McCartney has been a trailblazer in eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. Her brand is fully committed to utilizing sustainable manufacturing practices and “being a responsible, honest, and modern company.”

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ADAY

37. ADAY

Dedicated to minimalism this technical apparel company is focused on producing everyday essentials that customers will wear for years to come. ADAY strives to shift the way we think about shopping and “believe owning truly versatile clothing means you can buy fewer things because each piece enables you to do much more.”

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Raven and Lily38. Raven & Lily

This beautiful line of clothing, accessories, and home goods is committed to using fair trade practices to empower women around the world. The brand currently employs over 1,500 women around the globe in nations including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Peru. This groundbreaking company is also dedicated to using recycled and repurposed materials to reduce their environmental impact.

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Eileen Fisher

39. Eileen Fisher

This designer, known for her elegant yet minimal designs is one of the major leaders in the sustainable fashion movement. Dedicated to creating “an industry where human rights and sustainability are not the effect of a particular initiative but the cause of a business well run,” the brand is focused on sourcing sustainable materials, eliminating hazardous dyes, and becoming carbon positive by 2020.

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Cuyana

40. Cuyana

Another leader of the slow fashion movement, Cuyana is all about helping women purchase “fewer, better things.” All of the brands clothing and accessories use high-quality materials and fair labor practices, and they have even started an initiative which helps customers donate used clothing.

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The Forces of Nature Behind the Slow Fashion Movement

These bloggers aren’t just writing about slow fashion, they’re living it.


Josephine Raun

41. Josephine Raun

This Danish style blogger, designer, creative director, and stylist is a leader of the slow fashion movement. If you are looking for some inspiration to take a break from fast fashion, her thorough posts on slow fashion brands and designers is a great place to start.

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Terumah

42. Terumah

Curated by Annie Zhu, this lifestyle blog covers a variety of topics including slow fashion, eco-friendly beauty, and travel. A major proponent of the slow fashion movement, Zhu touts the philosophy of quality over quantity, stating, “I’d rather invest in chic, timeless pieces that withstand seasonal trends. Fashion labels that are ethically made (no sweat shops) and sustainable (environmentally friendly) are the ones I’d recommend above all others.”

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Un-Material Girl

43. The Un-Material Girl

Founded by a “former fast fashion addict turned slow fashion,” that is both an activist and fashion student, this blog covers everything related to slow fashion, eco-friendly living, and sustainability. Leah’s informative post, “A Beginner’s Resource Guide to Sustainable + Ethical Fashion” is a must-read for anyone trying to ditch fast fashion and hop on board the slow fashion movement.

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Ms Beltempo

44. Ms. Beltempo

Alyssa Beltempo runs this slow and sustainable style blog about all things fashion. Built off the belief that you don’t have to be a hippie to wear eco-friendly clothing, Beltempo shares style tips, eco-friendly brands, vintage shopping tips and more on her educational slow fashion blog.

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Un-Fancy

45. Un-Fancy

This Texas-based blog has been focusing on minimalism and simplicity since 2014, when founder, Caroline, realized she “had a closet full of cheap clothes but ‘nothing to wear.’” Her blog follows her personal experiences navigating the world of minimalist, slow fashion.

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Fashionhedge

46. Fashionhedge

The founder of this blog created it to be a resource for those interested in slow fashion and sustainable style. A wonderful guide for brands and companies that use sustainable, eco-friendly practices, this blog lives up to its mission.

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The Note Passer

47. The Note Passer

Started by writer, illustrator, and designer, Elizabeth Stilwell, this visual blog focuses on inspiring “better, sustainable future; one that’s full of more meaning and less waste.” Filled with eco-friendly, minimalist posts this blog is certain to inspire your interest in the slow clothing movement.

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What Pixies Wear

48. What Pixies Wear

Founded by slow fashion blogger Sabrina Bianca Schlack, this blog has everything you need to know about the slow fashion movement. Featuring beautiful outfit inspiration, shopping guides, and style advice, this blog shows that slow fashion is just as fashionable as the fast fashion of the past.

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Peahen

49. Peahen

A major influencer in the world of slow fashion, this blog focuses on the best ethical and sustainable brands. Founder, Kasi sums up her blog’s philosophy stating, “I believe clothes are a joy that can be celebrated while also ensuring they enhance the lives of the people who make them and regenerate, rather than deplete, the earth. This is the balance I strive for on The Peahen.”

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Recover Girl

50. Recover Girl

Started by Jennifer Moore, this sustainable fashion blog emphasizes the importance of the slow fashion movement. Featuring posts on hosting clothing swaps, ethical style brands, and Project Upcycle – which focuses on sustainable fashion — you are certain to learn a lot about the slow clothing movement on this blog.

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The Sustainability Innovators

These companies are working every day to improve the technology and processes used in the laundry field.


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51. Environmental Clarity

Environmental Clarity is responsible for performing life cycle assessments on many of the disposable articles of clothing, such as surgical gowns. One of their assessments found “64% lower natural resource energy consumption, 66% lower greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalent), 87% lower total water consumed (blue water) and 83% lower solid waste generation at healthcare facility” resulted from using reusable surgical gowns.

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52. Ecos

Ecos “shatters the myth that buying ‘green’ has to be expensive.” They have been working for nearly 50 years finding environmentally-friendly solutions that are safer for people and our planet, while not breaking the bank.

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53. BioKleen

Since the 1980s, Jim Rimer has been fighting to create an eco-friendly solution that is safe for people to use. That is how BioKleen was born. Jim and the BioKleen team have created a line of environmentally-friendly laundry and cleaning solutions.

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54. Energy Star

Energy Star has set the standard for energy efficient washers and dryers. “Washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 25% less energy and approximately 33% less water than standard models…”

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55. AmeriPride

AmeriPride is one of the largest textile rental and supply companies across North America. They have made great strides in continuously improving their laundry delivery services through the use of improved vehicle technology, aerodynamics, and fuel consumption methods. Their 2,000 vehicle fleet is getting greener by the day.

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56. The Eco Laundry Company

Starting in Buenos Aires and now in New York, the Eco Laundry Company is known for their “commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship”. This company is environmentally-friendly from the ground up, saying ‘even our floors are organic!’

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57. Macgray

Macgray is committed to reducing laundry’s environmental impact. From water and gas consumption to detergents, Macgray is working very hard to improve the sustainability of their products.

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