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    14 Fashion Brands That Are Actually Both Stylish And Sustainable

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    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. MATE the label is all about clean, essential fashion that you'll feel comfy, trendy, and environmentally friendly wearing.

    A model wears a cream-colored, vintage, cropped tank-top with matching joggers as she looks down at the camera
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    The Sustainable Part: Mate uses natural, nontoxic, and organic materials to create their pieces. They particularly pride themselves on using organic cotton — because it uses 87% less water than conventionally grown cotton and emits 45% less greenhouse gases — and low-impact dyes. In fact, they offer a whole fabric portfolio that identifies where each fabric material was grown, where it gets dyed, what collections it's used in, a little bit about the fabric itself, and how to care for it!

    Their products are all vegan, and they work to minimize their environmental footprint. They're headquartered in Los Angeles, with their factory only 10 miles away from HQ. They even keep their office eco-friendly, opting to avoid plastic, compost their food, recycle, and use eco-friendly furniture and bathroom products.

    Pricing: Pieces starts around $45 and can go up to about $160 — and there are a range of pieces from tanks to jumpsuits.

    Returns: You can return and exchange any unworn and unwashed item within 45 days of purchase — as long as it's not final sale. For returns, you just need to pay a $5 fee for return labels (which will be deducted from your refund).

    Shipping: All orders delivered within the US ship for free! You can always pay to expedite shipping, if needed. For international shipping, fees vary depending on what method you choose, but orders over $250 ship free!

    Instagram: @mate_the_label

    Get the vintage crop tank for $128 (available in sizes XS-XL and in four colors) and the joggers for $128 (available in sizes XS-XL and in 17 colors).

    2. Tonlé values inclusivity, honesty, and reciprocity — oh, and they create beautiful clothing, too! Their ethical and sustainable lines range from easy, go-to staples to classic pieces.

    A model wears a dark blue V-cut wrap dress with a white, line-art cactus leaf print
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    The Sustainable Part: Tonlé believes every scrap has a purpose and approaches zero waste fashion by using 100% of a given textile and creating pieces from reclaimed materials. To do that, they search remnant markets in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that collect and resell pre-consumer textile waste from garment factories. They then cut these textiles down to make yarn and create new Tonlé pieces. So all of their pieces are made from deadstock, cut-waste, and quality-control failure (usually due to a very small defect) textiles.

    The brand also partners with Weaves of Cambodia to upcycle textiles and uses 100% recycled materials for their packaging bags, tags, and promotional materials. Beyond sustainability, Tonlé employs a team of 30 in their Phnom Penh workshop and fights for just fashion by creating a fashion ecosystem rather than relying on a top-down supply chain model.

    Pricing: Clothing starts around $50 and can go over $100, but there are many pieces in between.

    Returns: Tonlé offers free returns and exchanges on any unused and unwashed item within 30 days of purchase, but jewelry and sale items are final sale. You are responsible for the cost of shipping, though.

    Shipping: In the US, orders over $75 ship for free — otherwise there's a $7.50 standard shipping fee. For international shipping, there's a flat $15 fee.

    Instagram: @tonledesign

    Get the lotus dress for $74 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in two colors).

    3. Alternative Apparel offers soft and simple basics that you'll love to lounge in and wear.

    A model wears a yellow and white tie-dye, flowing, cropped t-shirt as she looks out from her kitchen
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    The Sustainable Part: Right off the bat, Alternative Apparel is apart of the Fashion Revolution, a campaign for a clean (and safe, transparent, fair, and accountable) fashion industry. Their garments are made with sustainable materials that are organic and recycled. Plus, they use sustainable processes that use low-impact dyes and conserve water.

    They also created their Alternative Eco collection, which creates pieces using recycled cotton, organic cotton, and hemp fibers. And by 2021, Alternative Apparel has pledged to only use fully-recycled polyester.

    Pricing: You can find some T-shirts starting at $10 from Alternative Apparel, but prices can go up to $200. The pricier items are bags, outerwear, and pants or jumpsuits. But most clothes are below $100.

    Returns: Alternative Apparel accepts returns and exchanges within 90 days of purchase due to COVID-19 — except on final sale or last chance items. Typically, though, they accept returns and exchanges within 30 days of purchase.

    Shipping: They ship to all 50 states and and US territories through standard or UPS shipping.

    Instagram: @alternativeapparel

    Get the relaxed flowy cropped T-shirt for $34 (available in sizes XS-L and in six colors).

    4. Pact creates affordable, organic clothing that is comfy, practical, and easy to wear. They also carry maternity wear, kids' clothes, and bed and bath products. But really, their clothing is so soft that you'll never want to wear anything else.

    A model wearing a soft-looking, purple zip-up hoodie with drawstrings next to a model wearing a thinner, flowing brown cardigan over a black tank top
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    The Sustainable Part: Pact is pretty straightforward: they make organic pieces, using GOTS-certified organic and fair trade cotton. That is, unless they blend it with a bit of elastane for some stretch. They believe in treating the environment and their workers well, and they're Fair Trade Certified.

    Pact also has a clothing donation program, and it's not limited to the Pact brand. Just fill any box with the clothes you want to donate, and print your pre-paid shipping label — yep, Pact partnered with Give Back Box so that shipping's free.

    Pricing: Pact generally keeps prices below $100, and most items range around $40 to $60.

    Returns: They accept returns within 60 days of purchase.

    Shipping: Pact processes orders within two business days and ships throughout the US and Canada. And, if you spend over $50 and ship within the continental US, shipping is free!

    Instagram: @wearpact

    Get the purple lightweight hoodie for $50 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in five colors) and the brown airplane cardigan for $70 (available in sizes S/M-2X/3X and in four colors).

    5. Girlfriend Collective is an incredibly inclusive brand that creates sustainable activewear for any and everyone.

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    The Sustainable Part: Girlfriend Collective is all about sustainability and transparency. In fact, they go into specific detail about what each product is made of (by style), how they turn old water bottles into clothes (since most synthetic activewear is made from plastic), where they manufacture and why — Vietnam, because it's certified by Social Accountability International to protect workers' conditions and wages and their machines manufacture the best premium activewear — and a whole lot more (like how they dye their fabric and source their water bottles from Taiwan).

    On each product page, you can also find a mini sustainability report that shares how many water bottles were diverted from landfills, how many pounds of carbon dioxide emissions were prevented, and how many gallons of water were saved.

    Pricing: Most of Girlfriend Collective's pieces cost between $30 and $70.

    Returns: Girlfriend Collective accepts returns and exchanges within 60 days of their ship date — including your first underwear purchase, but not final sale items.

    Shipping: Shipping is free if you order two or more items and for all leggings! But if you order one non-legging thing, then shipping costs $7 in the U.S. and $12 in Australia. (Pro-tip: You can shop Girlfriend Collective at Nordstrom, too!)

    Instagram: @girlfriend

    Get the high-rise pocket leggings for $78 (available in sizes XXS-6XL and in nine colors).

    6. Arrow + Phoenix makes functional and comfortable swimsuits that are also sexy and supportive. They also carry skincare, home items (like towels, toothbrushes, bowls, and more), and athletic wear.

    Arrow + Phoenix

    The Sustainable Part: Arrow + Phoenix is a Black-owned brand that creates bikinis from 100% recycled material and recycled yarn. And garments made from recycled materials like that can take 75% less energy than usual to be made! A+P also donates five dollars from each swimwear piece or t-shirt sale to The Coral Restoration Foundation, to help clean and restore the coral reefs.

    When you've finally worn out your A+P swimwear, you can ship it back to them to be recycled, and they'll give you 20% off your next purchase! You can also send a non-A+P swimsuit, and they'll give you 15% off.

    Pricing: Individual swimwear pieces cost around $70, while sets cost around $130.

    Returns: While they don't accept returns, if you have an issue with your swimsuit, you can email them within five days of delivery to see about store credit.

    Shipping: Each swimsuit is made to order and take less than a week to make. Once it's ready, it should ship to you through USPS in three to five business days. Arrow + Phoenix also ships internationally.

    Instagram: @arrowandphoenixswim

    Get the pink Kidada bandeau top for $78 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in six colors), the pink bottoms for $74 (available in sizes S-XXL and in five colors), the yellow short-sleeve surf top for $68 (available in sizes XS-XXXL and in six colors), and the yellow high-waist bottoms for $68 (available in sizes S-XL and in five colors).

    7. Warp + Weft is a family-owned company that's been creating denim pieces for three decades for adults and children.

    A model in black mid-rise skinny jeans styled with a white t-shirt
    Warp + Weft

    The Sustainable Part: Warp + Weft owns their own eco-friendly mill, where they use less than 10 gallons of water to make a pair jeans. Not impressed? A traditional pair of jeans usually uses 1,500 gallons. Plus, Warp + Weft recycles 98% of the water they use and doesn't bleach their jeans. Speaking of water, they've partnered with charity: water to help provide clean water to those in need.

    Their mill generates their own power through an in-house power plant and uses solar energy. They also responsibly source their raw cotton and opt for eco-friendly indigo dyes where possible.

    Pricing: Warp + Weft's jeans typically run for $50 to $100, depending on the cut and color.

    Returns: Warp + Weft accepts both return and exchanges within 20 days of purchase. Sometimes, they'll accept items after 20 days for store credit. Final sales are non-refundable.

    Shipping: All domestic orders over $50 will ground-ship for free! Anything under $50 costs a $10 shipping fee. Otherwise, they also ship to Puerto Rico, Guam, and APO/FPO boxes.

    Instagram: @warpweftworld

    Get the mid-rise skinny jeans for $98 (available in sizes 14-24 and in three colors; and in sizes 00-14 here).

    8. Cariuma designs cool, classic sneakers that are comfortable and durable so you can wear them anywhere and with anything.

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    The Sustainable Part: Brazilian-based Cariuma responsibly sources their materials to leave a smaller footprint — they have a page talking about what materials they use (like mamona oil to replace petroleum and recycled PET) and how they're sourced (they make sure they don't harm any trees when sourcing rubber or cork!).

    They also use fully recycled and recyclable paper and biodegradable shoe filler in their packaging.

    Pricing: While a few styles and colors cross the $100 mark, most Cariuma sneakers cost between $79 to $98.

    Returns: They accept returns and exchanges within 60 days. While Cariuma wants you to take your time and try your shoes out, they won't accept any sneakers that are worn or altered.

    Shipping: Cariuma ships worldwide, and their shipping page breaks down costs and shipping time by country.

    Instagram: @cariuma

    Get the OCA Low Canvas sneakers for $79 (available in sizes M5/W5 - M13/W13 and in 10 colors).

    9. Hope For Flowers is a brand designed by Tracy Reese (which, ofc, makes this a Black- and woman-owned business!) to use fashion as a way to bring positive change. They create high-quality, modern pieces with unique patterns, prints, and shapes.

    Hope For Flowers

    The Sustainable Part: When choosing textiles, Reese makes sure that they cause minimal harm to both the environment and the people making them. So Hope For Flowers uses organic cotton and organic linen, along with cellulosic fibers (like Tencel lyocell, which is sourced from sustainable forests).

    As they work to lessen their carbon footprint, Hope For Flowers donates 10% of sales to Detroit Dirt to help offset their environmental impact.

    Pricing: Hope For Flowers creates smaller, focused collections one at a time. Their current collection prices each piece at around $200-300.

    Returns: They accept returns and exchanges within seven days of delivery, but all tags need to be attached.

    Shipping: Hope For Flowers ships domestically and internationally, usually needing two business days to be dispatched. Shipping fees are calculated when you check out based off of your shipping zip code!

    Instagram: @hopeforflowersbytracyreese

    Get the black puff sleeve jacket for $225 (available in sizes XS-L) and the multi-tiered maxi dress for $328 (available in sizes XS-L).

    10. Ninety Percent is a London-based women's brand that designs luxury, organic basics so that you can build up a collection of timeless staples that lasts a long time and is always in style.

    Ninety Percent

    The Sustainable Part: OK, Ninety Percent's name comes from the fact that they share 90% of their distributable profits with different charities, and they let you vote for which cause you'd like them to support. They make their garments using sustainable materials — like organic or recycled cotton, sheeps wool, EcoVero in place of viscose, MicroModal for a sustainable rayon, and compostable and biodegradable Tencel fibers — in industry-leading factories.

    Ninety Percent also has a Responsible Brand Commitment, which outlines focus areas including longevity, transparency and traceability, and emissions and carbon dioxide.

    Pricing: They have tank tops that begin around $32 and their most expensive jumpsuit costs $180. But most of their stuff costs less than $100.

    Returns: Ninety Percent accepts returns and exchanges within two weeks of receiving the item.

    Shipping: They ship internationally, so shipping varies by country. For the U.S. and all non-U.K./Europe deliveries, shipping takes five to 10 days and costs $18.84 — unless your order is over $75, then it's free!

    Instagram: @ninety_percent

    Get the backless bodysuit for $71 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in three colors) and the jumbo hoodie for $167 (available in sizes S-L and in two colors).

    11. Patagonia is a popular outdoor clothing (and gear) brand that makes sure to take care of the environment that their items enable you to explore.

    A model wears a quilted pullover with snap-buttons down the collar and a breast pocket

    The Sustainable Part: Patagonia is all about sustainability. Since 1985, they've pledged one percent of their sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment, and they've launched 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses that do the same! They also have Environmental Responsibility Programs for their materials, supply chains, and manufacturing processes (in which 72% of their line uses recycled materials).

    In terms of business, they break down their energy, transportation, waste, and water footprints. For instance, they use 100% renewable electricity in the US and 76% globally. Patagonia is incredibly transparent about their facilities, supports grassroots groups through Patagonia Action Works, and informs people through their films and site, like this page on the hidden cost of clothes.

    Pricing: Their clothing usually costs between $30 and $200, but you'll find that most things are below $100.

    Returns: Patagonia accepts returns and exchanges, though it may take up to six weeks to process your return.

    Shipping: Patagonia ships domestically and internationally, and all orders are usually packed and shipped within one to two business days. Their shipping fees depend on your pre-tax total cost, and they also offer multiple shipping methods.

    Instagram: @patagonia

    Get the organic cotton quilt pullover for $149 (available in sizes XS-XL and in nine colors).

    12. Theory's consciously designed Good Collection features sophisticated and contemporary clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear — all while addressing their environmental footprint.

    A model wears a square-neck, sleeveless white dress as she sits in brush with an iguana on her lap
    @theory__ / Via

    The Sustainable Part: While Theory offers other organic products with varying degrees of sustainability, through their Theory For Good initiative, they're working to make their signature fabrics — wool, cotton, and linen — fully traceable by 2025. In an interview with Fast Company, head of sustainability and raw materials Wendy Waugh explains, "When you think of the sustainability of a single fiber, like wool, it has to do with everything from the land to the animal welfare to the energy usage in the factories."

    So far, their wool and cotton are guaranteed to be traceable (as shown on their site), but all three fabrics are ethically grown.

    Pricing: Good Collection pieces start at $130 and can go up to $600, although most are around $200 to $400.

    Returns: Theory accepts returns within 90 days from the receipt date, and they also accept exchanges.

    Shipping: They ship to all 50 states and certain US territories through multiple shipping methods (like Surepost, Ground, three-, two-, and one-day delivery).

    Instagram: @theory__

    Get the square neck dress for $213 (originally $355; available in sizes 00-18 and in two colors).

    13. Allbirds believes in making simple, comfortable, and sustainable shoes that are made by nature and will have you walking on cloud nine.

    A model's wears Allbirds on their feet and the shot captures them from the knee down

    The Sustainable Part: Allbirds uses merino wool from sheep by working with organizations like ZQ Merino, making sure the sheep are humanely treated and live healthy, natural lives. They also use make their laces out of recycled bottles — one plastic bottle makes one pair of laces. Allbirds' packaging is also made from 90% recycled cardboard.

    By using natural or recycled materials, Allbirds aims to reduce their impact. They measure their emissions and use carbon offsets to try and offset what they can't reduce.

    Pricing: Their shoes are generally priced around $100.

    Returns: Allbirds accepts all returns and exchanges within 30 days for all shows (so no accessories). And, if the shoes are lightly used, they'll donate them to Soles4Souls.

    Shipping: They offer standard shipping, which takes about five to seven business days, and one- or two-day expedited shipping. Otherwise, shipping's free on all orders over $50. But if you don't hit that, there's a five dollar standard shipping free.

    Instagram: @allbirds

    Get the Tree Dashers for $125 (available in sizes 5-11 and in eight colors).

    14. Outerknown aims to create sustainable style that's made well, looks good, and fits well. So you'll feel cozy and trendy in their pieces, whether you're lounging around or on-the-go.

    A model wears a green cotton denim jacket with jeans, as she walks her bike on the sidewalk
    @outerknowns_womens / Via

    The Sustainable Part: Outerknown's entire mission is to be sustainable, and, as of now, 90% of their fabrics are organic, recycled, or regenerated. More specifically, 100% of their swim trunks are made with recycled or renewable fibers. They use ECONYL, a nylon yarn made from fishermen's worn nets and consumer waste, to create some of their fabrics.

    The plastic for their buttons is harvested from Haiti and Mexico to prevent plastic waste from polluting the ocean. Longterm, the brand is striving to create a circular fashion model by 2030 as a part of their sustainability strategy.

    Pricing: Their women's section has pieces starting around $50 and going for up to $250. Their men's section has pieces, like hats, starting around $40 and going for up to $190.

    Returns: Outerknown accepts returns or exchanges within 30 days of purchase, unless the item is final sale.

    Shipping: Shipping is free on US orders over $100 and international orders over $200. For orders under $100 in the U.S., there's an $8 standard shipping fee. International shipping fees vary by country.

    Instagram: @outerknown, @outerknown_womens

    Get the Zion chore jacket for $168 (available in sizes XS-XL and in two colors).

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