Sustainable Buying Guide

Sustainable Buying Guide

Guest post by Joyce Hu

This is our work in progress ethical shopping guide, and just a start. We encourage you to do your own research and seek out other brands. Follow sustainable fashion hastags and brands on Instagram and other social channels. 

These below brands use sustainable materials, and ethical and transparent supply chains. These are not brands that just donate a percentage of profits to charity. We will continue to add to this guide as we find more. 

Our culture of over consumption for all goods has trained consumers to want things cheaper and faster, all at the expense of health and safety in factories and in the product manufacturing supply chain.

Consumer goods now have shorter lifespans and longer waste-spans. Consider also the amount of plastic packaging that comes with everything we consume. It turns out that throwing them in the recycling bin does little to divert landfill waste. Recycling centers have been closing rapidly due to lower demand for recycled materials and higher costs to recycle them.

We believe that brands and producers should take full responsibility for their products’ end of life - and not just assume that their waste will be recycled somehow, somewhere, by someone else. Until producers and brands institute a take-back program (see Preserve's program), or make more sustainable packaging, we should pressure them to do so and think twice about buying their products.

We encourage you to buy more natural materials, avoid plastic, borrow, trade and make it yourself. Add the word "sustainable" to your google shopping searches. But most of all: buy less, buy used, buy slower, buy more consciously and buy more sustainably. 


Before consciously buying new, consider this hierarchy of fashion consumption illustrated by Sarah Lazarovic. 


One-time use plastic alternatives

Blue Avocado – Reusable zip lock bags

Super Bee – Reusable wax wrap
Etee – Reclaimed leather wrap
Chico Bags – Reusable shopping bags
Eco Bag – Reusable produce bags
Preserve - Compostable straws
Good Holdings Company - bulk products jar system
Naty - Biodegradable baby wipes and diapers 

Sustainable cleaning products
Grove Collaborative

No or little plastic bath and beauty products
Stoked - lip and face balm
Dental Lace - silk dental floss
Mabel Toothbrush and Udo Toothbush

Surf Products
Sustainable Surf Ecoboard Certified Surf Boards

Mafia Bags 
The Greenwave
Revolwe - surf leash
Patagonia Surf - filtered for sustainable materials

Patagonia Natural Rubber Wetsuits

Salt Gypsy
Wave Tribe
Suga Yoga - yoga mats made from recycled wetsuits
Be The Rad's List 

Organic and fair-trade clothing is just as important to our health as organic and fair-trade food. Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and healthy clothing minimizes toxic exposure for workers, consumers, and the environment.

Raven & Lily - women
People Tree - women and baby
Deadwood - recycled leather jackets
Tonle - fashion for textile scraps
Amour Vert - women
Patagonia Worn Wear - men and women

Kaight NYC - women and accessories
Pact - men and women basics
Prana - men and women
Slum Love - men and women knitted sweaters
Zero Waste Daniel - men and women
Groceries Apparel - men and women
Nudie Jeans - men and women

Indigenous - women
Stella McCartney - men and women
Elieen Fisher - women
Eileen Fisher Renew - women
Outerknown - men and women
Ecoalf - men and women
Tres Nomad - women
Rachel Craven - women
Wildlife Works - women, men, kids

Second hand: 
The Real Real
Thred Up
Many more...

Accessories and home goods:
Indigo Handloom
Love is Project
Brave Collective
Krochet Kids
Ubuntu Made
West Elm Artisan collections
Swedish Stockings
Sustainable sun glasses
Parker Clay leather goods

All Birds

All categories:
Fair Trade USA products

Green Toys
Organic baby clothes
Apply Baby 
Naty - Biodegradable baby wipes and diapers 

For a more comprehensive list, check out:
EcoCult’s Guide
Shop for Good
Sustainably Chic
The Good Trade

Further discovery:
Conscious Chatter
Sustainable Fashion Alliance
Pay Up Fashion
Ethical Shopping Collective Facebook Group
Fashion Revolution