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
Sustainable Surf Ecoboard Certified Surf Boards
Revolwe - surf leash
Patagonia Surf - filtered for sustainable materials
Patagonia Natural Rubber Wetsuits
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
Accessories and home goods:
Love is Project
West Elm Artisan collections
Sustainable sun glasses
Parker Clay leather goods