This Friday, April 22, millions of people around the globe will celebrate Earth Day, a day that aims to inspire awareness and appreciate for the environment, in one way or another—whether they simply buy a new recycling bin or implement a state-of-the-art composting regimen. If you are looking to play your part, why not celebrate the best way you know how—by shopping, of course! On that note, we have rounded up five eco-friendly fashion labels that you should definitely check out. So, read on for all the need-to-know details and make sure to add these to your shopping list.
EDUN, which was established in 2005 by Ali Hewson and her husband, U2 frontman Bono, has a simple mission: to develop trade with Africa and encourage others to do the same. The EDUN range is made using organic and sustainable materials, where possible, and encompasses clothing and accessories for both men and women. In addition to the ready-to-wear collection, EDUN has been producing a collection of blank t-shirts since 2007 under the Edun Live label. The Edun Live collection is produced solely in Africa. To learn more, head to Edun.com.
New York-based label Loomstate, which was founded by Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn in 2004, uses 100% certified organic cotton from various regions of the world such as Turkey, Peru, Africa, and India. In addition, Loomstate uses socially and environmentally responsible methods of production and requires all its factory partners to adhere to a strict code of conduct. As for the clothes, Loomstate takes inspiration from the environment to create luxe separates that have plenty of character! To learn more, head to Loomstate.org.
Matt & Nat
When it comes to eco-friendly accessories, no one does it better than Matt & Nat. The label takes pride in being a “vegan” label—in other words, the brand is cruelty-free and uses no animal products. In addition, the lining on every Matt & Nat handbag and wallet is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, plus the brand has just introduced cork labeling. As for the handbags, you’ll find cool silhouettes in bright colors, with plenty of modern embellishments. To learn more, head to MattAndNat.com.
John Patrick Organic
John Patrick is one of the forefathers of sustainable clothing—his eponymous brand, John Patrick Organic, has been setting the pace for years. Patrick travels the world in order to find sustainable materials for his collections such as jungle cotton, which he sourced from the Peruvian Amazon. In addition, Patrick aims to encourage the use of sustainable and organic materials by supporting farmers in remote regions. As for the John Patrick Organic collection, you will find a modern mix of separates with a preppy-meets-downtown vibe. To learn more, head to JohnPatrickOrganic.com.
UK-based label People Tree is one of the pioneers of fair trade fashion. How does it work? People Tree works closely with over 50 Fair Trade groups around the world to create its collections; these groups do everything from grow cotton, weave, dye, embroider, stitch. In addition, People Tree tries to use eco-friendly production methods in order to minimize environmental impact. As one of the world’s leading fair trade fashion labels, it is no surprise that People Tree has garnered a celebrity following—Harry Potter actress Emma Watson is a fan and has collaborated with People Tree on a capsule collection. To learn more, head to PeopleTree.co.uk.
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