30 Sustainable Fashion & Lifestyle Brands to Watch in 2018

Top Eco Fashion Brands

Reality check: Fashion as we know it thrives on trends, novelty, and consumption. And due to 1) our complex supply chains, 2) modern technology enabling mindless mass production, 3) the wide-spread use of fibers, dyes and chemicals we may not necessarily have known to be toxic when they were first used, 4) the way we're wired to feel immediate gratification from shopping and a desire to keep up and stay on trend, and 5) many other factors... this has become a formula of disaster for our planet's health (bad news for us), the health of people and animals in the supply chain, our own mental and physical well-being, and our bank accounts.

But no doom and gloom here. The good news is that we're waking up to this reality, and every day now, we see new for-purpose companies pop up and pre-existing companies improve their CSR - all in response to you voting thoughtfully with your dollars. So firstly, you're amazing, and secondly, this makes us really hopeful!

In celebration of this, we put together this guide to 30 of our favorite sustainability-driven fashion and lifestyle brands you can keep an eye out for in 2018. They're not perfect, but they're all on track to push the industry in a healthier direction. And we give that three thumbs ups.


Apparel

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Eileen Fisher

Highlights: Use of conscious fibers like recycled cashmere
Investment: $$$

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Ecoalf

Highlights: Use of recycled fishnets and rPET; emphasis on traceability of materials
Investment: $$

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Kowtow Clothing

Highlights: Timeless designs; eco fibers
Investment: $$$
Photo via kowtowclothing.com

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Organic by John Patrick

Highlights: Timeless styles; organic fibers
Investment: $$
Photo via organicbyjohnpatrick.com

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Re/Done

Highlights: Use of up-cycled vintage Levi's and other up-cycled textiles
Investment: $$$

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Reformation

Highlights: Carbon-offset shipping to U.S.; use of surplus textiles; made in LA
Investment: $$$

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The Ziran

Highlights: Use of artisan peace silk and natural dyes; one-of-a-kind pieces
Investment: $$$$

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Amur

Highlights: Use of recycled fibers like rPET
Investment: $$$$
Photo via amur.com

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Christy Dawn

Highlights: Use of mostly dead-stock and rescued fabric; made in LA
Investment: $$

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Modernation

Highlights: Use of up-cycled and vintage materials; made in California
Investment: $$

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Matter Prints

Highlights: Handmade and printed by artisans in India; organic fibers
Investment: $$

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Whimsy & Row

Highlights: Focus on using dead-stock and surplus fabrics
Investment: $$

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Where Mountains Meet

Highlights: Artisan-made; thoughtfully manufactured with conscious fibers
Investment: $$$

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Ankura Brand

Highlights: Use of organic cotton and alpaca from family farms in Peru; artisan-made
Investment: $$

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AGAATI

Highlights:  Hand made by artisans paid a fair wage using eco-friendly, materials and low waste processes
Investment: $$$

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Pondicherie

Highlights: Hand dyed and woven fabrics by artisans in India
Investment: $$$

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Par En Par

Highlights: Handwoven fabrics with organic cotton fibers by artisans
Investment: $$

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Mara Hoffman

Highlights: Use of organic fibers and Tencel; slow-made
Investment: $$$

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Arkins

Highlights: Use of dead-stock fabrics; made in New York
Investment: $$

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Groceries Apparel

Highlights: Basics made of conscious fibers
Investment: $$
Photo via instagram.com/groceriesapparel

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Shoes & accessories

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By Far Shoes

Highlights: Inclusion of dead-stock leather in 1/3 of collection
Investment: $$$
Photo via byfarshoes.com

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Veja

Highlights: Use of natural rubber, vegetable-tanned leather, organic canvas, rPET, etc.
Investment: $$

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Nisolo

Highlights: Artisan-made; vegetable-tanned leather and up-cycled metals
Investment: $$

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Rafa

Highlights: Recycled microsuede; classic styles in numerous shades
Investment: $$$

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Accompany

Highlights: One-stop-shop for slow, artisan-crafted goods made with conscious materials
Investment: $$

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Von Holzhausen

Highlights: Use of vegetable-tanned leather and vegan-friendly Technik Leather
Investment: $$$

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Bead & Reel

Highlights: One-stop-shop for vegan- and eco-friendly fashion that empowers women
Investment: $$

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Mondaine Watch

Highlights: Natural rubber straps and rPET case for its new essence collection
Investment: $$

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Beauty and skincare

Top Eco Fashion & Lifestyle Brands

Plaine Products

Highlights: Reusable aluminum bottles; reduces single-use plastic; organic ingredients
Investment: $

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100% Pure

Highlights: Fruit-pigmented makeup; organic ingredients; high performing formulas
Investment: $

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Shea Brand

Highlights: Hypoallergenic; fair-trade, organic shea; cardboard packaging; made in Brooklyn
Investment: $

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Nelum Botanics

Highlights: Formulated using highly potent natural ingredients by an herbal expert; hand crafted
Investment: $

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Note: Sustainability-driven companies take different approaches to this common goal and are all in different parts of this journey. At Conscious Fashion Collective, we celebrate, respect, and honor this diversity in values, expertise, and context of craftsmanship on the supply side, and we also encourage consumers to make purchases aligned with their personal style and values. Please refer to each brand's official website to learn more.

Also, while many of these brands have gotten scrappy and trashy (using otherwise tossed textiles, which we think is awesome), we still bow down to the saying: "Buy less, buy better" - especially that first bit. Do you agree?

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