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Comprehensive List of Affordable + Sustainable Eco Fashion Brands

October 8, 2012 by · 11 Comments
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Tired of searching the Internet for the most affordable, stylish, and truly eco-conscious fashion brands, I decided to create an updated list of my favorites. I wrote a while back about some of my favorite green clothing brands and how to save on them, but there are new great resources popping up all the time! Here is a great place to bookmark as I will be updating it as I learn of anything new!

Affordable Sustainable Fashion Brands

A comprehensive database of affordable, sustainable fashion brands for the modern eco-chic shopper. Compiled with help from assistant and fashion enthusiast Mackenzie Day. Accessories and beauty brands not included as they are much more abundant and easy to find!

Amour Vert
One of my absolute favorite brands. Affordable, comfy, and stylish dresses, tunics, and other everyday basics
Materials: Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp, and Recycled Polyester
Made in the USA

AP - Fair Trade Fashion and Footwear

Autonomie Project
Stylish sweatshop-free & eco-friendly footwear, clothing and accessories. B Corporation Certified

Blue Canoe
Blue Canoe offers basic designs at reasonable prices – everything from active wear to lingerie. I love my perfect fitted tee.
Materials: 100% organic cotton, Bamboo, Recycled Polyester.
Made in the USA

C.Marchuska
All signature series items are under $50, and there’s something to fit every woman’s style. Materials: Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Recycled Polyester.
Made in the USA

ecoSkin
You could fashion an entire wardrobe from this brand. Shop off season for amazing sales on an extensive variety of styles.
Materials: Company uses “environmentally sustainable luxury fabrics” including organic cotton and hemp, but also blends conventional fabrics like spandex for fit and style.
Made in the USA

 

Elroy
Beautiful, high fashion looks and somehow still affordable.
Materials: Organic cotton, Bamboo, Tencel, Linen, Hemp, Wool, Raw/Wild Silk, Pineapple.
Made in the Canada.

Flora & Fauna
Vancouver based Flora & Fauna has classic staple pieces perfect for wear in any season. If you hurry now, all items are on sale for under $50!
Materials: Bamboo, Organic Cotton, Soy, Linen, Rayon, Spandex
Made in Canada

Ggo
Offering both men and women’s clothing, a great brand for comfortable, versatile pieces.
Materials: Recycled plastic bottles, Organic Bamboo, Organic and Recycled cotton.
Made in the USA

Green Apple Active
Great active wear line that some of my fitness enthusiast friends swear by
Materials: Organic Cotton, Bamboo.
Made in the USA

Indigenous
Certified B Corporation! A bit higher priced due to the artisan quality. Makers of the chicest hoodie I own (bought on sale at purecitizen.com)
Materials: Alpaca, Organic Cotton, Merino Wool, Silk
Made Overseas through Fair Trade Partnerships

Lav & Kush
Extremely affordable “eco-luxurious” pieces. I’m in love with this grey Bamboo tank dress for $40!.
Materials: Hemp, Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Silk, Linen blends, Merino Wool, Tencel and Modal Jersey.
Made in Canada

Lilikoi
I picked up a few of these pieces at a trade show a few years back and they are still wardrobe staples.
Materials: Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Hemp, Recycled fibers.
Made in Canada

Loomstate
Every piece in the 321 Fall 2012 collection is reversible – most garments can be worn up to 5 different ways! Don’t miss the sale section for dressed under $100.
Materials: Organic Cotton, Tencel
Made in the USA

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Lur
Super cute, fashionable, and functional, lur clothing is more sustainable and environmentally friendly than organic cotton – while still remaining just as soft to the touch. lur clothing is made out of 100% recycled material.
Materials: 55% of the fiber content consists of pre-consumer cotton scraps from commercial apparel and textile facilities, while the other 45% comes from post-consumer plastic bottles recycled into polyester fiber.
Made in Guatemala

Maggie’s
Everyday basics, tights, socks and scarves.
Materials: Organic Cotton and Organic Wool.
Made in the USA

Mountains of the Moon
The brand name sounds hippie-dippie but the clothes are anything but. Affordable skirts, pants, tops, skirts and dresses for the eco-friendly fashionista.
Materials: Hemp, Organic Cotton, Tencel
Made in the USA

Nixxi
I have this wrap V-neck in three colors – but only because I shop off season! Most 2009 styles are sold out but keep an eye on 2010 for deep discounts on timeless styles.
Materials: Organic cotton, Organic Wool, Soy, Bamboo, Modal, Tencel.
Made in Canada

Nomads Hemp Wear
A little bit Stevie Nicks but without the paper flowers. Comfy, casual basics in an array of neutral colors for fall! A cool earthy vibe but not too overboard.
Materials: Hemp, Soy, Organic Cotton, Jersey, Lycra Canvas
Made in Canada

OOM Ethikwear
Canadian based OOM has a huge selection of graphic tees as well as tunics, dresses, and gear for men and kids.
Materials: Organic Cotton, Merino Wool
Made in Canada

Patagonia
A certified B Corporation! Affordable, extremely durable and weather resistant clothing and gear.
Materials: Recycled polyester, Organic Cotton.
Made in the USA

Prancing Leopard
A great collection of casual and active wear. Made from the highest quality advanced organic cotton, these clothes are a great investment for long-term frequent wear.
Materials: Organic Turkish cotton blend (Zeguma® cotton)
Made in the USA

Repair the World
Sustainable dresses, tunics, and tees all under $50! The majority of the “Reparel” (Recycle+Apparel= Reparel) tee-shirts and hoodies are unisex, so you can get something for everyone!
Materials: Recycled Cotton, Recycled Polyester,
Made in the USA

Restore Clothing
Comfortable, affordable, and fashionable NY-based wardrobe essentials.
Materials: Organic Cotton, Recycled Nylon, Polyester, and Lycra.
Made in the USA

SA VA (CLOSED 11/13)
Sarah Van Aken designs and manufactures all of her clothing right here in the city of Philadelphia! Her effortless designs are super chic and classic. Pretty much half my wardrobe!
Materials: Silk, Jersey Cotton, Polyester, Rayon
Made in the USA

Spun
Classic, feminine pieces. I’m a big fan of the draped pencil skirts; cute styles that easily transition from day to night.
Materials: Organic Cotton
Made in the USA

Stewart + Brown
Beautiful, unique, sustainable clothing including comfy, chic dresses, skirts, and sweaters
Materials: Organic Cotton, Mongolian Cashmere, Yak Down, Merino Wool, and Hemp
Made in the USA

Toggery
Another Philadelphia based designer! Some of my favorite t-shirts and tunics.
Materials: Organic cotton, modal, bamboo and recycled polyester.
Made in the USA

Threads for Thought
Simply the best $10 organic cotton tanks and tees. A brand with great sustainability and charitable missions
Materials: Organic Cotton and polyester derived from recycled water bottles
Made Overseas

TranquiliT

TranquiliT
Lots of reversible and two-in-one styles for getting the most out of these flattering bamboo pieces.
Materials: Organic Bamboo, Rayon
Made in the USA

 

E-COMMERCE SHOPS
Rodale's

Rodales.com
An absolute treasure trove of deals on my absolute favorites brands. I just scored a  100% organic Indigenous Designs ballet shrug for $9.99 and a $215 Amour Vert Twill Moto Jacket for $39.99. While you are there, pick up some deals on everything from raw nut butters to organic cotton sheets! Free Standard Shipping with Code SHIP2ME

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Fashioning Change
Discover stylish eco-friendly and ethical brands that match the style and price points of your favorite name brands.

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Nimli
Nimli is a curated high fashion marketplace with eco brands like Ecoskin, Ecocouture, and C Marchuska. Don’t miss the sale page.

Kaight NYC
The online portal for the trailblazing NYC eco fashion boutique

EcoLissa.com
This online shop stocks many of the brands listed above with $5 shipping.

Pure Citizen

PureCitizen.com
The reincarnation of one of my favorite eco-flash sale sites, Pure Citizen is now a rotating marketplace for deep discounts on sustainable brands

Eco Shopping on http://www.jpselects.com/todays-offers/

JPSelects.com
Similar to Pure Citizen but with an even wider brand selection

Beklina.com
Mostly pricier fare, but the sale pages have some worthwhile finds

GlobalGirlfriend.com
This fair-trade boutique offers a line of women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel to help women worldwide gain economic security

Zulily
This mom-centric deal site has frequent flash sales for eco-conscious fashion brands for mom and kids

Poshmark
Buy and sell secondhand from other people’s closets. A few great eco-friendly finds – and secondhand is always green and chic. Use code BQNPY for a $5 credit!

The Wardrobe Boutique
Shop Secondhand for a cause: High-end second-hand finds support Career WardrobeUse coupon code HOPE for 15% off any order of $20 or more. 

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Shop to Benefit Women Worldwide with Global Girlfriend

April 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: charity, crafts, fashion, home 

Among my favorite eye-opening books is Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Through extraordinary stories about the lives of impoverished women in Africa and Asia, the authors show that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. This book clearly illustrated that the economic empowerment of women is the best strategy for fighting poverty on an international level.

This concept was put into action on a worldwide level in 2003 when Stacey Edgar created Global Girlfriend, an e-commerce boutique which helps women worldwide gain economic security while providing unique products and a simple way to help women in need. The fair-trade boutique offers a line of trend-setting, women-made, fair-trade products including stylish apparel, accessories and gifts with one purpose — helping women in need help themselves.

Global Girlfriend believes that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world; because when women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children’s health, education and nutrition, building stronger families and communities over time. Many women try desperately to make a living selling their artisan-quality goods but find that they have little access to market opportunities. Through fair-trade practices, Global Girlfriend brings the work of these disadvantaged groups directly to American shoppers.

What makes the site work so well is that everything on the site is something we’d love to buy anyway! The shop only selects well-crafted, on-style pieces, so shopping is a joy. Some of my favorites are:

Ribbon Arts Tote

Three Owl Tee

Organic Cotton Tia Dress

Branch Out Sterling Silver Earrings

Antique Sari Cosmetic Bag

Handmade Shea Butter Soap

Coffee Talk Note Cards – Set of Six

Learn more about the evolution of Global Girlfriend, with started at the founder’s dining room table with a $2000 tax refund, in the book Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide.

 

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My Favorite Green Clothing Brands – And How To Save on Them

October 18, 2011 by · 2 Comments
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I adore buying secondhand. You don’t have to feel super guilty if you buy a synthetic fabric dress made in China – it’s already been bought and you are just keeping it out of the landfill.

But organic cotton and other sustainable fabrics are usually better quality and buying them supports the green economy. I try to keep my wardrobe about 50% new sustainable, with the rest being dictated by the resale shops.

Fortunately there are ways to save money on stylish, sustainable fashion. Here are some of my favorite brands and ways to get the best deals:

Toggery: Contemporary design using environmentally conscious fashion and made in the U.S. My most favorite tees that I stock up on in every color. Also tunics galore. Sign up for Pure Citizen and Loving Eco for flash sales and save up to 70%!

SAVASarah Va Aken is my homegirl: sustainable fashion made RIGHT HERE in Philly! The brand has its own manufacturing shop adjacent to the store, SAVA has been groundbreaking in the local green economy. They sell killer skinny jeans, dresses, tops – pretty much heaven in Center City. Sign up online for special offers, including discounts for supporting The Career Wardrobe!

Nixxi: High quality sustainable and always flattering silhouettes. I live for the wrap tops. Made in Canada. Ditto on the Pure Citizen and Loving Eco  flash sales

Stewart + Brown: Beautiful cardigans and long-sleeve tops for winter. Local eco-fashion boutique Arcadia stocks the brand in store and online. Frequent sales and special offers abound at this favorite shopping spot – especially if you’re savvy enough to shop off-season!

Sust: I’m pretty sure SUST hasn’t put out anything new since 2009. But back stock of these awesome organic cotton basics keep popping up on Pure Citizen at ridiculously low prices. Don’t miss the leggings or the disco tops!

Do you have favorite eco-fashion brands? And if so, where can I get a coupon? :)

 

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