Summer is just around the corner. Today I´m giving you some tips on ethical summer clothes. If you are not looking for clothes right now, you can remember these brands below and check them out when you want to refresh your closet.
Ethical fashion represents an approach to the design, sourcing, and manufacture of clothing which maximizes benefits to people and communities while minimizing the impact on the environment. These are some features that are usually pointed out as ethical: Fairtrade, employing women or certain ethnic groups, products made without animal ingredients and cruelty-free, donating part of the profits to a charity, handmade, fair wages paid and been transparent about the production and work policies.
I have listed 6 summer essentials that you can get from ethical brands.
1. Sunglasses from Dick Moby
Dick Moby is a Dutch company that makes sustainable eyewear from plastic. They use and reuse plastic without creating more waste in the process. They are handmade in Italy. Every pair of sunglasses comes with a free recycled leather hard case.
You can check their online shop HERE
2. Bikini from Pura Clothing
Sara is the girl behind PURA: a Swiss brand of swimwear. Pura means pure, which refers to pure fabrics and a pure conscience. All the bikinis are handmade in Switzerland, using Fabrics exclusively from Europe.
Check the new collection HERE
3. Organic cotton tops by People´s tree
The production of the clothes of People´s Tree is sustainable and environmentally friendly. They use organic cotton which guarantees small-scale farmers in developing countries to receive a fair and stable price and an additional premium which gives them the opportunity to develop their communities.
Check the collection HERE
4. Jeans from Mud for €7,50 (per month)
Mud Jeans is a Dutch denim company that introduced ‘Lease A Jeans’. For 7,50€ per month you can lease one jeans, wear them and after a year, or, when the jeans are completely worn out, you can send them back and switch to a new pair. Worn out jeans are shredded, cut into pieces and blended with virgin cotton. This is how a new denim yarn is born. Returned jeans that are still good are upcycled and sold as unique vintage pairs. The jeans are named after the former user.
Learn more about this project HERE
5. Backpack from Fjällräven
Fjällräven makes functional, timeless and sustainable equipment & clothes for outdoor use. All with the idea of having a less negative impact on the environment. Their production is fair trade and they support different charities.
Check the collection HERE
I hope this inspires you to add sustainable brands to your summer wishlist. Ethical brands may be more expensive than non-ones, but in my experience, the quality is better. It is a little investment and you will have the piece for a longer time. But if you are low on budget this season, give it a try to second-hand shops. You might find amazing pieces for little money. In The Netherlands, there are some nice second-hand shops and charity shops that you can visit. If you prefer online, check then United Wardrobe, The Next Closet, and Marktplaats.
For more brands that support fair living wage and the environment, you can check this list that I put out for you. Keep an eye on it, I constantly update it.
P.s.: If you know of a brand that is not on this list, please let me know in the comments below.