Welcome the new season with the latest in eco-friendly and sustainable clothing
It’s officially time to put away your heavy coats and fuzzy sweaters, and embrace brighter tones and lighter fabrics for spring. Since we want to grow our closets consciously and responsibly, I have gathered some of my favourite high-quality pieces from brands that are focused on protecting the environment when it comes to production, the materials and dyes they use, how they package their items, plus more.
1. Kamala Jumpsuit by Patagonia
A jumpsuit is always a great piece to have in your closet because of its versatility. It's easy to throw on with an oversized sweater and sneakers for a casual outing, or it can be dressed up with a pair of sandals and a denim jacket. I love this one by Patagonia because it is lightweight (thanks to organic cotton and Spandex), and the company has been Fair Trade Certified since 2014, which means it supports empowering workers, engages in building safe communities, is committed to environmental protection and more.
2. Mylie Two Piece by Reformation
If you ask me, sustainable fashion definitely doesn't miss the trendy mark—especially when it’s from Reformation. This green two-piece made with 98 percent organic cotton is perfect for those warmer spring days, and a must-have if you are planning a vacation soon. Based in Los Angeles, Reformation is a 100 percent carbon-neutral brand that tracks the environmental footprint for each piece of clothing, and also shares its yearly sustainability reports via newsletters.
3. Atlanta Linen Dress by Sleeper
Simple and comfortable, this 100 percent linen dress by Sleeper is fabulous for your next garden party or brunch outing. This brand is committed to local production, and all of the garments are handmade in Kyiv, Ukraine. With the aim to leave no waste behind, Sleeper produces exactly as many clothes as it can sell, and will use every last piece of fabric, which also is why this dress comes with a matching blue ribbon for your hair. Given the current crisis in Ukraine, Sleeper is inviting people to help through a number of ways.
4. FLOAT Ultralight Run Short by Girlfriend Collective
Springtime means being more active outdoors, so grab a pair of these trendy bicycle shorts by FLOAT, which are perfect for day hikes, yoga class and more. They are super-lightweight, breathable, come in 11 different sizes, and are made from 90 percent recycled plastic bottles as well as 10 percent Spandex. When you're done with them, send them back through the ReGirlfriend Program so that they can be turned into new gear.
5. Relaxed Trench by Cuyana
Chic and sophisticated, the Relaxed Trench by Cuyana is lovely for all sorts of occasions—whether you're heading into work, going to a dinner party or spending the day shopping. I absolutely love the flaps on the collar, the adjustable tie belt, and the interior chest pocket for your mini essentials. Plus, it has a water-repellent finish, which is very important for those rainy days. Cuyana is another leader in sustainable fashion with a mandate to create fewer products responsibly.
6. Utility Pant by OZMA
I highly recommend these pants because they are extremely functional and can be worn with a variety of pieces—from a button-down shirt and an oversized blazer to a silk cami and a cardigan. The elastic waistband keeps things comfy and flattering, and they are available in two different colours. OZMA’s philosophy revolves around inspiring people to be mindful about their consumption and focuses on small, local production using only sustainable fibres to cut down on waste.
7. Valentina Top by Whimsy and Row
I cannot get enough of this cute retro-inspired wrap top by Whimsy and Row that can be worn tied in the front or back and is available in nine different shades. It’s made from 100% per cent Tencel, which is made from dissolved wood pulp and is fully biodegradable. This Los Angeles-based brand is carbon neutral, cuts out any form of plastic-use during production, uses only recycled water, and pays it forward by supporting a number of organizations such as One Tree Planted, Global Fund of Women and Black Lives Matter.
8. The Two Piece Wrap Skort by Vetta
In order to minimize waste and overconsumption, Vetta creates mini capsule wardrobes featuring five pieces that can be mixed and matched and worn multiple ways, such as this two-piece wrap skort. You can wear the shorts alone, tie the wrap in the front for effortless detailing, or tie it at the back to create a pencil-skirt look. It is made of 100 percent leftover material, also known as deadstock fabric that is given new life so it won’t end up in landfill. Now this is what I call thoughtful, multi-purpose sustainable fashion!