Environment,  Fashion

Sustainable Fashion Brands That Won’t Leave You Broke

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter, behind the aviation industry. With trends cycling in and out faster than ever, fashion chains are constantly producing new lines of clothing, most of which will eventually end up in landfills. 


As consumers we should be trying to make more environmentally conscious decisions with our shopping. This can seem like a hard task (especially as a broke uni student), but luckily there are plenty of brands that are sustainable and won’t break the bank!

1. GHANDA

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ghanda Clothing is a surf and streetwear clothing brand, offering clothing for men, women, teens and kids. Rather than outsourcing to overseas manufacturers, Ghanda hand-prints their styles in-house which is great for preventing overproduction. This is definitely one of the most affordable brands with pieces ranging from $15-$80.

2. CHNGE

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re a fan of graphic tees, CHNGE is the brand for you! It is a gender-neutral line of streetwear created by New York City-based designer Jacob Castaldi. 

CHNGE uses 100% organic cotton to produce their shirts, as well as offsetti ng all of the carbon emissions from production to make the shirts 100% carbon neutral.On top of sustainability, CHNGE works with NGOs, donating 50% of all profits to various causes such as Charity Water, Acumen, Pencils of Promise and the Malala Fund.

3. GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

 
 
 
 
 
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Girlfriend Collective is a women’s activewear brand whose main goal is to be as transparent as possible. They are dedicated to slow fashion, with their stylish, simple workout sets being made out of recycled nylon, RPET (recycled polyester), ECONYL (made from recycled fishing nets and other waste), and cupro.

4. WEEKDAY

 
 
 
 
 
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Swedish brand Weekday carries men and women’s clothing influenced by street and youth culture, and is the perfect place to shop for basics and denim. All of Weekday’s cotton products are made from either recycled or organic cotton which are able to be produced with less water and energy consumption. They have also collaborated to create projects with organisations including UNHCR, Civil Rights Defenders and RFSU, to donate profits towards these causes.

MAKING THE MOVE TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE FASHION

Eco-friendly brands are emerging everyday as the fashion industry is now more than ever shining a spotlight onto its environmental impacts. These brands generally have similar prices as their fast fashion alternatives, so it is definitely worthwhile to check them out. To do our part in the face of a growing climate crisis, we all need to start trying to make more environmentally and ethically conscious decisions  – our fashion choices are a great place to begin!

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