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Sustainable Brands To Shop From This Summer

Looking to get started on your summer shopping for this upcoming season? Wanting to be more eco-friendly and sustainable in the clothing you purchase? Look no further, here are some amazing, sustainable brands for you to shop from this summer, from multiple price points, so everyone can afford to be sustainable.

H&M

H&M is a great, wallet-friendly, place to shop sustainable. They have recently launched their new “conscious” line. Stating that they are being more conscious of their choices when it comes to designing and producing clothes, in an effort to make their brand more eco-friendly.

They also recently dropped a “Colour Story” line, which consists of sustainably made pieces that are dyed using natural materials, such as fruit.

All of this can be found under the sustainability tab on their online storefront, but the clothing from this line is also mixed in with the other clothing on their website.

Pela Cases

Pela has produced the world’s first compostable phone case, reducing the insane amount of waste caused by old phone cases.

You can literally take the case and plant it in the ground when you’re done with it, and it benefits the soil. 

They also have been offering a buy one get one 50% off sale during the current pandemic, so people remember to wash their cases.

The cases are also super cute in my opinion, so it’s a win win.

Thread Up

Thread Up is the world’s first online thrift store. Thrift stores are extremely important when it comes to sustainability in fashion. 

Thread Up consists of both an online storefront, and an app available on the app store.

Anyone can send in their gently used clothing to one of their offices and their employees to the rest. 

Thread Up is the perfect solution for thrift shopping this summer, especially during the pandemic.

Patagonia
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J. Crew, Patagonia, Madewell

Patagonia is an outdoor clothing brand that is big on sustainability.

As of 2019 35% of their assembly factories are paying their workers a living wage on average.

100% of their electricity needs are matched with renewable electricity.

64% of their fabrics are made with recycled materials.

They also have a policy where you can turn in old clothing for them to recycle, and receive a store credit for a new item.

All this can be found on their website, under their Environmental and Social Footprint page.

Pact

Pact is an online clothing store, whose mission is to become the earth’s favorite clothing company.

The carbon offset any carbon footprint produced by their shipping. They also offer a “give back box.” Essentially, you can use the box that they send your purchase in, to send back any old clothing you want to donate. They will either donate this clothing for you or recycle the fabric and use it in new clothing. 

 

Reformation
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Reformation

Reformation is an online, sustainable clothing brand. It is on the pricey side, but it’s for a good reason.

Reformation’s slogan is “Being naked is the #1 most sustainable option, we’re #2.”

Their mission is to bring sustainable fashion to everyone, which may not be accurate currently because of the prices, but as sustainability becomes more common, the prices should go down.

Overall it’s great for some staple closet pieces that are amazing quality.

Tentree

Tentree is an online clothing brand that plants ten trees for every item sold. They also use sustainable materials and strive to have the smallest carbon footprint. 

Tentree has planted 56 million trees to date. Their goal is to reach one billion by 2025.

Their clothing is not too highly-priced, so this is a good option for people looking to spend a little less.

Save the Duck

Save the duck is a cruelty-free clothing brand that sells outerwear and athleisure wear. They are a 100% cruelty-free and animal-free brand.

Their items are made from recycled materials, and raw materials sourced sustainably. 

This brand is a good pick for a winter jacket or rain jacket, because the quality of it will last you a long time.

Allbirds

Allbirds sells sustainably made shoes and clothing. Their company goal is to help reverse climate change. 

A bold list of sustainability commitments can be seen on their website, that they will adapt to by 2025.

Use wool from merino sheep, recycled bottles, castor bean oil, recycled cardboard, tree fiber, and sugarcane to create all their products.

This can all easily be found on their website.

Overall, this is a great brand for your shopping this summer.

Threads 4 Thought

Threads 4 Thought is a company whose product leaves an innately smaller impact on our environment, support in-need communities, and assists in changing the narrative and understanding of ethical standards within the fashion industry.

They use some of the world’s most sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, etc.

This brand was pretty wallet-friendly. While it’s not as cheap as fast fashion companies such as Shein or Forever 21, you’re paying for the quality.

Overall, it can be more difficult and costly to buy clothing more sustainably, but we can all start somewhere. Whether it’s shopping at a thrift store or shopping at Reformation, everyone can do their part to shop more sustainably.

Aislinn Foran

Kent State '24

Aislinn is a Public Relations major at Kent State University. She's a huge swiftie and knows the words to almost every Taylor Swift song. She enjoys watching TV in her free time to relax. Her favorite shows are New Girl, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Wandavision. Aislinn also enjoys singing and acting, and she participated in her high school musicals all four years. She loves writing in her free time about literally anything.
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