10 Sustainable Brands to Shop This Spring
By: Colleen McCaffrey and Valeria Ramos
Spring has officially sprung and fashion is in full bloom. Whether you’re seeking new seasonal pieces for your return to the office or brunch with your girls, we can all make the effort to shop more consciously this year.
Think of sustainable shopping as an investment. Buying one high-quality item that will last a lifetime can be more affordable than buying multiple fast-fashion pieces that you’ll ultimately discard. Keep reading for sustainable spring wardrobe staples to invest in this season that you will love for years to come.
Next, Everlane is one of our favorite places to shop for high-quality basics.
Their Pima Micro-Rib Tank ($40) is a perfect staple that will always be in style. Everlane clothes are made to last—they source quality materials and produce everything in factories with fair wages and reasonable hours.
Nothing says springtime like a billowy sundress.
People Tree has beautiful options for the season that are comfortable, breathable, and chic. They are a bit on the pricier side (dress is $121), but worth every penny. People Tree was the first fashion brand to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organization product label, and they continue supporting fair trade and wages, good working conditions, transparency, and environmental best practices.
“Some of the softest fabrics you’ll feel on your skin.”
Reprise Activewear offers plant-based leggings free from the plastic and chemicals typically used in clothing materials. Their Aspen Shorts ($76) are ultra-comfy and will keep you cool during any activity from yoga to working from home. Their production takes place in the U.S. and they’re committed to honesty, transparency, and sustainability at all levels of their company.
If you’re not already familiar with Madewell denim, do yourself a favor and try a pair.
With a variety of inclusive sizes and fits, you’re sure to find a flattering style. These Momjean Shorts ($75) are a must for casual and comfy spring looks. The best part? Madewell pieces are made from recycled materials, and by partnering with Fair Trade USA, they support safer, more sustainable factories that empower employees.
Veja is a shoe brand that takes sustainability seriously.
Their shoe fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles and they are 100% transparent about every step of their production process—from how much laborers are paid to any chemicals they use. Their Esplar SE Sneakers ($100) is a classic spring sneaker you can pair with dresses, denim shorts, or athleisure.
No wardrobe is complete without some accessories.
Cuyana is a sustainable clothing and accessory brand that welcomes consumers to “fewer, better things.” Our pick for spring is their Caramel Structured Leather Tote ($178)—perfect for both work and play. Each piece from Cuyana is made with high-quality by skilled craftsmen throughout Europe, South America, China, and the United States.
Minga is a small, woman-run brand that uses sustainable materials and processes to create traditional pieces.
Known for their handmade bags and hats, Miga accessories are crafted by artisans in Ecuador using plant fibers and vegetable-tanned leather. Every piece, like their Vida Rancher hat ($150) is truly one of a kind.
Back Beat Co.
Looking for comfy basics that aren’t boring? Back Beat Co. has you covered.
Inspired by the surf-and-skate culture of California, this brand provides cool and casual tops, bottoms, underwear, outerwear, and more. comfort. We love their Organic Cotton Daria Bra ($42) which is available in several fun colors. Back Beat uses low-impact fabrics like hemp and organic & recycled cotton and ship from Los Angeles with compostable or recycled packaging.
Made in California, Vitamin A swimwear is inspired by ‘70s beach glamour.
Their best-selling Alia One Piece is a sleek update on the classic halter top swimsuit that never goes out of style. The best part? This can also double as a bodysuit for all occasions. Vitamin A pieces are ethically made in the USA from recycled nylon & plant-based fabrics. They also use recyclable packaging.
It doesn’t get more classic than Levi’s.
Levi’s implements eco-friendly and sustainable practices into their from recyclable denim and ethically sourced cotton to innovations to reduce water use and a secondhand shop, Levi’s is your one-stop-shop for sustainable denim. Their 90’s Trucker Jacket ($98) is perfect for layering over your spring dresses and co-ord sets.