We try to pay attention to where our food comes from, but have we ever paid attention to where our clothing comes from or where our money’s going? So often, the clothes we purchase were made by people who are paid unfairly by their employers, or by companies that don’t make efforts to reduce their impact on the environment. Buying from socially responsible clothing companies definitely isn’t cheap, but becoming more aware of where your clothing comes from is certainly a step in the right direction. Here are just a few incredible clothing companies that are making efforts to do their part and give back to causes that matter.
This company makes outdoor apparel and donates at least 1% of their sales to help environmental grassroots causes. They also work to reduce the harmful effects that their clothing company can have on the environment, from powering their facilities to dyeing their materials. Their “Field Reports” chronicle the adventures that they have exploring the outdoors; I could honestly read these posts for hours. There’s nothing like contributing to a good cause and being inspired to be an adventurer at the same time.
Indosole makes “Soles With Soul,” which is footwear from recycled motorcycle tires found in Indonesian landfills. Their entire process of repurposing is as environmentally responsible as it gets and helps make a difference in Indonesia’s pollution problem. They have a lot of great options for casual looks, including super comfy flats and sandals that are perfect for running errands. These sandals are my favorite pair.
Good & Fair is dedicated to providing fair-trade clothing that you can actually feel good about wearing. They make perfect timeless pieces including t-shirts, men’s boxers and ladies’ underwear. All of their products are made with organic materials and their company is “Fair Trade Certified from the bottom up.” They don’t carry a wide selection, but everything is inexpensive and high-quality, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
This is another amazing fair-trade clothing and lifestyle company that is dedicated to empowering women all over the world. They employ women in impoverished countries and provide them with sustainable, livable wages. All of their products “reflect the beauty and culture of the women who create them.” If you’re on a student’s budget like me, the brand can be slightly expensive. Despite this, it’s worth investing in a few pieces just to contribute to a company that gives back in so many great ways.