Like grasping the concept of global warming itself, learning to shop sustainably can feel like a daunting prospect. For starters, there's a bit more work to determining exactly when a product is more socially and environmentally sustainable than expected—there are varying degrees within this complex world. With the term gaining traction among marketing campaigns, it can be easy to be led to believe something is super sustainable, when in fact, it is not. For shoppers newly acquainted with the concept of sustainable fashion, that can be very overwhelming. Luckily, there are fabulous websites like Rêve en Vert who source the best sustainable brands in the world and include a completely transparent section about each product's sustainability.
Shopping sustainably can also be expensive, especially after years of being used to fast fashion prices. But as we continue to learn more about the energy it takes to produce the clothes and accessories we love, it will all start to make sense. While there are fabulous brands creating new pieces sustainably, it's important to remember that shopping second hand and vintage is probably the most affordable (especially at charity shops) and sustainable way to shop.
This list is meant to show you how shopping sustainably can be approachable, fun and not break the bank. I've found the best basics, unique finds and a fabulous mix of secondhand pieces I know you'll love. Keep scrolling to see and shop my picks.
Canadian designer Eliza Faulkner creates each of her pieces with as much care as possible. Her signature voluminous pieces are gorgeous, plus she uses offcuts to create little bags so nothing goes to waste.
Not only does Carcel use sustainable fabrics like Alpaca wool, but it also employs women in prison with the aim of giving them "new skills and fair wages [so] they can learn to support themselves, send their children to school, save up for a crime-free future and ultimately break with the cycle of poverty."
Athleisure is one of the harder areas of fashion to find sustainable options for. Luckily, Evamoso is working to right that by using a sustainable techno-fabric called Econyl, which is regenerated nylon found in landfills and oceans around the world.
Minimalistic swimwear brand Ocin is making some seriously chic options for the aquatically inclined. This low-back one-piece has adjustable straps and optional padding because no two people are the same and, Ocin acknowledges that.