The United States discards roughly 2,150 articles of clothing every second, according to Bloomberg News, with the fashion industry accounting for up to 10% of the world’s carbon dioxide output. Needless to say, sporting sustainable clothing is a tried and true way to lessen your carbon footprint this Earth Day.
Whether you’re looking for a floral print to get through a rainy Spring or comfy sweats for a night in, these brands have it. Each company boasts women among its highest ranks, and touts sustainable practices that protect their employees and the environment.
This influencer-beloved brand hailed by the likes of Hailey Bieber and Emily Ratajkowski is known for its floral, feminine pieces made from repurposed fabrics. But the female-founded collection is also certified climate-neutral, and customers are able to track the individual environmental impact of the items they buy.
Their activewear, made from recycled materials, means “living every day like it’s Earth Day,” according to Girlfriend Collective’s website. The brand’s colorful sets are sized from XXS to 6XL, and are so comfortable that you would never know they were made from plastic bottles and fishing nets.
Who doesn’t love comfortable underwear made of all-natural materials? Knickey features toxin-free cotton undergarments with a sleek and minimalist design. The company is also carbon-neutral and touts a recycling program for used intimates that they repurpose as insulation.
Pangaia, which means “all-inclusive earth,” is known for its bright sweat suits made from eucalyptus pulp and other bio-based substances. The brand is known as a “materials science company” that experiments with innovative eco-friendly manufacturing techniques (like dye made from bacteria) and specializes in celebrity-endorsed trendy loungewear.
Our last pick isn’t technically a clothing brand, but a nonprofit that fights for gender justice in the clothing industry. The nonprofit rates brands for their sustainability practices and helps you find the best eco-friendly place to shop. Their ambassador program focuses on educating the community about the environmental harms of the fashion industry, and they often campaign for workers’ rights in the industry.