The search for eco-fashion can be overwhelming. With so many things to consider such as organic cotton, vegan leather, fair wages and carbon offsets, it can make shopping a daunting task. With this in mind, each month I will feature brands that I have discovered who are working in different ways for a more sustainable and transparent fashion industry.
In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, all the brands this month are proudly #MadeinCanada!
As always, these brands will be on BeEco Fashion’s Shopping Guide for easy reference in the future.
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Encircled has been creating eco-friendly clothing since 2012 offering consumers a streamlined approach to wardrobes. The brand creates clothing that has more than one purpose, such as the Chrysalis Cardi. Offering versatile clothing options helps provide simple options and even lighter options when it comes to traveling, allowing consumers to do more with less. Most of their designs can be worn in more than one way, such as The Revolve Dress, a stylish 6-in-1 piece that is fully reversible.
Finally consumers can align their wardrobes with their values while simplifying their lives!
Offering a solution to the fashion industry’s over-saturation dilemma, Fred & Bean creates unique products out of reclaimed clothing and materials. Some of their interesting items include the bean mat sleeping bag, the sweater bag and automobile key necklaces.
In addition to their fashion products, Fred & Bean offers wardrobe services to help consumers make the most out of their unworn clothing. Rather than buying new clothes and tossing the old ones, Fred & Bean consultants offer a fresh set of eyes to help clients see new ways to wear their existing clothing. So instead of throwing out your wardrobe due to frustration, just call Fred & Bean to discover new options for existing clothes!
This Toronto-based company partners with talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging countries to offer a rare selection of unique and high-quality fair trade products.
Far + Wide believes in supporting individual craft producers and small businesses. In most cases artisans already have a well-designed, high-quality product but simply lack market access. Other times the company collaborates with organizations and NGO’s on the ground to offer well-skilled artisans the design and production assistance they need to succeed.
Gosia Eco Designs offers handmade dresses that represent the marriage between Mother Nature and fashion. In addition to being handcrafted, each creation is dyed with plants and natural materials.
After spending 30 years in the fashion industry, owner/creator Margaret Marcy decided to venture out on her own. Since 2015, she has created numerous items inspired by nature. She also does custom orders!
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