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.
This month the brands featured all include men’s clothing. Personally, I find it difficult locating sustainable men’s wear. There just aren’t a lot of options! So, all the brands listed below offer men’s clothing.
As always, these brands will be on BeEco Fashion’s Shopping Guide for easy reference in the future.
Enjoy this month’s eco-friendly fashion brands!
Based in Manilus, New York, Green Orchyd offers men, women and children’s eco-fashion.
Each item comes with a label that addresses its sustainable component, whether that be fair trade, organic, recycled/upcycled, vegan or sustainable.
Aside from clothing, the company works hard to be sustainable in other areas of business. This means re-using packaging, buying post-consumer recycled boxes and shipping envelopes, using eco-friendly toner and reducing overall paper waste. Not only that, the company gets involved in the local community by donating to various charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
As an added bonus, Green Orchyd offers its own rewards program as a way to thank their loyal customers. After registering an account, customers can earn one point for every dollar spend online or in person at Green Orchyd. Customers can also earn points by referring their friends and family to the company. And points never expire! The first reward level starts at 50 points which offers a $5 discount.
Howies makes high quality, sustainable clothing for those who love the outdoors and care about their impact. The company has been delivering sustainable active wear since 1995 – celebrating 22 years!
The company lives in a remote part of West Wales and remains small and intimate. You can really get a sense of what this company is about just by looking at their About Us page. Instead of having professional photos of staff members, each one drew a “self portrait”. The pictures are awesome and really add a nice personal touch.
When it comes to the clothing itself, the t-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans are made from organic cotton. Each item listed on their website includes a detailed description of the garment and its make up along with a visual of its various components.
Fair Indigo consists of seven people who share the same goal of offering uniquely beautiful clothing and accessories. The company came to life in 2006 with this goal in mind. While the company originates in Madison, Wisconsin, it has connections with many other places including Peru, Thailand and New York.
Fair Indigo believes in buying local as its first choice. If that isn’t a viable option they choose fair trade as often as possible. Their definition of fair trade means workers are receive a fair wage, dignity and respect, as well as given the opportunity to live a happy, healthy life.
In addition to paying workers fair wages, the company believes the best way to improve communities is through education. Therefore, the Fair Indigo Foundation was born in 2006 as a method to improve educational opportunities in the communities that make their products. Every dollar donated to the Fair Indigo Foundation goes directly to supporting two impoverished schools in Peru. The Foundation can do this by having Fair Indigo offer all the administrative and funding cost support. Check out the Foundation’s page to see how far $5 donations can go.
When fashion is done right, everyone profits: discerning consumers like you, farmers, herders, garment workers and the earth we all share – Fair Indigo
Born in 2006 out of frustration with the denim market, owner Phil Wildbore created Monkee Genes to stand up against fast fashion’s exploitations. The brand is from Derbyshire, England, with everything designed in house and over 30 years experience in fashion. The company offers trendy, affordable and ethically conscious fashion options with its jeans being GOTS certified.
This company has been offering sustainable fashion since 2015. The ideals of Bunosilo are what guide them in making high quality, handmade and honest clothing that is meant to surpass trends and be timeless. Bunosilo chooses to use natural materials and traditional craftsmanship as well as emphasizing the importance of sourcing locally at fair prices.
In order to offer reasonable prices for their items, Bunosilo chose to work directly with suppliers and consumers, eliminating the need for a middleman which can significantly drive up costs.
Each item is handmade and includes a label with the name of the person who crafted that particular item.
Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions for future brands that I should feature!