Did you know that the apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and remains the second largest industrial polluter after oil? Or that the polyester fibres in our clothes take more than 200 years to decompose?
It’s no wonder that eco-friendly fashion is on the rise. Eco-friendly fashion uses sustainable materials and ethical practices to minimise negative environmental impact and guarantee fair wages, as well as safe working conditions to those who make them.
From indie designers to luxury retailers, check out our sartorial selection of eight ethical and eco-friendly fashion brands and where to buy them.
[Picture Courtesy: Veja]
THE LOW-DOWN: Trade in your Stan Smiths for Veja’s modern minimalist sneakers. The ethical footwear company uses innovative green materials like wild rubber from the Amazonian forest, recycled plastic bottles, vegetable-tanned leather (that uses plant extracts instead of heavy metals) and tilapia skin waste.
[Picture Credit: @Emma Watson]
WHERE: Small Boutique, #03-08 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
[Picture Courtesy: Matter]
THE LOW-DOWN: MATTER is a socially motivated business that fuses affordable luxury and thoughtful design. They offer a range of travel wear, bags and scarves, each with its own unique story to tell. MATTER hopes to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire consumers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities.
OUR PICKS: The Modern Monpe in Trikora print (USD 129) is a contemporary take on the monpe – a Japanese work pant worn by tradesmen. These tailored pants are made with comfort and movement in mind. They also feature a flexible button closure and D-ring waist belt in twill.
WHERE: TANGS, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864. Stockists here.
[Hold Tight Clutch (Duo). Picture Courtesy: It Takes Balls]
THE LOW-DOWN: It Takes Balls (of yarn to be precise) offers a range of handmade knitwear accessories like snoods and clutches. As champions of the maker movement, they eschew mass-produced fast fashion in favour of DIY clothing made from sustainably sourced materials like wool, which is natural, renewable and biodegradable.
OUR PICK: The two-toned Hold Tight Clutch (Duo) (SGD 218) is made of repurposed fabric off-cuts to help reduce landfill waste. Feeling adventurous? Get the knit kit and make your own for SGD 158. Each kit comes with free unlimited access to their knitting classes until you finish the piece.
WHERE: Classes are held at Fry Rooftop Bistro & Bar, 96B Club Street.
[Picture Courtesy: TOMS]
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: A pioneer in sustainable fashion for its one-for-one business model. Take sole-ace (sorry) in the fact that for each pair you buy, TOMS gives a pair to a child in need. They’ve given an amazing 60 million pairs of shoes to kids in need since 2006. TOMS also has an eyewear range to restore sight (prescription glasses, medical treatment, surgery), a coffee range that’s providing communities with access to safe water, and a bag collection that provides safe births to mothers and children in need.
OUR PICKS: You can’t go wrong with the TOMS Classic Alpargata shoes. TOMS has also launched a limited edition range of shoes designed in collaboration with local designers.
WHERE: 501 Orchard Road, #02-14 Wheelock Place. Stockists here.
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THE LOW-DOWN: wearable high-quality basics (think Alexander Wang and James Perse) made from soft and sustainable bamboo fabric, which is lightweight and breathable. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource (it grows fast and can be grown on degraded land) that requires no pesticides or herbicides to thrive. The pieces are made to be layered and worn in several ways for maximum styling potential.
[Picture Courtesy: Cosset Me]
WHERE: WHAT WOMEN WANT, #02-22 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238867. Stockists here.
[Picture Courtesy: Touch The Toes]
THE LOW-DOWN: Eco-friendly yoga apparel, yoga mats and more. Touch The Toes carries sustainably produced labels that use only organic cotton, bamboo blends, and recycled/up-cycled materials. They also stock a range of artisan made jewellery.
OUR PICKS: We love Mandala’s colourful Roxy print Ballet Top (SGD 88) features elegant cut outs and Teeki’s Lightning In A Bottle Sun Shorts (SGD 69) They’re made of recycled polyester and plastic bottles respectively.
WHERE: 4A Haji Lane, Singapore 189197