Sustainable Brands We Love

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

. Sustainable Brands We Love

With Black Friday and the holidays upon us, sustainable brands are on the tip of everyone’s tongue and wish list. Bags, shoes, boots; recycled plastic, cork, hardwear; PETA approval, bluesign certified, vegan-sourced—the move to better living for a better future is in full effect and we are all in the middle of it. 

There is nothing that gets us more excited when we see new brands with an environmental state of mind come to life, or older brands fully embracing the new tricks of planetary responsibility. 

Here’s a list of five sustainable brands we love and a slice of their ethical outlook that drives them. 

9 Sustainable Brands We Love

Matt & Nat

Brave Backpack

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Schlepp Tote

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Central Wallet

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The commitment of Montreal-based Matt & Nat to not use leather or any animal materials in their products is forever.  Their linings are made from recycled plastic bottles. PETA-approved, all-vegan craftsmanship, recycled materials like rubber and cork and even bicycle tires—Mat(t)erial and Nature are their inspirations and it shows. 

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Native Shoes

Jimmy Citylite

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Johnny Treklite

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Fitzsimmons Treklite

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Vancouver’s Native Shoes is out to change the world one pair of shoes at a time. Always animal-free, they create initiatives for themselves most would shy away from. By 2023 everything they make will be life-cycle managed, repurposing used shoes into material for playground flooring, insulation and more. Stylish, lightweight and unisex for the perfect couple boot.

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Pixie Mood

Kim Backpack

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Jane 2-in-1 Wallet

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Janice Convertible Bag

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Pixie Mood has set out to make handbags as animal-free and ecologically as they can, with Peta-approval recognizing their efforts. Going vegan is their way, with even their hardware meeting EU Reach standards. And irresistible looks and style are signatures of Pixie Mood. 

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Co-Lab

Mia Hobo

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Sara Laptop Backpack

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Elisa Crossbody

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They repair products. They donate returned bags. They encourage a second, third, fourth life for their goods. They are Co-Lab, and they extend their values from ethical materials to the fair treatment of people, with no child labour, forced labour or unfair practices permitted at any point. 

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Ucon Acrobatics

Hajo Lotus Backpack

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Frederik Lotus Backpack

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Karlo Original Backpack

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Striking, daring, and proving high forward-thinking design can be ethical too, Ucon Acrobatics is the Berlin-based label with cool bags and an even cooler outlook for the planet. There are no toxins in their products or packaging. And you will love the style you carry with your clear conscience. 

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prAna

Elsin Sweater Coat

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Diva Vest

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Kara Jean

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prAna makes versatile and durable clothing with a commitment to sustainability and quality.  Their athleisure styles for every occasion are made from a combination of organic, recycled, and Bluesign approved materials. This dedication to sustainability is their way of showing respect to the planet and its people.

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Save the Duck

Twon Coat

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Mega Hooded Puffer Jacket

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Giga Hooded Coat

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Like the name suggests, Save the Duck is committed to making 100% animal-free outerwear. Their clothing for all seasons uses a blend of vegan and Bluesign-approved materials that offer the same performance as more traditional outerwear. The proprietary Plumetech insulation replaces duck down and is equally warm without the need for involving animals in the process. 

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Veja

SDU RT B Mesh Sneakers

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V-12 Leather Shoes

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V10 Leather Extra Sneakers

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In their own words, Veja “refuses to choose between design and social responsibility.” Their vegan designs use a method of upcycling that takes waste like plastic bottles and other recycled products and transforms it into something useful. In this case that something useful is stylish sneakers that have the look and feel of leather, manufactured in a completely sustainable and animal-free manner.

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Sherpa Adventure Gear

Annapurna Hooded Jacket

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Kirtipur Insulated Sweater

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Kirtipur Cable Knit Sweater

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Inspired by the legendary Himalayan guides, Sherpa Adventure Gear strives to make a difference locally and beyond. Sherpa is dedicated to treating every step of the manufacturing process in a fair and ethical manner, from the people who make the clothing to the materials they use. Organic cotton, Modal, Tencel and other recycled fibres give these insulated jackets and ultra-warm knit sweaters the ability to take on high-altitude adventures.

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We hope you too can get inspired as we are and gift someone a present that is going to help the planet. If you’re still looking, check out our gift guides for him and for her, chock-full of great choices and some sustainable surprises in there as well!

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