Sustainable brands are on the tip of everyone’s tongue. 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.
Nothing 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 sustainable brands we love and a slice of their ethical outlook that drives them.
11 Sustainable Brands We Love
Matt & Nat
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.
Compressive High-Rise Legging
Girlfriend Collective is promoted as ethically-made activewear, and they certainly live up to their name. Embracing difference from body types to manufacturing processes, you get the feel they live their commitment to a better world in everything they do, like refashioning recycled plastic water bottles into sporty, comfortable workout wear.
Apollo 2.0 Shoes
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.
Zachary High-Rise Skinny Jeans
Toby Relaxed and Tapered Jeans
Born in LA, Boyish Jeans keeps a running tab of their environmental impact. Sustainable, a member of the 1% For The Planet movement, their stylish denim cuts are men-inspired but distinctly feminine. Their cruelty free, environmentally-friendly process leaves you with great, comfy jeans—and leaves the planet in better shape.
Janice Convertible Bag
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.
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.
SDU RT B Mesh Sneakers
V10 Leather Extra Sneakers
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.
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.
Save the Duck
Maty Hooded Jacket – Men
Maty Hooded Jacket – Women
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.
Jasper Lotus Backpack
Karlo Stealth Backpack
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.
Sherpa Adventure Gear
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 their clothing breathable comfort in the valleys and the ability to take on high-altitude adventures.
We hope you too can get inspired find something that is going to help the planet. We’re all in it together—why not shop for the planet as well?