Given the amount of information that's out there about how damaging clothing production can be to the environment, more and more eco-friendly brands are popping up, and more and more existing brands are creating sustainable and ethical collections (or doing their part to implement greener business practices). Which means that it's easier than ever for us, as consumers, to contribute to the health of the environment. After all, according to The Economist, global clothing production doubled between the years of 2000 and 2014 (yikes). It's safe to say that there's never been a better time to add some eco-friendly style to your life.
While changing the trajectory of the environment can seem out of reach for one person, by supporting sustainable brands, you're helping to ensure that their success will encourage more and more brands to follow in their eco-friendly footsteps, which will indeed have a significant impact on the planet. Oh, and did we mention that these brands are really stylish?
With that, read on to find out which eco-friendly brands and collections fashion girls love (and shop our favorite pieces, naturally).
H&M CONSCIOUS COLLECTION
Since you already love H&M's affordable fast fashion, you might as well shop its equally-stylish sustainable collection, right?
Not only are Brother Vellies shoes incredibly stylish, but the brand is 100% committed to sustainability in a number of ways. Read about it here.
One of the most high-profile sustainable brands, Reformation has paved the way for a slew of other brands to do the same. In its own words, "Our factory uses the most efficient, eco-friendly, and pro-social technologies and practices we can get."
It doesn't get much more sustainable than vintage clothing, and wildly-popular L.A.-based brand Re/Done takes vintage Levi's, and recuts them to reflect today's fit trends.
Christy Dawn decided to use deadstock fabrics for its gorgeous feminine pieces after learning that 20% of the world's industrial water pollution is caused by the fashion industry.
Patagonia is widely known as the brand that has lead the way for sustainability in fashion since the '90s.
Stella McCartney committed to being an honest, sustainable company from the start, and the high-end label is never resting on its laurels when it comes to implementing new fabric technology.
Fashion girl–favorite Parisian sneaker brand Veja is widely applauded for making some of the coolest eco-friendly sneakers out there.
WHERE MOUNTAINS MEET
Where Mountains Meet is a brand-new environmentally and socially conscious brand creating gorgeous, high-quality pieces.
ZARA JOIN LIFE
We'd be remiss not to mention Zara's eco-friendly line, Join Life. The collection's inventory seems to grow by the day.
ZERO + MARIA CORNEJO
While on the pricey side, Zero + Maria Cornejo's sophisticated pieces (made of ecological and sustainable fabrics whenever possible) are worthy of the investment. We're particularly fond of the brand's chic footwear.
Amour Vert plants a tree every time someone buys one of its tees. How's that for guilt-free shopping?
A PEACE TREATY
A Peace Treaty champions "slow fashion" and handcrafts each of its pieces, which incorporate artisan details from around the world.
What's your number one eco-friendly brand? Let us know in the comments!