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Good Fashion: The Names to Know in Sustainability

Good Fashion: The Names to Know in Sustainability

by Megan Hayes

In the first installment of our new series on sustainability, we’re spotlighting the brands who are leading the way toward lessening fashion’s impact on the environment.

Mara Hoffman

One of the guiding voices in the conscious fashion conversation, Hoffman famously refocused her brand 15 years in to make sustainability a core value. By partnering with a whopping ten global organizations, she’s able to do everything from increase the use of organic cotton to reduce the amount of fabric sent to landfills.

Tome

It was the launch of their White Shirt Project (a campaign which supports the fight against human trafficking) in 2014 that forced founders Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin to examine their processes. Since, they’ve put transparent manufacturing, social responsibility and the use of renewable resources at the heart of their business.

Apiece Apart

The brand was created around the concept of a streamlined wardrobe long before the notion of buying less was considered a trend. Just as considered is the use of environmentally friendly fabrics—namely linen and Tencel—and eco-friendly dyes.

Chromat

In addition to championing body diversity on the runway, founder Beca McCharen-Tran is equally committed to ensuring we live on a “healthier planet.” The regenerated nylon used to make her swimwear comes from discarded fishing nets and plastic found in the oceans.

Lingua Franca

Rachelle Hruska’s sweaters check all the boxes: local production (each is hand-knit by women in New York City), quality (they’re made from fair trade, luxury cashmere) and sustainable sourcing.

Zero + Maria Cornejo

The fluid silhouettes favored by equally smart and stylish New York women are made from viscose that’s derived from wood pulp—meaning it isn't harmful to the environment and requires less water production. Nearly 85% of the label’s garments are made locally.

Rachel Comey

Comey is extremely conscious about her carbon footprint, which is why products are designed, produced and warehoused locally. Additionally, her beloved denim is produced in partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative, a global non-profit that helps (among other things) to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production.

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