While fashion is a leading industry in the world, there are only a handful of companies who create their products sustainably while being environmentally conscious. Many companies don’t treat their workers as fairly as they deserve. I’d like to highlight some companies who excel in reducing environmental impact as well as treating their employees with excellence. Earth Day is every day and we should treat it that way in all aspects, especially fashion!
About the company: Mayamiko combines African clothing-making techniques with current fashions. Established in Malawi in 2013, their looks are bold and you will stand out in any room!
Why they are eco-friendly: Their Rebirth Collection is fully made of upcycled materials. Their workshop is ‘zero-waste’. They use every piece of fabric, no matter how small. They choose natural and recycled products before anything else.
What else they do: Ethically made, all of their fabrics are sourced from local Malawi markets. The fabrics are hand-dyed by a local craftsman. A large amount of the profits they make go directly back to the communities. They make sure there is no forced labor, living wages, safe working environments, and much more!
Photos via Mayamiko
About the company: Tribe Alive ethically makes clothing, bags, accessories, home goods, and more! Their stylish clothing is all handmade and unique.
Why they are eco-friendly: In the creation of their clothing, they ensure to prevent environmental concerns. Considering the environmental impact of the product is a major part of the creation of it. All leather products have been vegetable-tanned.
What else they do: They employ women out of Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, and Fort Worth, TX and pay them fair-trade prices. They create safe environments for the women and help them to build their lives up.
Photos via Tribe Alive
About the company: Naja creates undergarments and swimwear made to empower women instead of objectifying them. Created by women, the company aspires to take the ‘male-gaze’ out of shopping and marketing toward women.
Why they are eco-friendly: They use digital and sublimation printing rather then traditional printing techniques. This is the most environmentally friendly way to print fabrics. Because of this, they create almost no water waste from dying. They also include many fabrics made from recycled bottles.
What else they do: Naja employs primarily single mothers and female head of households where they are paid high wages and given incredible benefits. They make it easy for women to balance a working and a home life. Their Underwear For Hope program employs women in the slums of Colombia to make underwear bags from home. 2% of their purchases go toward local charities.
Photos via Naja
About the company: Nisolo creates handcrafted shoes, bags, accessories, and more for both men and women. They do so while working in a sustainable direction.
Why they are eco-friendly: They use eco-friendly waste disposal systems. All jewelry is made from upcycled, non-chemically treated brass. They use vegetable-tanning for their bags.
What else they do: In their main factory in Peru, the average salary is 27% above fair-trade requirements. The average income increase for their employees is 140%. They offer many resources to their producers and their families, including classes in health, nutrition, English, and yoga! They make sure that all of their producer’s children are in school. They source all of their leather from companies committed to the ethical treatment of animals. All the leather used is a by-product of the meat industry.
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Photos via Nisolo
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