Energy Guide: You Are What You Wear

Written by: Lola Bamberger

What do you look for when shopping for new clothes? Color? Style? Fit? The answers to this question are limitless, but one that we don’t hear enough is sustainability.

Shopping for affordable, sustainable, and fashionable clothes can often seem impossible, but it might not be as hard as you think. Thrift shops have risen in popularity over the past few years – and for good reason! Not only are you reducing your carbon footprint by buying second-hand clothes, but there is always a wide range of styles and sizes fit for every person.

If thrift stores aren’t quite your cup of tea, here is a list of ethical and sustainable (and extremely affordable!) companies that make everything from shirts to candles.

  • PACT: This company uses only sustainable ingredients and Fair Trade Certified factories to create their simple, affordable basics. Check them out at www.wearpact.com.
  • Fair Trade Winds: An amazing jewelry company that works with women across the globe to help end poverty and create sustainable business models. You can look at their collection at www.fairtradewinds.net.
  • Species by the Thousands: A candle and body lotion company that makes their products out of natural, cruelty free ingredients. They also make essential oils! Find their website at www.speciesbythethousands.com.
  • Everlane: This companies makes clothes that are meant to last you a decade and  never go out of fashion. They use high-quality materials and believe in having Radical Transparency. Find what you’re looking for at www.everlane.com.It is a common misconception that sustainable clothes are either over-expensive or too hard to find. But the truth is that sustainable fashion is everywhere. So, what do you wear?

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