There has been so much in the news lately about the many issues of ethics and sustainability in the fashion industry. The good news is that there is a growing movement calling for change in the industry. As a consumer we can make a difference by choosing from sustainable UK fashion brands that make their clothes with respect for people and planet. If in the past you have avoided ethical and sustainable fashion because you were worried that it wouldn’t look great, you certainly don’t need to worry now. There are a growing number of sustainable UK fashion brands to choose from and what really sets them apart from the rest is their fresh and innovative designs. There are some particularly lovely choices of dress for spring summer 2013.
Here are 10 sustainable UK fashion brands to check out.
A fresh and young UK fashion brand with clothes featuring bright colours and bold prints. Their latest collection really makes a strong style statement with tropical print dresses and ikat print biker jackets. The clothes are made in a small factory in Bali where staff are paid above the national average and benefit from good working conditions with recreation areas. They also receive healthcare for themselves and their families.
With a number of products being made in the UK and from organic cotton, Seasalt Cornwall clothes are a great choice for anyone who loves that relaxed by the seaside inspired style that this brand does so well. Look out for their unique prints, cool linen casual summer dresses and classic striped tops.
Braintree Hemp make Feelgood fashion. Their clothes are classic but with a contemporary look and feature unique prints and easy to wear colours. Their collection for summer is inspired the bohemian and relaxed feelings of summer afternoons. Braintree Hemp clothes are made from sustainable fabrics including hemp, organic cotton and bamboo. All suppliers must abide by a code of conduct which ensure that workers are fairly treated.
Bibico was founded in 2007 with the aim of creating beautiful fashion that had timeless appeal and could be worn over and over again. The clothes are beautifully made with attention to detail using natural materials. They are handstitched, woven or knitted in fairtrade co operatives.
Komodo was set up back in 1988 making it one of the pioneering labels of ethical fashion. They continue to make beautiful clothes that are desirable well beyond their ethics. This summer the Komodo collection has featured some great printed dresses with bright florals in flattering cuts.
Another pioneer of ethical fashion People Tree is probably one of the most know and loved ethical brands. As a result of their fair trade initiatives and the work that they create for people around the world, People Tree create beautiful clothes with amazing fabrics and details. People Tree clothes are long way from many people preconception of ‘crunchy’ ethical fashion, their styles are both chic and contemporary but best of all People Tree are really making a difference to people’s lives in Bangladesh and other countries around the world. The latest People Tree collection features modern dresses with a contemporary twist.
Kuyichi is a Dutch denim brand that uses organic cotton for all of its clothing. Kuyichi are also committed to ethical manufature and innovation . Their collections feature jeans and a range of stylish casual wear including t shirts and sweatshirts.
Lowie make beautiful clothes that are inspired by traditional handicrafts and vintage styles. They are commited to ethical manufature and sustainability using organic and recycled cotton and chromium free leather in their collections. Many of their clothes feature handcrafts like crochet and knitting and they are produced in villages in Eastern China, helping to create a sustainable livelihood for people that may otherwise have to leave their families to find work in the cities.
Nancy Dee specialise in creating beautiful and wearable jersey dresses which are made from sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, organic cotton and soy. The clothes are all made in the UK under the highest ethical standards. Look out for chic draped day dresses that they do so amazingly well.
Whilst SkunkFunk is not actually a Uk brand, it is stocked in plenty of UK fashion boutiques like the new sustainable fashion search engine style-is.co.uk. Their clothes are fresh, fun and funky with the added bonus that with respect for the planet using sustainable and renewable fibres.
Without a doubt, it is now easy to shop with a conscious without compromsing on style. You could also check out Ethical Fashion Forum for more sustainable fashion brands.
Which are your favourite sustainable UK fashion brands?