The 6 brands you need to make your wardrobe more sustainable

Shopping sustainably can be expensive and time-consuming, but these brands make it a cinch.

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It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s a call to end fast fashion and shop more sustainably. Thrifting and buying secondhand are good steps, but that can sometimes leave you empty-handed, defeated, and back to the same old habits.

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A whopping 80 billion pieces of clothing are purchased each year across the globe, yet only 15 percent of people properly recycle their clothing. Just one pair of sneakers takes 30 to 40 years to decompose, and there’s a whole lot more waste where that came from.

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If you’re ready to invest in higher quality pieces that’ll last more than a few wears, here are the best places to start.

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One of the OG sustainable brands, Patagonia has a self-imposed 1 percent “Earth tax” that it donates to environmental nonprofits. Approximately 94 percent of its products use recycled materials, the company relies on 100 percent renewable energy for electricity, and you can send in most Patagonia items to be repaired free of charge.

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Layering pieces that last more than one winter? Patagonia has you covered (and cozy). This vest ($149) features 50 percent recycled polyester sherpa fleece and is sewn using a Fair Trade Certified method.


Nike Move to Zero

One man’s trash is another man’s sneaker. In its journey to move to zero carbon emissions and zero waste, Nike use a “sustainable materials” label for apparel and footwear made with at least 50 percent and 20 percent recycled content, respectively.


Nike’s “Space Hippie” sneaker line ($130-$150) is made from 85 to 90 percent recycled “space trash,” including plastic bottles, t-shirts, and post-industrial scraps.


Harvest & Mill

The more sustainable “H&M” boasts a hyper localized supply chain, 70 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, dye-free materials, and plastic-free packaging.

These pants ($115) and t-shirts ($84) each come in a two-pack, which means you can buy once and wear it for twice as long. Harvest & Mill also has plenty of basics that can outlast TikTok’s latest trends.

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Adidas Parley

Adidas’ long-standing partnership with Parley has brought recycled ocean plastics into some of the freshest silhouettes. The main initiative is to keep pollution from entering the ocean by repurposing plastic waste intercepted at shorelines. If you want to venture outside of the giants that are Adidas and Nike, there are other options, too.


The Ultraboost 5.0 DNA ($190) is made with 50 percent Parley Ocean Plastic.


Neems Jeans

One pair of jeans uses roughly 20,000 liters of water in production. Neems is here to change the bad rap. It exclusively uses deadstock denim, has 100 percent recyclable packaging, and also boasts completely customizable measuring process to ensure the jeans fit your exact specifications. No more wasted materials from guess work.

Neems Jeans

Customizable for men and women, Neems’ jeans allow you to choose style, rise, wash, stretch factor, and even pocket depth. Each pair starts at $199, and any additional adjustments are free within the first two weeks of purchase.

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The jewelry industry is rife with ethical issues, but Aurate prides itself on its recycled gold, ethically sourced diamonds, and sustainably harvested pearls. Its fine jewelry even extends to engagement rings, in case you want to pop the (eco-friendly) question.


Aurate is in the fine jewelry game, so we’re talking about a higher budget. The cost is worthwhile, though, as you’re getting quality without a problematic background.

While building a sustainable wardrobe can help your wallet and the environment, the bottom line is that sustainability is about not buying what you don’t need. “Reduce, reuse, and recycle” isn’t just a middle school mantra — it’s important to put into practice everywhere you can.

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