There's never been a more important time to think about sustainable and ethical fashion. With climate change being labelled as a 'code red' for the planet, and mass overproduction filling our planet with unnecessary waste, fast fashion brands are coming under fire for their unethical practices.
Although the most sustainable wardrobe is the one you already own, sometimes your wardrobe deserves a refresh. Everyone from the royals to major celebrities are recycling, reusing, and shopping from small businesses to change the future of fashion forever.
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We've rounded up some of the very best eco-friendly fashion finds, which you can shop straight from the comfort of your sofa. From M&S and Boden, to ASOS and H&M, shop our favourite sustainable fashion brands...
H&M has launched their 'Cherish Waste Collection' with their design team looking at innovative ways to treat fabrics and materials that are often thought of as being "waste" and finding ways to give them value and a new purpose for our wardrobes.
Heart-shaped evening dress, £99, H&M
The 'Cherish Waste Collection' featuring satin slip dresses, evening gowns, logo T-shirts, shoes and jewellery has already become a bestseller and the items are being restocked continually so we highly recommend using the website to check in-store stock and sign up for email alerts.
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Baukjen x Oxfam
For a third year Baukjen has partnered up with Oxfam and 50% of net proceeds from sales of their 'Pre-Loved Collection' are donated to a selection of women’s charities. Old Baukjen garments are being repurposed, recycled or given new life via their Pre-Loved scheme.
Pre-Loved Becca Organic Blousem, £34, Baukjen
Girlfriend Collective at John Lewis
John Lewis has compiled a list of the best sustainable fashion brands on their website and newcomer 'Girlfriend Collective' specialises in making activewear from recycled materials ‘because trash looks better on you than it does polluting the planet’. The collection of leggings, shorts and sports bras are functional for a work-out and comfortable enough to wear every day.
John Lewis has also relaunched their 'Beautycycle' scheme, to encourage members to recycle empty beauty products to enjoy £5 off their next beauty purchase or donate to charity.
Girlfriend Collective high rise leggings, £56, John Lewis
Reasonably new kids on the block Omnes are making waves in the fashion industry for their on-trend, stylish designs that are all created with sustainability at the forefront. The brand uses materials that are long-lasting, upcycle fabric offcuts and ensure all suppliers are audited and sustainable too.
Safia Midi Dress, £69, Omnes
M&S are committed to sourcing 100% of the cotton they use in clothing from more sustainable sources, with the majority through the 'Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The BCI initiative helps farmers to increase profits and reduce their water usage.
Cotton Rich Chinos, £25, M&S
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ASOS have done the hard work for you with the 'Responsible Edit', a one-stop shop for all of the environmentally conscious clothing, accessories and living items at ASOS.
Y.A.S recycled plisse dress, £55, ASOS
& Other Stories
Head to & Other Stories 'Sustainably Sourced Materials' hub where they outline their ambition to create lovable circular fashion of premium quality that lasts beyond the season. They also use recycled polyester and polyamide in their synthetic garments and since 2020 their cotton has been either sourced through Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) or recycling.
White Lace Top, £55, & Other Stories
Mango has announced its commitment to designing more sustainable products, with eco-friendly packaging and less textile waste. So far they have said that 79% of their pieces have sustainable properties with the target for this year being 100% of their garments having sustainable properties.
White Linen Wrap Dress, £55.99, Mango
Boden has created a range of on-trend slinky dresses and linen shirts using trademarked LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres which are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy.
Rosie Linen Shirt in Honeycomb, £95, Boden
Eberjey doesn’t just make the softest, comfiest PJs and loungewear around, the Eberjey collection is also made from sustainable Lenzing modal fabric, derived from beech trees, and it's biodegradable too.
Eberjey Gisele Pyjama Set, £101, Net A Porter
Mother of Pearl
Mother of Pearl is a luxury sustainable womenswear brand that organic and natural materials, with a transparent supply chain and website set up for customers to see the sustainable attributes of each piece garment-by-garment. Their design mantra is "classic, but never boring."
Mother of Pearl 'Sophia Dress', £350, Net A Porter
Monki is a fashion brand that proudly champions planet power. They’ve made a commitment to source materials that will have less impact on the environment – including using recycled materials, and pledge that sustainability is at the core of everything they do. The recycled polyester blend bikini's come in a gorgeous range of summer prints - we love the lemon print!
Scoop Neck Lemon Bikini Top, £15, Monki
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GANNI has set a number of sustainability targets for 2023, including the goal of 100% of the cotton, viscose and polyester that they use being from the most responsible solution available.
They already have an excellent range of 100% Certified Organic Cotton items including accessories such as printed hair scrunchies and face masks which could still come in handy if you are travelling this summer.
GANNI Set of Three Heather Printed Face Masks, £25, Harvey Nichols
Treat yourself to a romantic print skirt, blouse or dress from RIXO Recycle - their exclusive sustainable collection. This gorgeous number is made in a family-run factory in India and created with recyclable materials and that would have otherwise been wasted or disregarded.
Evie Maxi Dress, £315, RIXO
Meghan Markle's go-to sneakers have become something of a cult product, and were the first fully sustainable sneaker brand, using eco-sourced, recycled or ethically farmed products to create their designs.
Veja V-10 Trainers, £115, Arket
From responsibly sourced leather to upcycled materials, the Aspinal sustainable collection is doing its part to minimise the impact on the environment.
Sasha Satchel, £395, Aspinal
Cath Kidston has teamed up with reGAIN which is a new app designed to help customers donate unwanted bits to charity with fuss-free ease. The take-back program ensures that unwanted clothes are distributed across a network of textile recycling innovators. Better yet, you will receive 20% off to spend at cathkidston.com when you make a donation.
Some of last year's 'Recycled Rose' collection are still in stock and up to 50% off the original price.
Recycled Rose Print Quilted Bag, £30, Cath Kidston
Support circular fashion by renting your next outfit from HireStreet, an online platform which lets you rent clothes – this gorgeous slip dress could be yours for four days at just £23! Amazingly, since launch, HireStreet has saved 66,000 kg of carbon emissions. Wowza.
Finders Keepers Maya Dress, from £25, HireStreet
Lindex is working towards some impressive goals, including being climate neutral by 2023 and having 100 per cent of their materials recycled or sustainably sourced by 2025. Now that’s something we can get on board with!
Stripe Jumper, £19.99, Lindex
Don these dainty earrings from Alexandra Hakim - they've been made using materials and objects which would otherwise go to waste, making each piece of jewellery not only sustainable but totally unique!
Mini silver foil earrings, £125, Alexandra Hakim
These stylish sunnies from neubau are made from a renewable material which is organically sourced. Plus, the sunglasses case has been manufactured without any glue (making it easily recyclable) and the cleaning cloths are made from recycled bottles. Super smart, right?
Virginia 3D glasses, €300, Neubau
Rent this chic blazer from BY ROTATION, the UK's leading fashion rental app which aims to make fashion more accessible (and sustainable!) for everyone. On the app, you can upload your own wardrobe and rent pieces from others', too!
Jacquemus blazer, from £20, BY ROTATION
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