Made Out of recycled and recovered materials, these fashion picks are stylish and sustainable.
Earth Month is the perfect time to applaud the fashion labels making significant inroads into sustainability and investing in more eco-friendly alternatives for the long term by voting with our wallets. After all, it’s one thing to marvel abstractly that a beautiful garment can be fully made out of recycled plastic, and another to actually support these industry innovations and efforts by making a purchase.
The great news is that it’s easier than ever to find apparel and athletic footwear at all price points that is made out of sustainable materials—both mass-market retailers and luxury fashion houses have made it a priority in recent years to incorporate textiles made using recycled or recovered materials into their seasonal offerings.
Here are a dozen eco-friendly finds for spring you can feel good purchasing.
Did you know that fast-fashion label Zara has a “Recycled Capsule Collection” for Spring 2019? Trendy designs such as this pastel-coloured tie dye jacket made from plastic bottles means it’s definitely worth checking out.
This Australian eyewear brand is known for their colourful, affordable prescription glasses. But Dresden also offers a limited-edition range made out of materials such as recycled wood fibre and old Australian bills.
Made in New York City, Wwake’s jewelry is offered in recycled gold and silver, and all diamonds are conflict-free. This sculptural ring is made from solid 14k recycled yellow gold.
New Zealand designer Maggie Marilyn is known for her support of ethical manufacturing; improving sustainability and minimizing the use of single-use plastics are also important goals for the brand. This fun polkadot skirt is made using 100% recycled polyester.
A plaid shirt is a plaid shirt. Except that this one by environmental-leader Patagonia is made from an eco-friendly blend of recycled wool, recycled polyester and recycled nylon.
Part of Adidas’s wildly-popular, ongoing collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, these men’s shoes are made with Parley Ocean Plastic yarn created from recycled plastic found on beaches and in coastal areas.
A sleek wardrobe basic is never a bad idea. This ivory-coloured rib knit by Topshop is made with a sustainable blend of recycled cotton and polyester.
Very affordably priced, H&M’s popular Conscious Exclusive collection has grown every year. This season, there are gorgeous offerings such as this floral dress made from recycled-polyester chiffon.
For their collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, Helmut Lang’s modern workwear staples have been crafted using upcycled marine plastic waste. This jacket’s fabric is 100% recycled, lightweight polyester.
J Crew’s menswear line features a variety of knits made from denim scraps. Every striped sweater in this style is slightly different thanks to the colour variations naturally present in the milled-in-Italy fabric.
This insulated, midweight BOSS Menswear jacket features shell and lining fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester. Plus, it’s a classic transitional-weather style that will get lots of wear.
These unisex sneakers feature an upper made from about 3 upcycled pop bottles, and the rest of the materials are pretty ecologically-sound, too—think organic cotton, recycled EVA, and wild, fair-trade rubber purchased from producers in the Amazon.