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20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

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20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

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20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Brother Vellies

Helmed by Toronto-born wunderkind Aurora James, Brother Vellies is a brand that is changing how we consume fashion from the source; it’s artisans. Known to frequent South Africa, Kenya and Namibia every few months, James prizes quality, craftsmanship and sustainability by creating links with craftspeople that understand the tradition of fashion and form. We’re particularly smitten with the Maasai sandal; adorned and beaded with a painstakingly obvious amount of care. The Brother Vellies’ workspace has been flourishing since 1963 where it welcomes artists of all sexual orientations, tribes and backgrounds. Look out for this name, too – Aurora has been hailed as one of Vogue’s CFDA Fashion Fund finalists, an Anna Wintour-approved nod that could make her brand, and her business model, household knowledge. READ MORE: The most fashionable Snapchatters to follow now

By: Madison Schill Source: Brother Vellies Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Amour Vert

Translating to “Green Love” from French, California-based label Amour Vert boasts all-American manufacturing, sustainable fabrics and dyes and a zero-waste design philosophy. Add to that the styling of a chic Parisienne, and we’re simply smitten. READ MORE: Here's how you really shop designer for less

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/amourvert Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Maiyet

Maiyet is true high-fashion luxury – a far cry from the items we so often associate with "eco-friendly." Partnering with artisans from around the world, the brand cultivates a spirit of self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and hope for developing economies. Training programs and social evaluations ensure the garments are made with care and that anyone involved is safe, educated and given the chance to achieve their highest potential. READ MORE: 5 ways to dress like a boss this week

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/maiyet Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: H&M

We're not kidding! The brand known for its competitive fast fashion is making waves in the eco-friendly movement, too. Customers can bring old clothing into H&M stores to give them a new life and keep garments out of landfills. The brand also eschews fur, boycotts animal testing and is the number-one user of organic cotton in the world. And don’t forget about H&M Conscious Collection ¬ a line that utilizes innovative sustainable materials. READ MORE: 50+ summer jewellery pieces for every price point

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/hm Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Matt & Nat

Designed in Montreal, Canada, this vegan line creates bags to accentuate the beauty around us. Standing for Material & Nature, Matt & Nat incorporates linings composed of plastic bottles, uses no animal products and encourages each of its employees to embrace a vegan lifestyle. They also encourage upcycling, where unwanted clothes can be donated to organizations such as Dress for Success. READ MORE: Where to shop in Toronto: Our editors' favourite stores

By: Madison Schill Source: Matt & Nat Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Stella McCartney

We all know Stella as the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, but it’s her serious fashion chops that have created a legacy of her own. Graduating from world-renowned design school Central Saint Martins in 1995, she was appointed in 1997 as the Creative Director of Chloé in Paris. In 2001, the lifelong vegetarian launched Stella McCartney – forgoing all use of fur and leather in her designs. READ MORE: From ballet to Beyoncé, here's how to style a bodysuit

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/stellamccartney Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Noah

We thought nothing was better than handcrafted, Italian leather shoes. That is, until we found Noah, a brand made in limited quantities in ethical working conditions and without any animal products whatsoever. Based in Italy, the label favours microfiber in lieu of leather and suede, a water repellent and hypoallergenic alternative that respects the environment and saves the lives of animals. READ MORE: How to dress like a celebrity at the airport

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/noah Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Maiden Nation

Who run the world? Girls! No song lyric could more aptly describe the philosophy of Maiden Nation, a brand that prioritizes women by way of ethical fashion and entrepreneurship. Working with fellow #girlbosses all over the globe, Maiden Nation is a community that comes together to create great things for good reason. READ MORE: 18 ways to win with athleisure this season

By: Madison Schill Source: Maiden Nation Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Kordal Knitwear

New York-based Mandy Kordal cut her teeth working for brands such as Doori and J. Crew, where her passion for knitwear was realized. Kordal purchased a knitting machine and created her signature line, with American-based manufacturing as the unwavering seedbed. READ MORE: 15 jackets you can buy now and wear all fall

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/kordalknitwear Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Reformation

In 2009, after spending ten years designing for another fashion label, Yael Aflalo had grown tired of the culture of waste and excess she was perpetuating. Determined to alter her view of the fashion industry, she set out to create her own line, Reformation, a label that quite possibly hosts the most impressive eco-friendly resumé. Everything from the factory to employee transportation and shipping standards are Grade-A green. READ MORE: Thigh-high boots are definitely the new leggings

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/reformation Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Edun

Most fashionistas are familiar with the brand for its go-to easiness and timeless elegance. What they might not know is that it was co-founded by Bono, a rock star who is a behind-the-scenes superhero when it comes to saving the world. The ethos of the brand is to source production and encourage trade in Africa, creating lust-worthy garments from sustainable and artisanal cloth. READ MORE: The best behind-the-scenes Instagrams from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/edun Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Honest by

Launched by Bruno Pieters in 2012 after stints at Maison Margiela, Hugo Boss and Christian LaCroix, Honest by is a culmination of Pieters’ philosophy and aesthetic ability. Brought about after his sabbatical in India, the brand is the first in the world to offer price transparency, making the entire supply chain public knowledge. This label is not only one to wear to fashion week, but one to wear with pride, as its merits extend far beyond the praise of street style photographers. READ MORE: 11 times designers elevated denim for Fall 2015

By: Madison Schill Source: Honest By Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Study

Born and raised in Montreal, Tara St James launched Study NY out of her Brooklyn abode, where she works to educate New York designers on the importance of ethical creation and local production. The label has reached widespread critical acclaim with wearable, slouchy silhouettes and a distinctive European influence. READ MORE: 4 reasons you shouldn't underestimate the tank top

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/studyny Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: People Tree

The first organization to achieve a globally certified organic supply chain in the developing world, People Tree takes fair trade seriously, partnering with exclusive designers and ensuring you buy clothes to feel good about. We’re particularly obsessed with the trendy and wearable prints, all covering silhouettes that are flattering and fun. READ MORE: Get Rihanna's #BBHMM style

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/peopletreeuk Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Della

Helmed by Tina Tangalakis, a former wardrobe stylist for film and TV, Della is a brand with over 55 employees in Ghana, West Africa. In addition to producing beautiful, sustainable products, workers benefit from weekly literacy and money management classes, where confidence and leadership skills are built for life. READ MORE: ELLE Canada editors reveal their fashion firsts

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/dellalosangeles/ Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Organic by John Patrick

Designer John Patrick launched Organic in 2004 to answer the polarizing question: Is sustainability still possible? Heavy in covetable basics and gorgeous staples, this brand is one you’ll definitely want to get behind, if you haven’t already. READ MORE: 17 high-waisted pieces you need now

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/jporganic/ Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Chinti & Parker

Founded in 2009 by two cousins, Chinti & Parker is a brand about wearability, quality and craftsmanship. Looking at the cheeky prints, timeless knits and flattering dresses, you’d never know that the duo spend equally as much time on their ethical sourcing standards as their design, buying local, fairly made products and offsetting carbon emissions used in the process. READ MORE: Why you should embrace the flatform this summer

By: Madison Schill Source: Chinti & Parker Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Feral Childe

The product of a bi-coastal American duo with extensive training in fine art, Feral Childe makes items you’ll want to wear every day, but with enough of a twist to feel original, intellectual and globally conscious. They carefully select upcycled, natural and fabrics with low-impact dyes, while only partnering with stores that share the same globally-minded perspective.  READ MORE: These aren't your grandmother's pearls

By: Madison Schill Source: Feral Childe Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: Freedom of Animals

New York-based Freedom of Animals creates gorgeous, can’t-believe-it’s-not-leather wares made from truly eco-friendly materials. The gorgeous leather-like texture hails from Polyurethane, a PVC alternative that doesn’t emit carcinogenic dioxin, and a portion is also recycled, allowing for a lower carbon footprint. This particular bag is the 'V'irkin, a vegan Birkin-style stunner created in collaboration with PETA. #obsessed READ MORE: All of Caitlyn Jenner's best fashion looks

By: Madison Schill Source: Freedom of Animals Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: COCLICO

This footwear company combines a must-have blend of European style with New York City minimalism. Based in Manhattan, the label seeks the highest standards of ethical care, sourcing materials either locally or near their family-run factory in Spain. For all the carbon dioxide emissions the brand produces, they invest in renewable energy projects to compensate. READ MORE: Kim Kardashian's best pregnancy style

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/coclicony Credits: ELLE Canada

20+ fashion labels that are easy on the planet

Feel-good fashion: TOMS

Each pair of TOMS purchased assures another pair is given to a child in need. Now expanding to glasses, backpacks, coffee and bags, the brand has merged their one-for-one concept into providing gifts of eyesight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention, both on home soil and abroad. READ MORE: Taylor Swift is owning the summer

By: Madison Schill Source: instagram.com/toms Credits: ELLE Canada
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