It’s that time of year again: Fashion Week. And we’re here to help you find sustainable and ethical clothing to look like the best version of you, while saving the planet, too.
It’s no secret that the fashion industry is a terrifying place to be. In Singapore alone last year, over 141,200 tonnes of textile waste was generated. The advent of planned obsolence and the fast-fashion culture that we’ve created hasn’t helped, either. So what can you do to shop more sustainably? The answer lies in buying less, buying second-hand, and buying good quality, ethically-made and organically sourced clothing. Here are nine of our favourite ethical clothing brands to get you green-carpet ready.
Timeless, Sustainable Resort Wear
(SGD $79 – $219)
Inspired by both Bali and Ibiza, Baliza creates handmade, organic resort wear that is comfortable, timeless and elegant. Each and every piece is consciously created for summer, from an array of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton. And not only is everything ethically made, but every piece also supports communities of Gudri women and children living in poverty by paying them a fair wage and supporting their education. Shop for your summer lookbook here.
Men’s Bamboo Shirts
Who said that the entire responsibility of dressing ethically and sustainably fell only onto women? Men can dress comfortably and ethically too, with these incredibly timeless, stylish bamboo shirts from Comfee. Not only do they look great, they’re also cooling, breathable, wrinkle-resistant and sustainable, too! What more could you possibly want? Shop these shirts here (to order, drop them a message on their Facebook page).
CORAL SECRET SWIMWEAR
Ethical Swim and Resortwear Brands and Hand-crafted Accessories
(SGD $29 – $295)
Coral Secret is a multi-label brand that only retails items from socially responsible companies. All of their resort wear and accessories are made of natural and sustainable fibers, while their hats and bags designs are unique, handcrafted and dyed by eco-friendly vegetable dye which is azo-free. They also preserve the ancient techniques of their artisans- their designs are derived from the exploration of eastern and western traditions interwoven in unique and original pieces. Thanks to this, you can be 100% sure that no one else will be upstaging you. Be unique- shop them here.
Slow Manufactured, Fair Trade, Organic Cotton Eco-textiles for Men and Women
(SGD $38 – $408)
Looking for wardrobe staples that you can wear pretty much every day for the rest of your life? Something incredibly comfortable yet stylish, made from eco-textiles, organically manufactured and fair trade? Look no further. With their street and active wear designed for both men and women, you AND your significant other can rock these ethical and sustainable outfits with ease as you weather every storm that life throws at you. Shop here.
Ethically Made Clothing from Cambodian Krama fabric for Men and Women
(SGD $40 – $268)
Nope, that’s not a typo. But we bet it made you look twice! Good Krama is a slow fashion label that produces high quality, versatile and trans-seasonal pieces. They blend cultural tradition with innovation by mixing hand woven krama-inspired fabrics with modern designs, using either Cambodian hand woven silk or cotton fabric, or upcycled materials from fabric remnants of local garment factories. Take your sustainability game to the next level and shop here.
Classic, Sustainable Travel Wear for both Women and Men
(SGD $41 – $286)
We all know that photographs and Instagram captions can tell stories, but what if your clothes could tell a story, too? Matter does exactly that and fosters designer-artisan collaborations, inspiring customers to value provenance and process, while pioneering industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities. Their gorgeous jumpsuits, dresses, and pants, most made from organic silk or cotton, and are just waiting to tell their next story with you. Pick them up here.
Oekotex-certified toxin-free clothing
Made from Japanese-made, Swiss-tested Teviron fabric, Negative Ion Clothes is an innovative clothing brand that is Oekotex-certified toxin-free. It’s free from any harmful substances such as chemicals, carcinogens and pesticides. These clothes are designed to help you embrace a healthier lifestyle through what you wear, by absorbing negative ions directly from the clothes to your skin. Talk about clothing that makes a difference! See what it’s all about and try it for yourself here.
THE FASHION PULPIT
Clothes and Accessories Swapping
Shopping sustainably doesn’t have to involve parting with your money- why not give swapping a go? The Fashion Pulpit is a permanent swapping fashion space at Liang Court in Singapore. One location, swap anytime, bring everyone. Not only will you be able to swap from the best selection of pre-loved fashion pieces, but you can now upcycle and learn fashion tricks all at one place too! It’s convenient and flexible; You get to help create a purpose-driven economy around sustainable fashion and conscious consumerism when you have the time to. Find out more about them here.
Online Clothing Rental Service
(SGD $65 – $155)
We’ve all got that dress we bought to wear just that one time- and now it’s sitting in the back of our closets, all sad, unworn and alone. What if you could just rent that drop-dead-gorgeous dress and then part with it once you’re done? Wardrobista aims to reduce textile waste by doing exactly that- and it saves you precious real estate in your wardrobe, too. They offer rentals on evening dresses, faux fur coats, evening bags, and kaftans. There is also a “Share Your Dress” program where you can share your barely used items with other people, too! Shop the look (but not the dress!) here.
Now that you’ve got your outfit settled, here’s where you can find some ethical jewelry to match. Happy shopping (or swapping)!