5 Canadian Ethical Fashion Brands We’re Loving For Spring

You NEED To know these 5 Canadian Ethical Fashion Brands We’re Loving For Spring

With Fashion Revolution Week just around the corner (April 23rd – 29th) we thought we’d take this opportunity to highlight a few chic, sustainable, Canadian and bad ass AF ethical fashion brands, that are also perfect for spring.

Fashion Revolution Week began five years ago after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more. We saw somewhat of a turn of the tides with more people than ever asking #whomademyclothes. This year, let’s start asking the brands we love this important question, let’s demand more transparency in the fashion supply chain. The more we ask, the more brands will listen.

These Canadian brands are killing it!

 

TRIARCHY 

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Looking for conscious denim? Look no further.

Triarchy is run by Adam and Ania Taubenfligel who after realizing that it takes approximately 2900 gallons of water to make one pair of traditional cotton jeans (that’s equivalent to 10,977 one litre water bottles) they decided to do better.

In their search for the greenest manufacturing options, they uprooted production to Mexico City, where the factory they now work with uses 85% recycled water. This is achieved through a system in which natural bacteria consumes the indigo dye before re-introducing it to the wash process again and again.

The denim is made from a  Tencel Cotton blend, which is a processed wood fibre made from the eucalyptus tree. Not only is the energy used to grow, produce and manufacture Tencel 100% renewable, it also uses 85% less water than cotton to grow and process.

All their zippers and buttons are made of nickel-free recycled sheet metal in a factory with a closed loop water system which uses technology designed to conserve water by 80%.

 

Look for fun, colourful pieces that are sure to give your wardrobe some edge!

 

 

TAMGA DESIGNS

Bringing Eco Fashion up a notch.

TAMGA was launched in 2014 by a couple living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working for the UN and different NGOs, and after seeing the effects of Rana Plaza, they decided they wanted to make a difference.

They use Lenzing Modal, Tencel and Organic Cotton for their collection.

Modal hails from sustainably managed beech wood forests in Europe. Many wood-based fabrics are being sourced from ancient and endangered forests, reducing their environment’s ability to store carbon and wiping out habitat for endangered animals like the Orangutan in Indonesia.

Although it’s a staple in textile and fashion industries, cotton has a massive impact on the planet and people that farm it. Nearly 25% of the world’s insecticide is used farming conventional cotton and it’s still picked using forced labour in many parts of the world.
They use a cotton grown organically in Gujarat, India that is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to be ethically sourced and free from harmful chemicals.

They use low-impact dyes that contain no heavy metals and even their garment bags are biodegradable, made in Indonesia from cassava starch. They break down naturally within months, or you can dissolve it right before your eyes when mixed with hot water in a tall glass.

 

Add bright colours and boho sexiness to your wardrobe!

 

CHIC MADE CONSCIOUSLY 

Canadian Made Ethical Fashion Brands Perfect For Spring

Making accessories with used tires.

Cassandra Ciarallo envisions a world without fast fashion. A world where humans aren’t overworked, abused or underpaid in order to meet global consumption and keep up with weekly trends. Where wasted or unwanted clothes and accessories aren’t being thrown away to pollute our landfills.

During her travels in Bali, she came across a shop where she met artisans creating accessories from repurposed tire inner tubes. She fell in love with his magnificent work and was invited to spend the day creating and working with the material herself. She learned about the unfortunate circumstances with tire waste on the island and all over the globe. In Bali, the locals dump their tires in landfills, which in turn pollute the island and waterways. Now, Chic Made Consciously spreads the message of slow fashion by offering accessories that are upcycled and designed to last.

Most imporant fashion staple! The accessory.

ROK CORK

 

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We simply LOVE everything about this company. The owner Elizabeth epitomizes everything we stand for here on The Eco Hub. This Canadian company designs all of their bags in Canada and then they are ethically made in Portugal by local artisans, that are paid fair wages and work in good conditions too.

 

All of Rok Cork’s products are made using cork.  Cork is really one of the few materials used in fashion that has a truly sustainable footprint and nurtures the caring relationship the fashion industry and nature can have.  Unlike most vegan leathers on the market, cork leather does not contain cork leather does not contain plastic, polyurethane or other harsh chemicals.

Rok Cork has a dual mission of becoming a key factor in the sustainability of cork fields in Portugal (home to numerous wildlife habitats) and aiding the declining economy there. As well as providing continuous employment for the artisanal families who make their products, Rok Cork does not deplete natural or social resources.
In fact, the production techniques used to make their products are beneficial to both the environment and local populations.  Their vendors engage in production methods that minimize the negative impact on the environment.  The materials are ethically sourced and manufactured and they have a  simple approach to creating honest and sustainable employment opportunities with local artisans.

 

Life is short. Buy the bag!

 

BRAVE SOLES 
Canadian Made Ethical Fashion Brands Perfect For Spring

 

Shoes that are handmade using tires as the soles.

In 2005, Christal Earle set foot in a garbage dump on the north coast of Dominican Republic with a group of young people from Canada. That landfill didn’t just have garbage, plastics, or even tires – it also had people. Many people who represented stories, families, dreams, and ideas.

The people in that garbage dump were the ones who inspired the vision behind what they are working to create through their emerging Brave Soles Foundation.

They are working to provide microfinance loans and support to those who have a dream of owning their own business but currently work in vulnerable situations such as landfills.

Often, landfill workers are among the most vulnerable of our world. They are often denied what are considered to be basic human rights.

Their work is dangerous and hazardous. They are also often stateless, have limited (if any) access to education, healthcare or basic security. At times, they can fall prey to trafficking and exploitation.

They use locally sourced leather and hand-cut, upcycled tire for the soles.

 

These are shoes that are leaving a really good footprint.

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Candice Batista

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

9 Comments
  1. Good ideas but not affordable for the average person.I understand the cause (which is very important) but I can’t afford a $70 scarf. Why can’t sustainable fashion be more sustainable on our wallets too?

    1. Hi Ambreen,
      thanks for your comment, I appreciate what you are saying. But we’ve been so programmed into buying cheap, fast fashion, we have forgotten what good quality pieces actually cost. My advice is to start with the basics and build your wardrobe from there. Invest in clothing you love and clothing that will last more than one season. Hope that helps.
      warm regards,
      Candice

    1. Thanks for catching that, we’ve updated it.
      But here “not contain cork leather does not contain plastic, polyurethane or other harsh chemicals.”
      🙂

  2. I think we forget that we buy 7 $10 scarves or shirts and wear them for a year until they shrink in the wash or get worn out or we are bored, then throw it away. Instead, we could have bought one $70 item that we have saved up for and it will last a decade or be a handed down treasure to our kids or nieces. <3

  3. Great brands! I also run a small handmade shop specializing in ladies wear that fits through every season of motherhood! I’d love it if you checked it out ❤️

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