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 badass AF ethical fashion brands, that are also perfect for spring.
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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!
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 consume 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 that uses technology designed to conserve water by 80%.
Look for fun, colourful pieces that are sure to give your wardrobe some edge!
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.
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 the textile and fashion industries, cotton has a massive impact on the planet and the 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 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 them right before your eyes when mixed with hot water in a tall glass.
Add bright colours and boho sexiness to your wardrobe!
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 jewellery 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 of 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 important fashion staple! The accessory.
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 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!
Shoes that are handmade using tires as the soles.
In 2005, Christal Earle set foot in a garbage dump on the north coast of the 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 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 and it's why we showcase them in our sustainable sandals guide!
Hope you love these sustainable fashion brands as much as I do!
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