List of 10 inspiring and sustainable organizations - Clothing industry

Updated: Jun 8

About 20% of clean water pollution worldwide is caused by the dyes and finishes used by the textile industry. It's safe to say that the clothing industry is hugely polluting our planet. Unfortunately, 100 percent sustainable does not exist, but more sustainable is possible. But how do you find out which clothing meets these requirements, so where to buy your clothing? With this list, we’ll help you on your way.


1. Patagonia

Make the best product. Do not cause unnecessary damage. Take action to inspire and find solutions to the environmental crisis'. This is the mission of Patagonia, a brand that started making tools for climbers. They have since grown into a large outdoor brand that considers minimalism, functionality and simplicity important. They are also known for their outspoken way of advertising.


2. Everlane

Everlane is one of the largest slow fashion labels in the world. At Everlane they work on new designs for a few months and keep them in their collection from the moment of launch. Their items are minimalistic and made of high-quality fabrics. Another positive aspect of Everlane is their transparency. They are open about the products they use and how they are processed.


3. Reformation

As the name suggests, Reformation aims to reform the polluting fashion industry. Not by demonstrating in the street, but by means of real action. Their transparency makes them credible. There is also a possibility to take a tour of their factory every Friday. Unlike many fashion brands, Reformation communicates the ecological footprint of their products to raise awareness among their customers.


4. Vinted

Very populair these days. They want to show you how great secondhand can be. Sell the clothes that no longer suit you. Find items that you cannot find on the high street. Vinted is for anyone who believes that good clothes deserve a long life. Are you not wearing it? Then sell it!


5. Adidas

You might not think so, given the large numbers they produce. But Adidas has certainly taken steps towards sustainability in recent years. According to Adidas, they consider the environmental impact of the materials they use and support the use of recycled or sustainable materials. Do you want to know more? Check their website: https://www.adidas-group.com/en/sustainability/products/materials/


6. Veja

Veja shoes once started with the question: is a better world possible? They discovered it is!! The French shoe brand VEJA has been making trendy sneakers made from organic cotton, fair trade rubber, and vegetable tanned leather for seven years. Veja also has an extensive vegan collection. What distinguishes Veja from other brands, is that they are made fair trade, in Brazil. All materials of the shoes are as durable as possible


7. People tree

The English People Tree was founded in 1991 and is one of the most famous sustainable clothing brands for men and women. As a pioneer and world leader in sustainable and ethical fashion, the brand has been a registered and active member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) since 1996. Their mission is quite clear: 100% fair trade and as sustainable as possible.


8. Levi’s

They have a mission: Changing the clothing industry. For good. As a brand, they play a huge role in this industry and so have a responsibility to do everything they can to create the styles that consumers love in a way that respects our planet. They can best summarize this approach in our mantra: Buy better. Wear longer. They do this by making their products of good quality, so that they last as long as possible.


9. Loop a Life

Loop.a life is a circular and sustainable clothing & lifestyle brand from the Netherlands. The clothing is made from recycled discarded textiles, Produced without water & chemicals and Locally sourced in a closed chain.


10. Mud Jeans

MUD Jeans makes high-quality jeans in a circular and sustainable way. Old jeans are used to make new jeans and sweaters. This saves them water and the use of new raw materials. They dream of a world without waste and work according to the principles of the circular economy.



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