Learn about the amazing sustainable and ethical brands that we carry at Curate. Discover what makes these brands stand out, why we've chosen to partner with them and what they are doing to make a difference in the sustainable and ethical fashion movement.
Alohas shoes are designed in Barcelona and handcrafted in Alicante. All of their shoes are produced by trusted artisans in nearby production facilities, so they can visit regularly to ensure that labor conditions and quality standards are in line with their values. Overproduction in fashion is one of the world's biggest environmental threats. Alohas refuses to make the problem worse. Their pre-order system allows them to accurately anticipate demand levels prior to production, so they produce the amount of shoes that they are going to sell.
Amano Studio is a small, woman-owned jewelry brand and studio based in Sonoma, California. They handcraft the jewelry in their studio, they assemble components (chain, stampings, castings, stones, beads) and make them into a piece of jewelry. They partner with other US craftspeople and manufacturers to do the heavy lifting of casting, stamping and plating. They do source a small percentage of material from other countries but whenever possible, they are using materials sourced from other US manufacturers. Amano Studio strives for a zero waste operation. Most of the metals that they use are recycled, many of their components are vintage salvage, they strive toward zero waste in production and use biodegradable materials (like "plastic" bags made from plant material) and 100% post consumer waste paper. At Amano, they allow people the flexibility to take care of their families and earn a living at the same time. Also, people who work at Amano earn a respectable, living wage. They recognize that without a strong team, from the bottom to the top, the business can not thrive. So the human needs of their people always come first.
Babe Universe is a trendy sustainable fashion brand, calling babes around the world to unite! They fight for ecology, self-love, empowerment of women, wellness and the unapologetic celebration of individuality. The fashion industry is the 3rd largest pollutant in the world – Babe Universe is here to offer a fashionable alternative and change this. One of the industry’s most frequently used materials is cotton, and unfortunately, it’s among the most pesticide-intensive crops on the planet. To make matters worse, cotton is a very thirsty crop – it typically takes 400 gallons to produce an average cotton t-shirt. Upon learning those stats, Babe Universe was born to come to the rescue and offer an alternative for your favorite cotton t-shirt. Babe Universe’s t-shirts are GOTS certified organic cotton (the strictest standard in the industry). Their t-shirts are made in a wind powered factory in Northern India, where monsoon rains ensure there’s very little extra water needed for the cotton production, using no nasties, chemicals or pesticides. Good for You + Good for the Planet.
Bower was shortlisted for Sustainable Brand of the Year in the Draper’s Sustainable Fashion Awards. They strive to create a product that is ethical and sustainable. They partnered with a small atelier in Italy and visit the facilities regularly to guarantee that all employees are paid under EU guidelines and are provided with safe working conditions. All of the swim fabric is produced using ECONYL® yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, carpet fluff, tulle, etc. Bower is committed to ensuring diversity as they grow their brand. They will strive to maintain their high ethical and sustainable standards.
Sustainability and consciousness of the environment has always been a core value of Charli. They pledge to work towards complete traceability and ethical consideration. Their aim is to constantly reduce the use of raw materials, energy, water and chemicals by implementing the latest developments and technologies. Charli is serious about their commitment to quality and research. The cotton they use is sourced under the Better Cotton Initiative BCI, which is a socially responsible program developed to educate farmers in the growing of crops for a better product and a better environment. It reduces the environmental impact of cotton production, with up to 55% less pesticides and 14% less water being used. They pledge to use only responsible kind yarns and abandon any conventional synthetic fibers unless recycled/post-consumer. The fashion industry should not adversely affect the lives of the communities where manufacturing takes place. Animal welfare should never be comprised. If anything, it should only improve livelihoods and communities by supporting local farming and manufacturing communities across Southern Europe, The Far East and South America. Charli continuously seeks the best from their suppliers who adhere to the best standards of quality and sustainability. It is important to them that they shape the social environment in a positive manner and ensure that their business actions have as little impact on the environment as possible.
Dazey LA makes clothing for people who care. They empower women through conversation. All of their collections revolve around a subject that modern women struggle with. They provide a tool and space to talk about these tricky topics. Their apparel is hand drawn and handmade to order in LA. They create the clothing to order in an effort to have ZERO waste and do their best to make a positive impact on the environment, they like the call this process "Slow Fashion". All of their tees are custom made for Dazey from 100% certified organic cotton. They believe in order to be a company that stands for empowerment, every person that touches their tees should be positively impacted. Their production process is fully ethical, and their garment workers are paid a living wage and work in clean safe facilities, something most fashion companies cannot claim. Today Dazey is a community, a resource, and a line of kick ass clothing. Join the Dazey Lady movement!
Dedicated started with an environmental retail chain back in 2006 and realized that there were no sustainable brands with flavor, in terms of graphics or relevant collaborations. So they created Dedicated to fill that gap. Despite all the talk about fashion becoming sustainable, this is still an industry built on inhuman working conditions, pollution, and toxicness. The textile sector now accounts for 8-10% of global Co2 emissions. Dedicated wants to show that fashion can be done differently. In touch with nature. Fair & responsible. And without the use of toxic pesticides or chemicals. It's just a matter of mindset and seeing the bigger picture. Today, Dedicated is working with GOTS and Fairtrade certified cotton, GRS recycled polyester and natural fibers such as Tencel Lyocell. And by collaborating with photographers, illustrators and artists from all over the world Dedicated is able to give you unique, fun and diverse collections. Support Your Local Planet / DEDICATED.
With their commitment to ethical and sustainable apparel, Dharma Bums is Australia’s leading ethical yoga and athleisure brand. From day one, Dharma Bums’ vision was for each unique garment to empower both those who wear them and those that make them – and that means focusing as much on the people as the garments themselves. From origination to creation, Dharma Bums has an unwavering commitment to ethical supply chains and quality in every stitch. From the beginning, Dharma Bums has built relationships with small Australian factories that believe in what they do. They are committed to quality and, importantly, are ethically certified. Dharma Bums’ mission is to provide beautiful solutions that enable and empower all women to look and feel their best, whilst embodying an environmental and ethical consciousness without compromise on quality and style. Dharma Bums continues to work hard searching for fabrics that can tick both the ethical and sustainable boxes. They are already working with recycled nylon and organic cottons and will be expanding our use of the bio-textile modal (made from rayon and viscose) as well as biodegradable fabrics. They are working conscientiously to continue to reduce their footprint. The Dharma Bums brand is inspired by the world around us, and they intend to take care of it.
The story of DL1961’s denim unravels slowly with every wear. Every time a customer picks DL1961 as part of their uniform, their armor, and their identity, they succeed in their mission to create a garment that is the perfect fusion of fit, fabric, function and sustainable manufacturing. And that is what makes them DL1961. They’re a family-owned company that’s been in the denim business for decades. Over the years, they have dedicated themselves to creating the most optimized facility possible for water, energy, and dye use; as well as creating a vertical supply chain, which allows them to control and audit the entire process. There are certainly easier ways to create denim. They’ve always chosen to put in the extra effort because they feel a responsibility to make our garments in the best way possible for people and the planet alike. DL1961’s eco-friendly mill is one of the leading denim manufacturers, which means they can create the highest quality denim that’s good for you and for the planet. Constructing your jeans start with weaving premium, eco-friendly fibers into custom-blended yarns and high-retention fabrics. They want consumers to not only feel the difference in the fabric and fit, but also understand the difference that their jeans make for the environment. What makes them stand out in a crowded denim landscape is the fact that they make everything in-house, from spinning the yarn, weaving the fabric, producing the garment to finishing all in the same facility. Conventional denim can travel multiple places as it is being assembled before it gets to you. A vertically integrated system significantly reduces the amount of energy and emissions needed to produce each garment. Every day they save more water, implement newer technologies, and reimagine ways to up-cycle, recycle, and give back.
As a vertically integrated company, transparency and corporate responsibility are key tenets of ÉTICA’s brand. They consider every aspect of the lifecycle of our clothing, from the fibers they use to the suppliers they choose. ÉTICA carefully selects local suppliers based on their commitment to sustainability, their labor practices and the quality of the fabrics they produce. ÉTICA’s Vendor Code of Conduct contains strict guidelines for social responsibility and corporate compliance, based on the tenants of the Fair Labor Association and Bluesign®. Through industry-leading equipment and advancements in wash technique, they dramatically reduce water usage by 90%, energy consumption by 63% and chemical usage by 70% compared to industry standards. ÉTICA is Spanish for ethical, and their company ethics include the people who make their brand possible. The human side of sustainability is a major part of their brand ethos. They are committed to exceeding Fair Labor standards, providing their workers with living wages, health benefits, on-staff doctors and free meals. They also provide safe, ability-inclusive employment to senior citizens and individuals with handicaps, who may not be able to find opportunity elsewhere.
Since the creation of French Disorder, season after season, they have pushed their quality requirements further both in terms of cuts, the choice of materials and the care given to finishes. As they pay a lot of attention to the respect of the environment, they ensure that their dyers partners are committed daily in a responsible industrial behavior (saving water, energy, prohibition of heavy metals, recycling ...). The three workshops they have selected have years of experience in high-end ready-to-wear and are sharing their social and human values (decent wages, prohibition of child labor, respect for trade union rights and security conditions ...).
To Indigo Luna, ethically made means that there is no exploitation whatsoever during the process of creating Indigo Luna pieces. No exploitation of Human Beings, no exploitation of Animals and no exploitation of the Environment. All of Indigo Luna’s garments are handmade in Bali, Indonesia in a small, woman-run factory (unusual in Indonesia). They have a great relationship with the family factory and are constantly in awe of humans that have the skills and ingenuity to turn sketched from their imaginations into something beautiful and wearable. They know all the workers by first name and work alongside them almost daily on new creations. Take solace in knowing that every single human that has created Indigo Luna garments have received adequate healthcare, above living wages and comfortable/safe working conditions. They have a strict environmental policy to cut back their impact on Bali and make sure to cut back on their plastic use. All of their natural dyes are sourced locally in Bali, Indonesia. They only use plants that naturally grow well the tropical climate such as Mango, Indigo, and Secang Wood. Their dyes are made from plant material dried and crushed into a dye bath (just like a cup of tea) and the Organic Bamboo material is repeatedly submerged and dried until they have the correct color. During the process, no harmful materials are used and the workers don’t even need to wear protective gloves (only when boiling). Indigo Luna believes that this form of dyeing is the fairest trade there can be. The process is much longer and more expensive than conventional dying, but it is the right step towards sustainability. All runoff is organic and all waste is plant waste and is composted.
LA-CA-USA: In Spanish, La Causa means “The Cause.” LACAUSA is comfort and style for the modern woman. Founded in 2013, LACAUSA is redefining basics, blending romantic silhouettes with a contemporary bohemian twist. Influenced by boundless landscapes, they bring you effortless California chic without sacrificing the hand that feeds us. Fabrics are sourced and sewn with trusted partners with the highest standards in mind, and always under ethical conditions. The fashion industry is one of the world's biggest polluters and notorious for its low wages worldwide, all to keep up with the fast fashion trends in an age of immediate gratification. As clothing manufacturers and global citizens, they take this into consideration at LACAUSA throughout their design and production processes. While they aim to keep the core of their manufacturing in their local Los Angeles community, they do produce a small percentage of our raw goods and garments with trusted partners overseas. They ensure that they only produce their product in factories that provide fair, livable wages, and healthy, humane working conditions for all team members. Each of their partners share their mission of equality, transparency and a more ethical future for fashion. In house, their small team prioritizes a low waste design process and is continuously working on new initiatives for their donation program, focusing on human and environmental rights. This means they're crafting a product you can feel good in, both inside and out.
LÉ BUNS is a female founded company working super hard to make smarter choices for the environment. At the core of everything they do is a strong respect for the people they work with and the environment they work within. Driving positive environmental impact is at the heart of the label, every piece is made using only natural, organic and regenerated luxurious fibers. Each garment is thoughtfully designed in timeless, flattering silhouettes, to enhance the beauty of your natural form and move with you. LÉ BUNS is committed to achieving fair, safe and healthy working conditions whilst minimizing environmental impact within their supply chain. Time is taken to find suppliers who share a common vision of sustainability, accountability and transparency.
LOHN was founded and created in Toronto in 2018, and launched with four candles, hand poured and made with clean scents, coconut and soy wax, and recyclable packaging. Taking inspiration from the road less travelled, LOHN creates scents designed to transport you to another time and place. Scent is part of your personal journey. When you light a candle, or apply perfume to your skin, the scent is what you remember. That’s what Kat & Vic (the founders) wanted to create, scents that you’ll remember and take with you on your journey. Every candle is vegan, paraben free, phthalate free, cruelty free, non-toxic and hand poured in Toronto.
Lost + Wander
Lost + Wander creates their pieces with the adventurous girl in mind. They are continuing their effort to become a more sustainable brand by incorporating better practices through their supply chain and working with responsible manufacturing partners. All Lost + Wander pieces are crafted in cruelty-free materials (including vegan leather and faux-fur). At the heart of Lost + Wander, they thrive in finding ways to be more environmentally conscious, giving back to their local community, and in supporting women around the world. Lost + Wander is a multicultural company that stands against violence and racism of any kind, and is proud to be a team that heavily values its cultural diversity and the equal rights of all its employees and business partners.
Noize was born from the belief that what we wear today should not only look and feel great but should also champion positive contributions towards a better tomorrow. Never a trend, environmentally conscious and cruelty-free living is a lifestyle, one in which NOIZE's unique seasonal collections have been mindfully designed and constructed for. Their PETA approved vegan pieces are equal in warmth, comfort and style - all without harming defenseless animals or wasting essential resources that we all need to survive. NOIZE. For all who care.
Nube makes sustainable activewear. They care for our Mother Earth and the people on it and want to give humans more ways to shop with a conscience. All of their goods are manufactured in the US from recycled materials using the best practices in sourcing and production with an aim on reducing waste and environmental impact. But fighting climate change is no small task, so Nube had to ask some friends to help. They partner with artists and designers around the world to create prints motivated by the environmental crisis that inspire connection and action. They are proud to be woman-owned. They are proud to be US made. And they believe clothing can be a platform that sparks mindful consumption. Nube tries to be as sustainable as possible and therefore is constantly adapting as the industry shifts and they learn more. As Nube learns, they strive to adopt and implement the best practices in production and sourcing of materials, with the goal of minimizing harm to the environment. By using recycled materials and designing products to last, they can reduce the environmental impact of their products.
Outerknown’s vision is a future where clothing contributes to a world where people and planet prosper. Their mission is to transform they way they outfit the world by inspiring an industry to reimagine design and embrace circularity. Outerknown is committed to relentless sustainability. 90% of the fibers they source are organic, recycled, or regenerated & they won’t stop there. Through Fair Trade USA, they invest in the livelihoods of over 5K workers who bring their vision to life. Outerknown was the first brand to pursue Fair Labor Association accreditation before ever shipping a product.
Pala is an eyewear brand built on keeping the impact on the planet low, and the impact on people high. Pala gets to deliver lasting change, empowerment and opportunity through funding eyecare projects across Africa whilst creating sustainable sunglasses to help you get the best out of the natural world that we call home. When you invest Pala, you not only receive a beautiful pair of sunglasses you also take a stand against fast fashion, make a better choice for the planet and have real lasting impact on the lives of others. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Pala gives back to eye-care programs in Africa by providing grants to vision centers, dispensaries and screening programs. Pala is on a journey towards a sustainable fashion future. They want to protect our planet, and to do this they need to make our designs as sustainable as possible. As each season passes, they are continuing to innovate, now offering both recycled acetate and bio-based designs housed in eco-friendly recyclable packaging and with carbon offset shipping. The factory we work with undergoes a regular third-party ethical trade audit (SMETA) encompassing all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics to ensure adherence to ethical trading and corporate social responsibility. Pala's boxes are FSC MIX certified, from responsible sources. All their print materials come from recycled paper stock.
Poppy & Pout
Since 2014, Poppy & Pout has believed in simple, natural, and cruelty-free lip care for all. The Secret Behind their Flower Powered Lip Balm: beeswax ethically sourced from the United States, organic coconut oil from the Philippines, and sunflower oil from the United States. They then flavor each with a hint of essential oils and/or natural flavor oils and a drop of Vitamin E. That's it. Simple ingredients for perfectly hydrated lips. Try their lip balms and they guarantee that you'll taste the difference!
Super Natural's collection is created using organic cotton and sustainable fabrics with a bohemian chic style. They believe that being proud of their products includes the conditions in which they are made. Each design is created with high level craftsmanship and quality. A female founded company working together to empower women.
Inspired by the transience of life, the endurance of ritual, and the authority of scent, Tatine proudly introduces their newly rebranded core collection with custom, handmade, and reusable smoky grey glassware crafted exclusively for Tatine. Made slowly by hand every day, with soul and subtle detail. Tatine’s design collaborations with global artisans bring to life the timeless custom pieces into which we pour their bespoke fragrances, such as hand forged brass and mouth-blown glassware. The candle vessels are made in compliant factories by skillful artisans with the mission to create a second life through drink safe glassware or keepsake containers. These things mean a lot to Tatine’s mission, which is to impart a quiet joy and timeless, meaningful quality of handcrafted wares. The studio utilizes recycled and FSC-certified paper stocks as much as possible in both their product packaging and shipping materials in order to make strides towards protecting our planet.
Thought is committed to considered design, responsible sourcing, and fostering change. What drives them is their mission to live more thoughtfully - something they hope to inspire you to do too. Thought is fully committed to offering more considered choices. They exist to show that there are more sustainable ways to live, dress and be. To connect and grow a community, where ideas inspire more ideas. Thought promises they'll always design style that's effortless and has sustainability in mind. Collections that help people make more considered decisions. They put thought into everything they do. From how they source their materials, to how they can give back and inspire the industry and their community. They value long-term partnerships, supporting businesses and their growth. Making positive changes, like lessening waste. Protecting people. The environment. And creating designs with longevity in style and quality. they are committed to achieving high ethical social standards, which begins with ensuring working conditions reach the standards set by the International Labor Organization. They visit and check in with their factories regularly, and are a proud member of the Ethical Trading Initiative.
Toast Swim is a conscious swimwear label, blending beauty with purpose. Made from recycled material, their collections champion quality, design and sustainability. They honor Mother Earth with their passion, motivation and love. Toast Swim is dedicated to creating beautiful pieces made to sustain the places, people and life they love. Toast Swim is a compassionate advocate for change – a natural balance of flowing and fierce. We move slowly with nature. And we rise. We feel the kiss of the sun’s heat on our skin. We are awake. Their pieces are worn by women who move slowly with the sun, bask in its warmth, are present, and honor nature. They pause and recharge in the glorious sunshine – a beautiful and honored gift from Mother Earth.
Underprotection only uses materials that are classified or certified sustainable such as recycled polyester, recycled wool, Tencel lyocell and organic cotton. The majority of the natural materials that they use are Tencel™ Lyocell, responsible wool and organic cotton. The synthetic materials they use all come from recycled sources, be it polyester, nylon or elastane. All their synthetic materials are GRS-certified and Oeko-Tex-certified. The GRS certification guarantees that the part of the material marked as recycled is actually recycled, while the Oeko-Tex certification ensures that the material is produced without chemicals and does not contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment. All of their packaging, paper and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable. Most of their products are vegan approved, and if not, it is because it is recycled (wool) or a waste resource (milk). Fair working conditions and a fair wage is a human right. Therefore, Underprotection only works with certified factories. At Underprotection, they are working with suppliers from different parts of the world. There are many criteria and factors involved in the selection of these suppliers. Most importantly, is their demand for a high social sustainability when it comes to the people making their products and at the same time a demand for high quality products in sustainable materials. Proper working conditions and wages is a human right, therefore they only work with certified suppliers who carry certifications that ensure social sustainability in production. By working exclusively with certified suppliers, they ensure that with their choice of supplier they support fair wages and proper working conditions.
Before Vitamin A, Amahlia worked on a design project with Patagonia founder and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard whose company’s use of recycled plastic bottles in their technical fabrics inspired her to attempt something similar in the swimwear space. However, when Amahlia began to research the options, she was told by fabric suppliers that there was “no market” for swimwear made from recycled fibers — so she decided to design the fabric herself, working with the top mills in Italy, Canada and California to create EcoLux™ — the first premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon fibers. Since then, the company has incorporated several more sustainable high-performance fabrics along with eco-conscious textiles like organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton and Tencel®. All materials are certified to meet the global Oeko-Tex standard for safe textiles. Producing products locally dramatically reduces their emissions for shipping and transporting raw materials. It also allows them to take the time to get to know the people who make their goods. Vitamin A is proud to know firsthand that their manufacturing teams maintain the highest standards of workplace ethics and environmental responsibility.
Womsh is an acronym of Word Of Mouth Shoes: their name refers to shoes that communicate and convey a message, using word of mouth to promote respect for the environment. Of course, they are small things but they can become a powerful way to change our world because behind every shoe there is a choice, behind every purchase there is reflection and all of us can choose our own nourishment (internal and external) and what messages to spread. In 2014, Womsh began producing sustainable footwear and since then they have never stopped. They design, produce and package their shoes in Italy, carefully selecting the materials they use and they partner companies they want to support them along this path. They believe that positive and responsible change can be generated in the world of fashion by continuing to produce quality products. They are pursuing the idea that the negative impact of our actions on the environment can be limited and we can still have fashionable and trendy products that are the result of thorough and painstaking work. Sustainability is not a restriction but rather an incentive for replacing paradigms with actions, so that everyone can become a key player. Womsh’s dream is that companies will become increasingly more ethical, creating value for the society in which they operate and thereby bringing improvements in the life of people and the environment.
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