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The 15 Best Sustainable Clothing Brands for Travelers

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Sustainability is a buzzword in almost every industry, and it’s a trend that’s influencing travel clothing for the better.

From well-known companies to smaller eco-conscious labels, here are 15 sustainable clothing brands that also offer great gear for travelers.

Coalatree

Coalatree trailhead pants.

Sustainability Win: Most of Coalatree’s products are made from recycled or repurposed materials like coffee grounds, discarded yarns, and plastic. The brand also uses tree-friendly packaging. 

Editor Pick: Trailhead Pants

prAna

prana jola dress.

Sustainability Win: prAna is the first North American apparel brand to make Fair Trade Certified clothing, meaning both the product and facility are certified for ethical and sustainable initiatives. Shop the Fair Trade women’s and men’s collection.

Editor Pick: Jola Dress

 Athleta

Athleta sutton romper.

Sustainability Win: By 2020, 80 percent of Athleta’s materials with be made with sustainable fibers, and 25 percent of products will be made with water-saving techniques.

Editor Pick: Sutton Romper


Toad & Co.

Toad and co wide leg pants.

Sustainability Win: Toad & Co. produces eight different types of fabric, from Tencel to wool, that are either organic or recycled, which reduced the brand’s emissions by 51 tons last year.

Editor Pick: Earthworks Wide Leg Pant

Jungmaven

jungmaven bali pocket tee.

Sustainability Win: Jungmaven focuses on select fabrics like hemp, a natural fiber that doesn’t require irrigation, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers for production. Additionally, all Jungmaven items are hand-cut and made in the U.S.

Editor Pick: Baja Pocket Tee

United by Blue

United by blue manse chambray button down

Sustainability Win: In addition to using recycled and organic fabrics, United by Blue pledges to remove one pound of trash from oceans or waterways for every product sold.

Editor Pick: Manse Chambray Button Down

Patagonia

Patagonia better sweater.

Sustainability Win: Patagonia shares many resources about its environmental impact. Educating consumers about the environmental impact of specific fabrics is a huge step in changing consumer behavior.

Editor Pick: Better Sweater Zip 1/4 Zip Fleece

Zanni

Zanni drawstring skirt.

Sustainability Win: ZANNI’s mission is to create classic, practical pieces for women that are made with durable and comfortable fabrics so they last a lifetime. This way clothing never ends up in a landfill.

Editor Pick: Drawstring Skirt

Sarah Liller

Sarah liller leila wrap top.

Sustainability Win: All products from Sarah Liller are made in San Francisco, and the brand’s fabrics are milled in the U.S., which means a smaller carbon footprint.

Editor Pick: Leila Wrap Top

Amour Vert

Amour vert gardenia jumpsuit.

Sustainability Win: In addition to using exclusive, eco-friendly fabrics, Amour Vert also plants a tree in North America for every T-shirt purchased. Read more on Amour Vert’s sustainability initiatives here.

Editor Pick: Gardenia Jumpsuit

Smartwool

smartwool merino 250 base layer crew

Sustainability Win: Merino wool, the core fabric of Smartwool, is a hero fabric that doesn’t need to be washed after every wear, thanks to its bacteria-absorbing superpowers. Less washing means less water and energy use. What’s more, Smartwool constantly evaluates its wool supply chain with an eye toward animal welfare and environmental impact.

Editor Pick: Merino 250 Base Layer Crew

Bleusalt

Bleusalt wrap

Sustainability Win: All of Bleusalt’s products are made from beechwood, which is vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable, since beech trees propagate by themselves and don’t need artificial irrigation or planting. Bonus: beechwood is one of the softest fabrics you can purchase.

Editor Pick: The Wrap

Royal Robbins

Royal robbins dixie plaid shirt.

Sustainability Win: Royal Robbins constantly updates a list of toxic and forbidden chemicals in collaboration with the Chemicals Group. The brand is also a member of the Sustainability Apparel Coalition, and has a goal to become carbon neutral by 2025.

Editor Pick: Dixie Plaid Shirt

Mack Weldon

Mack weldon ace sweatpants

Sustainability Win: The brand Mack Weldon has a program that lets you recycle your worn basics, like underwear, socks, and tees. Instead of ending up in a landfill, they’re either put to reuse in over 50 countries (if in good condition) or broken down by a fiber recycler.

Editor Pick: Ace Sweatpants

ADAY

Aday something borrowed shirt

Sustainability Win: Founded with the concept of simplicity, ADAY’s capsule collection clothing is meant to be long-lasting and trans-seasonal, meaning the pieces never go out of style or show wear. Plus, many styles are made with recycled materials.

Editor Pick: Something Borrowed Shirt

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Editor’s note: All prices were correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

 

 

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