Clothing

More and more clothing businesses work in alignment with nature’s principles and reduce harm done to the Earth and all living beings. That implies working embedded in the essence of this universe and nature’s innate abundance. Being fully who we are implies diversity and, esp. in these times of transition it can have many faces. Businesses are still purifying, showing a mix of patterns which are surfacing to leave and materialisation of new, high frequencies in form – no longer doing harm. When rooted in healthy frequency settings doing no harm often implies using natural, truly organic, biodegradable and/or recycled materials incl. fabrics, dyes, packaging & other necessary materials. It means minimising packaging, following fair trade principles of ethical work conditions & fair wages, aiming for durability of products, rooting the business in local communities – integrated in the underlying local fabric of societies, lands and waters, showcasing full transparency about & knowledge of the entire supply chain, maintaining equity and direct, personal relationships at every stage of the supply chain, reflecting cultural responsibility by honoring everyone who has contributed esp. when non-local designs are being used, offering products at fair prices or based on entirely different modes of exchange, giving back to the planet and communities, reducing waste via internal recycling systems, simplifying production processes, running the company based on non-hierarchical principles of decision-making – a company is a community and the decision-making process should reflect exactly that. Below are some examples of truly exciting companies (there are many more out there) which largely and very consciously reflect no-harm principles that support nature, and hence us because they have been created by nature to a large extent.

Outerknown

California, USA

Denim/jeans, shirts, surf trunks: Fair trade principles. First company to pursue Fair Labor Association accreditation before ever shipping a product. 90% of sourced fibers are organic, recycled, or regenerated including organic cotton, Australian Merino wool, ocean plastics, plastic water bottles. 100% trunks are made with recycled or renewable fibers. Company regenerates fishing nets into ECONYL® products. Buttons are made from ocean plastics & nuts. Worn/torn S.E.A. jeans are repaired, or replaced and otherwise recycled by Outerknown. Partners with Ocean Conservancy.

Maggie’s Organics

Michigan, USA

Cotton & wool clothing & underwear for young people & adults made from organically grown cotton and wool from small farms in the U.S., Argentina, Peru, Nicaragua, Tanzania and India, spun by family-owned-and-operated mills in San Salvador, Peru & USA, turned into clothes by family owned knitting & sewing facilities in Peru & USA. Low-impact fabric printing & dying. Support of worker-owned sewing cooperative in Nicaragua. Fair trade principles. True transparency: company’s website shows how & where every product is made step by step.

Kotn

Ontario, Canada

Ultra-soft apparel & bedding made from organic Egyptian & Portuguese cotton & OEKO-TEX® non-toxic certified dyes. Plastic-free packaging. Water & material recycling systems. Safe & fair labor standards. Durability of clothing. Transparency of supply chain. Company works directly with more than 2300 small-holder farmers, increasing literacy in the Nile Delta & Faiyum of Egypt. Help farms become organic. Collaboration with Better Cotton Initiative (bettercotton.org). B Corporation.

Earthrunners

California, USA

Minimalist grounding running sandals which keep you connected with the Earth’s electric circuitry. Vegan. Low-impact dyes. Simple, minimalistic use of materials, yet highly functional. Copper & stainless steel earthing system in sole & laces.

Boody

Australia

Clothing made from sustainably-sourced natural bamboo with non-toxic solvents. Closed-loop water system to recycle water in the production process. Living wages. Garments sewn in a way that significantly reduces fabric waste. Use of recycled cardboard and vegetable-based ink for packaging.

Tentree

British Columbia, Canada

Casual clothing made from organic cotton, FSC-certified tencel, hemp, recycled polyester (discarded plastic bottles). Planting 10 trees for every item purchased. Circular water usage & circular supply chains. B Corporation. Reduced packaging. FSC-certified recycled paper. Fair trade principles.

Kingdom of Wow

California & Cambodia

Footwear (slippers & espadrilles) made from Icelandic Lopi Wool (free-grazing sheep), cotton, bamboo, acrylic yarn & jute soles. Fair trade principles. Healthy work environment (including free lunches, secure employment etc.). Entire design & production process is managed from workshop in Cambodia. Use of mainly biodegradable materials. Zero waste. Unfortunately not organic yet.

Ethical clothing businesses

Forgotten Tribes

England, UK

Clothes made for comfort to the body & ease of movement. Supports local Asian artisans, promoting their unique, remarkable culture. Use of use upcycled, indigenous fabrics wherever possible. Reducing pollution, waste and use of plastics. Bio-degradable shipping envelops. Hangtags double function as bookmarks. Paper free invoice system. Supporting young artists.

Ethical clothing businesses

Komodo

UK

Clothing made from organic cotton, recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), Tencel made from tree cellulose farmed on wasteland, linen, organic bamboo, rayon from sustainable tree cellulose, hemp, wool produced without Mulesing (breeding of sheep to produce more wool, leading to exhaustion, collapse and heat death of animals). Safe & fair labour conditions. Garments produced in Kathmandu, Bali & India by family run businesses. Strong long-term relationships between factories & Komodo. 1% for the Planet.

Toonzshop

France

Hand-made, unique clothing made in collaboration with ca. 60 designers in different countries. Healthy work conditions, incl. fair wages, appropriate equipment, regulated working hours and paid overtime, a quality working environment, a variety of social benefits. Most workshops are family-run. Quality fabrics, incl. natural, organic fabrics. Full knowledge of supply chain.

Ambitious

Portugal

High-quality footwear, entirely produced in Portugal. Raw materials sourced locally as much as possible, all from certified suppliers. Reduced waste & single-use plastics. Recycling & upcycling of materials. Healthy work conditions.

Slow Fashion Movement

International

Demanding change from the fashion industry and policy makers towards social & environmental sustainability, to create long-term well-being. Leaving behind mass consumerism & clothing produced in sweatshops. Creating durable, thoughtful quality fashion. Transparent supply chains. Waste reduction. Healthy work conditions.

Welana

Ethiopia

Slow-fashion company – Handmade, high quality scarves, towels & blankets, woven in Ethiopia with traditional weaving techniques & patterns typical to Ethiopian culture. Materials used: Ethiopian cotton or a cotton – Eri silk mix. Natural & certified dyes. Made for durability. Fair, sustainable wages. Reuse & recycling of materials. Honoring the tradition and culture of Ethiopia.

Zeenya

New Zealand & Brazil

Women active wear for all sizes, created for performance & comfort, in vibrant colours, made in collaboration with New Zealand artists incl. indigenous Maori tattoo & digital artist. Made from biodegradable Amni Sol Eco® textile from Brazil. Emphasising community, knowing the whole production chain. Ethically produced in Brazil & New Zealand.

Mama Tierra

Switzerland, Venezuela & Colombia

Accessories like bags, pillowcases, purses handmade by marginalised Wayuu artisans using traditional techniques incl. different types of weaving, crochet, macramé, tapestry etc. Founded by human rights activists, embodying gender equality, transparency & fair trade that empowers indigenous Wayuu women & societies struggling with scarcity, crime, high child mortality etc. Mama Tierra provides work supplies, living wages, training, implements community-led social programs etc.

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