Treat yo-self... Responsibly.
*Disclaimer: You do NOT need to buy new clothes or jewelry to feel happy, in fact, I found I'm happiest when living out of a backpack with a small percentage of the things I own. But, if you are going to buy something, these are some of the brands that I personally have found to be ethically and environmentally responsible and they therefore deserve our purchasing love!
Ankura- Beautiful clothing handmade in Peru using organic cotton and alpaca fiber.
Boody- Bamboo active apparel and underwear thats. Their process is unique in that computers are used to knit the apparel, meaning no seams, meaning no wasted fabric. They also use a closed loop, zero waste system for creating the fabric from bamboo.
Reformation- Gorgeous clothing made with sustainable fabrics using a fraction of the water and carbon typically used for clothing. You can see the amount of water, waste, and carbon dioxide saved through their practices versus the average clothing bought in America. Look sexy as hell and tell people how much water you saved.
Paka- Alpaca wool sweaters and hats that are durable and multifunctional.
Everlane- Good source for well-made, timeless staples that are ethically made.
Teeki- My absolute favorite pants that I own are my Mermaid Fairyqueen Teeki leggings. This company makes badass yoga clothing from recycled plastic bottles. The fit, the process, the designs, I can’t get enough of this brand.
Christy Dawn- Beautifully designed pieces made in LA from only dead stock fabrics, which are off cuts from larger fashion houses that would otherwise likely end up in landfills.
Oliberte- Unique, badass footwear made in their Fair Trade Certified Ethiopia factory by skilled craftspeople (the first Fair Trade Certified footwear manufacturing factory, ever). This company supports workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa and 60% of their workers are female.
Reciprocity- My go-to for high end, secondhand denim. I just scored a perfect pair of Madewell jeans there recently. Secondhand is always better, and you don’t have to be in Asheville get in on this action. They post awesome pieces on their Instagram account, you pay over the phone, and they will ship it to ya. Much convenient.
SoulKu- In a shamefully fish-like way I’m very attracted to natural gem baubles. I found this jewelry brand on a recent trip to Hot Springs, NC and was pleasantly surprised by their values. The cellophane that encased the necklace I bought was made from biodegradable, compostable plastic; that did it for me.
Cold Gold- A local Knoxville maker, this gal makes awesome jewelry and leather clutches. Lots of geometric designs and simple colors.
United by Blue- For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways. As in, they organize a cleanup and participate themselves along with the other volunteers. Yeah.
Passport Vintage- Online vintage shop with allll the awesome denim and tees. Because vintage is just the fancy way of saying secondhand, *boom* one for the Earth.
JW PEI- Vegan luxury handbags. Guys, over 50% of their products are made from recycled plastic bottles, and they’re working towards 100%. And the bags are exquisite.
Thinx- The life-changing period panties that every single menstruating human should have instead of single-use pads/tampons. I Love mine, capital L. They work and I’m not worrying about alll the waste generated from a week of trashy, single-use pads and tampons. More on this topic later, but until then, buy the Thinx.
Vaux Vintage- Wearable, simple, modern vintage. There stuff is truly drool-worthy.