Go Green with Sustainable StyleEarth Day is around the corner, and you have the planetary power to make a difference. Will you use your elegant flair to make an eco-friendly impact? Eliminate your carbon footprint in feel-good fashion with our favorite sustainable clothing, accessory, and beauty brands.
H&M not only has CEO Karl-Johan Persson behind its sustainable mission, but an entire team. The company’s H&M Conscious program adds eco-friendly touches to designs, raw materials, responsible fabric production, and even product transport that’s light on emissions.
While H&M works to reduce its own carbon footprint, the brand is bent on inspiring its shoppers to do the same. Did you know as much as 95% of your tired and tattered clothing can be recycled at your H&M store rather than trashed? On your next shopping trip, bring your old clothes to H&M to be repurposed into fabulous new fashions. The company has impressively given new life to tens of thousands of pieces recycled by shoppers like you.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Long Denim Conscious Shirt at H&M, $49.99
Adidas by Stella McCartneyDid you know that 38 percent of the Adidas for Stella McCartney line is sustainable? Fans of McCartney’s chic style won’t be surprised to find out that the eco-minded maven ensured her Adidas collection would be just as exuberantly ethical as her namesake fashion line.
The high-performance sportswear brand includes athleisure and high-performance wear for the runner, trainer, yogi, swimmer, and fitness enthusiast. Regardless of whether you’re hitting Bikram or brunch, McCartney’s Adidas collection is an environmentally edgy favorite.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Floral Performance Swim Suit at Adidas by Stella McCartney, $80
Eileen FisherNot only does the Eileen Fisher brand make efforts to save the environment, but it also aids human rights initiatives across the globe. After starting the brand with a $350 savings, Eileen Fisher made it her purpose to change the world through fashion. She wholeheartedly commits to organic and sustainable fibers, while manufacturing all clothes in the USA. Fisher even recycles clothing and fabrics with her own organization, GREEN EILEEN.
While Fisher raves of “green,” her line is filled with cozy neutrals to take you from the boardroom to the beach with confidence.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Eileen Fisher Cold Shoulder Knit Top at Bloomingdale’s, $278
Matt & NatDolce & Gabanna, Badgley Mishka, etc. Some of the most famous designers have adopted the duo-name moniker. If you think Matt and Nat are the two friends with a handbag brand, think again. The name is cleverly derived from two words we can stand to think about more: MAT(T)erial and NATure.
Social responsibility is at the core of the chic bag brand, which is committed to using vegan leather and cruelty-free material. While recycling nylons, cardboards, rubbers, and materials that run the wasteful gamut, Matt & Nat has introduced unique ways to use fabrics in fashion—even the inside linings are made from recycled bottles. Green and gorgeous!
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Matt & Nat ‘Katherine’ Faux Leather Backpack at Nordstrom, $145
Timberland boots have always been a staple in menswear, but did you know the brand is a leader in the environment? In fact, the boot brand used 379 metric tons of recycled rubber in designs during 2015. Timberland has also said farewell to polyvinyl chloride, as well as other materials. Rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably best to give it the boot.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Timberland Newport Bay Canvas Roll-Top Sneaker for Men, exclusively at Macy’s, $75
Melissa ShoesSpunky, sparkly, and sustainable? Bingo…Melissa Shoes knows how to bring on world change. Admired for famed collaboration with fashion heavyweights like Jason Wu and Vivienne Westwood, Melissa Shoes keeps eco-fashionable with MELFLEX plastic—a hypoallergenic, vegan-friendly, and recyclable material. The brand even boasts of recycling 99 percent of their industry waste, including paint residues, PVC and production water. When it’s sadly time to say goodbye to your worn-out rubber heels, Melissa Shoes promises that the material can be recycled and burned for the recovery of energy or sent to landfills safely.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Melissa Lady Dragon VII at Melissa Shoes, $190
The magically Mara Hoffman has molded her brand from loud to earthy and proud. Anthropologie carries her richly textured pieces that complement the feminine form in waves of patterns, colors and laid-back simplicity. Suitable for the Miami sunshine, her globally inspired outfits exude her newly minted eco-conscious mantra in recycled polyester, organic linen, and Tencel.
Hoffman is just one of the many sustainable brands touted by Anthropologie. Her colorful geometrics are joined by Carla Venticinque-Osborn's designs, Barr Co beauty products, and Under Protection lingerie, among others.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Mara Hoffman Antilles Jumpsuit at Anthropologie, $310
Don't get bamboozled by BPAs. Urban Outfitters offers several sustainable products that are cute for the cause. The hipster haven’s food-safe bamboo flatware set by Core Bamboo is light-weight, durable, re-usable, and 100% biodegradable. Get the do-good dinnerware exclusively at Urban Outfitters.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Core Bamboo 3-Piece Bamboo Flatware Set at Urban Outfitters, $6
Rejuvenating your hair and skin should be guilt-free. Why clean your face by contaminating it? The legacy of Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher extends far beyond the shelf life of shampoos and conditioners. Inspired by India’s Ayurvedic healing principles, Aveda is committed to using organic ingredients for the greater good.
The beauty beacon has become a social good authority through its Clean Water campaigns, cruelty-free commitment, and eco-friendly ethics. Aveda was the first beauty company to manufacturer with 100 percent wind power, as well as the first company to sign the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies Principles. The tree hugging trailblazer knows how to make glamour green.
Our Eco-Friendly Favorite: Pramāsana™ Protective Scalp Concentrate at Aveda, $45
Earth Month Bonus: Get extra credit on your sustainable report card, by snagging Aveda’s limited-edition Light the Way candle ($12) to raise money to bring clean water to those in need during the month of April.