Sustainable Shopping

As climate change continues to pose an extreme threat to our future and experts now warning that the next year will be a “critical period” to take action, clothing companies and fashion houses have started putting the environment at the center of their products. From using recycled materials in the production of garments to donating large sums of money to environmental organizations, the companies below are enacting positive change so that you can feel good about your purchase. 

1. Rothy’s
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This relatively new brand of shoes is committed to using recycled materials. These trendy flats and sneakers are made from plastic water bottles, and the company has recycled 41,174,953 to date. While Rothy’s have a higher price tag — with shoes ranging from $125 to $200 — you can rest assured that your purchase is making a difference.

 2. 4Ocean
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4Ocean sells bracelets and other products in order to fund ocean cleanup efforts. For each $20 bracelet purchased, 4Ocean will remove 1 pound of trash from the ocean, and so far, the company has removed 7,063,119 pounds. If you’re looking for gift ideas that make an impact, 4Ocean may be the brand for you. 

3. Allbirds
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Yet another sustainable shoe company that continues to rise in popularity is Allbirds. This brand sells different styles of sneakers, flats and slip-ons made from wool, recycled plastic and recycled cardboard. Allbirds further ensures that the sheep raised for the production of their wool are held to high standards of animal welfare. Most of their shoes range in price from $100 to $200 and are available in a variety of colors. 

4. Patagonia
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The most recognizable name on this list, Patagonia has been a leader in sustainability since the 1990s within the clothing world. The company is focused on the environmental impact of both its materials and production. More recently, Patagonia was in the news after donating $10 million from President Donald Trump’s tax cuts to environmental charities. 

Whether you’re looking to shop sustainably or looking for fashionable items to add to your wardrobe, these brands are great places to start. A key component of fighting the effects of climate change is recycling, and purchasing products made from post-consumer materials will only continue to rise in importance. 

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