Today’s denim tip of the day? Take care of the earth! Sustainable, eco-friendly, environmentally conscious fashion is all the rage these days. And this is one rising trend we can’t support enough. If you’re looking for a stylish pair of jeans that are manufactured to meet the standards of society’s collective eco-conscious effort (or you just want more information on who’s on this bandwagon), check out our round-up of eco-friendly denim brands below.
Pictured above, M2f light wash skinny jeans ($130) – buy it at Singer22.
Serfontaine + This LA-based denim brand that has sworn off chemicals used in the denim-distressing process, and instead use organic fruit enzymes and hand-administered abrasion techniques.
REUSE Jeans + An eco-conscious denim company that began using sustainable 80% recycled fabrics in spring 2010, and is now at the forefront of the battle against the fashion industry’s carbon footprint.
James Jeans + A brand that proudly uses eco-friendly washes, handmade patterns, and couture draping techniques. They promote various ways to “go green” on their blog—check it out!
M2F + When you think eco-friendly, you might think earth tones & drab clothing… but M2F has changed the way we envision sustainable denim forever. Their line features vibrant, bright, gorgeous colors that you’ll look amazing in and feel good about wearing. Their manufacturing technology includes two major elements: Certified Chemical Free Made2Fade™ Yarn Technology and the Clear H20 Colors™ Earth Smart Dye Process. You can read more about those at their website, and be sure to read our Q&A with the brand.
7 For All Mankind + This wildly popular brand of denim doesn’t support the use of pesticides, and produces nearly 100% organic jeans (some styles contain a small percentage of spandex) in styles that make is really, really easy to be kinder to the planet.
Kuyichi + The ultimate in sustainable fashion, Kuyichi’s jeans are made using organic cotton and wool, hemp, linens, and techniques like recycled polyester, natural dyes, and vegetable tanning. This European company is rapidly expanding (and we can only hope they’ll brand stateside in the near future).
Green Edge Denim + A denim company with a beautiful mission, Greenedge aims to outfit and educate the younger generations (we’re talking kids & babies) in earth-friendly concepts from the very beginning, with certified organic cotton grown and sustainable treatment processes.
Nudie Jeans + Nudie was recently given an environmental award for their second hand denim collection—a system where customers buying jeans leave a pair of their old ones behind with to receive a discount (and some good karma). Those jeans are then recycled into a new pair for some other denim-loving customer to enjoy.
Aoki Denim + Aoki Denim is produced with raw organic cotton and strives to mesh the idea of aesthetically beautiful fashion with responsible production techniques.
Sling and Stones + The mission of Sling and Stones is simple: “to produce the most luxurious and best fitting jeans in the world, all while protecting the earth and loving its people.” They do so by using American-grown organic Supima cotton that results in virtually pesticide-free product.
Levi’s + Levi’s amazing Water<less denim campaign is saving both water and energy. While most jeans are washed in massive industrial washing machines, wasting an incredible amount of this precious resource, Water<less jeans are cutting down on the amount of water used in a big way. Read more about it here.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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I think I have become obsessed with Good Society, the “new” eco-denim line launched in the fall of 2007 by Sling and Stones creator, Aiden Dinh. Good Society is the cheaper — but no less stylish — denim line. I have seen other uber hip denim labels spin off a Green collection, but it’s hard to find a really good Green jean that was conceived to be not only eco-friendly and Fair Trade, but philanthropic from the start. Believe it or not, not everyone believes in the “hype” of Green jeans. Purists will sift through each “Eco” brand and say, well, many jeans are only 98% organic because the 2% stretch part is not. I say, big deal. Good Society jeans claims to be 100% organic denim that is a “forward thinking collection that is fully sustainable ??“ both ecologically and socially. If you’re doing what you can to make sure you also don’t exploit garment workers and you donate 10% of profits to charities in third world countries, then that’s something. That’s what Good Society is about.
Why am I still talking about Green jeans, when Earth Day is over? In this case, it doesn’t matter what the occasion. A fantastic pair of jeans from concept to design is just that. You can’t stop thinking about it and you can’t stop talking about it.
Learn more about GOOD SOCIETY.
Available at ENVI and other carefully selected retailers.
— Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: Fair Trade, Good Society, green, organic, Sling and Stones