1. Stella McCartney
One of the early pioneers of eco-fashion, Stella McCartney’s fashion line is known for taking extraordinary measures to ensure that they leave a very minimal environmental footprint with every collection produced. This means that they take strides to source fabrics in a way that’s sustainable, and are completely free of animal products.
Founded by Aloysius Sng who discovered that his wife doesn’t wear the majority of her wardrobe (oh snap!), the homegrown secondhand fashion label connects people who are looking to unload their closets and earn some cash in exchange.
With brands such as Love, Bonito, Topshop and The Tinsel Rack across categories of clothes, watches and bags, Refash is a marketplace where you can buy and sell your clothing simultaneously. Some of the pieces are pretty on-trend and in good condition too, not to mention very affordable. Say good bye to throwing old clothes.
3. Anastasia by Raine
As much as we love our leather bags, we’re fans of what Anastasia by Raine is doing. Working only with vegan leather, this local bagsmith is making affordable, everyday designs that you can choose to customise. Plus, her vegan leathers are tested to ensure they are durable, water-resistant and can stand up to a beating.
Reformation prides itself on creating modern, wearable pieces that flatter the female figure, whether you’re a bride, a bridesmaid or just looking for your next outfit.
But beyond that, Reformation takes its environmental impact very seriously. As much as possible, Reformation uses deadstock fabrics, recycled and greener fibres such as tencel. Each item also comes with a display on how sustainable it is, based on the amount of carbon dioxide, water and waste savings it has garnered. The company has also listed its sustainable practices such as sourcing electricity made from wind power on its website.
For those who love adventure and getting lost in the wild, outdoor wear company Patagonia would not be a stranger to you. With a mission statement “We’re in business to save our home planet,” Patagonia has various measures that reflect their environmental beliefs — from using recycled materials and tencel (lyocell and modal fibres that are produced by environmentally responsible processes from sustainably sourced natural raw material wood) to donating one per cent of sales to non-profit One Percent For The Planet, which fights for land preservation and sustainable energy production.
In addition, Patagonia has an initiative called Worn Wear, that allows people to trade in worn Patagonia pieces which the company will then repair and resell to help extend the lifespan of each article of clothing.
Founded by former SilkAir flight attendant Terie Sim in 2017, the namesake label is her answer to uncomfortable and restrictive wired bras. She offers softwire bras and unwired bralettes, which are also made with organic bamboo — the fastest growing woody plant that can be grown in diverse climates around the world — that touts anti-bacterial, anti-odour and anti-UV properties.
Terie currently carries multiple colours for her designs, ranging from classic nudes to black, navy and feminine pink. Comfy, stylish and green. We love.
Brazil-crafted Veja sneakers not only look good, they will make you feel good too.
That’s because the brand uses only sustainable materials in the manufacture of its sneakers, choosing natural Amazonian rubber over petroleum-based options. Vegetable-tanned leather and ecological cotton complete the holy trifecta that makes Veja the first ethically sourced and manufactured mass market sneakers.
Buy a matching pair for your man too and make twice the impact. And ooooh, they have bags too…
Available at: Small Boutique, #03-08, Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933
8. H&M Conscious
Fast fashion is incredibly damaging to our planet, and that’s something that’s no secret to most. Here’s where H&M’s Conscious line comes into the picture. To help curb the effects that fast fashion has on the environment, the retailer encourages customers to drop off their used clothing at all H&M stores worldwide. These salvaged clothing are then broken down and upcycled to create new fabrics and materials, which then go into the production of clothes. By trying to close the loop, they aim to provide stylish, affordable outfits without doing further harm to our fragile earth.
Fast fashion today encourages a ‘disposable’ mindset among women consumers of fashion, leading to systemic issues that garner waste. Local fashionwear label Esse wants to change it all, with timeless pieces highlighting clean silhouettes in neutrals and classic shades, made out of sustainable and environmentally materials such as tencel, bamboo and 100 per cent organic cotton.
Get this: All pieces on offer are handmade, lovingly created from scratch in Ho Chi Minh City and Chiang Mai, where the label has forged a strong and respectful partnership with its seamstresses.
Tropical apparel made from 100 per cent organic cotton, grown sustainably without harm to the environment — that’s what you’ll find at Baliza Shop.
Come for the breezy, playful, girlish prints, stay for the female empowerment. You see, every purchase you make lets you contribute directly to helping Indian NGO Ladli support Gudri women through imparting traditional block printing and embroidery skills. The beneficiaries are not only guaranteed a fair salary, they also receive emotional support and important financial education. A good cause to get in on.
11. Zhai Eco
Natural fibres are great for both the environment and your skin. Mix up your wardrobe with bamboo and flax-made linen from Zhai Eco, and you’ll be helping to stave off global warming, while keeping your cool in Singapore’s tropical humidity. How exactly? Natural fibres are a renewable resource that breaks down naturally, helping prevent the clearing of land for cultivation and doesn’t choke up the environment when disposed.
Moisture-wicking and air permeability are key, and you’ll find plenty of both across a full fashion range. We’re talking dresses, cardigans, slit skirts, culottes — even hoodies for your sporting needs. Get your man in on the act with Zhai’s range of classic short- and long-sleeved tops.
Available at: United Square, Tanglin Mall, Scotts, Westgate and The Green Collective SG