There's no reason why stylish clothes can't also be eco-friendly and fair trade. Today, more and more companies are making a sustainable shift in their production process, but it's up to us as well, as consumers, to be more conscious of our choices when shopping for our next outfit. BentallGreenOak Residential Services has a few recommendations for Canadian brands that are producing high quality and sustainable clothing.
If you're in need of everyday essentials, Kotn is a great choice. Not only are you getting high quality clothes at an affordable price, but you are also giving back by building schools and helping cotton farmers in Egypt. You can shop for anything from 100% cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts to dresses for both men and women. There are several locations in Canada including in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
You can't go wrong with classics that never go out of style. At Miik, you'll find timeless pieces made with high quality fabrics that will last you for a really long time. Everything is beautifully tailored and eco-friendly. You can find pieces made from bamboo, rayon, linen and Micro-Modal and Sorona. They obtain their fabrics from sustainable sources and keep their footprint small by producing their clothing locally. The majority of the fabric is dyed and sewed in Toronto and they have locations all over Canada.
If you're searching for some really unique pieces, check out Laura Sigel. This Canadian designer creates beautiful, relaxed pieces that are sustainable and ethically made by artisans in rural villages all around the world. She designs a wide range of clothing -- from loose tie-dye dresses and drapey jumpsuits to fancy tops and blazers. And even though her collections come with a higher price tag, Laura Siegel's clothes are chic and made to last.
It can be a really big challenge to find jeans that fit. The next time you decide to look for a pair, consider checking out Canadian brand Yoga Jeans. Their jeans are meant to be comfortable and soft and are designed to sit properly on your waistline. Best of all there is a pair for every body type! The factory is located in Quebec where only sustainable fabrics are used to make the denim. They also use technologies that reduce water consumption and their overall carbon footprint. You can find Yoga Jeans all over Canada including in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
BentallGreenOak hopes these suggestions inspire you make better choices the next time you go shopping. There are many ways to look fashionable while also saving the planet!