16 Nov

8 Ethical Brands for Colours, Patterns & Fun

A lot of sustainable fashion brands are in tune with that minimalist, clean-cut, neutral-toned look that is so in right now, and that’s great if that’s your style- but what if it’s not?

If you are are a fan of bright colours, quirky patterns and standing out from the crowd, you will love these 8 ethical brands that embrace the rainbow.

zero waste daniel

Rated: Great

Mixed print zip up hoodie – Shipping internationally

Zero waste fashion sounds like a misnomer if ever we’ve heard one- but it’s not. This impressive Brooklyn-based brand was thought up by Daniel Silverstein three years ago and it has since transformed literal tons of pre-consumer scrap material into genderless basics. You will look anything but basic in these quirky clothes, though- every single item is unique. Rock these ridiculously cool pieces without a care in the world, except how very cute you look.

Lucy and Yak

Rated: Good

Overall, Lucy and Yak really stand out with their hand-made, sustainable, and fabulously fruity fashion. They use eco-friendly materials including recycled polyester and organic cotton in their clothes and packaging, and make a point of visiting their suppliers in Northern India to ensure everyone is being treated fairly. The environment fares well, too – by making all of the garments by hand, the climate impact is greatly reduced, and the feel-good factor goes through the roof.

Tamga Designs

Rated: Great

Adinda wrap dress – Shipping internationally

For that floral femme look, Tamga Designs is your best bet. This sustainable social enterprise that helps to create opportunities for disadvantaged people serves up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. Tamga Designs boasts a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified organic cotton and Tencel, and your purchases will even be shipped to you in a biodegradable bag with recycled tags!

The Social Outfit

Rated: Great

Liverpool Reversible Shell Top – Shipping internationally

Accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, this Sydney-based label truly deserves your support. With a social mission to employ and train workers from refugee and new migrant communities, you can be confident your purchase is directly contributing to a better life for minorities who need it most. Each piece tells an amazing human story, as the team taps into the creativity and diversity of these amazing people and collaborates with them to create new designs each season.

Mayamiko

Rated: Great

Jo oversize blazer in purple bloom – Shipping internationally

Lovingly crafted in Malawi, Mayamiko takes ethical to the next level with their unique and beautiful fair trade fashion and accessories. With a stunning mix of modern and traditional textiles and cuts from Africa, Asia and Italy, this 100% PETA-certified vegan brand should be high on your list for colourful clothes. A leading advocate for better labour rights, the brand have also created the Mayamiko Trust, a charity working in the community to train and empower disadvantaged women.

Batoko

Rated: Good

Lobster swimsuit – Shipping internationally

It doesn’t get more colourful and fun than these Batoko swimsuits, made from 100% recycled ocean plastic. This independent British label breathes new life into rubbish that was destined for the waves, transforming it into adorable vegan swimwear that is sure to turn heads. The bright red cherry on top is their support of the Marine Conservation Society.

Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

Ruby Top – Shipping internationally

For high-quality, long-lasting clothing and swimwear in eye-catching designs, Mara Hoffman is your new best friend. With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, this sustainable brand uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. They also have a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock!

Amour Vert

Rated: Good

Belen jumpsuit – Shipping internationally

 

For sustainable staples made in the US, look no further than San Francisco based Amour Vert. Creating clothes and accessories made only from eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, tencel and recycled polyester for almost everyone (pending a masculine sustainable essentials launch!), their extensive range is sure to satisfy even the pickiest purchasers. Their pieces are also made by hand with non-toxic dyes, so they are as comfortable as they are stylish!

Editor's note: All images via the brands mentioned. Feature image via Lucy and Yak.

Ethical brand ratings. There’s an app for that.

Wear the change you want to see. Download our app to discover ethical brands and see how your favourites measure up.