Spring has well and truly sprung for our friends in the north, and the time is ripe for frolicking. What better look to rock surrounded by green and new beginnings than florals? Here are our favourite ethical brands who will bring a smile to your face and a pop to your wardrobe with their flower power pieces.
Flower Power: Ethical Spring Florals
With a sweet slogan like “honouring mother earth”, you would be right to expect great things from vintage-inspired minimalist brand, Christy Dawn, and they do not disappoint. Boasting stellar ratings across the board, they use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including recycled fabrics and deadstock, and ensure a living wage for the small in-house team in the US. They also avoid animal products aside from some silk, and by manufacturing locally, their carbon footprint is greatly reduced.
Their Spring collection flaunts several florals, including their namesake Dawn dress, which is flattering across the board and super comfortable, to boot.
For eco-friendly, colourful clothing that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Tamga. Made from fantastic fabrics like Tencel and organic cotton coloured with non-toxic dyes and shipped plastic free, Tamga are ticking all the boxes for the environment. Their workers have cause to rejoice, too – their Code of Conduct covers all of the ILO principles which means payment of a living wage, a traced supply chain, and visits to suppliers to ensure employees are happy. To top it all off, they don’t use any animal products in their pieces, so that’s +1 for the vegans!
This head-turning midi skirt is ethically made in Bali, and comes in two gorgeous colourways. Take your boho-chic to the next level and glide through your days by pairing it with sandals, or glam it up with heels for those balmy evenings.
Don’t be fooled into thinking florals are only for femmes- everyone can (and should) get around this colourful trend. That’s where Kirrin Finch come in. This androgynous eco-conscious collective features a ton of fun button-ups and bow ties for everyone to enjoy. Not only are they doing great things for the environment with earth friendly materials and 100% post-consumer waste packaging, they are also giving back to the community, specifically advocating for LGBTQIA+ folks.
This floral short sleeve is perfect for the warmer weather, but keep your eyes peeled for new patterns as they come back in stock so you can expand your conscious collection!
Lucy & Yak take cute to the next level with their funky ethical fashion. Sustainability is important to them, so they majorly reduce their climate impact by making everything by hand from eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester. They use low-impact dyes in their digital printing method which guarantees a longer product life, and their cute clothes will arrive on your door in recycled packaging.
These limited edition floral dungarees designed by Michelle Payne should be top of your list for Spring. It’s impossible to be down when you look like a walking field of daisies!
Not only does Aussie ethical fashion brand The Social Outfit produce stunning pieces, they do it in a conscious way that respects the earth and all of its inhabitants. Their mission is to employ and train workers from recent migrant and refugee communities, and to collaborate with these local artists for their designs. They also exclusively use recycled or waste fabric with non-toxic dyes for their colourful clothes, meaning their environmental impact is minimal.
Make a statement with this 100% silk crepe de chine top in an elegant cut that will take you from the office to the bar without batting an eye. It features the Liverpool Sunset community print, an artwork designed by young people from the refugee and new migrant community in Liverpool.
People Tree are making impressive sustainable strides in the fashion industry, as they have been since they launched almost thirty years ago. Their motto has always been about innovation in ethical fashion with people and the planet at the forefront of their minds. They were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation label, they use GOTS fabrics, and they ship by freight to reduce environmental impact. They value transparency, equality and fair wages in the workplace, and embrace traditional artisanal skills such and hand-weaving in their production line.
This feminine floral made from eco-friendly TENCEL fabric will carry you through Spring and Summer with a smile on your face. For even more reason to smile, this dress was made through the Creative Handicraft initiative which helps disadvantaged women in Mumbai slums to achieve economic independence.
For a boxer brand with character that is “friendly for the planet, pleasant for your crown jewels”, A-Dam has got you (partly) covered. The environment is a major priority for this funky brand – they use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS cotton. They also follow the GOTS Code of Conduct, which means fair wages and an independently audited supply chain. With no animal products in sight either, they truly tick all the boxers. Uh, boxes. They recently branched out to include t-shirts and swimming shorts in their line, too, so they can be your go-to for basics.
Embrace the bloom with these adorable Liam boxers made from organic cotton by happy people. While not as many others will get to appreciate these fancy florals, at least you will know you’ve got ‘em, and that’s what counts!
BeeKeeper backpacks are well worth flaunting, both for their stunning designs and the fact that they are totally eco-friendly! Ethical superstar BeeKeeper Parade uses 100% recycled materials to make their products, including discarded shirts and leftover material from factories that would otherwise be thrown into landfill. Even better, customers can send shirts to the brand to have them upcycled into a backpack! People are a priority too, and their workers are guaranteed a living wage along with a safe and fair working environment. You can even visit the factory to see the artisans in action!
This bright and beautiful backpack is from the masterpiece range, which means it is part of a very limited run made from premium fabric, so get in quick if it tickles your fancy. For the cherry on top, every BeeKeeper backpack sold means a child in Cambodia will have free English lessons for a year!
So there you have it! Eight ethical pieces of floral fashion to flaunt as the weather warms up and Mother Nature puts on her best show. Promise she’ll appreciate your picks.
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