Some may say they don’t really matter; others will say that a good one can make or break an outfit. Regardless of which camp you fall in, accessories you love—especially sustainable ones—can be hard to find. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite sustainable accessories to help make that search just a bit easier, so you can do good while looking great. From the upcycled hoop earrings by ARTICLE22 (US), to the cactus leather wallet by A_C (Australia), to the recycled cashmere scarf by Riley Studio (UK), there are countless stylish ways to level up your outfit from brands that treat people, the planet, and animals right.
The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Accessories
OhSevenDays was started by Australian-Canadian Megan Mummery to promote slow fashion and the ‘power of circularity.’ Based in Istanbul, the brand reclaims end-of-roll fabrics from the city’s garment factories and creates sharp, everyday womenswear that’s as wearable as it is ethical. These adorable scrunchies were upcycled from workshop scrap fabrics to make the ultimate hair accessory!
Sometimes childhood characters have more to offer than children’s stories. Just like the Lorax taught us as kids and is reminding us with this cute hat, we need to do better by our planet. tentree is a lifestyle apparel company that is doing just that with a tree planted for every item purchased! The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact.
Streetwear without sweatshops – that’s the motto of this 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand. Plant Faced uses 100% vegan materials as well as some eco-friendly materials including organic cotton, and it creates high-quality, long-lasting products. Rock this classic super comfy, vegan AND sustainable beanie on cooler days knowing you are doing no harm to our animal friends.
TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will guide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. The playful Ophelia scarf adds a touch of romance and charm to any outfit. Wear it around the hair, tie it on your neck, or loop it on a bag for a pop of colour!
Affordable, ethical, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a ‘Great’ rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids, including sustainable masks like this one. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting masks are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton, guaranteed not only to protect you, but others.
Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. This three layer adjustable and washable mask has 2 layers of upcycled cotton and 1 layer of polypropylene filter, with the option to add in an additional filter (for extra protection). Complete with encapsulated wire nose crimp for a face fitting seal—and so your glasses won’t fog up.
Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using eco-friendly materials. Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe, available in sizes XS-2XL.
tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing with a zero-waste design process. The super soft and chic handwoven scarves are made by the brand’s weaving partners in Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province. Crafted from a blend of scraps leftover from the production process and deadstock sewing thread, this gorgeous scarf is the epitome of sustainable coziness.
Crafted in London, this recycled cashmere scarf sports a contrasting stripe knit and can be paired with the recycled cashmere sweater with complementing detail. Made from pre-consumer textile waste, this recycled yarn offers the same quality as virgin cashmere, but with a much smaller carbon footprint. Neat!
Amour Vert creates beautiful sustainable staples in San Francisco, California. Its final stage of production is done in the US and it works closely with suppliers in all of its supply chain. These gorgeous sunnies are no exception. Made from gloss black Italian acetate and lenses produced by Zeiss Optics, these Modans offer 100% UVA and UVB protection for all your winter and summer needs.
LUNA & ROSE is an independent accessories label, consciously creating sustainable accessories for sun seekers across the globe. The Lu Goldie is a pair of sunglasses that can be worn low and with confidence. The brand only uses the best quality lenses and materials, including plant based dyes. Love!
POLITE WORLDWIDE is a streetwear brand that helps you exude coolness sustainably. The brand features a wide variety of clothes, but specialises in sustainable eyewear. Made from a plant based acetate and stainless steel, the brand’s sunnies, like the Terra, are biodegradable and recyclable!
NAE is a Portuguese footwear, bags, and accessories brand using innovative materials to create goods with “No Animal Exploitation”. Its sustainable materials include recycled PET from bottles, OEKO-TEX® certified microfibres, recycled car tyres, natural cork, recycled thermoplastic, and even pineapple leaf fibre. Find most of the shoes in sizes 36-46.
E.L.V. Denim takes stocks of old discarded denim and transforms them into modern, sophisticated jeans. Similarly to the brand’s jeans, E.L.V. creates belts made from spare denim. In line with its zero-waste ethos, the brand finds new meaning in left-over material. E.L.V. works with Tura London for leftover leather and hardware to match with the denim to make belts.
The belt you will never take off your favourite pair of jeans! The West End is a great unisex belt, made with a classic West End buckle, and is 4cm wide. It is available with an antique brass buckle and eyelets or silver finish buckle and eyelets. Elvis & Kresse makes bags, belts, and wallets from upcycled fire hose and military parachute silk. All items are made from reclaimed materials.
FUTURA Jewelry is a New-York based ethical jewellery brand. Each piece of FUTURA jewelry is handcrafted with mercury-free 18kt Certified Fairmined Ecological gold. The brand's gold comes from the three certified Fairmined mines in the world that mine for gold without the use of toxic chemicals including mercury and cyanide.
Birdsong is a boutique label producing gorgeous womenswear. A classic take on a wardrobe staple, the Birdsong coin necklace features a delicate chain with a subtly engraved Birdsong wing motif pendant. What’s even better is that the pendant is made at a living wage jewellery making co-operative in Jaipur, India from responsibly sourced 0.925 Sterling Silver base and 18k Gold Plating.
Inspired by the brand’s favourite shape: the circle, these lightweight hoop earrings evolved from its virtuous circle shape and are sure to look good with any outfit. Each piece gives back to support traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, community endeavors, and further demining efforts.
Wallets + Card holders
Sweden’s Sandqvist makes a range of stylish, everyday bags from backpacks to handbags. It uses organic cotton and recycled fabrics and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. The exclusive Fred card holder is crafted from full grain aniline-dyed Scandinavian leather. It features five card slots, and is a perfect practical addition for the minimalists out there.
Mila.Vert is a European brand that prides itself in crafting sustainable contemporary classics. This faux suede beauty is multi-purpose and made from 100% recycled polyester. Use it to safely store your phone and keys or as a clutch for any function. It’s durable, lightweight, and vegan!
The name says it all: elegant, sophisticated, and made from 100% cactus leather, the Heidi Slimline Wallet is the perfect going-out wallet. Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless accessories. The Australian brand’s entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Love!
UK-based GROUNDTRUTH grew from 3 sisters’ shared belief in the power of collaboration, and their drive to protect people and nurture the planet. Together, they saw the opportunity to design problem-solving travel goods that drive positive change: reducing plastic pollution and improving people’s lives.
A bag that saves lives? You got it. Parker Clay is an American based brand looking to create a future without exploitation by bettering lives and communities in Ethiopia. The brand has partnered with Ellilta Women at Risk program, fighting to bring women out of prostitution by providing a more stable income and safe working environment. Parker Clay also helps preserve traditional Ethiopian techniques, materials, and styles, ensuring that this fast growing country is able to remain close to its beautiful roots.
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