Sustainable and ethical fashion is a huge deal right now, especially with all of the concerns regarding global warming and the general well-being of people and the planet. Fashion brands are being scrutinized by consumers for their ethical and sustainable practices (or lack there of).
There are many aspects to sustaibility and ethics in fashion: from the fabric sourcing to the manufacturing process to the employee wages and the labor conditions. The bar has been set so low in the fashion industry that it’s easy for brands to claim that they’re sustainable or ethical without really taking these practices seriously.
Similarly, size-inclusivity is a big topic right now in fashion since plus size activists are more vocal about the narrow size ranges that most retailers carry. Stores are called out constantly by consumers for only carrying straight sizes or stopping at 3X, which based on many brands’ measurement charts is barely considered plus size.
Non size-inclusive clothing companies that are singled out for leaving plus size people out of the shopping experience in their stores constantly make excuses for this. Oftentimes representatives for the companies say that the team is working on expanding the size range. This statement can be found all over social media with brands repeating it over and over again for literal YEARS with no changes to their sizes.
In reality, all of these issues come down to who the clothing companies want wearing their clothes and how they can get them to continue buying. If they really cared about the big picture in sustainability and size-inclusivity they would put their money where their mouthes are.
Needless to say, finding a clothing brand that meets either of the two criteria mentioned above can be quite difficult. So finding a brand that is both sustainable AND size-inclusive is even more rare.
Luckily, I’ve discovered 8 size-inclusive brands that follow ethical and sustainable practices. Scroll on down to check out these brands!
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Altar is a brand based in Portland, Oregon with a focus on sustainably produced and ethically manufactured apparel. The shop sells products made from local artisans as well as its clothing line Altar Houseline, which is made from deadstock fabrics so each style is limited. The store carries sizes up to 6X.
ARQ was founded in 2016 and offers colorful undergarments in organic cotton fabric. The brand focuses on sustainable and ethical practices and works with US family-owned sewing factories to create its garments. Many of the styles work great as loungewear basics. The store carries sizes up to 6X.
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Fashion Brand Company is a brand with a great sense of humor – not only is it recognizable on the website FAQ but it’s obvious in the clothing as well. The company is extremely conscious of the impact the clothing industry has on the environment, so it focuses on sustainable and ethical practices. The clothing is made in small batches and are rarely restocked so if you see something you like, you should probably buy it. The store carries sizes up to 7X.
Girlfriend Collective is specializes in ethical activewear with a high-end fit and feel. The clothing as well as the packaging are made from sustainable materials. The store offers clothing in a wide range of colors and carries sizes up to 6X.
Loud Bodies is a brand based out of Romania. It was founded by plus size designer Patricia Luiza Blaj whose main goal is to make ethically produced and sustainable clothing for people of all sizes. Her iconic designs are beautifully feminine and can often be seen on Instagram being worn by some of your favorite plus size influencers. The store carries sizes up to 10X.
Nettle Studios is a slow-fashion brand founded by 2 friends Alex and Lili. The store offers both ready-to-wear and made-to-order casual garments made from natural textiles like linen and cotton. The company follows ethical practices and focuses on sustainability, purchasing mostly limited deadstock fabrics which helps reduce waste in landfills and preserves the uniqueness of each style run for its designs. The designs include colorful textiles and classic versatile pieces.
Tradlands is a clothing brand founded in 2012. The company specializes in casual essentials for women, with a focus on tailoring, expert details, and quality fabrics; all made ethically and sustainably. The store carries sizes up to 5X.
Tuesday of California is a brand founded by designer Tuesday Bassen who is well-known for her illustrations. The brand offers cool vintage-inspired modern clothing in a wide range of sizes. The company follows ethical practices and all of the clothing is made sustainably in an effort to reduce waste.
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So what do you think about these brands? Have you shopped them before? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!