Sustainable & Ethical Brands

This is  a master list of all the brands that I like supporting. Often updated and lovingly curated, these are the things that fill my life; all are ethical and  sustainable.

Clothing and Accessories

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Lingerie and Loungewear

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from She and Reverie
  • Between the Sheets
    • I have yet to purchase anything from this company, but I admire their simple sensibility. A registered B Corporation, each piece is made in the U.S.A. and their materials are sustainably sourced. Their lounge pants look elegant yet totally comfortable.
  • Hanky Panky
    • The best thongs. Hands. Down. All of their products are made in the U.S.A.and  all the fabric in their signature line is also woven in the  U.S.A. I have a dozen or so thongs and various underwear from them as well as two bralettes. I love each item to death, they’re excellent basics and extremely comfortable.
  • She and Reverie
    • This small business is based and sewn in NYC. Their lounge wear is made for secluded picnics among fields of lavender. Many of their pieces seem inspired by Marie Antoinette, even with a line named Versailles, it’s a little on the nose. Though I’ve never bought anything from them, I’ve had their website bookmarked for almost two years.
  • Under the Root
    • This isn’t really all lingerie, they also sell quite a few lovely shirts. I bought their Clover Asymmetrical One-Shoulder top. Their fabric is largely upcycled or vintage and each garment is handmade; the language in which they talk about their garments, models, and shoppers is charmingly elven. Their whimsy is contagious. Their models look like real women, and  even the package it came in was mindfully assembled with images that were  obviously printed on a regular (not industrial) printer. I subscribed to their newsletter. My kind of people.

Casual Clothing

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from Fennec Design Co.
  • Actual Pain
    • Goths rejoice! During my witch house phase, I lusted after all things actual pain. While my style has grown up a bit, I’m still drawn to the dark images screen printed on their shirts and leggings. Some of  their stuff is gag-worthy, but their lunar cycle leggings and black hooded dress always attracted lots of compliments. As their tags say, each  item is made in the USA under a full moon. That being said, I cannot guarantee the origin of manufacture of all of their products, just the ones I’ve purchased.
  • American Giant
    • The world’s greatest hoodie. While  I’m not a huge fan of athleisure wear, the quality of their designs and materials is astounding; these goods were made to last, and all are made in the U.S. I particularly love the pant. It feels like a legging but wears and looks more  like a skinny trouser. It’s a great alternative to skinny jeans and I’d even recommending buying two.
  • Fennec Design Co.
    • These artists screen print images that mix natural elements like bones, crystals, and  herbs and geometric elements to  create witchy chic designs. They screen print on American Apparel clothes and are from my hometown, Harrisburg PA. They were one of the first brands I featured on this  blog, and I stand by my assessment.
  • Helpsy
    • Like Nastygal, but sustainable, this online retailer adheres to a series of traits (made in small batches, vegan, locally produced) and it marks on each item which of those values they espouse. Shoppers can  also filter by the traits that mean the most to them. I need to do more research because I’m sometimes incredulous to their claims, but so far, they check out.
  • Revolt Style Studio
    • A local vintage store, the owner’s aesthetic is a little hipster, a little romantic, and very on-trend. I bought a lace house coat from them that has become a staple of my wardrobe. They have  both an online store  and  a boutique in York, PA.
  • Modernation
    • Modernation uses vintage, upcycled, and dead stock fabric to make these extremely sustainable wears. They also have a limited number of  true vintage. All their clothing is made in the U.S. and the styles are effortlessly chic, I will be checking back often as they add new styles.
  • SOVRIN
    • These witchy handmade items are to die for. For your inner (or outer) sorceresses, her robes, tunics, and patches seem like they fell out of an RPG. I’m truly in love with her ritual robe and hope to someday call one  mine.
  • Stormie Dreams
    • This company makes all their clothing in their L.A. headquarters, and they boast sustainably sourced material. They have taken ethics and sustainably to heart, citing the importance of cleaning up the fashion industry and being mindful about our choices. They also use sustainable packaging,  creating less waste. Their clothing is trendy and very California.
  • Untitled Thoughts
    • This small company based in Athens, Georgia uses sustainable and vintage fabric to hand make limited run garments in small batches. They also offer workshops on a range of DIY or eco-conscious habits for anyone in the area.
  • Woven Spectrums
    • Started by a graduate of  the fibers program at Kutztown, each piece is dyed by hand and many include woven accents made on her loom. Her flowy dresses, scarves, and  homegoods are bohemian, colorful, and made in Pennsylvania.

Business and Evening Wear

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from Reformation
  • Kestan
    • Kestan holds its manufacturers to a high standard of ethics and uses sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and tencel. They use international manufacturing, and while they don’t disclose specifically what they pay their workers or what factories they partner with, they say they don’t use child labor, avoid discriminatory hiring practices, provide a safe working environment, and pay a living wage. Their clothing features crisp, smart designs that are perfect for the work week.
  • Reformation
    • Reformation is the crown jewel of  my collection — I’ve gushed about them on this blog before. I currently own 6 dresses from this B Corp whose ultra feminine designs flow from a vertically integrated California factory where the CO2 and water usage of each garment is tracked. Their sustainable practices far exceed industry standards. You also have to pay for the privileged of helping the planet. I only shop here during their sales. Fair warning: they sell out very quickly, so if you see something at a price you’re willing to pay, buy it.
  • Style Saint
    • Style Saint has some gorgeous silk and sheer eveningwear. They track the gallons of water saved, the number of ethically paid hours worked, and the amount of fabric created for each item; their focus on timeless, well-made garments also shows resolve to break free of the fast fashion industry. Also, the link above comes with $20 though their referral program, so enjoy!

 

Shoes and Handbags

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from Everlane
  • Bryr Clogs
    • Bryr clogs are handmade by self-employed artisans in LA, and are made to order.  This way, you can get the exact style you want, and they don’t  have to worry about stocking excessive styles and wasteful unsold shoes. I get compliments on mine all the time because they look like nothing you can find at the mall. I highly recommend these for summer styles.
  • Everlane
    • Everlane practices what they call “radical transparency.” They source their materials ethically and  only use factories that meet their standards. The cost of producing each product is itemized, showing customers the true cost of their products. I bought smoking loafers from them and plan to add oxblood oxfords to my collection. These mensware-inspired basics are essential to any work wardrobe. They also make great basic clothing pieces, so make sure to poke around their whole site.
  • Thursday Boot Company
    • I just found about this company, and I  wish I had known about them before I got my Dr. Martens boots. Made from Tier 1 USA hides tanned in the USA and Mexico, all their shoes are constructed in NYC or in a location in Leon, Mexico that they say upholds their ethical standards. Another thing I love about these boots is that they’re completely re-soleable, meaning that if the soles wear out, a cobbler can put one back in, so the shoes can technically last forever. One pair of boots for life? That’s what I call sustainable.

 

Jewelry and Accessories

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from Catbird
  • Amanda Leilani Designs
    • Amanda is a local jeweler who uses electroforming to make earthy and  enchanting crystal jewelry. Quartz, opal, and turquoise are arranged in modern, minimilastic, and geometric settings. She’s local to me, so I’m so happy to be able to support a creative member of my community.
  • Catbird
    • I lust over this. This is fine jewelry that is the antithesis of gaudy. The simple, expertly crafted designs are unassuming and simple, placing the emphasis on design and craftsmanship rather than conspicuously large jewels. It’s just so feminine but with a rebellious edge.  They carry their own line and  also those from jewelers and  artists around the world.
  • Reclaim Supply Co.
    • This company makes their jewelrey from upcycled wood. The designs are  rustic yet modern in execution. With a growing line of designs, including some including both wood and moss, this small-town jewler has a one-of-a-kind aesthetic that  I love.
  • Wax and Wane Fiber
    • This company based out of Baltimore uses only dyes derived from nature to create bewitching scarves, tapestries, and more. They also offer classes. They really know their stuff, and the beauty of using plant-based dyes is that there’s  an aspect of improvisation in every batch.

Bath and Beauty

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  • Bite Beauty
    • My favorite lipstick brand. It’s made in Toronto using food-grade ingredients, and they offer a wide range of colors and  finishes. Their multisticks are innovative, convenient, and chic. I love so many of their lipsticks, it will be pointless to list here, though I’ll try: Opal and Kale are some of my favorites, along with their line of rich berries and pastels.
  • French Girl Organics
    • I learned about this company through an interview with Emma Watson I read on Into the Gloss. They make skincare and cosmetic products that are 80-100% organic, vegan, and cruelty-free in small batches on a Seattle farmstead. Their minimalist packaging and potent ingredients seem chic, and I’m very interested to try some of their  bath scrubs and illuminating body oil.
  • Glossier
    • My newest obsession, it’s a brand that espouses the  same attitude towards makeup and skincare as I do. They’re all about effective skincare and makeup that enhances rather than obscures.  I recently wrote a roundup of all the products I’ve collected, which goes into more detail. You can use this link to get 20% off if you want: http://bff.glossier.com/fvKwf (I get a discount too when you buy it, but is there any more admirable a goal than girls helping each other get cheaper skincare?)
  • Herbivore
    • Herbivore produces skincare that’s based in natural and organic, highly potent ingredients that elevate the idea of “natural” skincare. They’re also cruelty free and made in the U.S. The first product I used from this brand was Moon Fruit which is not only gorgeous (sorry, but packaging matters) but outperformed more expensive night treatments I had been using.
  • Lush
    • Duh. Every basic bitch worth her weight in pumpkin spice loves Lush. Though I try to find alternatives to the handmade behemoth, I simply can’t find anyone who makes better bath bombs. I’ve looked. I save them for a treat. The store in Philadelphia also happens to be one of two Lush Spas in the world, and  I think when I graduate from my Master’s Program, I will treat myself to the very expensive but probably very nice spa.
  • Lyes and Lathers
    • The only soap I’ll use. To understand why it’s more than just soap, take a read of my first review of the  brand. The owner has an incomperable knowledge of chemistry and food. The colors, smells, and  textures of each bar are created with care and her body butters are to  die for.
  • Milk Makeup
    • Milk Makeup is made in NYC, is cruelty free, and uses a potent mix of impressively natural and minimal ingredients.  I adore their tinted moisturizer and their striking aesthetic and simple application. Their models are incredibly diverse and gender fluid, which shows an enlightenment rarely found in larger companies.
  • Ouai
    • Created by stylist Jen Atkin, Ouai is  an independent, female-owned hair care company whose items are made in the U.S. and are totally cruelty free. I love these products because they’re made with a fast morning routine in mind. Compared to cheaper or  harsher brands, these products make my hair feel better after using them, not heavy, oily, or fried.
  • Youth to the People
    • While I haven’t yet gotten my hands on these products, their company ethos of  using organic cold pressed ingredients made in small batches, recyclable packaging, vegan, and cruelty free is enough to make it on my list. They have a limited line right now, but I’ve heard very good things about their masks and cleanser.

Stationary and Writing Tools

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  • Metal Shop
    • Based in Connecticut, the  Metal Shop creates vintage-inspired bullet pens and  pencils. I carry a pencil with me, always. They’re exquisitely made and I’ve never seen anything like them before.
  • Story Supply Co.
    • Where I will get all of my notebooks and some of my pencils. I currently carry their simple plot leather notebook with me always. It’s less of a notebook itself and more of a binder in which you can put three of their smaller notebooks. I have my entire life organized in this ingenious notebook.
  • Dodo Case
    • I consider my iPad and iPhone as writing or at least office supplies, so it’s natural that I’m including this neo-bookbinding company whose cases dress both my devices on this list. All of their cases are made in California using bookbinding techniques and the two I use are sleek, chic, and multitasking. My iPad case includes a notebook and pen holder, while my phone case doubles as a wallet.

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  • Little Shop of Oils
    • While I don’t believe in new age vibrations, I do love me some herbal smells, natural oils, and pretty rocks. I recently bought a duo of lingerie mists from them that are anti-microbial and help prolong the wear of handmade and delicate bralettes. Avoiding unnecessary washings not only saves energy but prolong your clothing’s life, so these sprays (that smell divine) help me be sustainable.
  • Moonrise Candle Co.
    • This company consists simply of a father and son team. Their scents and  design are sublime; the simple hand-drawn labels draw you in while the unexpected, expertly crafted, and  unisex scents enchant. Having worked in a department store’s cosmetics department, I  know smells. This company creates much more complex scents than you would find at a Yankee candle by using top, middle, and  bottom notes to tell a story. I’m infatuated.
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