11 Sustainable Clothing Brands You Should Support

11 Sustainable Clothing Brands You Should Support

Green is the new black.
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Looking for another great cause to rally behind? Meet your new excuse to go on a shopping spree -- sustainable clothing. Sustainable clothing has been an up-and-coming trend for years and it's starting to take hold in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is actually one of the worst polluting industries in the world, second only to the oil industry.

The word "sustainable" gets thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean? Sustainability is basically a fancier word for "eco-friendly." The goal of sustainability is to create an economic system that provides for a good quality of life for people while renewing the environment and its resources. That means that, ideally, instead of using things like natural gas, oil or plastic to create and power stuff, we would use natural, renewable resources like solar power, wind power or plants.

With the Trump administration's apparent disregard for environmental preservation, it's more important than ever to support sustainability efforts. Of course, there are many small things you can do to live a greener lifestyle. But have you ever considered making your wardrobe more sustainable? Sustainable fashion focuses on creating classic designs that will last you for years as opposed to the more unethical "fast fashion" trends that create waste and harsh working conditions. The main goals of sustainable fashion are to use organic materials, minimize waste and maintain Fair Trade standards.

Now, I know what you're thinking -- there's no way I'm going to wear plant clothes! Hemp is only for hippies! But these brands are as stylish and classic as they are eco-friendly and practical. So buy some cute clothes, stand up for a cause you believe in and save the planet!

1. Patagonia

Style: Outdoorsy

Cost: $$

Patagonia uses a variety of materials and techniques to make the most environmentally-friendly clothing possible. They pride themselves on durable, long-lasting products that can be worn for rigorous outdoor activities. If something should go wrong with an item of clothing, Patagonia will repair it for you. If it is beyond repair, they'll find a way to recycle the item.

2. Pact Apparel

Style: Cozy intimates

Cost : $

PACT specializes in cotton basics like socks, tees and underwear. They strive for sustainability in every step of their supply chain, from growing the organic cotton to sewing the final stitches. Their non-GMO clothing is super-soft and comfy.

3. Shift to Nature

Style: Casual cool

Cost : $$

Shift to Nature focuses on luxury cotton apparel for men, women and children. Their products are sourced from eco-friendly suppliers and are made with hemp, certified organic cotton, bamboo and other sustainable textiles. The company carries everything from active wear to bed linens, all with the purpose of preserving the environment.

4. Rêve En Vert

Style: Contemporary classic

Cost: $$

Reve en vert translates to "dream in green." This brand makes contemporary organic clothing, which means that their products are sourced and made with little to no use of chemicals. Reve en Vert mainly uses local brands and designers. They also upcycle materials wherever possible (reusing old materials for new clothing items).

5. Fibre Athletics

Style: Activewear

Cost : $$

Fibre Athletics is a Chicago-based company that ethically sources 100 percent organic fabrics and recycled materials. Proceeds from sales support projects that work to alleviate poverty and rebuild forests. Their versatile apparel can be worn for a workout or to go out to dinner with friends.

6. Stormie Dreams

Style: Edgy bohemian

Cost: $$

Stormie Dreams sources discarded fabrics that would have otherwise been headed to the landfill. Their zero-waste policy cuts down on pollution emissions and curbs water usage. The company keeps production local in Los Angeles to help give back to the community.

7. Madia + Matilda

Style: Simple and feminine

Cost: $$

Madia + Matilda uses natural fibers and reduces waste by upcycling their clothing. They use the fabric at the end of the roll that most brands don't use to make truly unique pieces. (Bonus: you get 10 percent off when you sign up for the mailing list!)

8. The Root Collective

Style: Timeless shoes

Cost: $$

The Root Collective believes in long-lasting quality. Their mission is to empower women in impoverished communities by paying them fair wages and ensuring a safe working environment. They specialize in shoes and accessories.

9. Bamboo Body

Style: Beachy and breezy

Cost: $$

Believe it or not, bamboo fabric is actually softer and more breathable than cotton! Bamboo plants grow quickly and release more oxygen than normal trees. Bamboo Body's clothes also have a UPF protection level of 50 against UV rays. The company is based in Australia but offers free shipping for orders over $50.

10. Raven + Lilly

Style: Classic accessories

Cost: $$$

If you're looking for a nice gift for a friend, Raven + Lilly is the place to go. The company has an eco-friendly sourcing and design process. They also employ marginalized women in countries like Kenya, India, and Haiti through fair trade practices to ensure that the women make a liveable wage and work in suitable conditions. (Bonus: you can get a 15 percent off discount by signing up for their mailing list!)

11. Wallis Evera

Style: CEO chic

Cost: $$

Need to supplement your professional wardrobe? Wallis Evera products are biodegradable and locally sourced to cut down on production and transportation waste. Even though they're a Canada-based company, Wallis Evera offers free shipping and free returns.

Cover Image Credit: Earth 911

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.
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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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