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15 Sustainable Clothing Brands for the Minimalist

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
photo from  Encircled

photo from Encircled

Like keeping your closet small? These brands are exactly what you've been needing to know about! Their minimalistic design and versatility will surely keep your closet to a minimum while feeling as if you have a lot to work with. 



The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 

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To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe - & the jeans have been pretty wonderful!

the parallel connection

Leggings for everyday and every occasion!

The Parallel Connection uses recycled poly to create their line of leggings and pants, and all are printed in Virginia & sewn in NYC. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to, an organization supporting learning disability awareness and giving parents the tools the need to help their children thrive.



Understated luxury at accessible prices, this conscious line is perfect for the modern woman. like it when a piece of clothing can be beautiful and useful at the same time. In the past, I used to buy things based solely off aesthetic. I wouldn’t care if it was completely impractical, as long as it looked good. With Kestan, you can have the best of both worlds - a sophisticated, timeless design that functions for a busy modern woman. Many of their pieces come with pockets, are quite versatile and easy to transition from season to season.


made trade

This online sustainable shop is home to several wonderful brands - and they have things for men, too! I just love how the website is so clean and inviting. Not only can you find great pieces for your closet, you can find a few staples to decorate your home. Made Trade makes sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under.

left edit

This collection can be worn so many ways, and it always feels fresh! Left Edit makes every piece from their collection in LA at responsible factories paying fair wages in safe working conditions. Plus, the design studio and production sewing space is women-led, and they focus on working with conscious brands in the industry.


la fille colette

I think for most of us, we prefer to keep our closets small. This means, we need versatility in our garments. With La Fille Colette’s new Portmanteau Jacket, you are able to easily pair it with jeans & flats or a cocktail dress & heels! The entire line is designed by Colette Chrétien, and fairly made in Massachusetts by skilled workers under safe conditions. Besides making everything state side, fabric scraps are recycled and all designs are made in small batches to help avoid waste. 

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In a small studio in Berlin, KEMP GADEGÅRD is combining nordic style and natural textiles to create a timeless, ethical womenswear label. All pieces are made to last and responsibly produced in Spain. The forefront of their philosophy consists of three things: (1) Aesthetics, (2) Comfort & (3) Attention to detail - and I can attest to each one of these! Their fabrics are incredibly well chosen, and the quality is impeccable. I'm comfortable, and I feel great knowing their clothing has so much thought behind its creation. 

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Eco Vibe

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe Apparel is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {like the kind you wish your closet was made out of}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry several brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad. This private label is great for basics and staple pieces! 


JJ Winks

For the minimalist homebody, this will be your new favorite ethical loungewear brand. Each top and gown comes complete with a built in bra which isn’t restricting and gives the perfect amount of coverage. Not only is JJ WInks the most comfortable to wear at home, you can have some friends over and not feel the need to cover up or ‘get dresses’. Or be like me, and leave the house to run some errands ;)


Arraei Collective

Arraei Collective is using natural fibers to create effortless sustainable clothing fit for a minimalist closet. They go full circle when it comes to sustainability - packaging is eco-friendly, paper is recycled, hemp twine for hang tags, cotton labels, certified & organic fabrics, digital printed on linen instead of regular dye processes, hemp fabrics are un-dyed & unaltered, fair trade, and always made in Vancouver to support local business with the sustainable circular economy in mind! 



Have you ever thought about the amount of chemicals the average t-shirt holds? From the pesticide-treated cotton to toxic azo-dyes for color, it seems as if every step of the way a new chemical is added into the mix. What we wear on our body, ends up in our body so why aren't we taking the necessary precautions when it comes to our clothes? Better yet, why not choose clothing that is actually beneficial to our body? With Sustain, you can! Sustain is made for everyday  - from work to home to dinner out.


neu nomads

I recently have been turned on to this brand, and own two of their pieces. The quality in their fabric and construction is wonderful. Neu Nomads specialize in sustainable womenswear made from plant based fabrics and clean days. Their line is great for traveling, and full of timeless basics. & this pink… LOVE it <3


Tribe Alive

A platform dedicated to women empowerment, Tribe Alive is a lifestyle brand helping raise women out of poverty all over the globe through gorgeous handmade clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and home goods. They have partnered with talented artisans in Guatemala, Haiti, India, Honduras, and Fort Worth, Texas, and provide each worker with fair-trade wages, a  safe working environment and the power to choose their own future.



This cozy line is great for building a capsule wardrobe! Their mission is to provide comfort every day. YALA says, "No matter where life takes you, embrace your strengths, wear your passions, and find your comfort". Their designs are very classic and modern, yet they never sacrifice being cozy! The few pieces I have I could easily wear to bed and wake up the next day ready to go ;) 


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25 Ethical Brands that Give Back with Each Purchase

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

Whether it be a cause, a particular non-profit or a community, each of these brands dedicate partial profits to something more than the brand itself. With each purchase you make, a percentage goes into a mission they care for deeply. Not only are you supporting a sustainable product, you are sustaining a mission beyond the fashion industry. 

The Tote Project

20% of profits are donated to Two Wings

If there is one brand that radiates hope & compassion in the most practical way {because many of us could tote-ally use a tote!}, it's this one. Based on friendship & a shared dream, Fay Grant and Michelle Chavez started the The Tote Project to support the recovery for victims of modern day slavery. With hope, they strive to empower survivors of human trafficking by providing them opportunities and helping show their worth & potential.


10% to Mercy for Animals

This is probably one of my favorite vegan handbag lines! Their use of color and design is unlike anything I’ve seen. I’m really digging the belt bag trend right now, and have been wearing theirs as both a crossbody and belt. So versatile and incredibly soft! These handbags are ethically made in Los Angeles with mindful materials (much which are recycled).

mini + meep

10% of proceeds to children in need

The sweetest little onesies you will find, mini + meep makes super soft organic children’s clothing ethically in the USA - even the cotton is grown in the states. Every piece is printed with non-toxic, water-based inks with ADORABLE illustrations. Plus, 10% of all proceeds are donated to provide free meals and emergency food service to children in need.



1 Toothbrush = 1 Toothbrush for a Child in Need

The easiest sustainable switch anyone can make - plastic to bamboo when brushing. Not only are Mable's bamboo toothbrushes biodegradable & chic, they give back to our communities, too. For every toothbrush purchased, one is given to a U.S. child. What's also great about Mable is their subscription program that allows you to sign up to be sent a new toothbrush every few months.


Round + Square

10% of sales profits to Equality Now Org

Created by fashion designer and entrepreneur Henriette Ernst, ROUND + SQUARE focuses on style, substance and sustainability while empowering women and raising awareness for gender equality. From the diverse group of models to statement tees which will surely spark a conversation, this newly launched brand is one all of us women {& men!} can stand behind.

Malia Designs

portion of proceeds to organizations fighting human trafficking in Cambodia & the US

A socially responsible Fair Trade brand, Malia Designs offers conscious consumers handbags and accessories lovingly made in Cambodia. Every purchase you make of their creations helps to fight human trafficking. According to the Polaris Project there are over 20.9 million victims, and it is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry!

face a la mer

portion of proceeds to ocean conversation

Facε à La Mεr has teamed up with EarthPositive to produce all of their tees. They also have a strong code of ethics for their workers, and are members of the Fair Wear Foundation. Overall, with their GOTS Organic fabric and manufacturing process, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 90%.


10% of sales for at-risk youth

This California-based brand goes full circle: from the offering eco-minded yoga products to supporting a yoga lifestyle to giving back to giving back to the community. OM Matters contributes 10% of sales to support yoga for at-risk youth. There are so many benefits to practicing yoga, such as building confidence and lessening anxiety, making it a great outlet for vulnerable kids.


1% For the Planet

From clothing to home + office, EarthHero makes shopping thoughtfully simple and convenient. They do all the hard work for us in their eco-friendly online marketplace so we don’t have to spend the time wondering ‘was this product made consciously?’. Plus, they have a Rewards Program where you can earn points to use on future purchases!! So ‘YES” to saving money and the world :D


1% For the Planet

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {& now home goods!!}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry ten brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad.

azura bay

donates to WWF, Nature Conservancy and Because I am A Girl

One of the most frequent questions I receive is 'where do I find ethically produced swimwear and underwear?' While there are several great brands creating swimsuits or panties, now, you can find them all under one roof! Azura Bay has curated a lovely collection of bras, undies, lingerie, lounge, and swim.

Fazl Socks

50% of profits to orphanages

A social business dedicated to working alongside women & children in need, Fazl Socks donates 50% of their profits to orphanages AND creates fair jobs. For each pair sold, you are helping provide orphaned and destitute children in India with food, shelter, education, and clothing; along with sustaining jobs for the ladies who knit their socks. 

Urban Austral


Besides walking on total comfort, Urban Austral has a ton of great qualities when it comes to being a sustainable brand. Their products are 100% handmade with up-cycled materials, they work with local people in Patagonia to provide fair jobs and they donate 1% to REFORESTEMOS PATAGONIA, an organization planting trees in the area.


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Not only do bamboo toothbrushes consider the planet’s health, but ours, as well! Plus, with their natural toothpaste, you won’t find any harsh chemicals {also fluoride-free} and every ingredient is responsibly-sourced. Even the packaging is plant-based! && not to make it a big deal, but so far 7,119 of these biodegradable toothbrushes have been given to underprivileged children living in developing countries!

Pala eyewear

buy a pair, give a paid through Vision Aid Overseas

This ethical sunnies brand understands the sense of empowerment a good pair of spectacles creates. Without great eye sight, reading, learning and working becomes difficult. PALA's 'buy-give' business model gives us the opportunity to use our purchasing power to help someone in need, and give them the tools to foster a more sustainable life.

One Happy Leaf

1 Piece = 1 Tree Planted

ONE HAPPY LEAF is more than a jewelry line, it's a collection that fights to protect our Earth & the beings that live on it. Using quality eco-friendly bamboo, each piece is lovingly designed & created by Anna Anagno - an environmental scientist by education {so, naturally, she knows her stuff!}. Plus, for each piece sold, a tree is planted.

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Savvy Rest

Partial profits go towards Safe Sleep Pillows & Global ReLeaf

Not only does Savvy Rest offer you the best in organic sleep goods, they also give back through their Safe Sleep Pillows program where they donate a pillow to guests in emergency shelters. They have, also, partnered with Global ReLeaf, an American Forest's primary tree-planting program.

All the Wild Roses

Each Purchase Helps Fund a Woman in Need to Start Her Own Business

A brand about living your own adventure and following your heart, All the Wild Roses take on slow fashion is romantic, inspiring and incredibly beautiful. Plus, they have partnered up with a wonderful organization called Opportunity International Australia through their program “Dare to Dream”.

little by little jewellery

Action Against Hunger

For every purchase you make, Little by Little donates the funding to pay for three day's supply of therapeutic food to nurse an acutely malnourished child back to health through the program Action Against Hunger. I love how their mission to help others ties into the aesthetic of the designs. 

charmed by a cause

20% of profits to cause partners

Their name suits them perfectly. Charmed by a Cause donates 20% of the purchase price to a cause YOU want to support. They are so transparent in the dollar amount that you see exactly how much goes to your cause of choice. The three cause partners they currently support are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Covenant House and Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.

siku jewelry

3% to the planet

When an aesthetic and message align perfectly, it can make for something really beautiful and impactful. Regardless of how the entire world feels about climate change, there has been enough evidence in front of us to show how sick our planet has become in the last few decades. Awareness is key in building more action to help clean our mess up.

the parallel connection

portion of proceeds to promote learning disability awareness

The Parallel Connection uses recycled poly to create their line of leggings and pants, and all are printed in Virginia & sewn in NYC. Plus, a portion of sales are donated to, an organization supporting learning disability awareness and giving parents the tools the need to help their children thrive.


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7 Ethical and Sustainable Home Decor Brands

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

Taking a quick break from sustainable fashion in clothing to talk about sustainable fashion in our own home! That’s right, fashion is everywhere, and nothing is more fashionable than ethical goods made to last. These brands can all be found at one of my favorite online stores, Made Trade - and a few of them I use everyday!! This will be your new go-to destination for ethical home goods ;)

Seek & Swoon

These cozy blankets are made from 75% recycled cotton from apparel factory scraps and 25% recycled polyester from plastic bottles! Each one is produced at a second generation family-owned American knitting mill. By using recycled materials, they are able to conserve energy and resources while supporting the local US knitting industry. 


More than just a home brand, Ichcha is working hard to improve the lives of of their women artisan partners in India, as well as supporting their craft of block printing, hand weaving and hand embroidery. They only work with chemical-free cotton and natural vegetable dyes made from flowers, leaves, minerals, trees and bark in order to make sure their products are safe from producer to customer. 

Sertodo Copper

Who doesn’t love the hammered look? This home goods brand has been handcrafting hammered copper goods with master copper artisans in Mexico (Santa Clara del Cobre) since 1997, but the tradition dates back over 1000 years. They also only use 100% recycled copper! These products look absolutely stunning. 


This brand works with artisan makers in Mexico City to bring sustainable & traditional goods to the US. From carafes to glasses, these products are sure to add a unique and modern touch to your home. The glass shown to the left is made from recycled glass, and the carafe is made from terracotta.


Kiliim is an Egyptian social enterprise and lifestyle brand reviving and sustaining local craft of handmade Kilim. They are combining modern designs with ancient technique to create some eye catching and vibrant rugs like the Rosetta shown here. They are all made with quality wool yarn and dyes in Fowwa, a small village near the Nile Delta. 


Ethical brand MINNA works with master weavers and artisan collectives in Mexico, Guatemala & Uruguay. They support craft preservation and job creation, and allow their partners to set their own wages. Pretty great, right? Check out this post to see how I styled their beautiful products on my own dining room table

swahili africa

These stunning baskets are hand-woven by the Wolof women of Senegal who are traditional, artisan basket weavers. They are made from natural cattails and reeds with colorful strips of plastic from used prayer mats. The artisans are able to weave in the comfort of their own home while making well above the living wage.


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10 Sustainable Shoe Brands to Last You Season after Season

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay

I've been asked to make this list several times over the past few months, and I'm finally sitting down to do so! When it comes to sustainability for a pair of shoes, there are many of things I look for - Who makes them? What are they made from? Can I wear them for years to come?. If I don't see transparency within the supply chain, but they wear well, it's still a 'no' for me. I need fair work, materials that won't sit in a landfill {no PVC, please} & quality!! These brands check everything off my list, and there is something for everyone - vegans, adventurers & those who just need a darn good pair of shoes!  



‘The majority of shoes sold in the United States aren’t recyclable, and most that claim to be are really just shoe redistribution programs. At Oka-B, we believe in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste. The average pair of Oka-B sandals made this year contain 15-25% recycled material.’

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My Swiss blood naturally gravitated towards this brand, but after trying on their shoes, it didn't matter what my nationality was anymore. Their sneakers are extremely comfortable and made from wool. Why wool, you may ask? Well, it's great at keeping your feet at the perfect temperature because of its wicking properties, and it's been made to be tear resistant & water repellant. You must check out their line of slippers, as well {they have them for the kiddos, too!}. 



I have quite a few pair of their shoes on my wish list! Everlane is probably one of the best brands at making classic, affordable sustainable shoes. They pretty much cover every kind of style, and offer each pair in a variety of colors.



I own a couple bags from this beautiful brand, but have been really wanting to try out some of their clothing and shoes. A few things are on my wish list, and I hope to add some pieces to my closet soon. FashionABLE believes in order to end poverty we must provide jobs for those lacking opportunity, particularly for women.  update - I bought a pair of their heels on my 30th birthday, and love them!

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Probably a brand you have heard of before because all types of influencers have adopted them into their wardrobe over the past couple of years. Nisolo creates intentionally designed shoes you can wear everyday with any style. Their workers are paid beyond fair wages, and are given healthcare & a healthy working environment. There is also no middle man so shoes are sold directly to consumers avoiding any extra unnecessary pricing. If you are looking for a basic, solid pair of shoes you can wear with almost anything, I highly suggest checking them out! 

sustainable flats


Probably the comfiest shoe I've ever worn, Rothy's feel like a sneaker yet look absolutely feminine and chic. They are extremely durable and well-made, and best part - they use low-waste, low-impact materials! Can you believe these guys are made from recycled water bottles with 3D knit technology?! This type of material makes for a super sturdy shoe, and you can even clean them in your wash machine. Plus, you have several colors to choose from so your closet is covered! 


ocelot market

From Argentina to Turkey, Ocelot Market works with many artisans all over the world. It’s a platform the celebrates the culture of the talented makers and designers. They travel the world to find high quality craftsmanship to make your closet more colorful! Plus, by selling directly to you online, Ocelot Market is able to avoid traditional industry markups. 


If you are looking for new sneakers that are both kind to animals and the planet, you need to check out Beflamboyant and back them on their Kickstarter! Their unisex sneakers are made from conscious materials like recycled cotton and recycled PU. Plus, their packaging is zero-waste AND a tree is planted with each pair sold.


made trade

Made Trade houses a bunch of different sustainable shoe brands. It’s nice to be able to shop from several different designers at once, and they have everything from sandals to boots. Some of my favorite brands can be found in there, too!


Chilote House Shoe

Because we need a pair for the home, too. Chilote's Wool Slippers are handmade by independent artisan women in Patagonia through a co-op system of ethical production. Each pair is made with a lot love, and helps sustain culture & its unique craft. When I first started my ethical clothing journey 8 years ago, I fell in love with the idea of preserving artisans' crafts. Naturally, Chilote is a brand I can get behind 100% & one I wish I knew years ago!


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10 Affordable Sustainable Clothing Brands

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
image from  PACT

image from PACT

This is for the ladies...

The list is finally here! I've been asked the question 'Are there any affordable sustainable brands?' more times than I can count, so I thought this list would be quite useful. Now, when I say 'affordable' I don't mean Forever 21 prices. I don't purchase often, so $50-$100 every blue moon is doable. This, to me, is as affordable a RESPONSIBLE product can be. If you are paying $10 for a shirt, someone is being taken advantage of. To me, a sustainable purchase is one you are going to carry around the rest of your life, and pass down to your children - hey, I love wearing my mom's clothes from the 80s. I want my garment to last more than 7, 10, 30 wears, and I want it to be made responsibly. By the way, did you know fast fashion companies purposely make garments to be worn roughly 7 times? Don't let them fool you...most mall stores don't want your garment to last, either. They are selling you trends, and too many to keep up within a year. I want my clothing to come from a brand who has a distinct personality and leaves trends on the waste side - a brand who pays attention to their carbon footprint, and treats their employees with respect. I love fashion and the art of constructing a garment, and our passion & support for the art doesn't have to stop because the industry has gone sour. We need to come together and support the brands who are allowing us to express ourselves through clothing in the most sustainable way possible. We don't need fashion to live, but it sure does make our life, our culture and our story much more colorful. So here is to supporting an art form, and to the wonderful makers allowing this to be responsibly possible...



Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!


EcoVibe Apparel

A boutique & online shop, EcoVibe Apparel is a lovely space full of sustainable & trendy clothing {like the kind you wish your closet was made out of}. Their brick-and-mortar is based in my favorite US city, Portland, Oregon, and - good news for the rest of us - their online store ships worldwide. They carry ten brands within the shops, one of them being their own private line made right here in the USA and ethically imported abroad.



To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe. I’ll be sure to update this once I get to know my new denim!


nobody’s child

This UK brand makes sure to partner with both local and international factories that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. They are also big on eliminating textile waste so any leftovers are donated to fashion colleges in order to avoid the landfills. & I’m kind of obsessed with that skirt over there….


I’ve already been making a list of items I want to try from Kotn. Their designs are timeless and made from some of the best cotton around - sustainable Egyptian cotton! They believe in fair and equal pay, careers not jobs, and, of course, safe working conditions. They even give back to children in the The Nile Delta. With every purchase, your orders help fund the build-out and operations of school infrastructure, salaries for teachers, laptops and so much more.

organic basics

If you are looking for plain tees, activewear, socks and undies, this is your place! They even have a range for men so you can stock up for your man, as well. I love using their bras for nursing since they are so easy to slide off the shoulder. Very comfy! 



One of the largest online consignment and thrift stores, ThredUp is making secondhand shopping fun and very inexpensive. They have thousands of ‘like-new’ styles from you to choose from with 90% off the estimated retail price. Each product is thoroughly examined to make sure it’s in great condition before reselling, and you will never see a counterfeit item in their designer section.


krochet kids

This brand is trying to break the cycle of poverty by providing life-changing job opportunities to women in need. Each product is even signed by hand so you know exactly who made it! They have an incredible page dedicated to all the makers in order for you to learn more about them :)


soul flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :) p.s. their leggings are among my favorites if you are in the need for a new pair!



BE MORE WITH their motto! Encircled is a Canadian based sustainable clothing brand who creates for the stylish traveler {& your everyday busy body!}. They want you to be able to travel light while looking effortless at the same time. Imagine being able to put all your essentials into one carry-on. Sounds pretty amazing, right? Everything Encircled designs is multi-functioning and completely versatile. One of their pieces you can wear 8+ different ways!

Thanks for supporting these makers & a path towards a more sustainable fashion industry!


Natalie Kay


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