5 Ethical Clothing Brands For a Travel Lifestyle

Those of you with on-the-go lifestyle know the importance of a wardrobe that is minimalistic and multi-functional. After spending most of my life these past few years living out of a suitcase, I’ve gotten packing light down to an art (this is coming from a girl who used to have a suitcase solely for shoes and purses; if I can do it, you can too!). I now favor clothing that can serve a variety of purposes; pieces that can easily be layered, dressed up, or dressed down. These following socially and environmentally conscious brands have become my go-to’s for travel-friendly clothing that is comfortable, high-quality, and multi-functional.

Boody

Boody is an Australian brand offering basics from from organically grown bamboo.  Their product offering includes underwear, bras, activewear, leggings, tanks, and tees (for both men and women), and you will fall in love with how silky soft the fabric is. Boody is now the brand I go to for socks, underwear, and tanks (you know, the essentials).

Groceries Apparel

For affordable basics that can be worn on the plane, in the gym, or strolling the city streets, Groceries Apparel is one of the first places I go. This Los Angeles based company is committed to using eco-friendly and innovative fabrics, while keeping costs affordable. Some of the fabrics they use include organic cotton, recycled plastic, and hemp, and they have a collection of garments dyed using vegetable dye (made from roots, wood, flowers, bark, and minerals). I love that everything is designed and manufactured in house in Los Angeles.

Everlane

Everlane is a San Francisco based direct-to-consumer brand that has earned itself a cult following, and now has two brick & mortar locations- one in New York City and one in San Francisco’s Mission District. They pride themselves on their manufacturing transparency, and their affordable prices are quickly turning them into the next Madewell.

My top picks for Everlane are their cashmere sweaters, which run around $150, their oxford shirts, and their basic tanks and tees. They also offer a variety of travel bags and backpacks.

You can learn about all their different manufacturing facilities on their website.

Kowtow

An ethical, sustainable Australian-based fashion brand that uses organically-grown, rain-fed cotton, GOTS-approved printing, dyeing, and washing, and sustainable packaging. I love this brand’s slouchy (AKA uber comfortable), yet elegant aesthetic, and their products are the kinds of pieces that can be dressed up or down.

Veja

One of the most essential components of a travel-friendly wardrobe- a good pair of walking shoes!

Veja is an environmentally and socially responsible footwear brand with a line of vegan shoes which are beautiful, durable, and comfortable. Their shoes are made using components like wild rubber, recycled plastic, and recycled cotton. Their use of eco-friendly packaging and their decision to power their headquarters using green electricity are just two of their many initiatives in a commitment to sustainability.

What are some of your go-to ethically-made fashion essentials? Let me know in the comments!

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