Green is the new black

You don't need to be a hardened crewmate of The Rainbow Warrior to care whose current account your pound eventually profits. With an emphasis on style not dogma, a burgeoning eco-clothing scene is emerging, making fair fashion desirable. And there's not a pinch of itchy hemp or cheesecloth in play.

RIYKA

Price point: £££ Goodness rating: Godly  RIYKA is a husband and wife duo based in London. They produce limited runs of each garment and the studio is zero waste, meaning all fabric is upcycled and sent to different charities to avoid landfill. Their collections are based around slouchy basics and boyfriend shirts, with pops of colour. The May dress is made with organic cotton and features RIYKA’s trademark panelling.

Price point: £££
Goodness rating: Godly

 

RIYKA is a husband and wife duo based in London. They produce limited runs of each garment and the studio is zero waste, meaning all fabric is upcycled and sent to different charities to avoid landfill. Their collections are based around slouchy basics and boyfriend shirts, with pops of colour. The May dress is made with organic cotton and features RIYKA’s trademark panelling.

Reformation

Price point: £££ Goodness rating: Goes to the gym and doesn't Facebook it A US company that calculates the environmental impact of each item it produces, and puts that info right next to the garment care details. Reformation wants consumers to see the cost of the clothes they produce in order to make empowered choices. They specialise in wow-factor dresses and the bridal range is all kinds of special.

Price point: £££
Goodness rating: Goes to the gym and doesn't Facebook it


A US company that calculates the environmental impact of each item it produces, and puts that info right next to the garment care details. Reformation wants consumers to see the cost of the clothes they produce in order to make empowered choices. They specialise in wow-factor dresses and the bridal range is all kinds of special.

People Tree

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Price point: £
Goodness rating: Tips at 20%


The biggest of big deals in the UK fairtrade fashion industry, People Tree have been doing their thang for over 25 years. They work with artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical fashion. They’re stocked in John Lewis and available on that there widest of world webs. Our picks include the timeless summer dresses and this check top and trousers.

Kowtow

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Price point: ££
Goodness rating: Would decline the Nobel Peace Prize


Kowtow only uses fair trade and certified organic cotton, guaranteeing a sustainable livelihood for the cotton producers. These standards also encourage sustainable agriculture and protection of the environment. Minimal cuts, oversized silhouettes and bold prints are the order of the day.  The Make Believe dress is dreamy, and buying it will make you feel like Mother Teresa. Only, not rocking a habit.

Jan 'N June

Price point: ££
Goodness rating: Benevolent AF


Water usage is one of the main difficulties around sustainability. Jan ‘N June use organic cotton, produced with minimal pesticides, fertilisers and other nasties. Polyester used is made from recycled plastic bottles — as in the blouse pictured. With a strong European/Scandi aesthetic, their basic slips are a high point. Our faves are the neoprene pieces, especially the Lotic navy trench.

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