Ruskovilla is a family-owned Finnish company making beautiful long underwear layers, in addition to bed linens, baby items, and more. They use solely merino wool, silk, and cotton, or blends of the same, and they even reuse their scraps.
Proud Mary sells clothing and home goods, all made in multiple countries by artisans (as opposed to in factories), and has a lovely website showcasing the goods and the artisans behind them.
It's a very exciting time, because just as we are growing ever more mindful of agricultural systems and natural food production radius, there is also growing interest in developing and sustaining healthy fiber production zones.
Bluesign is a company that provides independent auditing of supply chain with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of all textiles by ranking areas of concern and suggesting alternatives.
The Textile Center is a hub for all things fiber, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While it is an all-around strong fiber arts resource, providing advocacy for fiber arts, a gallery space, an amazing resource library, and classes for both adults and youth, it is their comprehensive garage sale tradition that landed them on this list of sustainability favorites.
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an organization that has been developing the most comprehensive standardized measurement tool available for measuring environmental, social and labor related impacts of making products.
Hazel and Rose is a brick and mortar store in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with an inventory curated to only include brands based on sustainability and ethical considerations.
According to their website, "Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability, and ethics in the fashion industry."
You guys! This company is the real deal. The New Denim Project (part of Iris Textiles, located in Guatemala), is an established textile company that saw that they needed to make changes, and they did.
Hanna Andersson receives Rose Glasses applause for two reasons: they sell super comfy organic cotton pajamas for kids (and moms!), and they also host a semi-regular take-back event, in addition to other giving and contributing initiatives.
I bumped into Reunion Yarn Company on Instagram, and I'm so glad that I did! The enterprising Emily Felix has perfected a technique for unraveling sweaters as a way to keep them out of the landfill and free their yarn for reuse.
If you are a hobby sewer or knitter, it can be difficult to find organic and natural fabrics that you feel comfortable using. Enter Organic Cotton Plus, a company that has these products for years.
Factory 45 functions like an online toolkit for learning how to start a fashion brand. It breaks down the steps needed to start a line in areas such as communicating with factories, making an appropriate budget for production and sourcing appropriate materials.
Textile Exchange is a non-profit head-quartered in Texas, and is devoted to inspiring sustainability improvements in the textile supply chain.
You guys, this is the resource I have been waiting for! The Conscious Chatter podcasts offer so much food for thought and so many exceptional guests. It packs a punch when it comes to inspiration for making apparel choices with positivity, with knowledge, with confidence and without guilt.
It's well-known that Eileen Fisher has been a pioneer in sustainable fashion, but did you know about their clothing take back and recycling initiatives? Check the Eileen Fisher Renew website to see more of what they are working on, and listen to this amazing podcast to hear more about their efforts so far.