Responsible denim comes in all shapes and washes, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for more eco-conscious fashion.
If you want to make an impact with your sustainable fashion choices, look no further than denim: it’s known to be one of the most energy-consuming materials to produce. It can be difficult to find truly sustainable items, but it’s not impossible as more brands are adopting more ethical practices, from materials they source to how they manufacture and package their goods.
Although each brand uses different methods to create their denim, there are a few steps that can make the items more eco-conscious. Natural fibres and dyes are often preferred when it comes to producing new garments, especially materials such as organic cotton and plant-based dyes. To help conserve energy and reduce the reliance on pollutive synthetics, Levi’s has launched a collection that uses natural dyes (with fruits, vegetables or minerals) and water-saving techniques. Brands such as Marques’Almeida and Vivienne Westwood use recycled cotton while Collina Strada and E.L.V. Denim add their unique touches to vintage pieces to update otherwise discarded garments.
Whether you’re looking for jeans made of organic cotton or upcycled styles that are one of a kind, here are our top sustainable denim picks for this spring.