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San Francisco has already established itself as the world’s tech capital, but did you know it’s also a growing hub of sustainable fashion companies?
We’re going to take a look at some of the best clothing brands from SF that are using sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly practices to change the fashion industry for the better.
Sustainability: B Corp, recycled materials, shoe donation program,
What they make: Comfy, minimalist sneakers and running shoes
Allbirds are footwear brand making waves in San Francisco and beyond. They’re a certified B Corp so you can be sure that they’re considering the environment as a key stakeholder.
The materials include recycled plastic bottles, castor bean oil, ZQ Merino fiber, BIO-TPU, TENCEL™ Lyocell, and other similarly eco-friendly materials. Furthermore, they have a Forest Stewardship Council® certification, which means that their materials meet strict standards to protect forests, and the animals, and communities around them.
Pay Allbirds a visit in San Francisco’s Jackson Square. They have stores around the USA in NYC, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, as well as a store in London!
Sustainability: Transparent pricing, ethical factories
What they make: High-quality womenswear and menswear, focused on basics
Everlane was founded in San Francisco and their flagship store is located in the heart of the Mission.
This SF brand creates clean and well-designed essentials that everyone could use in their wardrobe.
Everlane partner with ethical factories to make sure their workers are treated fairly, and you can be confident that no unethical labor practices are taking place in Everlane’s supply chain.
They also have a highly transparent pricing model, showing you where their costs are incurred and the mark up they apply.
There have been discussions into whether Everlane is really a sustainable brand or not, but they’re still a long way ahead of most traditional fashion brands.
Sustainability: Work with craftspeople to create their clothes, clothes recycling program
What they make: Womenswear, footwear, accessories
Cuyana is an awesome SF based brand in the heart of Union Square. As well as their flagship, they also have a recently store in Palo Alto’s Stanford Shopping Center.
Cuyana makes a range of womenswear, footwear, and accessories with clean, minimalist design. They believe in having fewer, better clothes, made by skilled craftspeople around Europe, South America, China, and the USA.
This SF brand has also created the Lean Closet movement that works to give victims of abuse a fresh start in partnership with H.E.A.R.T. They’ll send you a bag that you can fill with your own used clothes and return to them (for free) that will go to a new home. You’ll also get a $10 voucher towards your next purchase.
Sustainability: Zero-waste, use leftover textiles, natural dyes, fair trade supply chain
What they make: Womenswear
This zero-waste, fair fashion brand combines using clothes from leftover materials and creative pattern making that uses 100% of a given material. The remnant materials they use come from the leftover textiles from other brands, which, they are then cut and turned into yarn.
As well as that, Tonlé have a fair trade supply chain and only use natural dyes to reduce their environmental impact.
Sustainability: Made in the USA, smart manufacturing processes to improve quality and reduce waste
What they make: High-quality menswear
San Francisco is the tech capital of the world, and American Giant fit right in.
American Giant makes both menswear and womenswear and their clothing is priced fairly considering they’re made in America.
Their HQ and flagship store is located on Natoma Street in San Francisco, and they also have a retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Sustainability: Non-toxic dyes and materials, supply chain transparency
What they make: Womenswear, Menswear, Kids Clothing
Alternative Apparel is another sustainable and eco-friendly brand from San Francisco that you should check out when you’re there.
They use non-toxic and low-impact dyes, eco-friendly materials, as well as paying workers in their supply chain a fair wage.
Alternative Apparel has a wide selection of menswear and womenswear (and even kids wear), so there’s something for everyone.
Sustainability: Organic materials, work with fair factories, partner with nonprofit, DAD Sewing House
What they make: Minimalist womenswear
époque évolution is a San Francisco based sustainable brand creating versatile, timeless pieces to ensure you’ve always got the perfect outfit for every occasion.
They use a range of organic materials to create their clothes, and equally as important, work with factories and mills that are committed to improving the working conditions of their staff, and are reducing carbon emissions.
For example, their work with San Francisco based D.A.D. Sewing House, a nonprofit that employs people going through hard times or who have had employment issues in the past, like homelessness, incarceration or mental health issues. They also work with a range of other factories using their work to make a positive impact.
If you’re looking for sustainable, minimalist essentials, époque évolution is for you.
Sustainability: All vegan materials, GOTS certified facility, plant tree f or every item sold
What they make: Womenswear
Valani is a sustainable plant-based, vegan clothing line based in California, but all of their garments are ethically produced in Chicago, as well as a GOTS certified facility in India.
They use hemp, Tencel and banana fabrics to create beautiful, flowy and flirty garments with the perfect amount of feminine flair.
All fabrics are biodegradable so they can be composted at the end of their useful life. As a brand built on compassion and self love, they have a few giveback initiatives.
Not only do they plant 1 tree for every garment sold, but they also offer free breathwork sessions for their community.
Location: San Francisco // Online
Sustainability: Made in California
What they sell: Denim, menswear
Tellason are a San Francisco-based denim brand. They create high-quality selvage denim, jackets, shirts, and accessories.
They’re committed to maintaining their California-based production and the culture around their denim making process.
Tellason isn’t cheap, but the quality and craft that goes into every item makes it worth it.
Wrapping Up – Best Eco-Friendly Brands in San Francisco
San Francisco ‘s tech scene is rubbing off on the fashion industry.
These brands are all making waves in the sustainable fashion industry thanks to their innovative and ethical practices.
We highly recommend checking them out if you’re visiting SF.