Looking to shop sustainable fashion in Chicago? This article is for you!
We’ve done our research and found five of the best sustainable brands currently operating out of Chicago. Most of them have physical locations, sometimes pop-up stores, but even if you can’t pay them a visit in person they all have an online store.
These brands stock everything from shoes, to clothes, to a wide range of accessories.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the post!
Location: 843 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Sustainability: Eco-friendly materials, ethical wool sources
What they sell: Shoes
They’re a B Corp, so you can be sure that they’re considering the environment as a key stakeholder.
Allbirds are made from a range of sustainable materials such as recycled plastic bottles, castor bean oil, eucalyptus tree fiber, ZQ Merino fiber, BIO-TPU, TENCEL™ Lyocell, and more.
As part of a giving back initiative, they have a partnership with Soles4Souls. Through this, they donate any returned Allbirds shoes to communities in need. Their packaging is made from 90% recycled cardboard to minimize the impact it has.
2. Mod + Ethico
Location: Chicago HQ. No permanent store but host multiple pop-up stores.
Sustainability: Stock a range of sustainable brands
What they sell: Womenswear, accessories
Mod + Ethico are a sustainable fashion marketplace based in Chicago. They host multiple pop-up stores in the city.
They stock the best modern, socially responsible brands, who make clothes that cater to the lifestyle of an active, urban woman. Some of these brands include Veja, Groceries Apparel, Thinking MU, and Umbrella Collective.
All designers on Mod + Ethico have to stand up to their rigorous sustainability and ethical guidelines.
They also collaborate with local artists, designers, entrepreneurs and businesses that share their ethical mission to provide a platform for exposure.
Location: 2136 W Fulton St. Chicago, IL 60612 (By appointment only)
Sustainability: Everything Made in Chicago
What they sell: Womenswear, menswear
If you’re looking to buy local, Stock Mfg. Co is for you. Everything they make is Made in Chicago and they cut out the middlemen to reduce costs.
Their core focus is on making clothes for the hospitality industry, however many of their shirts and trousers would also make for great casual wear, regardless of your profession.
Location: 4727 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Sustainability: Non-profit, stock a range of socially responsible brands
What they sell: Womenswear, Menswear, Accessories
Planet Access Co. Store is a social enterprise and non-profit that helps those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential.
They stock a selection of socially responsible and sustainable brands, such as Matt and Nat, PACT, United by Blue, Fjällräven, and Woolrich.
If you’re in Chicago we definitely recommend paying Planet Access Store a visit!
Location: Andersonvile Galleria, 5247 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
Sustainability: All products made by artisans and use sustainable production methods
What they sell: Accessories
Greenheart Shop sources a wide range of sustainable products. Everything they sell, from a range of accessories and jewelry, to ceramics and glassware, are fair-trade, eco-friendly, or support a similar social mission.
Currently, they have a pop-up space in Andersonville Galleria, Chicago, where you can learn more and see the products in person. If not, you can always shop from them online.
The store is part of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people to promote and facilitate eco-fair trade purchasing, volunteer initiatives, environmental advocacy initiative, and more. In short, your purchase is for a great cause!
Sustainability: All vegan materials, GOTS certified facility, plant tree f or every item sold
What they sell: 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.
Wrapping Up – Best Eco-Friendly Brands in Chicago
These sustainable fashion stores and brands are all doing great things. If you want to support up and coming, sustainable businesses, then these brands are a great place to start on your visit to Chicago.
Know a Chicago-based brand that deserves a mention here? Let us know in the comments below!