Where to Shop Sustainable Fashion in Chicago

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!

1. Allbirds

Location: 843 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA

Sustainability: Eco-friendly materials, ethical wool sources

What they sell: Shoes, Sustainable clothing, Organic Underwear

Allbirds Chicago store

Allbirds are an innovative sustainable sneaker brand hailing from San Francisco, but Chicago is one of the first cities where they’ve opened up a new retail store.

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 and Ethico sustainable fashion store chicago

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.

3. Stock Mfg. Co.

Location: 2136 W Fulton St. Chicago, IL 60612 (By appointment only)

Sustainability: Everything Made in Chicago

What they sell: Womenswear, menswear

Made in Chicago Stock Mfg Co

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.

4. Planet Access Store

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 Chicago Sustainable Fashion

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!

5. Greenheart Shop

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 Chicago

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!

6. Valani

Location: Online

Sustainability: All vegan materials, GOTS certified facility, plant tree f or every item sold

What they sell: Womenswear

Valani Chicago

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!

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