12 Brands That Are Saving the World—and Your Wardrobe

Ethically minded fashion companies both big and small are bringing serious style to the sustainable fashion market.

For many, the word sustainable conjures up images of ill-fitting hemp sweatshirts, flax-cotton drawstring pants, or hairy ankles protruding from Birkenstocks. But the times, they are a-changin'. No longer relegated to the dusty corner of your local Natural Remedy market, sustainable fashion hasn't only improved, it has done what many doubted it could ever do—it has become cool.

These days, fashion brands both big (Bottega Veneta, Levi's) and small (Cadet, Fanmail) are greening up their act, whether they're using clean materials, experimenting with environmentally friendly manufacturing, or building eco-conscious ateliers. Here, 12 brands that are leaving the world—and our wardrobes—a little better than they found them.

La Paz
Portuguese menswear label La Paz is making waves with its sophisticated styles inspired by the seafaring culture of the brand's namesake town. The company works exclusively with ethical companies (the health and safety of workers, as well as cleanly sourced materials, are key criteria for potential La Paz partners); many of its products are produced in conjunction with local, family-owned businesses.

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