Stylish sustainable fashion
Eco-conscious clothes and accessories that don't cost the earth? Here's our pick of Hampshire and Isle of Wight's most sustainable fashion makers and sellers
We all know fast fashion isn’t great for the planet. The industry accounts for an estimated 10% of global climate emissions – yikes! So how to get a more sustainable fashion fix? Buy less, rent or repair your clothes. When you do buy, consider investment pieces made to last longer and support eco-conscious makers and boutiques. Here’s a few of the best sustainable, preloved and upcycled fashion makers and sellers in our ‘hood.
Eco-conscious manufacture – Rapanui, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight-based Rapunai’s sustainably made water-repellent jackets, organic cotton tees, and hoodies are printed to order. Doing so, they avoid the risk of excess stock going to landfill. The factory is powered by sustainable energy and worn-out products are designed so they can be sent back and recycled. No wonder they’ve had a nod of approval from the likes of Sir David Attenborough…
Nearly new designer finds – House of Gallet, Alresford
How about a designer splurge without the supersized price tag – or the carbon footprint of buying new? Alresford’s House of Gallet boutique is full of gorgeous finds – preloved, though you’d scarcely know it. Rails and shelves are all carefully curated by Carol and Joanne Gallet. Pick from over 600 designer labels like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Moschino and more. This is fabulous fashion, but definitely not fast.
Super sustainably sourced – Loungers Clothing, Test Valley
Sustainability is sewn into the Loungers ethos. Their soft, durable PJ-esque trousers are made from Global Organic Textile Standard Certified cotton, grown without the use of synthetic fertilisers or toxic pesticides and in-line with labour standards. Co-founders Karen and Deborah really went all-out to make every inch of this brand sustainable. Signature turquoise buttons are made from corozo, a natural non-plastic material. Even the tags are made from recycled discarded cotton fibre. Now that’s commitment.
Upcycled materials – Wyatt and Jack, Isle of Wight
Wyatt And Jack have been in business over ten years, creating sustainable bags and accessories. Impressively, most are made from upcycled materials like deckchair canvas, broken inflatables and bouncy castle vinyl PVC. Fans love its eco-ethos and there’s always competition for limited edition products like this oversized tote (£85). Colourful, independent and pretty much zero chance of twinning. Love it.