Let’s talk about sustainable fashion. You may be thinking waitaminute, what does this have to do with Sealuxe?
A lot, as it turns out. We believe in using natural and sustainable ingredients in our products. Not only because they’re good for the environment, but because they’re good for you. Same goes for sustainable fashion. Putting your money towards clothing that is locally made, uses natural fibers such as bamboo, hemp, and wool is so much better than fast fashion. Some semi-synthetics are okay, too, namely Tencel and Modal. Why? Polyester and nylon contain so much plastic that the microfibers in these garments account for a significant portion of the plastic waste entering the ocean when washed.
See? Ocean. Sealuxe. Sustainable.
On that note, we’re going to share some love for some Canadian clothing brands we can get behind.
This brand uses recycled, organic, and circular fabrics which cut down on huuuuuge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece made. Not only that but they plant 10 trees for every item you buy. Their goal is to plant one billion trees by 2030 and, judging from the counter on Tentree’s website, they may just get there.
Gosh, there are so many reasons we love this Canadian swimwear brand. They make contemporary and minimalist sustainable swimwear from recycled plastic bottles from the streets and beaches of Taiwan. They also use recycled water during the garment-making process (and then recycle it again!). If that wasn’t enough, they also raise awareness and funds for women’s health and environmental initiatives. Oh, and they’ve also partnered with Coral Restoration Foundations where your donation goes towards saving coral. Refinery29 says: “Care about the ocean? Shop this brand.”
With its range of tops, dresses, skirts, and accessories, this Canadian brand uses 100% Tencel and Lenzing Encovero in its gorgeous boho-inspired line. The designers also use low-impact dyes that use 70 percent less water than conventional synthetic dyes. “Anywhere from 60-70% of dyes used in the textile industry contain suspected carcinogens, heavy metals, and other toxic chemicals. We refuse to include any of these dyes or chemicals in our designs and ensure that our dyehouses only use the most environmentally and ethically responsible products,” states TAMGA.
Okay, I want one of every kind. This Canadian shoe company uses 90% of materials that are both traceable and sustainable, such as plastic bottles. I won’t say too much more as their line is to die for. I mean, have you just seen The Weekend Boot?!?!?
A personal favourite of mine. Their clothes are so comfy, stylish, AND made out of recycled fishing nets and other recycled materials such as coffee waste. Did you know that coffee grounds help with odor control along with helping provide UV protection and moisture-wicking? The label says they started using discarded fishing gear during the plastic straw ban. Only 1% of the ocean’s plastics belong to straws while 10% belongs to abandoned fishing gear. Fishing gear used in clothing gives it a silky texture and lots of stretch. A win-win in our books (if you don’t count the discarded fishing gear in the first place! Ugh.)
This is by no means an exhaustive list - we have several favourites and are sure to have more as sustainable fashion brands become the mainstream. We hope this provides you with a good starting point. Plus we love sharing the good things others are doing!