By Mélinda Mettai
We think it’s important to integrate inclusivity into the the slow fashion movement. We are aware that ethical brands are often small businesses with reduced collections because of the cost of creating responsible clothing. This is why there are still very few brands that include plus-size on the European market.
Nonetheless we believe clothes are meant to fit you, not the other way around. This week our main focus is on body positive and sustainable brands that aim to represent all women. Below are our favourite 7 sustainable brands offering ethically made plus-size clothing.
Sotela is an inclusive, body-positive clothing brand and community celebrating bodies of all forms.
They use eco-friendly fabrics that have minimal environmental impacts such as tencel, modal, and linen.
Sizes available : 6 to 34
Encircled’s clothes are made entirely in Canada. Their designs are thoughtful, versatile and ideal for a capsule wardrobe. Plus, all their fabrics are naturally-derived, biodegradable, and from raw materials that have no pesticides. The dyes are free of harmful chemicals so they’re kinder on your skin, health, and to the planet.
They are committed to high standards of ethics in everything they do, from sourcing local and working with Canadian factories, to practicing zero waste production.
Sizes available : Up to XXL
3. Alice Alexander
Alice Alexander’s mission is to radically change the fashion industry to one that is inclusive of ALL BODIES and is respectful of people and the planet.
Their fabrics are all made of hemp and organic cotton.
Sizes available : 6 to 34
4. Mara Hoffman
Mara Hoffman started their sustainable journey in 2015. They now have developed a transparent supply chain and prioritise natural, recycled, and organic fibres. They also don’t use any fur, leather, mulesed wool or feathers.
Their extended sizes collection is proof that all body types can be fashionable and chic.
Sizes available : Up to 2X
Finding a sustainable pair of jeans can be very challenging and even more so for extended sizes. DL1961 create the highest quality denim that’s good for both you and the planet.
They even recycle their water which is so important since it takes about 1,800 gallons of water to grow the cotton needed to produce one pair of jeans.
Sizes available : Up to 26 (US sizes)
Hours is a conscious NYC fashion brand that puts plus-size at the centre of their designs. They want to create sustainable and high quality clothing, with a perfect fit for every woman.
Their collection is perfect for everyday life. With monochrome tees, skirts, shirts and dresses, they’re ideal for a capsule wardrobe.
They aren’t 100% sustainable yet, but they strive to put sustainability first in all decisions.
Sizes available : 18 to 32
We’re hopeful that new brands will start joining this movement and add new size-inclusive collections. If you know of any other brands, please share them below in the comments section.
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