There’s no time like the present to start being more conscientious about the ways what you wear and how you shop may be affecting the environment. If, like the rest of the internet, you read New York Magazine‘s truly terrifying cover story on global warming, then you probably feel the urgency now more than ever before. Let’s face it: Fashion can feel like a competitive sport at times. Just think about the last time you raced to hop on the latest trend bandwagon or took pride in scoring the best deals from fast-fashion brands.
With the fashion industry being one of the biggest perpetrators of global pollution (second only to oil—yikes), choosing brands that go the extra mile—sourcing textiles that limit the use of chemicals in their production, using vintage or recycled materials, and keeping production local to reduce carbon emissions—is a responsible step in the right direction. You’re likely already familiar with a few popular brands that do take care to protect the environment already, most notably Reformation, who’s made it its goal to marry sustainability with a cool It factor.
But Reformation’s just one of many brands producing wares using conscious, eco-friendly methods. Below, get to know five sustainable fashion brands doing their part to make fashion a little kinder to the earth (and making seriously cute clothes while they’re at it).