ICYDK, fast fashion is actually the second biggest polluter in the world—second only to the oil and gas industry. As tempting as it may be to go on a mindless shopping spree after watching TikTok hauls, a good majority of those clothes (if not all!) will most likely just end up in a landfill somewhere.
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Still, it would be unrealistic for us to completely swear off shopping altogether. The number-one way to reduce your environmental footprint is to practice ethical consumption, meaning you buy only what you need from thrift shops or mindful brands.
To kickstart your sustainable fashion journey, we’ve made a list of eight slow fashion brands you should consider supporting:
1. The Editor’s Market
The Editor’s Market is a cult-fave fashion and lifestyle brand from Singapore. It’s best known for producing refined, minimalist wardrobe staples that will never go out of style, regardless of trends and seasons.
2. TAYO Studio
Ethically made in Manila, TAYO Studio was established by Yong Davalos in 2019 to promote size inclusivity and body positivity. The brand sells stylish ready-to-wear pieces that come in a wide range of clothing sizes that can flatter every figure.
3. Yong Studio
Yong Studio is another fashion brand that Yong Davalos founded in the country. In an effort to reduce waste, all of their items are consciously made by Filipino artisans using deadstock fabric and unwanted supplies.
4. Bonita the Label
Bonita aims to provide women with trend-proof closet basics handcrafted by fellow women. As an eco-friendly brand, its products are primarily made of premium fabrics that look timeless and withstand time.
5. Apoge?e de Taj
This student-run brand aims to make luxury more accessible to women of different cultural and social backgrounds. With this goal, it offers elegant yet versatile fashion collections minus the high price tags.
6. Juanita Studio
Need a new pair of retro shoes? Check out Juanita Studio, our favorite place for handcrafted leather footwear.
7. Maison Metisse
Launched by Adrienne Charuel as an ethical brand, Maison Metisse promises to plant one tree for every purchase. From tie-dyed kaftans to embroidered tops, their products are perfect for all the island girls out there!
8. Anthill Fabric
Anthill is a local social enterprise that supports livelihood by promoting local weaves and circular pieces. Apart from being handcrafted and ethically sourced, all of their designs and textiles are proudly Pinoy.