ETHICAL MENSWEAR BRANDS
The two founders Nadine-Isabelle and Arendt from Germany founded the leisure and sportswear brand Aeance (combines aesthetics, ascetic and performance) with the aim of creating eco-sustainable clothing for every life situation. Ready-to-wear merged with technical apparel. Not only their styles but also their non-seasonal collections are minimalistic: less but better, as they say. The high quality bluesign® and OEKO-TEX® certified materials are from Switzerland, Italy and New Zealand. All pieces are made in Portugal, using cutting-edge technology such as bionic “adaptive” jackets with bonded seams for maximum comfort. Cool: Aeance collaborates with designers such as Steven Tai on timeless, bold and strong styles.
Trash is the good news: founded by Javier Goyeneche in 2012, the sustainable fashion brand Ecoalf creates high-quality clothing and accessories entirely made from recycled fabrics. Discarded fishing nets, used PET bottles, tires, coffee, post-industrial cotton, and wool are the materials used for their super stylish jackets, shirts, pants, shoes, and more. For women, men, and kids! So far, more than 70 million plastic bottles have been upcycled. The exemplary company is Spain’s first fashion brand to become B Corp, too. Ecoalf also launched “Upcycling the Oceans” which helps remove waste from the oceans in Southeast Asia. Because there is no Planet B.
We love men who choose to wear sustainable clothes that make a difference. And this is why we support the Danish menswear label KnowledgeCotton Apparel, founded by Mads Mørup in 2008. They are committed to minimizing their environmental footprint by only using certified organic and sustainable materials and methods. No leather is used for their clothes. KnowledgeCotton Apparel is a certified carbon neutral company. 40% of their production and supply chain is carbon neutral which helps save CO₂ emissions. Their goal for 2025 is to also become carbon neutral throughout their full production and supply chain. As preventing child labor is a matter close to their heart, KnowledgeCotton only works with certified manufacturers and pays fair living wages to their farmers and workers.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
You better look good when the weather doesn’t: the ethical and sustainable rainwear brand from Amsterdam keeps you fashionably dry. Maium’s raincoats have practical side zippers that turn them into ponchos so that bikers will be saddle fast on rainy days. Choose between the two minimalist styles Original or Parka for women and men. We love their color palette that ranges from navy blue, army green and black to bright orange, soft pink, fluo yellow and many more. Maium rainwear is made under safe and healthy working conditions using recycled plastic bottles, without any harmful substances.
The family-run fashion label was established in Kajaani, north-east Finland in 1978 and designs and produces clothes and accessories ever since. Classic, simple shapes characterize R-Collection’s styles that are for both casual and elegant events. The majority of pieces are made in Estonia and Finland, some knits are made in Lithuania using natural materials such as cotton or wool. They source some fabrics from Finland but most of their high-quality fabrics come from abroad such as their silk which comes from Turkey. Its sweatshirts, pants and tricot clothes are made from a local Finnish textile. Sustainability is one of the core values and the brand guarantees that all pieces are durable and easy to maintain. Their most popular piece is (surprise) the anorak jacket.
Rozenbroek is the first sustainable British luxury menswear brand that went completely vegan. The brand is named after designer Jade Rozenbroek who was selected as one of the top 20 emerging international designers to showcase the Spring Summer 2018 ready-to-wear range during Paris Fashion Week. Her collections feature handmade contemporary basics and luxury pieces, using the finest organic and sustainably sourced materials. All of them are crafted in her own low-energy factory in Yorkshire, that is run using solar power. To minimize waste and build lasting relationships with her customers, Rozenbroek offers made-to-order garments only. And if necessary, you can also make use of her repair and recycle service that promotes longevity and value.
Rotholz is a German eco-streetwear label for women and men. Originally born out of the idea to create fair and sustainable skate wear, skate culture & street art are still part of their DNA. Inspired by Japanese minimalism, Rotholz produces simple, easily combinable and timeless pieces including hoodies, knitwear, sweaters, beanies, t-shirts, pants and more. The eco-label only produces what they can sell. So while their basic line is regularly re-produced, their seasonal collections are strictly limited. All Rotholz products are made from certified sustainable high-quality materials such as organic cotton, merino wool, linen, recycled PET or Tencel. Rotholz works with local manufacturers and artists and ensures fair production.
THE PROJECT GARMENTS
“Fashion must be accessible without compromise on quality” is the ethical and sustainable menswear fashion label’s motto. Casual, easy to wear and high quality is what their collections are all about. Shirts, hoodies, pants, knitwear and more: they are made from silk, modal, linen, cashmere or organic cotton knitted in the US and fairly produced in Italy. You can also find amazing accessories brands they love and promote on their website. This way, men can get a completely ethical and sustainable outfit in only a few clicks!
Our Ethical Brand Guide A-Z is intended to be made only for ethical brands which meet our criteria. Our ethical criteria are focused on the manufacturing process (i.a. CUT-MAKE-TRIM stage in the fashion industry) which is the most labor-intensive part of the production process. Products of the brand must be developed under the brand´s own monitoring and/or the brand must have a direct contract with the producer/factory. Ethical means, that the brand´s products should be manufactured under good working conditions whether the manufacturing process takes place in a developed region or developing region. Manufacturing which takes place in a developing region should support traditional crafts and communities and should be improved by a third-party organization. Manufacturing in a least developed region is not permitted under no circumstances. Good working conditions follow practices from internationally recognized Standards of the ILO International Labour Organisation:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. No discrimination
3. No child labor
4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
5. Payment of Living Wage
6. Reasonable Hours of Work
7. Safe and Healthy working conditions
8. Legally Binding employment relationship
Responsibilities For Brands:
1. Uphold Human Rights
Ensure healthy + safe + fair working conditions.
2. Protect The Nature
Use non-toxic and animal- friendly resources. Use organic and natural resources responsibly.
3. Act Climate-Friendly
Save energy. Use renewable energy. Save water. Produce locally. Cause less waste.
Use recyclable and renewable materials. Recycle. Upcycle. Support a circular economy.
5. Support The Culture
Support local traditions & communities, democratic politics, and education in developing countries.
Provide transparent insights into your company and supply chain. Expect the same from your suppliers. Choose certified suppliers and factories whenever possible.
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