It’s not always easy being green. Much as we care about the planet, we’re busy moms. Who’s got time to research the origin of the clothes we buy? Because you’re busy, Midwest TravelingMom checked out these versatile, travel-friendly clothes brands that embrace sustainable and stylish philosophies. Eco friendly travel clothes make the planet a more beautiful place, through their fashion and actions.
Keeping the Planet Green: 5 Eco Friendly Travel Clothes
1. Earth Shoes Keeping Feet Happy
The days of dressing up for your flight have departed. Today’s travelers know comfort and efficiency are key. Being cozy during a flight is one of my priorities, and choosing eco-friendly travel clothing and shoes tops the list too. Fashion meets function in these flats and sandals that are like traveling in your slippers! But their hard rubber bottoms mean they’re still a great walking shoe during your vacation. They sent me a pair to sample. Found out they’re also great for running through the airport when you’re late for a flight.
Started by a Danish yoga instructor, Earth Shoes‘s philosophy is: “To walk tall, one’s feet must be grounded and comfortable.” Hey, I’m no yoga guru, but being comfortable sure makes sense to me.
Earth Shoes plants a tree for every item sold on their website. In 2015, they partnered with a non-profit organization to plant over 50,000 trees globally. Their goal is to plant another 100,000 trees in 2017.
2. Encircled: Versatile Revolve Dress
Gone are the days of bringing a steam trunk along on vacation. Baggage fees have travelers making do with carry-ons, packing clothes that do double duty. The Canadian company Encircled had me check out their Revolve Dress. A new must-have in my carry-on. You can wear it as a shirt, a dress, a tunic, backward or forward for different looks. They also make reversible skirts that give you two different color options.
In addition, this Canadian company uses sustainable fabrics made from renewable resources. Their website says they use low impact/azo free dyes and are OEKOTEK 100 certified to be free of any harmful chemicals. I’d never heard of this before, so I checked it out. OEKOTEK is a European certification examining every chemical in the fabric to ensure it’s free of any toxic substances.
Finally, Encircled saves almost all fabric cuttings from production and turns them into small accessories such as headbands. Plus they ship only via recycled packaging materials.
3. Synergy Organic Clothing
This brand helps the planet by designing an entire collection of clothes made of recycled polyester fabric, mostly from used plastic bottles and old polyester clothing. Old plastic becomes some of the softest material you’ll ever wear.
Synergy’s cozy stretch pants are the perfect fit for long flights. They sent me a pair to try out and I felt like I was wearing a chic version of my favorite pajamas.
4. Aventura Comfortable Clothing for the Active Mom
Based in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Aventura sells comfortable clothing with an active focus (hence the name that sounds like adventure). They’ve perfected the trendy athleisure look. Go straight from the gym to picking up from school, without looking like you just rolled out of bed.
Aventura’s website makes it easy to be green. Easy-to-see green symbols highlight organic cotton items. That means no chemical pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used. Not only is that good for the planet, it’s also good for people with sensitive skin. Aventura’s fun athleisure dresses are perfect for summer. Wear them to the playground, yoga or the grocery story.
5. Krimson Klover: Eco-Friendly Travel Clothes With Style
This Colorado line of expressive, colorful clothes is female owned and works with women-owned manufacturing facilities. They sent me a cool, artsy shirt. It’s more adventurous than what I usually wear, but I love it.
Like the other brands, Krimson Klover’s committed to environmental responsibility. “We look for materials that are environmentally friendly,” says founder Rhonda Swenson.
Krimson Klover wool comes from free-ranging sheep raised on low-intensity farms, and products are manufactured in facilities that use recycled water and eco-friendly dyes.
What about how it impacts the environment? This company believes in “Slow Fashion,” a movement of designing, creating, and buying garments that stand the test of time. They support slowing down consumption, owning fewer and more eco-friendly travel clothes with style. Krimson Klover encourages thoughtful purchases from brands that manufacture eco-friendly travel clothes that do not threaten natural resources or damage social and ecological environment.
Swenson says, ““Sustainability is a big priority for us. At Krimson Klover, we’ve been honoring slow fashion long before it became a movement. We strongly believe that fashion, like food, is best when made “from scratch”, with intention, which means knitting a piece of our soul into everything we make.”
What is your favorite brand of eco-friendly travel clothes? Please share with us in comments below.