These days, mindful shopping — particularly having an eye on a company's sustainable and ethical practices — is more important than ever. Thankfully, many of our favorite brands, from luggage to fashion, are using recycled materials, reducing their carbon footprints, and maintaining ethical factories. For Earth Day this year, we've rounded up a variety of brands that you can feel good about shopping with because of their social and environmental efforts.
Keep reading for our favorite ethical and sustainable travel, fashion, and accessory brands.
From sleek carry-on suitcases to convenient packing cubes, Paravel has nearly everything you need to travel in style. Plus, the brand uses materials like recycled polycarbonate, vegan leather, and fabric made from post-consumer plastic water bottles, making it completely carbon-neutral, so you can feel good about your purchase's impact on the environment.
To shop: tourparavel.com
Fans of Tumi bags will be glad to know the brand now has a collection of luggage made from recycled materials. Select bags from Tumi's Merge and Alpha Bravo collections are designed with recycled plastic, recycled zinc, and water-based polyurethane.
To shop: tumi.com
Lo & Sons
Lo & Sons has a wide variety of travel-ready bags, from versatile crossbody purses to spacious weekenders. While not all of the brand's products are created from sustainable materials, its collection of bags made from recycled poly fabric and organic cotton include some of our favorite pieces, like the best-selling Catalina Deluxe Weekender.
To shop: loandsons.com
Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat takes sustainability and social responsibility seriously, since none of its products are made from animal-based materials. The brand uses a variety of recycled materials, including nylon, cardboard, rubber, and cork. Its backpacks, luggage, and other accessories are impressively stylish, and you can rest assured that your purchase isn't harming the environment.
To shop: mattandnat.com
Samsonite is a trusted name in luggage, and we especially love its Eco Nu and Eco Advance collections, which includes bags made from sustainable materials. From underseat carry-ons to expandable checked bags, these collections have nearly every type of suitcase you might need, all of which feature special polyester fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
To shop: shop.samsonite.com
Tortuga's Setout Backpack is a travel must-have, thanks to its packable shape, comfortable fit, and weather-resistant exterior. Even better, this backpack is made with 900D polyester from recycled plastic bottles and its lining is created using 100 percent recycled fiber.
To shop: tortugabackpacks.com
If you've been looking for a more sustainable and organized way to pack toiletries when you travel, look no further than Cadence. This brand makes refillable magnetic containers made from recycled ocean bound plastic, allowing you to completely streamline your packing routine. You can create and customize your own "honeycomb" of containers with different colors and labels so you know where all your essentials are.
To shop: keepyourcadence.com
Allbirds is known for its stylish sneakers that are "light on your feet, easy on the planet." The brand's shoes are made from sustainably sourced materials like merino wool, recycled bottles, castor bean oil, and recycled cardboard. The brand is also actively working toward reducing its carbon footprint.
To shop: allbirds.com
Nisolo is a staple brand, thanks to its comfortable shoes and stylish bags, which are made in ethical factories. The brand owns its factory in Trujillo, Peru, where it employs local workers and maintains a living wage. It's also working to offset carbon emissions by contributing to rain forest conservation efforts with every purchase.
To shop: nisolo.com
Rothy's is known for its comfortable knit flats, but the brand recently expanded into handbags and sandals. Its signature knit material features thread made from recycled plastic bottles, providing a stylish look that's totally sustainable.
To shop: rothys.com
For stylish and sustainable rainwear for men and women, Baxter Wood has you covered. The brand's signature raincoat is made from recycled polyester sourced from plastic bottles — 22 bottles per coat, in fact.
To shop: baxterwood.com
From cozy fleece jackets to durable luggage, Patagonia is a one-stop shop for travelers looking to gear up for their next trip. The brand is also dedicated to protecting the environment through a variety of philanthropic efforts. Plus, many of its products are made from recycled materials.
To shop: patagonia.com
Girlfriend Collective's activewear is not only stylish, comfortable, and workout-ready, but it's also size-inclusive and sustainably made. Sports bras, leggings, and more are made from RPET, a material derived from recycled plastic water bottles. The brand's website also provides a sustainability report for each product, letting shoppers know how many water bottles were diverted from landfills, how much CO2 was prevented, and how much energy or water was saved while producing each piece.
To shop: girlfriend.com
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft is a go-to destination for size-inclusive denim for men, women, and children. Plus, the brand uses an eco-friendly mill that uses less than 10 gallons of water to make a pair of jeans, while most other factories use 1,500. It's also committed to ethical practices and fair wages in its factory.
To shop: warpweftworld.com
Theory is another fashion brand that is making a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly. Its Theory For Good collection features items developed at fabric mills that support sustainable manufacturing and made from ethically sourced fabrics. In celebration of Earth Day, Theory is offering 30 percent off the Theory For Good collection.
To shop: theory.com
Parade makes stylish, comfortable underwear that will make you instantly want to add to your wardrobe. The brand's new Universal collection is completely carbon neutral, made from recycled fabric, and offers an invisible look (even under leggings). You can shop the Universal underwear in hip huggers, boyshorts, thongs, and briefs in a rainbow of colors.
To shop: yourparade.com
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