9 Brands That Upcycle

Did you know that in UK only, 350,000 tonnes1of clothes go to landfill every year? Here are a couple of Upcycling (or Trashion for the really well rounded!) brands that’ll make you see waste differently.

Antiform’s collections are made entirely using reclaimed materials sourced within the UK, and local to their studio if possible.

England, $-$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Clothing and accessories made entirely from recycled materials such as used tyres, recycled cotton and plastic bottles, to name just a few.

Spain, $$-$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Bags and accessories for those that are trendy AF but who also don’t want the world to blow up. Ahimsa Collective makes luxurious and sustainable products from waste materials such as pineapples (yep, we’re not even joking) and off-cuts from high-end fashion houses.

Australia, $$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Incredibly cute dresses made from residual fabrics leftover from major fashion houses. Instead of ending up in landfills, these fabrics are repurposed for Christy Dawn’s gorrrrrrrrrg’ collections.

United States, $$-$$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Seasonless, gender-neutral pieces entirely made from upcycled waste materials and natural fabrics.

United Kingdom, $$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Delightful lingerie made from superb materials from production leftovers, end of lines, off-cuts, deadstock and vintage trimmings.

Germany, $$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Leggings that are made using 25 recycled plastic bottles, anyone? Or maybe a cosy crop top made in a sustainable material that ages just as well as fine wine?

United States, $-$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Lara Intimates work with a UK supplier that buys surplus luxury lingerie fabrics from around the world and brings them back to a warehouse in England. Bras that fit amazingly, are incredibly comfortable and come at reasonable prices? It does exist, and they come straight from Lara Intimates studio in London!

United Kingdom, $-$$

9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide
9 Brands That Upcycle - Ethical Fashion Guide

Stefanija came up with the idea of finding and choosing vintage materials and unusable clothing and making them part of something new, usable, and maybe even decorative. Some of the clothing she now uses to embroider on is second hand. Some is made in Berlin, some in Poland and other countries in EU.

Germany, $$

Damaja - Ethical Fashion Guide
Damaja - Ethical Fashion Guide
Damaja - Ethical Fashion Guide
Damaja - Ethical Fashion Guide
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Passionate about sustainable living, ethical fashion and social justice, Morgane also founded Zero Waste Nest, as an attempt to demystify zero waste living. Her retirement plans are to adopt as many stray cats as she’s able to.

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