5 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

​5 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands

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With the environmental movement, sustainable fashion has arrived. Sustainable fashion wants to reinvent the fashion industry as each year millions of tons of waste is produced as well as its contribution to global pollution. People have become more aware of the negative consequences of fast fashion and the importance of using sustainable materials. These five Latin American designers and fashion brands are making an effort to create luxury products that are sustainable and environmentally friendly.

1. Dauntless

Dauntless is a fashion brand created by Colombian founder, Paula Maldonado. Maldonado is hopeful that Dauntless will increase consumer awareness and responsibility with the clothing they buy and where it comes from. All products are sustainable and created cruelty free. The collections are produced in Bogotá, Colombia to control the working conditions and materials in a responsible manner. High-quality designs include vegan leather bags, pants and jackets that have a low impact on the environment.

2. Naja

Naja was created by two strong Latinas Catalina Girald and Gina Rodriguez to empower women. The American brand includes eco-friendly underwear and swimwear that provides opportunities for women worldwide. 2% of each purchase is donated to support their business sewing program for working women through local foundations, and with the purchase of each bra, you directly help to employ a single mother.

3. Artesano

Artesano is a fashion brand of ethically made handmade hats, bags and shoes. Both founders and entrepreneurs of Artesano, although they are located in Miami, are from Ecuador and their passion for their country and its crafts was what inspired them. All products are handmade with eco-friendly and vegan materials. They focus on responsibly producing products to help care for Mother Nature and all living things.

4. Zero + Maria Cornejo

Chilean designer, Maria Cornejo created Zero in 1998 in New York where her minimalist designs expand to clothing, footwear and accessories. Most products are produced in New York, and responsibly designed with the environment in mind. Zero is created by women for women. The fabrics used are sustainable and they collaborate with artisan women from all over the world.

5. Fortress of Inca

Although Evan Streusand is not Latin American, Fortress of Inca was inspired by a visit he made to Peru where he discovered his first pair of Peruvian boots. The quality and craftsmanship that characterizes them made him return to Texas to create Fortress of Inca. The shoe brand works with family-owned factories and workshops in Peru to maintain high quality and the authenticity of Peruvian material with which shoes are made by hand and responsibly. It ensures that the working conditions of its employees are safe and fair wages are paid.

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