As the weather starts getting warmer, I thought we could quickly look at how to choose sustainable chic sweaters this spring.
Look for a light, breathable material such as linen, organic cotton, and silk. Avoid garments that contain polyester or acrylic. If you really have to go for polyester, choose a recycled one. I really like this TenTree cardigan made of organic cotton (now 20% off).
Choose ethical brands known for using certified sustainable materials and ethical practices. Look for small brands that build their reputation on craftsmanship and local production. For international brands, visit the Good On You website or the same name’s mobile phone app to find new sustainable brands.
Recently, I discovered some new brads on net-a-porter.com, such as Paradis Perdu, which uses only recycled materials, or RE/DONE that upcycles old pairs of jeans. Eileen Fischer has some beautiful spring sweaters and cardigans from organic cotton or linen.
I have said that I’m not too fond of fast-fashion brands. But after some of my friends mentioned that they don’t like shopping in second-hand stores, I decided to be more open-minded. If they are on the budget, I should find some inspiration for them as well.
Thus, if you look for more affordable pieces, check the AWARE line by Vero Moda. It carries some light, spring sweaters as well. I like this rollneck made of organic cotton. And even H&M offers several sustainably-made knits from their “Conscious” line that would be perfect for spring.
What if instead of looking for the cheapest way to buy clothes, you thought about what you really wanted? For example, I buy cashmere sweaters in consignment stores for two reasons. First, mass-produced cashmere is not a sustainable material. Secondly, if you want a premium quality cashmere, it is expensive. Thirdly, only quality lasts for years. Thus the fact that the pre-loved cashmere sweaters look like new proves that they are of superior quality. One of the brands that my husband and I love is Tallis. They offer premium quality recycled cashmere and merino wool sweaters and accessories.
Did you find my tips on how to choose sustainable chic sweaters this spring? Let me know in the comments below.
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