9 Sustainable Brand Alternatives to Traditional Fashion

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Envision Costa Rica Bamboo Sunglasses

Envision Festival, Costa Rica. (Photography by @gem.on.earth)

Why Should You Choose Bamboo Textiles and Products Over Others?

Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that can be used to make textiles, furniture, flooring, and more. It’s also a renewable resource, which means it can be grown without damaging the environment. Bamboo uses less water than cotton production and produces fewer greenhouse gasses.

  • Bamboo is a sustainable resource that can be grown without damaging the environment.
  • It grows back quickly and is a versatile plant.
  • Bamboo is soft and absorbent, making it a great choice for textiles.
  • It is also anti-microbial and hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for furniture and flooring.
  • Bamboo cultivation doesn’t require the use of fertilizers or pesticides in the growing process.
  • Bamboo is a natural resource and therefore helps to connect people back to the earth. 

What is Sustainable Fashion?

Sustainable fashion is the practice of designing, manufacturing, and buying clothing and accessories that take into account the environmental, social, and economic impact of the entire lifecycle of the product. Sustainable fashion aims to reduce the negative environmental impacts of the textile and fashion industry. 


Big Leaf Sustainable Fashion


The Problems with Traditional Fashion

The textile industry is one of the most environmentally damaging industries in the world. The production of synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon, for example, requires large amounts of energy and produces harmful greenhouse gasses, not to mention the wastewater with chemical dyes used in this process. The manufacture of conventional cotton also has a negative environmental impact, as it requires large amounts of water and pesticides.

In addition, the traditional fashion industry is often criticized for its social and economic injustices. The majority of the world’s clothing is made in developing countries, where workers are paid low wages and often subjected to unsafe working conditions. Sustainable fashion aims to address these problems by promoting social and environmental justice throughout the entire lifecycle of the product.


Bamboo Sunglasses Costa Rica
Photoshoot with @nomad.ness in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Sustainable Alternatives to Traditional Fashion

In addition to choosing clothes made from sustainable materials, there are many other ways to be sustainable in your fashion choices. 

There are many different ways to be sustainable in your fashion choices, and it can be as simple as choosing clothes made from natural fabrics or choosing clothes made from recycled materials. Here are a few examples:

  • Choose clothes made from natural fabrics like bamboo, cotton, linen, and wool.
  • Choose clothes made from recycled materials.
  • Buy vintage or used clothes.
  • Repair damaged clothes instead of throwing them away.
  • Wear clothes that are in season and don't need to be replaced as often.
  • Shop at sustainable fashion brands.

Bamboo Toothbrushes


9 Sustainable Brands Bambuddha Recommends 

Conscious Convergence 

Conscience Convergence
Representing at Eudaimonia Festival, Guatemala. (@gem.on.earth)
Conscious Convergence is a company that works with indigenous communities to create clothing, jewelry, and art made from recycled fabric. They go to great lengths in order for the materials they use not only to be eco-friendly but also authentic.

Maracao Beachwear

Bamboo Sunglasses
Maracao & Bambuddha collaboration in San Jose, Costa Rica.
This Luxury Beachwear brand is handcrafted ethically in Costa Rica, empowering women and the power of conscious consumption.

Sparrow Clothing

Photoshoot with @sparrow__co

Sparrow clothing is released in small batches. All made by hand. Not many do it like this anymore. 

Threads Of Creation

Sunglasses Bamboo

Photoshoot fun in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. (@nomad.ness)

Handmade, naturally-dyed hemp & organic cotton clothes.

Infinity Hoods

Bamboo Sunglasses
Shooting in the tropics with @nomad.ness
Amazing Festival and Dance Wear!

Dakini Arts


in Squamish, BC.

Sustainable Apparel for Conscious Lifestyles uniquely designed with luxurious eco-textiles and more!


Give Thanks!

Give Thanks

Handmade and stylish in Peru.

Gratitude, Gratitude, Gratitude! Peruvian leather bags combined with beautiful indigenous textiles among other pendants, art, jewelry, and crafts.

Primitive Tribal Craft 

Primitive Tribal Craft

All-natural living.

Dedicated to bringing the awareness of conscious consumption, honoring and preserving the old traditional crafts and skills, and supporting rural and tribal populations around the world.


DAUB Fashion
Comfortable activewear.
They work in limited editions to reduce their impact on the environment, producing only what they need for each season. Their tie-dye pieces are created carefully and they exhaust their dye baths to ensure that they put little to no excess down the drain.

The Future of Sustainable Fashion

The future of sustainable fashion is looking bright. Sustainable fashion brands are growing in popularity, and more and more people are becoming interested in sustainable clothing and sustainable products. The traditional fashion industry is also starting to take notice, and there are now a few sustainable fashion lines that are available in mainstream stores.

Sustainable fashion is still in its early stages, and there is a lot of room for growth. As the world becomes more aware of the negative environmental and social impacts of the traditional fashion industry, sustainable fashion will continue to grow in popularity.


Sunglasses Bamboo Polarized
Envision Festival, by @nomad.ness


Bamboo is a versatile resource that can be used to make textiles, furniture, flooring, or even bamboo sunglasses and toothbrushes.

There are many brands that use bamboo in their product lines for various reasons including its environmental sustainability, breathability, and softness. The future of sustainable fashion looks bright as more people become interested in these types of products.

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  • Hi I love your website and products. It’s great how your highlighting ethical fashion brands. I’m a designer with an ethical fashion brand. Please check out my site and IG @moonlakebags.com
    I would love to be added to your list.
    Thank you

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