How to Shop for Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing

Last Updated on December 29, 2017 by Ellen Christian

Lately, I’ve been evaluating what’s in my closet, and I’ve realized that I need to add more sustainable eco friendly clothing to my wardrobe. I try to be mindful when I shop so that I’m making good choices, but it’s easy to lose track of your goals when you’re pressed for time. I’ve been working on creating more of a capsule wardrobe so as I shop, I keep that in mind. Product was provided for this post. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

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How to Shop for Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing

Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing

Eco-friendly means a lot of different things to different people. When you heard the words eco friendly, you may think organic, sustainable, fair trade or even made in the USA. While it can mean any of those things, to me, eco-friendly means gentle to our environment, our world, and the people who live on it. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for sustainable eco friendly clothing.


Organic clothing is grown without GMO seeds, pesticides, or chemicals. It often refers to materials like cotton, jute, hemp, silk or wool. Organic clothing will be all natural and non-synthetic.

Fair Trade

Fair Trade refers to a movement that encourages better trading conditions, sustainable farming practices, and payment of higher prices to workers so they are able to support their families.

How to Shop for Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing

Fluorine Free

Fluorine is often used in waterproof or water resistant products and while that may be great, it’s not good for the environment. Animals and birds that ingest fluorine can suffer from low birth weight or deformities. It’s a substance that’s best avoided in my opinion.

How to Shop for Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing

Recycled Materials

Look for brands that create their clothing out of recycled textiles. Did you know that s of 2014, Americans sent 10.5 million tons of clothing to landfills every year? Reclaim some of that waste by purchasing clothes that contain recycled content.

Today I’m wearing an outfit from prAna which is a site that offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. Not only that, but prAna prioritizes giving back to communities all over the world. prAna offers organic, hemp, sustainable, and fair trade items so that consumers feel great about the things they wear and the items they give.

Learn more about why hemp matters and why organic cotton matters in these videos.

My Choices

I really love all of the options that prAna has on their site. It was so hard to choose which items I wanted to feature for you today. I chose an outfit that is perfect for a variety of outdoor activities including morning yoga, walking, hiking or just playing with the kids.

Juniper Pant – This yoga pant is made out of a blend of soft hemp, organic cotton, and stretch material that is gusseted for extra mobility. It has a flared leg and is available in Cargo Green On Point, Coal (featured), and Moonrock on Point. You can purchase this in sizes from XS to XL.

Cleo T-Shirt – The classic baseball style t-shirt is made of a lightweight, burnout material with a feminine fit. It’s colorfully styled in Coal, Mood Indigo, Summer Peach or Vortex Blue. This t-shirt is available in sizes XS to XL.

Save 15% off your entire order using this special discount code on prAna (expires April 14, 2017): PMOMTSC

6 thoughts on “How to Shop for Sustainable Eco Friendly Clothing”

  1. I live in my yoga pants and am always thrilled to find options that are more environmentally friendly! They look comfy!

  2. I like the organic clothing. It’s nice that companies will work to take care of the environment, including the animals that also feel the results of careless companies.

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