By Sabi Datoo-Lalji, Creative Consultant and Writer at Sabidatoolalji.com
As we continue to practice social distancing, conduct work calls over House Party and try and get acclimated to our new normal, the one thing that has shifted is the way we get dressed. Somewhere between getting fully dressed for work, and staying in our pajamas all day, a new uniform has emerged - loungewear. Don't get me wrong, I know loungewear has existed for eons, and it can be defined as simply as a pair of sweatpants and a tee, but in order to feel a little more put together and elevated, people are investing in specific pieces, now more than ever. To stay within the theme of healing the earth, and making sure we are conscious consumers, I have rounded up a handful of sustainable brands that not only provide us with chic wearability but who are also creating a positive impact in the way the clothes are produced.
Banishing the stereotypes associated with the word 'organic', pact creates accessible clothing with one goal in mind, if it is a textile that touches the skin, it deserves to be 100% cotton, and well made. Period. With a fair trade certified factory, no toxic dyes in sight, and a reduced water effort, it's safe to say that Pact is paving the way for ethical and affordable clothing. I especially love the Featherweight Raglan Tee in grey and citrus.
MATE is a brand out of LA who are reducing their carbon footprint, one T-shirt at a time. From keeping their supply chain extremely local to using GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, you can rest assured that your clothing is well looked after before it even arrives at your doorstep. Opt-in for the Vintage Pullover in Rosewood - ideal for morning calls and afternoon walks.
Born out of a necessity for beautifully crafted pajamas and loungewear, CEO and founder Ashley Merrill decided to create LUNYA, a comfortable sleepwear brand that won't keep you up at night. With a conscious effort to use luxurious fabrics and thoughtful mechanism, LUNYA will be the envy of your next team chat. Go for the Resort Linen Silk Hacho Jumpsuit in Deep Night. An investment piece to wear while you work and play.
UpWest isn't just a sustainable brand, it goes over and beyond to provide comfort to those who need it. From the UpWest Foundation donations to the team volunteering their time, this label is setting a huge example for a new way to retail. Their lightweight joggers are ideal from desk to grocery run, while their "So Much Love" Tee is soft enough for casual wear, yet smart enough for those weekly touch bases.
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