Festival season is fast approaching, and with it comes an onslaught of festival fashion. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world and with ever-growing awareness of the astronomical (and soon to be irreversible) damage that the first world lifestyle is doing to our wonderful planet we need to be shopping responsibly, especially for clothing that is for seasonal wear or just for a few days of the year. In the spirit of Marie Kondo, if it doesn’t spark joy, don’t buy it.
Buying from eco-friendly alternatives such as charity shops, eBay and Etsy (who have recently implemented a carbon offset strategy) are excellent choices. But there are also a large number of small independent brands that source their materials ethically and sustainably, producing vibrant festival wear in all shapes and sizes.
Here are my favourite independent brands that produce their products with the UK that will hopefully spark joy, help lower your carbon footprint and support ethical working environments.
Each of Loonigans pieces are handmade in London. Ethical and eco-friendly trade is at the heart of the company.
The cat swimsuit brings me deep satisfaction and the reversible sequin hot pants are available in a multitude of shimmering colours.
Based in Brighton and making clothing since 1967, all HippyClothingco items are ethically sourced and individually made. A wide range of bohemian style clothes.
There is pretty much everything you could want here, for men, women and everybody in-between. The harem pants are particularly impressive and vibrant handcrafted jackets are perfect for the evenings for when it gets a little cooler.
BangBangCrash are an independent company set in Bristol, their collection of leggings is fresh and very fitting for any festival.
The nylon is made out of recycled polyester and their manufacturing process is based around using low impact methods to produce sustainable garments.
Rosa Bloom is a playful and distinctive clothing line, best known for eye catching sequin pieces.
The quality of the items is reflected in the price; these pieces are all 100% handstitched by women in Bali and Indonesia, the company pays their workers fairly and although the company acknowledges that there is still a way to go in terms of sustainability it is working towards becoming eco-friendly as possible.
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