Eco-friendly clothing on Vancouver Island
Are you curious about fashion? How about clothes made with eco-friendly sustainable materials?
Many companies and shops in Vancouver Island create sustainable local clothes. Every shop has its own taste of fashion and motto for earth friendly garments.
They use many sustainable fabrics and strive to have a positive relationship with everyone who works to create their line. Their designs are sewn in India and Thailand to support small family run production houses that provide ethical working conditions and fair wages to their employees.
Blue Sky Clothing is a fair trade, natural fiber, sustainable clothing company specializing in fashion for all sizes. Their clothing is created using exclusively natural fibers, including bamboo, cotton, wool, and modal sourced from beech trees. Not only do these fabrics feel wonderful on the skin, but they are also less harmful to manufacture and create longer lasting clothing. As fair trade, bamboo fabric is sourced and sewn in China, and naturally sourced rayon is batiked and sewn in Bali.
Their vision is a world where we are all able to consider the impact of our purchases. They create clothes by local designers. Their signature fabric is a hemp and organic cotton blend, custom dyed using low impact dyes and a 100% uptake process. Their own line of Hemp and Company Originals and Essentials is designed and manufactured entirely in Canada.
Salt & West was established in 2005 with a vision for creating quality clothing with fabrics like certified organic cotton, viscose from bamboo, hemp, soy and merino wool. Their fabrics have been tested to ensure that they have no traces of harmful chemicals. Salts Organic clothing is a community based project that delivers high quality employment opportunities to women. Salts clothing is available online or at Hemp & Company.
Smoking Lily use mostly bamboo, eucalyptus, dead stock (left over stock from larger companies) and vintage fabrics found on their travels. They use only nontoxic inks in their print room and work to be good stewards to the earth. Smoking Lily’s goal is to be a zero fabric waste company, to make use of every last piece of fabric they bring in. Their kids’ line is made entirely out of leftover parts from other projects, as are many of their accessories.
With the growing push towards a more sustainable future, these shops and others are helping locals and visitors live a less wasteful, more purposeful life! Please visit our site to see our beautiful accommodations for your next getaway!
Written by Natsumi Matsumoto