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Eco-friendly clothing real people can afford

Yes, you can look sartorially smart while going green. Here are a few of our favourite — and very affordable — eco-friendly fashion lines.

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Alternative Apparel

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We dare you to find a softer, better T-shirt than the eco-heather ones made by Alternative Apparel. They’ve been a staple of ours since 1996, and the company offers several eco-friendly items alongside its run-of-the-mill finds. Look for products made with eco-fleece, organic cotton, eco-french terry cotton and organic cotton twill.

Eileen Fisher

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Organic cashmere? It’s a thing thanks to Eileen Fisher. The designer started her business in 1984 and now has stores in over 58 countries. She even strives to help consumers take better care of the environment via her website.

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Erin Templeton

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Erin Templeton‘s wares have long been favourites of ours, not only because she uses local leather for her handbags but also because she’s able to make modern-styled pieces look a bit vintage. The colours she uses will add a bit of oomph to any ensemble.

Gaiam

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If you love yoga and are looking for some comfy yet earth-friendly finds to wear when you practice, look no further than Gaiam. This company makes exceptionally soft workout gear, and it also has a line of sleepwear and loungewear.

Levi’s

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Levi’s is a globally recognized jean company that has taken some major steps to decrease its eco-footprint. Case in point: The company’s Waste Less collection is made of 20 per cent post-consumer recycled goods (including pop bottles!).

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Nella Bella

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Nella Bella is a Canadian favourite largely because its lightweight vegan handbags are showstoppers. A hobo bag from the company is an absolute must-have — they’re great for any woman on the go.

Matt & Nat

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A made-in-Canada label, Matt & Nat was at the forefront of the eco-fashion movement — it’s been designing for two decades. The company’s products are high quality and look even better when worn in. All the materials used are recycled, including the tags (which are made of cork).

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