Our Favorite Ethical Summer Products

The temps are still high and the nights are still longsummer is here to say for at least a little while longer! We love supporting our fellow mission-driven brands, so here are some of Loom's favorite pieces for keeping fun, stylish, and environmentally and socially conscious this season.

1. Romper by Threads 4 Thought

Photo courtesy of Threads 4 Thought.

Photo courtesy of Threads 4 Thought.

Photo courtesy of Sseko Designs.

Photo courtesy of Sseko Designs.

Made from recycled polyester-organic cotton, this romper is the perfect instant-outfit for summer! What began as an eco-friendly t-shirt company has grown into a full-on fashion brand. Threads 4 Thought is committed to socially responsible manufacturing practices and sustainable materials, all with the hope of changing the damaging "fast fashion" industry. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based in Uganda, Sseko began as a way to help young women earn an income to attend university and achieve their dreams. Now they also work with artisans in East Africa at all different points in their lives to help them reach beyond poverty.  In addition to handcrafted shoes like these fun flats, they also make charm bracelets and leather bags. 

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Shop, where our fellow Chicagoans can also pick these up.

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Shop, where our fellow Chicagoans can also pick these up.

 

 

JOYN products are made by artisans in Rajpur, India. JOYN provides their employees not just with vocational training but also with medial resources and meal plans. Their bags are completely handmade, from spinning the raw cotton, to block printing the colorful designs (this clutch was worked on by twelve different artisans!). 

 

 

Summer is also the perfect time to have some fun with color! Try a bright statement necklace (this one also comes in lavender and navy). Mata Traders is a fellow Chicago-based brand. With bright and colorful clothing and accessories made fairly by artisans in India and Nepal, they aim to put and end to poverty and improve the fashion industry.

Photo courtesy of WEWOOD.

Photo courtesy of WEWOOD.

No summer outfit is complete without sunglasses! WEWOOD makes theirs with natural cotton fiber to reduce plastic waste and help preserve the environment. Plus, for every pair sold they'll plant a tree to support reforestation!