Did you know that it takes up to 20000 litres of water to make a single kilo of cotton? In fact, according to The Guardian: “85% of the daily needs in water of the entire population of India would be covered by water used to grow cotton in the country. Yet, 100 million people in India do not have access to drinking water.” The environmental impact of the fasion industry has become undeniable, with the average life of a piece of clothing decreasing to three years.
Tired of continuously having to buy new clothes? Fed up with the fashion industry? Looking to change the way you consume? We have compiled a list of sustainable and ethical fashion brands in Madrid, for all our Spanish readers, or anyone who may be passing through.
THE CIRCULAR PROJECT
The Circular Project has a holistic approach, viewing its operations as an intersection of social, ecological and economic interests. Their store was the first space in Madrid focused on sustainable and ethical fashion. Its clothing is made locally without exploitation.
Founded in 2009, Ecoalf exists to break the cycle of overproduction and waste. The brand aims to use natural resources in a respectful way, while also using recycled materials. Ecoalf is committed to various sustainable projects, pledging to a carbon-free footprint by 2030, to help remove trash from the oceans and to upcycle these materials. The brand’s philosophy is to evolve without causing unnecessary harm to the planet.
Brava Fabrics focus on respect, trust, transparency, and sustainability. They exclusively use recycled and eco-friendly materials from renewable resources. Their packaging avoids plastic, utilising recycled and recyclable cardboard. Each year, Brava Fabrics publish a transparent Sustainability Report documenting their production process.
Blue Banana is a “a new way of seeing and understanding life, in which everything is not based on what to do, but how we do it and why we do it.” The offer clothing for the modern-day adventurer that seeks to explore the world and remain sustainable. For that reason, they make their garments exclusively from organic cotton due to its low environmental impact. The brand also utilises recycled polyester for their clothing and 70 percent of their packaging is made from recycled materials.
Lifegist offer the best quality products to while staying environmentally friendly. The company took the time to handpick their materials to minimise their carbon footprint: 100 percent of their materials are from sustainable origins. For a fabric to be certified as ecological in its production process it must generate the least possible environmental impact. It must use natural resources, consume the minimum amount of energy and water, maintain the natural characteristics of the raw material, reduce chemical processes and use bio-degradable elements that do not harm workers or consumers. Lifegist’s garments are made from organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, milk fibres, organic wool and organic silk.