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9 sustainable buys you need right now

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Environmentally-conscious shopping never looked so chic. From the perfect springtime suit trousers to the cool girl jeans that you’ll never want to take off – these sustainable pieces are the most stylish we’ve seen. 

Packing away your winter wardrobe has to fit between getting into freshly-cleaned bed sheets and winning hypothetical shower argument as one of the most satisfying feelings we can think of. As we retire our chunky knits and winter coats for another year, our thoughts inevitably turn to filling the newly vacant hangers in our wardrobe with the latest new season styles. 

From pastel suits to statement floral prints, this spring there are some seriously chic (and wearable) trends that we plan on wearing on heavy rotation for months to come. Then there’s the new season updates on our wardrobe favourites, from the latest denim styles to the freshest takes on the fail-safe t-shirt

But even the most devoted trend followers can no longer ignore the impact of our shopping habit. Fashion now ranks second only to the oil industry as the world’s biggest polluter, and a new generation of designers are responding by creating new season styles that are as environmentally conscious as they are endlessly wearable. 

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Constructed from recycled materials and sustainably-sourced fabrics, we’ve found the best pieces that are worthy of a place at the top of your wish-list, and have incredible sustainable credentials. 

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  • Anya Hindmarch

    Anya Hindmarch’s ‘I Am Not A Plastic Bag’ tote has been an icon since its first release in 2007. For 2020 the label has released a timely update, the aptly named ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’ which is constructed from 32 recycled plastic bottles, previously destined for landfill. Available to pre-order now, we predict this capacious tote will be the must-have bag you’ll be seeing on stylish women everywhere. 

    Shop Anya Hindmarch I Am A  Plastic Bag motif tote, £695

  • Maggie Marilyn

    Whether worn with a t-shirt, white trainers and a crossbody bag by day or with a playful going out top and square-toed heels by evening, a silk slip skirt is an effortless style hack for instant chic. The silk used in this statement fuchsia skirt by Maggie Marilyn is produced by Mr Shen, who has been growing, weaving and dying silk in Jiangsu, China for over 40 years, to the strictest sustainable criteria. This design is lined with recycled crepe, too. 

    Shop Maggie Marilyn silk-organza midi skirt at Net-A-Porter, £310

  • Weekday

    A style staple fit to rule alongside the tan trench and little black dress, the perfect everyday t-shirt is the backbone of every woman’s wardrobe. This oversized design from Weekday is 100% Tencel lyocell, a sustainable alternative to cotton made from pulped wood fibre that feels even softer to touch than silk. 

    Shop Weekday tencel t-shirt, £18

  • Converse

    Trainer lovers, rejoice: your trusty Converse just got a major sustainable update. Made from 30 to 40 per cent manufacturing waste canvas and regrind rubber, the Converse Renew collection is the same timeless high-top design, with a environmentally conscious approach. 

    Shop Converse Renew cotton Chuck 70 high top, £80

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