The best ethical and eco-friendly accessories brands to know right now

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This season sustainable style is at the top of fashion’s agenda. From recycled jewellery to vegan handbags, here are the best sustainable accessories brands to add to your spring wardrobe. 

Sustainability is 2020’s biggest fashion trend. While looking chic and feeling confident is still at the top of our style agenda, more than ever before we are considering the environmental impact of our shopping choices before adding that latest must-have piece to our basket. Now a new generation of designers are putting an eco-conscious ethos at the heart of their new collections, and creating pieces that are as planet-friendly as they are covetable. 

From Stella McCartney’s vegan take on Adidas’ iconic Stan Smith trainer to activewear made from recycled plastic bottles, thanks to new eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes, sustainable style has never been more accessible. 

Online retailers are doing their bit to help; Asos is looking at being more sustainable by creating reusable mailing bags and having a ’Responsibility Edit’ filter option on the website. 

Looking to update your wardrobe with sleek accessories that boast impressive environmental credentials? Stylist has rounded up the best eco-friendly accessory brands that will make shopping for bags, jewellery and even sunglasses a more sustainable investment. 

  • A Woven Plane

    Buying less but buying better starts with your sock drawer. Say goodbye to buying bundles of saggy, shapeless socks that been replacing every few months and invest in pieces from A Woven Plane, the womenswear brand getting serious about beautiful socks. 

    After struggling to find chic socks to wear with smart shoes, A Woven Plane founder Sarah Johnson and Rachael Dee Brien set out to make a line of functional but luxurious socks, sustainably produced from natural materials in Italy. As co-founder Sarah Johnson puts it “they are objects worth caring for and looking after. It is the small parts of your day, like putting on a good pair of socks that can make you feel empowered. We want to promote that, the joy in the simple things. less choice, less stuff. just good socks.”

  • Aitch Aitch

    Exotic skin handbags are rarely good for the environment, but the salmon skin used in every Aitch Aitch piece is sourced from organic and sustainable fishing farms in Europe. 

    They’re dyed and tanned using non-toxic and non-chemical processes, too.

  • Article 22

    Article 22’s delicate hoop earrings and pendants are perfect for layering, and are made from undetonated bombs dropped across Laos during the Vietnam War. 

    Once located, they’re melted down to raw metals and handcrafted into jewellery. The brand is a favourite of actor Emma Watson.

  • Bottletop

    Its iconic, playful bags are handmade by artisans in Salvador, Brazil. The instantly recognisable accessory is made from materials including partly recycled ring pulls.

  • Catbird

    Fashion editor and celebrity favourite Catbird creates jewellery from recycled or Fairtrade gold and conflict-free stones. The brand is known for its super-cool stacking rings and baby pearl hoops.

  • Edun

    Must-have beaded bags and artful sculptural jewellery are just a few examples of this brand’s light-hearted and fun approach to style. 

    Edun sources collections from mills that minimise their impact on the environment, and uses organic, recyclable or biodegradable materials.

  • Just Trade

    This east London-based brand works with creatives in Peru, Ecuador, India and Vietnam to make modern takes on ethnic jewellery at very reasonable prices. Everything is made with locally sourced and ethical materials.

  • Daisy London

    Daisy’s sell-out wellness-inspired jewellery collections (such as Karma and Chakra) are crafted in recycled 925 sterling silver with environmental wellbeing in mind.

  • Lark & Berry

    This brand has found an ethical, sustainable way of sourcing diamonds for jewellery; growing them in labs means no human or environment is exploited.

  • Matt & Nat

    Made from vegan leather, Matt & Nat’s hugely popular handbags and backpacks are cruelty-free and sustainably sourced. 

    They use renewable materials such as cork and rubber, and their linings are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.

  • Mashu

    These boxy, colourful handbags are made from synthetic leather using toxic-free solutions. The lining is made from recycled plastic and the handles are bioresin, repurposed wood and sustainable brass.

  • Neubau

    Neubau glasses are sustainable from production to packaging. The frames are made from the high-tech, eco-friendly material NaturalPX and they come in recyclable cases. Even the cleaning cloths are made from recycled plastic bottles.

  • Otiumberg

    Demi-fine jewellers Otiumberg are our go-to for dainty hoop earrings and delicate jewellery with (conflict-free) rainbow stones. As well as using recycled gold they also now use eco-friendly packaging.

  • Simon MIller

    Simon Miller’s chic bucket bags have become a street-style favourite. They’re made in collaboration with organic mills and artisans around the world and use energy-reducing ozone technology in their production.

  • Zoe Morton

    Zoe Morton uses recycled materials to create her hugely wearable, of-the-moment designs: shell fragment rings, “plant life” earrings and sculptural pendants to name a few.

To see more from Stylist’s sustainable fashion directory – including the world’s best ethical luxury labels and the eco-friendly brands making affordable style staples – click here

Main image: Otiumberg. All images courtesy of brands

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