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4 Ways to Shop Sustainably

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Girl in brown leggings from Athleta

While some trends come and go with the seasons, the sustainability movement within the fashion industry is here to stay. From using recycled materials to supporting charity initiatives to reducing their carbon footprint, there are many ways brands are working to make the world a better place. Learn what sustainable fashion is and some stores within The Mall at Millenia where you can find eco-friendly clothing, accessories and beauty items.

What is Sustainable Fashion?
Sustainable fashion considers the full lifecycle of the product- from the design, sourcing and production processes. To determine if a company or product is sustainable, they must look at the water usage, lifecycle, hazardous chemicals, waste production and the effect they have on agriculture.

The beloved surfer shop is making waves within the sustainability movement by helping save the oceans. All of their latest boardshorts are made from plastic bottles, and Billabong has also launched an eco-capsule that has bathing suits, shorts, sweaters, beach blankets and more. All of the items within that line are made from fibers that are certified forest friendly.

Billabong Swimwear


Athleta says that currently, 60% of its products are made with sustainable materials, by using organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Tencel. Their hope this year is to increase this number by 80%. They produced their garments in an ethical factory which is Fair Trade Certified. Athleta is a B Corp Certified, which means it meets strict social and environmental standards.

Athleta outfit


Over the past few years, there’s been a shift in the beauty industry to go green. Lush, the beloved bath and body brand, has always been ahead of the curve thanks to their fresh, homemade products. One major way they make a difference is through their minimalist approach to packaging. Many of their products skip plastic altogether like their shampoo bars that equal 2-3 bottles of liquid shampoo and their hot oil treatment that comes on a wooden stick. They’re also known for their Charity Pot body lotion that donates one hundred percent of the proceeds to various grassroot groups.

Lush body lotion ad soap

Everything But Water

Next time you’re in need of a new swimsuit, opt for a style that also helps save the planet. Like the coral MaxSwim bikini made with recycled fabric (that’s equivalent to five water bottles). MaxSwim is exclusive to Everything But Water and in addition to being eco-friendly, the line is also designed to flatter twenty-five different bra sizes, from 30C to 38G. The swim boutique also carries other sustainable staples like bags and cover ups and the company is dedicated to hosting beach clean-ups nationwide among other charitable initiatives.

Pink Swim suit

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