Shopping sustainable has become a growing trend in Vancouver – with conscientious consumers looking to local shops and designers for items that are eco-friendly.
Local designer Nicole Bridger runs her sustainable clothing store in Gastown, and believes that if humans want to continue living on this planet then we need to figure out a way to live in harmony with it.
“The textile industry has been coined the second most polluting industry in the world. These values are a part of me and I couldn’t turn them off when creating a business. To me it is illogical to create something that doesn’t leave the world better off than when you started,” Bridger told Daily Hive.
“What is needed is an entire mind shift on how we consume. We have been trying to fill a void with material possessions and it just does not work.”
If you’re looking to shop more sustainably here are 5 places to shop for conscientious clothes right here in Vancouver.
Bridger started her clothing line in her parent’s basement back in 2006, and said she wanted to create a clothing line that was both fashionable and ethical, something that didn’t exist at the time.
Where: 14 Water St, Vancouver
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am- 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Located in Kitsilano, this clothing store features eco-friendly items made entirely from bamboo. With all products made in Canada, Movement Global uses bamboo fabric because of its natural tendency to breath, and its ability to biodegrade.
Where: 2076 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday to Saturday 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
There’s only 18 more days to shop in our beautiful boutique before we move to our new studio (by appointment) location. : : We have some very lovely Spring-Summer styles in the shop as well as designs by dozens of other local designers to covet, make sure you stop by while you still can♡ : : 2202 Main Street (At 6th Ave) Vancouver, BC Tues-Sat 11-7 Sun 12-5 Mon Closed
Adhesif Clothing Company takes a completely different approach to sustainable fashion. The shop uses a wide variety of recycled fabrics to create one-of-a-kind garments that stand out. The pieces are usually vintage inspired, are cut by hand and then re-sewn together with love. It’s safe to say you won’t find clothing like this anywhere else in Vancouver!
Where: 3905 Knight Street, Unit B
Hours: By appointment only.
This company started in the back of a Volkswagen van, but flash forward 20 years, and they now have 7 locations across BC, including downtown and North Vancouver. The owner, Marilyn Robinson, created the clothing line to fit real women’s bodies offering sizes from XXS to 4X, all while being ethically produced. All garments are made from natural fibers and Robinson has a long-standing relationship with all her sewers.
Where: 1312 Commercial Drive, East Vancouver
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm, everyday
My Little Green Shop offers eco-friendly options for the whole family, and regularly donates a percentage of their proceeds to charity. The shop offers sustainable products like organic baby products, pet products, rain gear that is chemical free, bamboo utensils, organic bath and body products and much more.
Where: 704 – 1010 Burnaby Street, Vancouver
Hours: Anytime – visit their online shop at mylittlegreenshop.com