How to Get Your Best DIY Pedicure

How to Get Your Best DIY Pedicure

Are you more of a cherry red or a millennial pink? A pool blue or a neon peach? (With the rainbow nails trend perfectly on point for Pride month, do you even need to choose?)

There’s something so uplifting about a pop of color on your toes. And with warm weather approaching, it’s another way to show your style — not to mention how nice it feels to block out time for pampering your skin and nails.

Feel totally polished with this DIY pedicure you can do at home, and earn cash back to support nonprofits when you shop with Giving Assistant.

What You’ll Need for a DIY Pedi

  • Bathtub, foot spa, or shallow bowl
  • Foot exfoliator tool
  • Warm water
  • Lotion
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton round
  • Base coat
  • Top coat (optional)
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail clippers or nail scissors
  • Nail file
  • Toe spacers

Tips for a DIY Pedi

  • Because you’ll be using products with fumes, pick somewhere with good ventilation to do your pedicure. If possible, open a window and turn on a fan.
  • Nail polish starting to separate? Don’t shake the bottle, as this can cause bubbles. Instead, roll it between your hands until the formula blends together again.

7 Easy Steps to Your Best DIY Pedicure

Step 1: Remove Any Nail Polish

Removing nail polish
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First remove any existing polish from your toes with nail polish remover. Soak a bit of remover on a cotton round and gently sweep across your nails until every trace of polish is gone. It can be annoying when you’re eager to get on with your nail routine, but we do this step so the new polish has a nice, even canvas to stick to.

If you want to skip this step completely next time, there’s actually a peel-off base coat that lets you peel off your nail polish when you’re ready for a new look! This is also a great way to reduce the waste from cotton rounds.

Step 2: Soak Feet

Soak feet in water
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Fill your tub, foot spa, or bowl with warm water. Just like at the nail salon, choose the temperature based on whatever you can comfortably tolerate. Place your feet in the water and soak for about 10 minutes. (That’s three songs…or 40 TikToks!) This not only relaxes you, but it also softens your skin and nails to get them ready for Steps 3–5. 

If you’d like, you can even add a foot soak or bath bomb to make it feel like a real spa!

Step 3: Exfoliate

Exfoliate feet
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Next, exfoliate your feet with a tool like a foot file or pumice stone. We like this pumice stone from Urban Outfitters because it doesn’t have any plastic parts like a typical foot paddle. With a slightly wetted pumice, gently buff the skin on your feet in a circular motion. Work in circles for about 2–3 minutes. Then dip your foot in the water again to rinse off, revealing the soft skin underneath!

Step 4: Treat Cuticles

Treat cuticles using pusher
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Now that  your cuticles have had time to soften up in the bath, push your them back using a cuticle pusher. Many people do this on their hands but not their feet, but others prefer how they look and feel all lined up. Just be sure to never clip, cut or scrape your cuticles!

Step 5: Trim & File Nails

Trim nail using nail clipper

Once you’ve patted your feet dry, use a nail clipper or nail scissor to trim your toenails, then use a nail file to smooth out the sharp edge. The emery board should be mostly making contact with the underside of your nails, not the top. 

Step 6: Moisturize

Moisturize you feet
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Next you’re going to moisturize your feet to lock in the work from the exfoliation. Apply lotion to your feet, and really treat this step like a massage. Choose a fragrance that calms you and helps put you in a good mood. Lavender is known to be a soothing scent, but you might prefer vanilla, musk, or even a juicy mandarin fragrance!

If any product gets on your nails, go over them one more time with the nail polish remover to ensure even polish application.

Step 7: Apply Nail Polish

Apply nail polish
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Put in toe separators (these tulip-shaped ones from Kooding are as pretty as a pedi) so you can work with a steady hand. It’s time for polish!

Apply a base coat and let dry. Then apply one coat of nail polish and let dry. Apply a second or third coat, depending on the opacity of your polish. Wait about 10–15 minutes. Listening to a podcast or audiobook can make the time go faster.

If you like to do a topcoat, this is when you’d apply it. But you can really get away without it, since pedicures seem to last forever. And remember that it’s okay if you don’t do a perfect application! Any color that bleeds will come off with some time in the shower, since nails hold onto polish a lot better than skin.

Enjoy your brand new pedicure!

Feel Good, Look Good & Shop for Good

When you shop with Giving Assistant, you earn cash back to keep or share with a nonprofit of your choice. That means any products you buy for your at-home self care routine can put dollars and cents towards causes you care about. And these small donations add up to make a big difference for nonprofits. 

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How to Get Your Best DIY Manicure

How to Get Your Best DIY Manicure

Like coloring in the squares in your bullet journal, there’s something so satisfying about painting your nails. And swapping out an overgrown mani for a fresh coat can feel like putting on a cape. In other words, a manicure is a confidence boost in a bottle.

Self grooming is now more popular than ever. If you’re looking for a summer refresh without having to leave your home, start here.

We have tips for getting your best at-home DIY manicure so you can keep up your self-care routine or start a new one. (After all, you’re gonna need something to go with that pedi.)

10 Steps to Your Best DIY Manicure

What You’ll Need

  • Shallow bowl
  • Warm water
  • Hand scrub
  • Lotion
  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton rounds
  • Base coat
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Nail clippers or nail scissors
  • Nail file
  • Desk fan (optional)

Step 1: Remove Any Nail Polish

Removing any nail polish

Soak some nail polish remover with a cotton round (cotton balls can leave annoying lint behind). Gently sweep across your nails until every trace of polish is gone. This step will create a nice, clean canvas for your manicure.

Step 2: Soak Hands

Soaking hands

Fill a shallow bowl with warm (not hot) water. You can also fill the bathroom sink if that works better. Soak hands for about ten minutes…and enjoy! This step is to promote a sense of calm and soften your nails for step three. 

Step 3: Trim & File Nails

Trim and file nails

With nail scissors or clippers, trim nails to your desired length. Then use a nail file to smooth out the edges and give them your desired shape, making sure to always file in the same direction (you don’t want to drag the nail file back and forth.) 

This part is where you get to express yourself! Popular shapes are square, round and squoval, which is kind of like if square and round had a baby. With more length you can make them oval, almond or stiletto, but most people need acrylics or press-on nails to achieve these looks.

Step 4: Exfoliate

Exfoliate in hand

Taking a dab of hand scrub, gently exfoliate the skin on your hands. Work in circles, focusing on areas that tend to get drier. You can buy dedicated manicure scrubs like they use at the salon, or you can multitask with a regular body scrub. Choose a pear sugar scrub to make it feel like a real treat!

Step 5: Treat Cuticles

Treat cuticles using pusher

With a cuticle pusher, push your cuticles back so they line up nicely and evenly. Just be sure to never clip, cut or scrape your cuticles!

Step 6: Moisturize

Moisturize your hands

Moisturize your hands with your favorite lotion. Choose any product that works well for you…and it doesn’t hurt if it smells heavenly, too! This step relaxes any tension you’re holding in your hands, and it helps lock in the work from the exfoliation we just did.

You can also use a cuticle oil during this step to really treat your nails. (Just do another sweep of nail polish remover so nothing gets left behind on your nails, as product will make the nail polish ball up.)

Step 7: Rinse & Remove Product

Rinse and remove product

Just like you would at the nail salon, wash your hands to make sure no product is left behind on your nails. Moisturizers (as well as your skin’s natural oils) can make nail polish bead up and streak. If you used cuticle oil in the last step, go over your nails one more time with nail polish remover.

Step 8: Apply Base Coat

Apply base coat

Apply a base coat to lay a good foundation and help your manicure adhere. We like this peel-off basecoat because it reduces the need for cotton rounds next time. Simply peel off your polish when you’re ready for a new manicure.

Step 9: Apply Nail Polish

Apply nail polish on the cuticle

Place your hand on a flat surface and apply your first coat of color. An easy technique is to put a gob of polish on the cuticle (it will look like too much, but don’t worry) then “draw” it out in two swipes, left and right. Think of it like you’re making a heart. 

Wait for it to dry, then do two or three more times, depending on the opacity of the polish.

Nail polish actually takes 24 hours to completely dry. But you can test that it’s dry enough with this trick: lightly touch the outside of your pinky nails to each other. (This way you won’t mess up your manicure in a noticeable way.) If they feel tacky, wait a bit longer.

Step 10: Apply Top Coat

Apply top coat along the tip of the nail

Apply a top coat to protect your manicure and keep it shiny. We like to “wrap” the manicure by applying top coat along the tip of the nail. This makes it last even longer! Please not top coat is different than base coat!

Turn Grooming into Giving

When you shop with Giving Assistant, you earn cash back to keep or share with a nonprofit of your choice. That means any products you buy for your at-home self care routine can put dollars and cents towards causes you care about. And these small donations add up to make a big difference for nonprofits. 

Please note, cash back donations are for Giving Assistant members who have a nonprofit selected in their account. Shoppers must be logged into their account or using the Giving Assistant extension to automate cash back and donations. Cash back donations can vary depending on user settings.

If you buy a product or service through links found on our blog, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Save Big During Harvey Nichols Spring Sale (2020)

Save Big During Harvey Nichols Spring Sale (2020)

The Spring Harvey Nichols sale is on now! Anyone working on their spring closet “edit” has to get in on this—especially if you’re looking to replace your old clothes with both timeless “capsule” pieces, and some high-end trend-setters.

Shop must-have designer fashion and beauty (valid through 9/11/2020 limited time only, subject to change).

Psst…Don’t Leave Savings on the Table! Earn up to 9% Cash Back (that’s $9 on a $100 order!) automatically if you install the Giving Assistant browser button before you shop!

What is Harvey Nichols?

Harvey Nichols is a high-end, internationally renowned United Kingdom-based department store chain selling designer fashion collections, accessories, beauty products, food, and wine.

Although their department stores are located in the United Kingdom, they do offer online shopping and international shipping.

What to Buy During the Spring 2020 Harvey Nichols Sale

Harvey Nichols Men’s Trends for 2020

Heliot Emil Black Reflective T-Shirt

Round-neck black reflective t-shirt

You won’t find the Juul brothers’ experimental, Scandinavian-inspired monochrome styles in the U.S. Heliot Emil T-shirts start at $105 and feature reflective panels with a patch pocket.

Kenzo Dip Dye Tiger Tee

Embroidered iconic tiger logo

Make a fierce fashion statement with this 100% cotton, embroidered tee featuring Kenzo’s iconic tiger logo, and Asian and Japanese-influenced designs mixed with a European flair.

Don’t spend hundreds elsewhere on the same tee! Save over $100 now with Harvey Nichols.

Pleasures Sweatshirt

Alpine green drawstring hood

Treat yourself to statement-makers that the average shop doesn’t carry.

A Pleasures sweatshirt channels your inner grunge with tie-dye, stripes, and the Grateful Dead

This alpine green, designer-stamped, cotton-blend sweatshirt has a drawstring hood and features religious idols and scripture printed on the front and sleeves. 

Balmain Camouflage-Print T Shirt

Balmain t-shirts for men

Not every department store carries Instagram’s most-followed French designer’s line.

Starting from $295, shop Harvey Nichols for Balmain T-shirts for men, including this slim-style, camouflage-print mesh tee featuring the brand’s new logo.

VLTN Black Cotton T Shirt

Valentino t-shirt star logo

You’re a real star, and with this Valentino T-shirt, everyone else knows it too.

Crafted in Italy, sport the label’s iconic VLTN star logo for a classic, laidback look, or shoot for the moon with this seasonal space themed tee.

Off-White Black Printed Sweatshirt

Printed sweatshirt jacket

Utility jackets, sweatshirts, and tees are here to stay in 2020.

Off-White adds quotation marks, zip ties, and four-way arrows that create crosses in its designs, like the eye-catching print across the chest of this hooded cotton-jersey sweatshirt.

Spring Edit Tip: Save $100+ on Off-White T-shirts and up to $150+ on Off-White sweatshirts.

Stone Island Grey Hooded Sweatshirt

Grey mélange sweatshirt

This grey mélange sweatshirt offers street-styled casual wear from a cutting-edge Italian label known for its experimental, innovative dyeing techniques.

Hurry! Harvey Nichol’s colorful selection of Stone Island sweatshirts is flying off the shelves.

McQ Alexander Mcqueen Swallow Prints

T-shirt sweatshirt

Swallows are thought to bring good fortune and happiness, which makes perfect sense.

A handful of McQ Alexander McQueen sweatshirts, tees, and accessories featuring these birds are beautifully priced, starting at $120 for T-shirts and $195 for sweatshirts.

Alexander McQueen White Leather Sneakers

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Get it here.

Mesmerize with McQueen! These handmade white leather sneakers feature a hypnotic, neon yellow, python-effect heel with a thick rubber sole.

Spring Edit Tip: Save $100+ when you shop Harvey Nichol’s wide selection of Alexander McQueen sneakers.

Harvey Nichols Women’s Trends for 2020

Isabel Marant Étoile Mansel Sweatshirt

Pastel tie-dyed hoodie

This pastel, tie-dyed hoodie is intended for an oversized fit—and it’s just one of many Isabel Marant sweatshirts sold at Harvey Nichols that make an excellent springtime splurge.

Spring Edit Tip: You can’t help but smile when wearing this pale yellow Isabel Marant’s Felicie Jacket, a loosely tailored, wool blend garment that’s part of a growing trend for this season.

Kenzo Shirt Dresses

Black floral print dress

Need a versatile addition for your 2020 wardrobe? Shirt dresses are it.

Kenzo’s white poplin shirt dress, made with Mother of Pearl buttons, is a classic example of how to keep it sweet and simple for spring.

Spring Edit Tip: For a bolder look, we recommend Kenzo’s loose-fitting, black floral print dress, a night-out-on-the-town stunner featuring the label’s Sea Lily floral motif in vibrant cool tones.

Palones Cream Textured-Knit Jumper

Palones open-knit jumper

This spring, expect knitwear trends to blossom.

Breathable styles, like this Palones open-knit jumper, are versatile and pair exceptionally well with ruffle-trimmed midi skirts and cargo trousers (Harvey Nichols has excellent suggestions).

Stella McCartney x adidas Stan Smith Low-Top Sneakers

Canvas hi-top sneakers for women

Sustainable fashion alert!

Women’s low-top trainers and canvas hi-top sneakers that are eco-friendly? Yes, please.

This fashion-forward collabo features faux leather shoes, like this rainbow lace-up pair.

Off-White Metalized Jitney 0.7 Cross Body Bag

Gold metallic jitney leather cross body bag

You’re golden with this metallic Jitney leather cross-body bag by your side.

Hang this versatile piece from the shoulder or create a striking belt bag across your waist.

Nanushka Stretch Cotton Dress

Mediterranean-inspired style dress

Aside from being one of the most Instagrammed vegan leather brands, Nanushka’s chic, sustainability also shines through in its cotton pieces, like this classic, Mediterranean-inspired style dress with handmade ceramic buttons and a rope waist belt.

Reebok X Victoria Beckham Ecru Hooded Sweatshirt

Sweatshirt with a white logo print

The Reebok X Victoria Beckham collection features high-end sportswear inspired by dancers—think clean lines, balletic silhouettes, and a more subdued color palette—like this 100% cotton sweatshirt with a white logo print on the sleeve.

Need a new sports bra? See all Reebok x Victoria Beckham styles at Harvey Nichols here.

Acme Studios Fanita Sweatshirt

Fanita cotton-jersey sweatshirt

Run errands comfortably or sit back and relax in oversized loungewear from Acme Studios.

The Fanita cotton-jersey sweatshirt features a drawstring hood, pouch pocket, and logo plaque on the back. Available in soft-hued blue, grey, and white.

Need sweatpants instead? Check out all Loungewear at Harvey Nichols here.

Other womenswear trends and brands to keep an eye out for during a Harvey Nichols sale:

  • Vince cashmere jumpers, open-knit cardigans, and cotton-blend trousers
  • Equipment silk and satin threads, like shirt dresses and midis in floral and leopard prints
  • Stand Studio faux fur and wool-blend coats
  • Alice+Olivia glam party dresses and cocktail attire
  • Victoria, Victoria Beckham dresses and slogan tees

Free Shipping at Harvey Nichols

As of April 10, 2020, U.S. customers get free shipping on all orders over $250. Other free shipping opportunities come up on a limited-time basis, so shop Harvey Nichols with the Giving Assistant Button installed so you won’t miss them!

Shop to Give: How to Give Back with Harvey Nichols

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With Giving Assistant, you get direct access to the best Harvey Nichols coupon codes and earn up to 9% cash back on your purchases. You can then choose to share a percentage of your earned cash back with the nonprofit of your choice, including your favorite local nonprofits.

Learn more about how Giving Assistant works.

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Best Women Owned Brands To Support in 2020

Best Women Owned Brands To Support in 2020

Women are behind many successful and growing companies. In fact, according to SBA.gov, there are more than 11 million woman-owned businesses in the U.S. That’s 38% of all U.S. businesses! That means women are supporting nearly 9 million jobs and generating annual revenues of $1.6 trillion!

Want to support women-owned brands but don’t know where to find them? Start here to learn about some women-owned brands you’ve probably heard of and others you haven’t…until now!

We’ve found you the best in beauty, fashion, and lifestyle—all from brands that are female-founded and run! Check out our sweet finds below.

Support These Top Women Owned Brands in 2020

1. Unwrp

Screenshot of Unwrp homepage

Unwrp is a sustainable gift wrap brand founded by Ashley Fouyelle, who set out to create luxury, eco-friendly gift wrapping options in stylish, unique prints your friends and family will love, and hopefully reuse! (The prints are also available as tags, bags, and greeting cards.)

One of Unwrp’s top products—fabric wrap—can even be repurposed into another gift, like a hair wrap or chic neck kerchief.

2. Skinny Dipped Almonds

Screenshot of Skinnydipped Almonds home site

Skinny Dipped almonds come in flavors like raspberry, espresso, lemon bliss, and mint, and are an easy, delicious way to up your protein and fiber intake while satisfying your sweet tooth. Skinny Dipped is run by a bevy of brilliant women: founders Val Griffith and her young daughter Breezy, and co-founders Lizzie Resta and Chrissy Haller.

Your online purchase of Skinny Dipped Almonds can support your choice of any nonprofit (like women-focused ones!) when you use Giving Assistant!

Tip: You can also earn cash back with Giving Assistant when you buy Skinny Dipped Almonds from Target, Walmart, and Thrive Market!

3. Mischo Beauty

Screenshot of Mischo beauty home site

Mischo Beauty offers a mesmerizing line of non-toxic nail polishes that look as gorgeous on your vanity as they do on your nails!

The woman-owned nail polish brand (which boasts 23 dreamy colors and a well-reviewed cuticle elixir) was founded by Kitiya King when she was pregnant with her son and searching for luxurious nail polish without harsh fumes. She applied her chemistry degree to developing non-toxic, yet high-quality polishes that were both safe and gorgeous.

Mischo Beauty nail polish is:

  • Non-toxic
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-free
  • Gluten-free
  • 10 free (a special designation for nail lacquers formulated without 10 common, controversial ingredients)

Tip: Earn cash back with Giving Assistant when you buy Mischo Beauty from Macy’s!

4. S’well

Screenshot of S'well home site

S’well’s environmentally friendly water bottles have become the envy of every library, office and hiking trail—and a woman is behind this coveted bottle! Founded by Sarah Krauss, S’well is one of the fastest growing women-owned companies in the world. 

Known for their striking opaque body and stainless steel cap, S’well’s insulated bottles are an easy way to make sustainability part of your daily routine. And they come in gorgeous designs to suit any bag, planner or laptop skin.

Tip: Find the best Swell promo codes and earn cash back with Giving Assistant.

5. PAT McGRATH LABS

Screenshot of Pat McGrath home site

This trending makeup line targets beauty connoisseurs who believe that “makeup is a movement.” Famed makeup artist Pat McGrath made a name for herself in the beauty industry with bold mattes, stunning chromatics, and surprising collaborations. (At the time of this writing, the limited edition Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker line is flying off shelves!_

Tip: Shop PAT McGRATH LABS at Sephora using Giving Assistant to get the best promo codes and earn cash back.

6. Mejuri

Screenshot of Mejuri home site

This “Insta-famous” jewelry brand, founded by Noura Sakkijha, stole hearts with its dainty, timeless, last-forever pieces. Sakkijha set out to make fine jewelry something you can gift yourself (rather than waiting for someone to give it to you) by offering gorgeous, on-trend accessories at everyday price points.

Mejuri encourages wearing fine jewelry every day. And offers new, limited-edition drops every Monday of the year. Each piece handcrafted like the olden days, designed for everyday.

Our favorite right now: Their Croissant Dôme Ring and Organic Pearl Hoops.

7. Glossier

Screeshot of Glossier home site

Glossier’s minimalist makeup and skincare line, founded by Emily Weiss, is the perfect companion for late nights and low-maintenance mornings. Learn more about this brand by reading this Glossier review.

We’re big fans of:

Tip: At the time of this writing, Giving Assistant shoppers are earning up to 10% Cash Back at Glossier!

8. Turbie Twist

Screenshot of Turbie Twist home site

Turbie Twist is a “super absorbent” hair towel that makes that post-shower hair situation you see in movies actually achievable. Available in both cotton and microfiber, this iconic hair towel is affordable, gentle on hair, and founded in 2006 by sisters Angela and Christina. 

Tip: Earn cash back (that you can donate) from Giving Assistant when you buy Turbie Twist through any of these retailers: (Cash back amounts are subject to change.)

9. SPANX

Screenshot of Spanx home site

You probably know them for their famous shapewear, but SPANX has expanded to denim, activewear, and everyday apparel. Plus? SPANX is 100% owned and run by founder Sarah Blakely.

This brand is all about versatile, smartly-designed pieces that make a strong foundation for your wardrobe. If you live in stretchy clothes, why not support a woman-owned company while you’re at it?

Tip: Find the best SPANX promo codes and earn cash back when you shop through Giving Assistant.

10. The Honey Pot

Screenshot of Honey Pot home site

The Honey Pot is a line of plant-based feminine care founded by Bea Dixon. Their product range includes foaming wash, lubricant, cleansing wipes, tampons, pantyliners and pads.

And at the time of this writing, you can also snag some swag including a coin purse and enamel pins in designs that de-stigmatize the human body, naturally!

Their products are infused with soothing herbs like lavender and aloe. Plus they’re:

  • Chlorine-free
  • Pesticide-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Biodegradeable
  • Vegan

Tip: Shop The Honey Pot from Target with Giving Assistant to earn cash back and grab some promo codes.

11. Parachute

Screenshot of Parachute home site

Parachute began with bedsheets, and has now expanded to all things home. And they’re another successful woman-led startup on our list!

With a focus on simplicity, function, and comfort, Parachute’s products are the perfect building-block to creating your serene sanctuary.

Plus, they’re certified to be free of harmful synthetics! When it comes to where you sleep, that’s major.

Tip: Get the best Parachute promo codes and earn cash back when you shop on Giving Assistant.

12. Rent the Runway

Screenshot of rent the Runway home site

Rent the Runway is a service that lets you borrow big-name-brand, super trendy clothes you’ve had your eye on. If you’re trying to reduce the footprint of your shopping, you’ll love this woman-owned company, founded and run by Jenn Hyman and Jenny Fleiss.

Rent the Runway only carries high-end brands, so you can try designer clothes without the commitment! What could be better as we enter prom, wedding and vacation season?

Tip: Get the best Rent the Runway coupons and promo codes when shop using Giving Assistant.

13. Stasher

Screenshot of Stasher home site

These silicone bags are keeping plastic out of our oceans and landfills! The eco-loving founder  Kat Nouri came up with the idea for Stasher while packing her kids’ lunch.

Stasher bags are:

  • Reusable
  • Non-toxic
  • Airtight
  • Available in every size, to stash even the smallest leftovers (possibly the most annoying part of cooking)!

These are like the final bow on a perfect minimalist kitchen. (That shade of aqua is…*chef’s kiss*.) They’re also good for organizing your cabinets, since they stand upright!

Tip: Shop Stasher from Target with Giving Assistant to earn cash back and support any nonprofit!

Making It Easy to Make a Difference

Supporting women-owned brands feels good. Did you know you can make a difference just by shopping online? Many of the brands mentioned in this article partner with Giving Assistant, which provides the best promo codes and cash back offers.

When you earn cash back you can choose to keep some or give some to your favorite nonprofit. Any nonprofit, even nonprofits that support women or small ones in your community!

Pro Tip: Look for discount codes through Giving Assistant. And if you haven’t already, download our browser extension, the Button, to automatically save money and support great causes while you shop.

Best Sustainable Clothing Brands (2020 Review)

Best Sustainable Clothing Brands (2020 Review)

Concerns about climate change have caused millions of people around the world to reconsider the ways their decisions are impacting the environment. And more and more consumers are searching for ways to decrease their carbon footprints, whether through recycling, moving to more energy-efficient vehicles, or even by searching for sustainable clothing brands.

But finding genuinely sustainable clothing brands isn’t a simple endeavor. The industry is filled with ‘fast fashion’ (those designers and manufacturers that pump out new trends as quickly as possible, maximizing profit and the amount of damage done to the environment).

Things have gotten so bad that fashion styles are evolving multiple times every month. Because of this, over 150 billion pieces of clothing being produced every year, and only 80 billion are actually used. The rest is filling our landfills with fabrics and fibers that are seldom biodegradable.

It’s simply not sustainable.

And that’s without mentioning the fact that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter of clean water and contributes nearly 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. When you add in the fact that many of the most famous clothing brands use poor, overseas workers that can easily be taken advantage of – it doesn’t paint a pretty picture.

But there are companies that are taking a stand for our world. They’re committed to making business decisions that are good for the earth as well as their bottom line. And they’re transforming the fashion industry, even making many traditional ‘fast fashion’ manufacturers and retailers take notice.

So, if you’ve been searching for sustainable clothing brands that you can support, look no further. These are the top twenty brands for you.

The Best Sustainable Clothing Brands in 2020

1. Bhumi

Screenshot of Bhumi site

Bhumi is the Hindi word for ‘Mother Earth.’ And this Australian-based company is committed to treating our planet like a parent, enjoying her presence and gifts while caring for her at the same time.

They have a number of concerns about the modern fashion industry, including its use of GMO seeds, dangerous pesticides, and toxic dyes. And they aren’t satisfied with the willingness of many to allow child labor and unhealthy working conditions.

As a result, they’ve created processes that protect workers and consumers by creating organic, chemical-free products that are luxurious and long-lasting – using sustainable, fair-trade factories.

They specialize in women’s clothing (everything from tops and bottoms to underwear) as well as bath towels and bedding.

Shop at Bhumi to help support this brand.

2. EILEEN FISHER

Screenshot of Eileen fisher site

Eileen Fisher started her eponymous company in 1984 with one idea in mind: to create clothing that is beautifully simplistic. Since that time, it’s grown to be a major player in the modern fashion industry, especially when it comes to sustainability.

This is a company that’s committed to green processes every step of a product’s lifecycle, from development to recycling. Not only do they use environmentally friendly dyes and finishes, but they also ensure the entire production process attains the highest ethical standards.

And they have programs like RENEW, a way to recycle Eileen Fisher clothing by bringing in worn or torn pieces. Eileen Fisher retailers will take them back, offer a $5 reward card, and recycle the clothing by repairing it or transforming it into an entirely new design. This is sustainability at its best.

Shop at Eileen Fisher through Giving Assistant and help donate.

3. PACT

Screenshot of Pact site

PACT prides itself on offering “guilt-free fashion.”

What do I mean by that?

They’re committed to using 100% organic cotton that’s grown without fertilizers or dangerous chemicals. And since it foregoes those modern “conveniences”, it uses far less water on every item produced.

They are also fair trade factory certified which ensures that everyone who’s involved in manufacturing their products is treated fairly and provided with a living wage.

Pact offers a wide array of options, including men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, as well as bath towels and bedding.

In their commitment to sustainability goes deeper in their manufacturing and distribution processes, they also provide opportunities to recycle old clothing, towels, and lemons. These commitments are what makes them a leader in the sustainable fashion industry.

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4. EVERLANE

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One of Everlane’s taglines is “radically transparent.” But it’s not just a tagline for them. It’s a unique way of doing business. They reveal the actual costs of their products, from materials to labor and transportation, and show exactly how much they are marking it up. In addition, every item has a link to an information page about the factory where it’s produced, including why they chose it and who owns it.

On top of their commitment to transparency, they regularly audit their factories to ensure fair wages, reasonable hours, and a safe environment are provided to every worker.

Each item is designed with the kind of quality and timelessness that will ensure it gets used for years into the future. Every line offers a full men’s and women’s clothing line.

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5. THOUGHT

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Thought sets itself apart as a purveyor of ‘slow fashion’ rather than fast. They use naturally grown bamboo, cotton, wool, and hemp that are grown without dangerous chemicals. And they source every raw material from responsible, ethical suppliers.

One of the things that set them apart competitors is there commitment to make every piece of clothing in the same country so unnecessary emissions are minimized. This takes them longer but is better for the environment. In addition, they are founding partners of Common Objective, a not-for-profit network that advocates for higher ethical standards in the fashion industry.

Not only do they have a full line of women’s and men’s clothing, but they also have accessories of every variety and a huge selection of sustainable socks.

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6. REFORMATION

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In addition to a quarterly earnings report, Reformation provides a quarterly sustainability report that reveals its environmental footprint. They make this report available for anyone to see through their online newsletter. This is one of the ways that Reformation is setting the standard for sustainability in the fashion industry.
And though they’d ultimately like to produce net-zero waste, they’re currently recycling 75% of their garbage. This is an incredible amount in an industry that’s known for stuffing landfills full.

Reformation does everything they can to reduce their business’s impact on the environment, from using wind energy when available to conducting more business online. They even offer their HQ team Metro passes to encourage public transportation use.

Reformation specializes in women’s clothing, offering casual wear, formal wear, underwear, and bridal attire.

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7. LINENFOX

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Linenfox was started by a husband and wife team from Lithuania in 2014. Though a small company, they’ve grown over the past several years and become a leader in the sustainable fashion industry.

Not only do they cut and sew every piece of clothing in an Oeko-Tex certified factory (Oeko-Tex is a global certification for sustainable, responsible textile facilities), they also have made a commitment to fair trade principles and decent wages.

And their packaging is 98% plastic-free, making it easily recyclable. They also have a ‘no waste’ policy on-site which has led them to sell every scrap of fabric waste for packing.

Linenfox has a complete line of women’s clothing, from coats and jackets to jumpsuits, dresses, and more.

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8. TREE TRIBE

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Tree Tribe is an environmentally friendly brand that’s dedicated to four values: nature, adventure, travel, and community. These commitments can be seen in everything they produce, from their website to their clothing styles.

One of the things that makes this brand unique is its commitment to plant a tree for every sale they make. To date, they’ve planted over 400,000 trees across the globe, in places as diverse as the United States, Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Nepal.

They offer a range of products made from leaf leather, a plant-based alternative to leather that’s tough, textured, and sustainably harvested from fallen trees.

In addition to leaf leather products, they offer a range of men’s and women’s clothing as well as hats, shades, and bottles.

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9. PATAGONIA

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Patagonia makes its commitment to the environment crystal clear: “We’re in business to save our home planet.”

Though it began as a small company that was dedicated to creating climbing tools, over the past forty years it’s grown into one of the leading voices for sustainability in the fashion industry. They’re one of the few large corporations that take a holistic view of environmental issues. And they donate at least 1% of all sales to help grassroots organizations who are addressing climate change and other environmental issues.

They also provide repair services for customers so that their apparel will last longer. And since they are Fair Trade Certified and Bluesign approved, you can be sure that when you purchase one of their products, it has been manufactured and transported ethically and responsibly.

They offer complete lines of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing as well as a line of bags and packs.

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10. ATHLETA

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Athleta is an apparel company dedicated to producing high-quality, sustainable athleisure, from yoga pants to swimsuits and even dresses. And though they’re a division of the Gap, they’ve gained a reputation on their own for being committed to sustainable business practices and doing good.

As a Certified B Corporation, they are legally required to make business decisions based on the impact they will have on workers, customers, suppliers, their communities, and the environment. They’re joined in this by other environmentally conscious companies like Ben & Jerry’s and Stonyfield Organic.

And they are not just talking the talk. They’ve diverted 70% of shipping waste away from landfills, use water-saving techniques to produce 4% of their products, and create 60% of their materials with sustainable fibers.

In other words, they are setting the standard for large, sustainable businesses in the fashion industry.

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11. PEOPLE TREE

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People Tree has been a pioneer in sustainable fashion since 1991. They are committed to making every product to the highest standards, ethically and environmentally. They offer a wide range of styles and designs that make use of traditional skills like hand weaving, hand knitting, and hand embroidery.

In 2013, they were the first fashion company in the world to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organization product label, guaranteeing their dedication to living wages, safe working conditions, complete transparency, environmental friendliness, and gender equality.

One of the things that set them apart is their commitment to helping the people who produce their products achieve economic independence. As a result, they gained a reputation for high quality, stylish clothing that’s been sustainably and ethically made.

People Tree offers a wide variety of women’s clothing, from dresses and tops to underwear and everything in between.

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12. ORGANIC BASICS

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Organic Basics sets itself apart from the competition in several ways.

First, they only work with certified factories that are committed to sustainable and ethical practices. These are factories that are free of child and forced labor, that offer employees a safe environment to work in, and that treat every worker with the human dignity they deserve. And Organic Basics will give you a glimpse into those factories through their website.

In addition, they choose fabrics based on their environmental footprints and durability. You can easily find information on every fabric they use, and the reason they’ve chosen it, on their ‘About Us’ page.

Finally, they partner with the Koru Wind Farm in Turkey to offset 100 kg of CO2 for every order that’s placed.

All of that adds up to an apparel company that’s committed to the environment as much as it is to profit.

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13. MONKEE GENES

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Monkee Genes is a men’s and women’s apparel manufacturer that’s committed to environmentally sustainable business practices.

They make all their products in GOTS certified factories, meaning only 100% organic cotton is used. Not only does organic cotton lack the harmful chemicals used in modern agricultural methods, but it’s also more environmentally friendly, producing 46% less CO2 emissions compared to traditional techniques.

Monkee Genes is also committed to saving water. Denim requires a tremendous amount of water to be produced. In fact, most denim brands use up to 7600 liters of water to create a single pair of jeans. But Monkee Genes has developed methods of creating denim that requires up to 80% less water than traditional methods. And they still look great.

Finally, Monkee Genes believes that everyone involved in the supply chain deserves a fair wage and a safe work environment. And they do whatever it takes to make that a reality – from those picking cotton to the people working in their HQ.

Although Monkee Genes specializes in denim, they also produce an assortment of other men’s and women’s clothing, including shirts, shorts, and more.

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14. TAMGA DESIGNS

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TAMGA Designs was started by an engaged couple who were working for the UN in Bangladesh shortly after a major garment factory collapsed, killing over a thousand workers. The aftermath of this disaster inspired this young couple to found a company that would prove “that fashion can be a force for good.”

One of the ways that they’ve done this is by committing to the ethical treatment of all workers. As UN workers, they saw the risks that many sweatshop workers are exposed to. This is why they do everything in their power to provide safe working environments and fair wages to all garment workers.

In addition, they strive to be eco-friendly by choosing sustainable materials, using non-toxic dies, and shipping all of their products using plastic-free packaging.

TAMGA Designs offers a variety of women’s styles and looks, from kimonos to jumpsuits.

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15. OPIA

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Opia is an independent clothing label that focuses on designing and producing minimalist clothing that’s inspired by nature. Every design is created in the Byron Bay area and crafted in small runs by workers in Indonesia, ensuring sustainability.

This is a company that only uses natural fibers and fabrics. And they ship everything in compostable bags, minimizing waste. In addition, they donate all excess material to organizations in the local communities where the items are created.

Opia focuses on creating flowing, feminine outfits in earth tones. They have lines of dresses, jumpsuits, bottoms, and tops.

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16. GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

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Girlfriend Collective is an apparel company that designs and produces environmentally friendly activewear. Since synthetic activewear is often made from plastic, they are able to use recycled water bottles to create the clothing they sell. And they are made in eco-friendly, sustainable facilities in Taiwan and Hanoi. They’ve worked with manufacturers to ensure that all workers receive fair wages and a safe working environment.

One of the other things that set Girlfriend Collective apart is its commitment to transparency. They share all their certifications online and have an extensive FAQs and policies page.

If you’re looking for leggings, bras, tops, or shorts that are sustainably made in good for the environment, look no further than Girlfriend Collective.

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17. ABLE

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ABLE is a fashion brand that’s committed to ending poverty. In particular, they focus on creating opportunities for women to break the cycles of poverty that often keep them imprisoned.

ABLE began when its founders met women in Ethiopia who were coming out of the commercial sex industry. Since they were leaving behind their source of income, they needed jobs. ABLE’s founders trained them to design and create scarves. Two months later they had sold 4000 of them. Since then ABLE has invested money, time, and resources into women around the world.

One of the truly unique things about this company is its willingness to be totally transparent about what it pays its employees. They include a page on their website with detailed wage reports for every location where they employ people. It’s a truly revolutionary (and transparent) idea – and one that ought to be emulated by other sustainable businesses.

ABLE offers an assortment of products, from bags and shoes to apparel and jewelry – all at a reasonable price.

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FAQs

Is it possible to find environmentally friendly clothing on a budget?

Absolutely! When we developed this list of sustainable clothing brands, we made sure to include a wide variety of companies with many different offerings. Whether you’re looking for men’s or women’s clothing… whether you need activewear, casual wear, or even a wedding dress… and whether you want high-end, designer clothing or something affordable and minimalist… there is an option on this list for you.

Is it ethical to buy fast fashion secondhand?

This is a question that will likely have as many answers as there are people who care about sustainable fashion. Nevertheless, I’ll step out and give my opinion…

Yes, and here’s my reason: secondhand fast fashion doesn’t directly benefit the companies behind fast fashion. Instead, it’s going to the secondhand or thrift shop selling it. In addition, buying clothes secondhand is one of the most sustainable things you can do. The only potential caveat to this is in wearing clothes that have very noticeable logos. You may want to be wary of this since others may see it and decide to support a fast-fashion company directly.

But this is an issue that every concerned consumer needs to carefully weigh for themselves.

How can I tell if a brand is sustainable?

There are a number of factors that go into determining how sustainable a brand is. You’ve likely noticed several of them as you read through this list. They include material used to produce the product, the business practices that went into manufacturing it, and the environmental impact that the manufacturing process had. A simple Google search or a quick browse through the company’s website will give you a solid idea of how sustainable a particular brand is. And always check for Fair Trade certifications and similar commitments to ethical and environmentally friendly practices.

What’s the difference between sustainable fashion and vegan, fair trade, etc.?

Sustainable fashion is a broad category that includes numerous subcategories under it. So, for example, a vegan fashion brand commits to using no animal products or animal testing in the production of their goods. On the other hand, companies committed to fair trade ensure that their workers have a fair wage, safe working conditions, and similar benefits. Vegan and fair trade fashion are types of sustainable fashion but they don’t define it alone.

How can I begin practicing greater sustainability when it comes to my apparel choices?

Becoming aware of the need for greater sustainability is only the first step. After you see the problem, you need to begin working towards a solution. You can accomplish this in a variety of different ways, including purchasing more of your clothing secondhand, buying your new clothing from sustainable sources (like the ones mentioned above), recycling your old clothing, and donating to causes that advocate for greater sustainability in the fashion industry. If we all took a few more steps in this direction, we would be well on our way to a brighter and greener future.

Why Buy Sustainable?

We’ve looked at seventeen different, sustainable apparel companies in this list. And we’ve almost seen it all – from companies that specialize in athleisure to businesses that create sustainable wedding dresses. Hopefully, you see that sustainability does not require sacrificing style or comfort. On the contrary, wearing environmentally friendly, ethically sourced clothing is one of the most stylish things that you can do.

It’s important to recognize that sustainability is not just about organic cotton or biodegradable fibers. True sustainability is bigger than that. It involves creating clothing that lasts longer, manufacturing that clothing in a responsible and ethical way that recognizes the value of every person in the supply chain, using environmentally friendly processes that minimize pollution and waste, and creating programs that incentivize recycling and reuse.

There are hundreds of companies that are striving to conduct their businesses in a responsible, ethical, sustainable manner. The more business we give them, the more likely they are to succeed. And as those companies succeed, more and more traditional companies will see the value in going green.

Though you might not feel like your clothing purchases can make a difference in the global problems we are facing… They can. Every purchase you make is a vote for a better future. So, how will you vote?

Many of these sustainable businesses are working to create green solutions on a variety of fronts, including…

  • Cutting back on the amount of water that they use to curb the pollution of one of the earth’s most precious resources.
  • Developing dyes, finishes, and specialized features (like wrinkle-resistance) that don’t require harmful chemicals to produce.
  • Cultivating an environment where clothes and styles last longer, are more likely to be repaired and get handed down instead of thrown out.
  • Discovering new agricultural methods that will provide the raw materials needed for the fashion industry without destroying our planet.
  • Devising fair and ethical business practices that recognize human dignity in everyone – including the workers who make our clothing.

Many of the brands on today’s list have shown a commitment to these practices. They’ve done more than just talk a good game – they’re living it out in front of the world. And they’re making a difference because of it.

And you can join them. Your wallet is one of the best ways to make your voice heard. When you refuse to spend money on ‘fast fashion’ and commit to those brands that are practicing sustainability, everyone will take notice.

It’s a step in the right direction. And by supporting these brands, you are supporting the environment.