The fashion industry has been known as the second polluter in the world, right behind the oil industry. The amount of waste from fabrics, water, dyes, and much of it being thrown away is the main cause of it all. However, in 2023, Gen Z designers and established young brands are taking it upon themselves to change the fashion industry with ethical practices of using deadstock fabrics, recycling, and trying to be as close to “zero waste” as possible from design to manufacturing. Most of the time fast fashion is to blame for most of the industry’s contribution to polluting our planet, but designers in general can sometimes use practices that are overall detrimental to the Earth.
These designers below have made New York Fashion Week just a bit more eco-conscious. While fashion’s bad rep is getting cleaned up, designers along with consumers have the opportunity to follow in these young brand’s footsteps to continue this positive path.
Take a look through what brands to keep supporting if you want to be a bit more eco-conscious about what you’re buying.
Sami Miro Vintage
Model on the runway at the Sami Miro Vintage Spring 2024 Collection Runway Show at Studio 525 on September 9, 2023 in New York, New York. (Photo by George Chinsee/WWD via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 06: A model poses at the Mara Hoffman Spring/Summer 2019 presentation during New York Fashion Week on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: A model walks the runway wearing Kozaburo at ZeroSpace Brooklyn during New York Fashion Week 2023 at on September 12, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway during the Collina Strada Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2024 fashion show as part of the New York Fashion Week on September 08, 2023 in NY. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 10: Models walk the runway at the Studio 189 fashion show during New York Fashion Week – September 2023: The Shows at Gallery at Spring Studios on September 10, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/for NYFW: The Shows)