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The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Fashion: Ethical Choices for a Greener Wardrobe

Want to have a greener wardrobe?

Before we begin, we’re not talking about color. We’re talking about sustainable fashion. If you’re looking to make more ethical choices when it comes to your clothes, you’re in the right place, reading the right blog.

Although we are proud to be a retailer, we recognize it’s our responsibility to find and invest in better production solutions.

More than 100 billion garments are produced by the fashion industry each year, yet only 1% of discarded clothing is recycled according to EarthDay.org. Jaw-dropping, right?

Altogether, the apparel industry is responsible for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions each year. This number is expected to climb to 26% in 2050 if we don’t reverse our current practices. 

But let’s not simply spread the message of just doom and gloom here. Let’s make steps towards positive change. 


What are some easy ways to reduce your fashion carbon footprint? 

1. Choose retailers with ethical production processes

If you can, steer clear of fast fashion retailers, as some workers in these organizations are often paid below minimum wage

As stated in our Toward Ever Better initiative, we’re proud to be an affiliate of the Fair Labor Association to ensure equitable treatment of everyone throughout the supply chain. To make sure you’re purchasing from ethical retailers, check out their sustainability initiatives and company policies on their websites. 


2. Embrace second-hand shopping

Let’s be real. Thrift shops have some of the best fashion finds out there. Head to your local goodwill or second-hand store to explore their selections. You’ll likely leave with some lovely treasures, and confidence that you're helping reduce fashion waste.


3. Live like a conscious consumer

Conscious consumerism is on the rise, and it’s easy to start changing your shopping habits, even if it’s little by little.

For instance, you can shop at fair trade establishments to ensure workers are compensated correctly for their original products. Another practice is selecting eco-friendly or ethically sourced fabrics to reduce pollution from synthetic materials. 

For instance, in our growing sustainable apparel lines, we use materials made from recycled water bottles. See below for a few samples of our bestselling durable items. 


Five Sustainable Cutter and Buck Eco Apparel Picks:

1. Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft® Mens Eco Insulated Quilted Shirt Jacket

Man in Cutter & Buck quilted jacket

The highlight of this jacket is the 70% recycled polyester filling, which offers lightweight warmth that transitions nicely across all seasons. The quilted texture adds a unique style flair, and the chest pocket will give you an extra layer of storage for intense outdoor adventures, like a challenging hike or mountain bike ride. 

Product Features:

  • 100% Nylon shell, Primaloft® Silver insulation made from 70% recycled polyester
  • Contains an average of 3 recycled plastic bottles
  • Wind & Water Resistant 

Price: $185.00 - Ships free!

Shop the Quilted Jacket


2. Cutter & Buck Adapt Eco Knit Hybrid Recycled Womens Full Zip Jacket 

Woman in Cutter & Buck full zip jacket

Perfect for year-round layering, this is the jacket you’ll want to bring along for your next trip, outdoor activity or work commute. Crafted with a custom blend of high-quality eco-friendly fabrics, this zippered look offers protective wind-resistance for breezy days.

Product Features:

  • Body: 88% Recycled Polyester, 12% Spandex Knit Jersey, Shell: 100% Recycled Polyester Woven Fabric
  • Contains an average of 19 recycled plastic bottles
  • Shell overlay at hood and front/back panels

Price: $90.00 - Ships free!

Shop the Full Zip Jacket


3. Cutter & Buck Virtue Eco Pique Tile Print Recycled Mens Polo

Man in Cutter & Buck tile print polo

When the forecast calls for sun and humidity, this is the polo to throw on. Made with UPF 25+ UV sun protection and moisture-wicking material, this material will give you a peace of mind. Plus, the tile print elevates the look if you’re headed to a nice dinner or work event. 

Product Features:

  • 95% Recycled Polyester, 5% Spandex Pique
  • Contains an average of 15 recycled plastic bottles
  • UPF 25+ UV Sun Protection

Price: $75.00 - Ships free!

Shop the Tile Print Polo


4. Cutter & Buck Rainier PrimaLoft® Womens Eco Insulated Full Zip Puffer Vest

Woman in Cutter & Buck puffer vest

Our consumers rave about this eco-friendly find, noted for its cozy warmth and water-resistance. Exceptionally versatile in more than a dozen cool shades, this looks sharp over a polo or long sleeve, and layers well under any outer layer in our collection.

Product Features:

  • 100% Nylon Shell, Primaloft® Silver insulation made from 70% recycled polyester
  • Contains an average of 3 recycled plastic bottles
  • Packs into its own pocket

Price: $160.00 - Ships free!

Shop the Puffer Vest


5. Cutter & Buck Cascade Eco Sherpa Fleece Mens Quarter Zip Jacket

Man in Cutter & Buck Cascade jacket

Packed with 28 recycled water bottles and sherpa fleece, this is one of our softest sustainable materials. To add an extra layer of warmth, we added in a brushed fleece lining. Perfect for ski trips and sitting by the campfire.

Product Features:

  • Body Fabric: 71% Recycled Polyester / 29% Polyester Sherpa Fleece
  • Secure zip front pockets
  • Elastic at sleeve cuff & bottom hem

Price: $110.00 - Ships free!

Shop the Cascade Jacket

You may have reached the end of this blog, but not our styles. Explore our eco apparel here.