Every year Earth Day (Sunday, April 22) shines a spotlight on our environment. We want to wear the right thing for the occasion, but we still have to get dressed (well … mostly) the other 364 days too. The good news is that we don’t have to compromise style to stay true to our sustainable, organic, eco-friendly principles. We’ve gathered some of our favorite menswear products from brands, old and new, that do the right thing by our planet and your wardrobe.
Timberland Glasses – $82.50
See sustainability more clearly with Timberland’s eyeglass frames and sunglasses: most are made from 35 percent bio-based plastic, like this classic Timberland TB1589 pair. Sunglasses include polarization and scratch-resistance on all and anti-reflective coating on most lenses.
Adam Mar Shorts – $85
The Adam Mar collection is designed in Montauk, New York, and made in California for a smaller carbon footprint (plus, this season a capsule collection focuses on rainforest conservation). These comfy French terry knit shorts use plant-based dyes and feature braided Japanese cotton cording. Proceeds from the sale of the capsule will go to support the Rainforest Alliance.
Patagonia All Seasons Hemp Canvas Apron – $59
Hopefully the sun shines on Earth Day, so we can put on this manly apron from Patagonia to work at an eco-friendly barbecue. Sustainability is built into the DNA of the brand, as is outdoor savvy.
House of Future High Tops – $108
House of Future is a clean, minimalistic shoe collection made from sustainable materials such as “micro-leather and micro-suede (actually microfiber that feels like leather or suede).” As they put it, it’s “an eco play, as well as one with a technical upside.” We don’t care — we just want these on our feet.
Burton Gore-Tex Edgecomb Rain Jacket – $350
Just in case the weather isn’t cooperating, Burton’s Edgecomb jacket is made from 100 percent Bluesign fabric (certifying sustainable practices throughout the production process). Purchase a reusable tote —made from leftover fabrics from their supply chain—at Burton stores from April 19-22 and they will donate the proceeds to Protect Our Winters, an organization mobilizing the outdoor sports community against climate change.
Saola Shoes Semnoz – $90
Saola Shoes Semnoz sneakers are made with recycled and organic materials — three to four plastic bottles go into each pair. For every pair sold, the brand makes a 3 percent donation to environmental conservation projects and, as an added bonus, you get to choose which projects your purchase supports. During the week before Earth Day, they’ll make that a solid 10 percent donation!
Outerknown S.E.A. Shirt – $78
Outerknown was founded by surf god Kelly Slater and his buddy, designer John Moore, so the collection is built from the ground —or should we say, sea — up, with good vibes in mind. The S.E.A. Change (Social. Environmental. Accountability.) shirt (available in 10 colors) reimagines the classic button-up using the most sustainable materials on the planet, including soft, organic cotton.
Zero Waste Daniel Denim Joggers – $145
If you’ve ever watched fabric being cut for clothes, you know that there’s a lot of leftover material. In fact, the United States sent over 7 million tons of textile junk to landfills in 2014 alone. Enter Zero Waste Daniel, a brand that takes that waste, and turns it into really cool clothes! These patchwork joggers make a stylish, yet sensible statement, and each pair is one-of-a-kind!
Cycled Project Belt – $110-plus
Need a belt? Look no further than Cycled Project, a collection of handcrafted, Italian belts made from an unexpected material. The brand transforms the only thing that pollutes on a bicycle — the tire — into a sleek, wearable conversation piece.
Article originally published by Beau Hayhoe on April 20, 2017. Last update by John Jones on April 20, 2018.