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Category Archives: Clothing

Top brands failing on cotton sustainability

Cotton is one of the world’s most commonly used textiles. However, the production of cotton has led to serious issues regarding environmental impact and labour conditions of cotton farmers. Although various sustainability initiatives exist, many problems and challenges remain, and the overall picture of cotton market sustainability is unclear. In order to shed light on […]

Casual clothes are seldom sustainable

At the start of 2015, we’ve adapted more stringent criteria for the clothing sectors. Now, twelve months and over 400 clothing brands later, we publish the results of the final clothing sector we have ranked: casual clothing. Similar to what we have seen in the other sectors, many brands do not live up to the […]

Sustainability is sexy, but is sexy also sustainable?

Sustainability is long past the image of tree huggers and hippies. Sustainability is hip and sexy. But is sexy also sustainable? Rank a Brand’s latest research on 24 underwear and lingerie brands shows that sometimes it is, but definitely not always. Four brands that make such products show that sustainability and sexy can go hand […]

More expensive brands not necessarily more sustainable

For many cheap clothing brands, you might wonder if the low price means that the environment and labour conditions of labourers in low wage countries will suffer. In general this seems to be the case. Sadly, this does not mean that when you pay a premium price for a piece of clothing, it automatically means […]

Children clothing brands need to grow up

Similar to Rank a Brand”s previous yearly update, brands that produce baby and children clothing show little maturity when it comes to their progress regarding environmentally friendly and fair clothing. This is a sad situation, since young children are not only extra sensitive to (hormone disrupting) chemicals, but also because they inherit the planet from […]

Surf, beach & swimwear: going against the sustainable current

When you’re out catching a wave or swimming laps in a pool, you may not realize that the clothes you’re wearing have an impact on the environment, and especially, on our global oceans and waterways, due to the chemicals required to manufacture surf, beach and swimwear. In order for future generations to be able to enjoy […]

Poor performance of Sport and Outdoor brands

Recently, Rank a Brand updated its ranking for Sport & Outdoor brands. These brands have some of the greatest potential to appeal to people who prefer to buy environmentally and socially responsible brands. Generally, those of us who tend to make purchases from these sectors spend time outdoors, whether they’re hiking up a forest trail, […]