Sustainable Brands, Student Price Tag


Daisy Wallis and Eilidh Hide give their top picks of sustainable and ethical brands perfect for a tight budget

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By Daisy Wallis and Eilidh Hide

Koi Footwear
For the shoe-lovers, vegan footwear brand Koi Footwear offer a range of different styles for less. Committed to sustainability, Koi packages their shoes without plastic and polystyrene, making their boxes fully recyclable. Most recently, the brand collaborated with fitness Youtuber, Grace Fit UK, releasing four new designs of trainers and boots. The collaboration offers vegan alternatives to your classic staples, featuring chunky white trainers to replace your worn-out Filas. With a similar price tag to Topshop shoes and trainers and frequent discounts, Koi Footwear offers streetwear style on a student-friendly budget.

H&M Conscious
Arguably one of the best high street brands for sustainability, H&M in 2019 is going even further with their sustainability initiatives. Already, 57% of all materials used by the brand are either recycled or sustainably sourced according to their reports and the brand are not stopping there; they aim to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. Their latest Conscious Collection for SS 2019 features floral dresses, delicate lace tops and smart blouses made from recycled materials and sustainably sourced cottons. Unlike its counterparts, the collection has budget-friendly price tags with items for as little as £8.99.

Much like H&M, Lindex have rolled out numerous initiatives encouraging their customers to not only recycle old clothes, but have an awareness for the amount they actually purchase. Most recently, as part of their educational initiatives, Lindex launched their Your Smart Wardrobe editorial. The editorial looks to encourage more to adopt the capsule-wardrobe style, encouraging mindfulness when purchasing clothes in a clear three step plan. In addition, the brand already have over 200 styles available in their Sustainable Choice edit, all of which have a high street price range perfect for student living.

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