10 circular brands you need to know about

Our current economic model is built on a linear system, often simplified down to these 3 step ‘take-make-dispose’. We take resources, oftentimes non-renewable ones, and use them to make products just to dispose of them after they’re used.
This creates lots of waste due to items ending up in landfills after a short period of time and it also results in lost economic value. According to Circle economy’s circular gap report our world is only 8.6% circular so there’s clearly a lot of work to do.

What does it mean to be circular?

Before listing the 10 circular brands you need to know about, we want to give you a bit of context on the circular economy.
We see circularity as a process by which you design waste out of the system. It means that products and materials are designed to be kept in a closed loop of utilization and at their highest value, for as long as possible. A circular approach requires us to create quality products using renewable resources that can last longer thanks to repair and remanufacturing services. At the end of their life, they can be recycled back into raw materials to close the loop, eliminating waste and reducing our need to extract virgin resources. If you want to learn more about circular products, have a look at this article.

The way many items are made nowadays, take clothes, for example, does not allow for effective recycling as it’s hard to separate different materials and also very energy-intensive. A truly circular product has to be manufactured in a way that allows it to be recycled or remade into something else.

Here at ECo Change, we recognise that this is what most retailers and marketplaces do – they sell you things without considering where they end up. We realise that a linear system can’t work on a planet with finite resources so we’re not only selling sustainable products but we want to make sure those products don’t become waste. We are working towards making sure they’re reused and recycled at the end of their life to avoid waste and make the most of the resources used to produce them.

Next time you need something, consider supporting a circular brand that’s minimising waste and reusing materials, here are some brands we trust, most of which you’ll find on our website.

What are the 10 circular brands you need to know about?

1. Imago

We love this brand that makes unisex garments and accessories in Portugal mostly using organic cotton and recycled polyester. The best part is that they allow you to sell your old garments on their website AND for every purchase, they provide drinking water for 2 people for 1 year. Guilt-free timeless styles at affordable prices – what else could you ask for?

Our current economic model is built on a linear system, often simplified down to these 3 step ‘take-make-dispose’. We take resources, oftentimes non-renewable ones, and use them to make products just to dispose of them after they’re used.
This creates lots of waste due to items ending up in landfills after a short period of time and it also results in lost economic value. According to Circle economy’s circular gap report our world is only 8.6% circular so there’s clearly a lot of work to do.

What does it mean to be circular?

Before listing the 10 circular brands you need to know about, we want to give you a bit of contect on circular economy.
We see circularity as a process by which you design waste out of the system. It means that products and materials are designed to be kept in a closed loop of utilization, and at their highest value, for as long as possible. A circular approach requires us to create quality products using renewable resources that can last longer thanks to repair and remanufacturing services. At the end of their life, they can be recycled back into raw materials to close the loop, eliminating waste and reducing our need to extract virgin resources. If you want to learn more about circular products, have a look at this article.

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The way many items are made nowadays, take clothes for example, does not allow for effective recycling as it’s hard to separate different materials and also very energy-intensive. A truly circular product has to be manufactured in a way that allows it to be recycled or remade into something else.

Here at ECo Change we recognise that this is what most retailers and marketplaces do – they sell you things without considering where they end up. We realise that a linear system can’t work on a planet with finite resources so we’re not only selling sustainable products but we want to make sure those products don’t become waste. We are working towards making sure they’re reused and recycled at the end of their life to avoid waste and make the most of the resources used to produce them.

Next time you need something, consider supporting a circular brand that’s minimising waste and reusing materials, here are some brands we trust, most of which you’ll find on our website

What are the 10 circular brands you need to know about?

1. Imago

We love this brand that makes unisex garments and accessories in Portugal mostly using organic cotton and recycled polyester. The best part is that they allow you to sell your old garments on their website AND for every purchase, they provide drinking water for 2 people for 1 year. Guilt-free timeless styles at affordable prices – what else could you ask for?
Know more about this brand

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2. Elliot Footwear

This is another great brand, it’s carbon positive meaning it removes one tonne of CO2 emissions for each pair of shoes. They sell shoes for men and women made from recyclable vegan fabrics. At the end of their life, you can send your Elliot shoes back to the brand for a 15% voucher to use on your next purchase.Know more about this brand

3. ACE Bag

This brand makes cool backpacks and tote bags using ECONYL, a fibre made of recycled nylon from recovered fishing nets. The bags are made in Portugal and can be sent back to the brand at the end of their life to be repurposed, for a 15% discount on your next purchase.

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4. Ruby Moon Swim

This not for profit brand makes swimwear and activewear also using ECONYL. The profits go towards women entrepreneurs in developing countries. As a fully circular brand, they take any polyamide/lycra items to be reused and also provide free repairs on their swimwear pieces. They sell versatile products in cool, unique styles which are good for people and the planet!
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5. Wayz Sneakers

A shoe brand that uses recycled vegan materials to make sneakers in different colours for men and women. They manufacture in Portugal and give 1% of their profits to the homeless people of Porto. They also take back old shoes, clothes and accessories. They have transparent pricing too which shows you where your money goes! Comfortable, stylish shoes that have a positive impact!
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6. Verney

Sneakers, sandals, boots. They have a large range of women’s footwear that’s ethically made in Portugal. They repair your shoes if you need and you can also send them back at the end of their life. Winter rain or summer sun this brand has got you covered!
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7. Nudie Jeans

This brand is all about denim! Organic and recycled cotton makes up their jeans which are made to last. They have repair shops and partners around the world you can bring your jeans to be fixed. They also take back old jeans and offer rental options if you’re not ready to invest in a pair for good! Such an amazing brand with products for men and women in cool but classic styles
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8. Rapanui

A fun, colourful brand based in the UK that sells underwear, activewear and all sorts of women’s clothing. They use organic cotton and ethically produce their garments which can be sent back whenever you’re done with them. You’ll get 5£ for every item you return
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9. Rifò

A UK based brand that sells bags, wallets and backpacks for men and women using mostly natural fibres and recyclable materials. They accept old shoes and bags to be recycled. if you’re after durable, sturdy, sustainable bags look no further
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10. Funky Kalakar

Sneakers, sandals, boots. They have a large range of women’s footwear that’s ethically made in Portugal. They repair your shoes if you need and you can also send them back at the end of their life. Winter rain or summer sun this brand has got you covered!
Know more about this brand

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Enjoy this selection of brands that offer take-back programs for your old items! Happy shopping! or browsing 🙂

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