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Sustainable fashion in India

Sustainable Fashion Brands in India

Clothing is an important part of our lives but the way it is made, including the raw materials, chemicals, and fabrics, contribute to environmental degradation. The fashion industry especially in the era of fast fashion adds a significant amount to the world’s carbon footprint.

India is one of the top global hubs for manufacturing fast fashion garments. It is, therefore, not far behind in terms of its contribution to greenhouse emissions and aggravating the climate crisis. In addition to the exports, India’s domestic demand for apparel and clothes has risen steeply in the last few decades, leading to more pollution.

From logistics & shipping emissions to excessive water usage, from plastic to clothes waste, the Indian fashion industry is impacting many areas of the environment. 

Hence, consumers must look at their fashion choices and the garments they buy. Sustainable or slow fashion encourages the use of fabrics that are biodegradable and don’t have major adverse effects on the environment.

In our article on sustainable fashion, we have listed sustainable fabrics that are comparatively better for your garments. 

Moreover, it is important that we become conscious of our shopping decisions.

Below is the list of sustainable fashion brands in India that help consumers make relatively less environmentally damaging fashion choices.


Ecentric Clothing
Ecentric Hemp Clothing

Hemp, whose application is limited to medicine or recreational drugs, is, in fact, a wonder plant that is not only environmentally sustainable but also has many varied uses. Industrial hemp is cultivated and used in personal care products, nutritional supplements, fabrics and textiles, paper, construction materials, food, and beverages.

Hemp is increasingly being used for textiles and home furnishing applications, and Bengaluru-based Ecentric is one such Indian sustainable fashion brand that makes hemp garments for both men and women.

We spoke to the founder of Ecentric, Salendara Gupta, and he provided his reasoning for using Hemp in fabrics. “Hemp is a cannabis plant that is a bast fiber like linen or other natural fiber, and its environmental impact is almost four times less than cotton. It doesn’t require fertilizer or pesticides, and it helps protect against soil erosion. I was very intrigued by the environmental impact and the quality of the fabric. It keeps you warm in winter and cools in summer. Then I thought, let me take forward this idea by starting this brand using hemp fabric.”

Currently, the industrial hemp supply chain in India is limited, and hence Ecentric has to source hemp from places like Turkey to meet its demand. Processing, spinning & weaving of the yarn is done by the company in India. 


Mumbai-based Reistor is a sustainable fashion brand that uses hemp to make its garments. The company uses dyes that are free from harmful chemicals. Founded in 2021, Reistor collection includes dresses, jackets, tops, pants, and jumpsuits that are exclusively for women. 


Interwove manufactures clothes using bamboo fabric and cotton. Founded in Palghar, Maharashtra, the startup’s products include Bamboo t-shirts and shorts for men and women.


Bottle&Co is a company that makes apparel for both males and females from fibers that are extracted from recycled products (like plastic bottles). 

The Delhi-based company’s clothes range includes T-shirts that are made from 12 bottles of plastic, Joggers that recycle 20 bottles of plastic, and Hoppers that are made from both recycled plastic and cotton, among others.

B Label (Bombay Hemp Company)

In 2013, seven students of Mumbai-based HR College of Commerce and Economics founded Bombay Hemp Company to revive the use of hemp.

B Label is a clothing line under Bombay Hemp Company that makes a range of male and female apparel using hemp fibers. The product range includes scarves, stoles, and a variety of ready-to-wear, including shirts and sweaters made using hemp fabric.

One Less

Founded by Hansika Chhabria, One Less makes clothing for men and women using organic cotton and bamboo fabric. The Pune-based company’s product line includes t-shirts, cropped t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other fashion accessories.

One Less is also part of a growing list of Indian brands that plant a tree for every purchase they make.


Beej is an Indian sustainable fashion brand founded by Arundhati Kumar in 2020. The Mumbai-based brand makes fashion accessories such as handbags, wallets, clutches, and iPad sleeves using plant-based materials like Pinatex, Desserto, and Cork. (Piñatex is a natural non-woven textile made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, while Desserto is made from the pulp of the Nopal cactus, and Cork is made from the bark of the cork oak tree).


Kolkata-based Twirl Store is a sustainable fashion brand in India that picks up your old clothes and makes them useful again. As a result, it prevents the clothes from going to landfills and helps increase the life of the garment.

Founded by Sujata Chatterjee in 2017, Twirl Store employs rural women who help in upcycling old clothes. In our conversation with Sujata, we asked what kind of clothes Twirl Store accepts, “We accept anything that is made of fabric, which can be clothes, bedsheets, curtains, tablecloths. Anything which is made of fabric, which you are not using in your homes, we would be glad to take that. The only request is that it not be completely torn or discolored because then it is difficult for us to upcycle. Anything that is in fairly decent condition, we would be happy to take them and give a new life to it.”

Want to know more about Hemp fabric? Hear the Ecentric founder’s story, where he explained the advantages of hemp fabric (timestamp 2:20).



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