While I was ordering my Whites Boots from Animal Traffic in Portland Oregon, I had a look through some of the clothing they offered. One brand that stood out to me: Alternative Apparel. We reached out to the company to learn more, and they sent us a few garments to try out. From their hoodies to shirts, their fabrics had fantastic texture and color, but their label carried an important message:
Make a difference with what you wear.
To live up to that mantra, Alternative Apparel embodies their commitment to economic and environmental sustainability with their company policies. Although the garments they sent me were made in China, Peru, or the Dominican Republic, Alternative Apparel requires all suppliers to comply with the Fair Labor Code of Conduct. And the fabrics Alternative Apparel uses are low-impact, non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes.
As for the quality, Alternative Apparel is unmatched. I checked out their Sly Zip Hoodie in Cinder-grey. The french-cotton terry is slightly heavier and less soft than the Billy Reid Shiloh Shawl I reviewed previously, but will definitely soften significantly with continued use. The drawstring on the hoodie appear to be made of hemp, and are crimped at the end with a very solid metal shoe-lace style aglet. It also has a great fit. I’m 5’10”, and tried on a small.
Also included in this review collection was an Eco Jersey Striped Henley. This shirt was very comfortable, and I look forward to wearing it with the hoodie as the leaves begin to change color.
All in all, Alternative Apparel has some wonderfully comfortable clothing that is conscious of its economic and environmental impact. I’d definitely consider them for any cotton-wear: Whether it’s hoodies, sweatpants or t-shirts. As of this writing, they’re also offering 25% off orders when you join their email list, and have a 30-day return for refund window.
I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing. Have you tried Alternative Apparel? If so, tell us what you think in the comments below!