7 Local Brands Leading the Way For Eco-Friendly Fashion

Mar 27, 2023 0 comments

Our love for fashion may be contributing to our environment’s destruction. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply.

Due to its speed and volume in production and consumption, the industry has significantly added to the worsening global pollution, increased carbon footprint, and added to landfill wastes. If it continues on its current trajectory, Global Fashion Agenda believes that by 2050, the fashion industry will account for a quarter of the world’s carbon budget.

It’s important for us to be more conscious of our fashion choices and other forms of consumption. Since we, at Metroscene Mag, believe that being a fashionista does not have to go against our advocacy, we’ve listed four local brands that are leading the way to a more sustainable and eco-friendly fashion industry.

Atelier Dept

Atelier Dept is a fashion brand that offers a creative solution for those who struggle to decide what to wear. The brand specializes in creating unique, one-of-a-kind patchwork jeans, reworked jackets, and even hand-painted pieces.

Atelier Dept's designs not only address style dilemmas but also promote sustainability in the fashion industry. Their innovative approach to fashion includes combining two desired silhouettes, such as the polo and vest hybrid. By pushing for more sustainable choices in fashion, Atelier Dept is making a positive impact on the environment while providing customers with one-of-a-kind pieces.


THE FUTURE IS YOU  is a brand that specializes in creating repurposed garments, which has caught the attention of many fashion enthusiasts. Their unique creations are highly sought after, with customers wanting to get their hands on everything the brand produces. The brand's commitment to sustainable fashion and artistic expression has made it a popular choice among those seeking unique, eco-friendly clothing options.

Randolf Clothing

RJ Santos, the founder of Randolf Clothing, is a pop-culture enthusiast and a champion of sustainability. His creative vision is evident in the brand's designs, which often reference iconic characters and poke fun at local pop culture.

Since the brand's inception, RJ has been dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment by implementing sustainable practices. Randolf Clothing has a no-waste policy, and the brand recycles scrap fabrics to reduce waste. RJ's commitment to sustainability sets Randolf Clothing apart in the fashion industry, where fast fashion and wasteful practices are prevalent.


Ever heard of the saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? For RIOtaso, the fashion industry’s trash is their treasure.

A play on the word “retaso”, which means scrap fabric, and Rio, the name of the creative mind behind the movement, RIOtaso is creating fashion pieces that are challenging the status quo of the fashion industry. Their creations are made from carefully curated fabric scraps, sewn together, with a whole lot of talent aimed at improving the world.

The brand’s goal of creating zero waste space for creative individuals, all started when Rio’s younger sister influenced her to radically pursue a way of life that is as sustainable as possible. When she was back in the city, she incorporated a zero-waste lifestyle into creating a brand new fashion brand.

In their website, Rio shares that while she was stitching fabric scraps together, she found inner peace and from then on, she challenged herself to only ever use fabric waste in her creations.


Founded in 2007 by Reese Fernandez Ruis, Rags2Riches (R2R) is considered as one of the first brands to successfully champion sustainable fashion and ethical working practices. As a brand, R2R started with the mission of lifting Filipino artisans from poverty. They partnered with local artisans into transforming fabric wastes into woven rugs, then into bags.

Today, they are a fashion and design house that creates bags, clothes, home accessories, and “almost” everything in between. With a focus on: intentional design, sustainable materials, long-lasting products, and empowering trades, they are proving that style doesn’t have to contradict the welfare of our environment.

In their website, R2R states that they are still serious (about their WHY), they overthink things (especially when it comes to empowering and sustainable practices), but they do all of these with an abundant sprinkle of joy and a lot of happy dances!

Jann Bungcaras

Jann Bungcaras grew up in two islands, Cebu and Southern Leyte, where his interest in the arts had always been palpable. His story is one where passion has persisted against all odds. For a while he was juggling his Nursing degree and his passion for fashion design, but a trauma in the head unfortunately changed the course of his life.

As a result, his parent’s dream for him to be a Physician ended, but his dream of focusing on design began.

According to his website, to commemorate his past, he created a sustainable brand that celebrates one’s true self and true feelings regardless of the binds of gender through the narrations of his designs while being kind to nature. His brand’s dream has always been centered to meet emotional, societal, and environmental goals.

His brand uses recycled materials, scraps, leftover fabric and resources, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint on their end. They also achieve this through skipping or limiting processes like inorganic, dyeing, silkscreen printing, importation and mass production. Ultimately, his brand dreams of a future where fashion is part of the environmental solution, rather than the problem.


Tela is a clothing brand based in the Philippines that prioritizes sustainable and ethical practices. The brand operates on a pre-order basis to prevent excess waste. Tela is dedicated to incorporating sustainability into every aspect of their process, from the initial design stages to materials sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and delivery. The brand is committed to operating in an eco-friendly manner and upholding ethical standards throughout their operations.

━━ Written By  Michael Roy Brosas

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