How Sustainable Style Works
We all want to do better.
You've told us that you want consciously manufactured products that align with your values. We want those things too. Nordstrom is working closely with brands to make conscious fashion easier to find, shop and support.
When you feel good you look good.
What you buy and wear can be consistent with your beliefs. If you're passionate about the environment, human rights or fair trade, there are brands that are too. We're partnering with innovative labels with smaller environmental footprints and social initiatives so you can feel great about your purchases.
The five categories we've developed reflect our commitment to improving the industry and offering our customers products that reflect their concerns. We'll continue to listen to you and evolve these classifications.
Sustainably Sourced Materials
Fabrics crafted with care for our planet look good. Everything here is made with at least 50% sustainably sourced materials—like organic cotton, recycled polyester and materials with certifications like bluesign® and Fair Trade Certified™.
Sustainably Sourced Materials
Each product must consist of at least 50% sustainable materials.
• bluesign® certified material
• Fair Trade Certified™ cotton
• Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified
• Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
• Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
• Global Traceable Down Standard (Global TDS)
• Organic Content Standard (OCS) cotton
• Organic linen
• Recycled cashmere
• Recycled cotton
• Recycled nylon
• Recycled polyester (rPET)
• Recycled wool
• Responsible Down Standard certified
• Responsible Wool Standard
• Sustainable viscose
• Tencel™ lyocell
How things are made matters. These products come from factories that better protect their employees and our planet by offering empowerment programs to workers, ensuring fair wages, and managing chemicals and resource use.
Each product must be made in a facility that meets high environmental or social standards.
• bluesign® certified product
• Cradle to Cradle Certified™ (C2C)
• Leather Working Group (LWG)
• OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certified
• Produced in Fair Trade Certified™ factories
• Produced in factories implementing BSR HERproject™ worker empowerment programs
• Produced in factories implementing other publicly stated worker empowerment programs
Make your purchases count toward the causes that you care about most. When you buy one of these items, a portion of the proceeds benefits people, animals or the planet through charitable giving. Pretty neat, right?
Each product gives back with every purchase.
Giving back includes:
- The brand is a member of 1% for the Planet®
- The brand gives a percentage or a dollar amount of each purchase to charity
- The brand gives one for one to charity
We consider both primary and secondary packaging together, selecting products that utilize materials that have a minimal environmental impact, such as easily recycled paper or glass, or plastics already on their second or third use.
Must meet at least one criterion for each packaging type:
• Packaging material contains at least 50% recycled content
• Packaging is glass* or paper
• Packaging is designed to be recycled (unit size and materials used are commonly recyclable at curbside)
• Inner packaging can be refilled with same product
• Brand will take back empty packaging for recycling or reuse
• Packaging is paper or fiber-based, and is either FSC certified or contains 50% or more recycled post-consumer waste or post-industrial waste
• Product is packaging-free
*Does not apply to fragrance due to disposal regulations.
Sustainably Sourced Ingredients
Inner beauty counts. We've identified a variety of certifications that help ensure ingredients are sustainably harvested and protect biodiversity. More details on why they're chosen can be found on individual product pages.
Sustainably Sourced Ingredients
Product is COSMOS Standard certified, OR at least 50% of non-water ingredients must meet the following criteria. Additionally, 100% of palm oil and palm oil derivatives, if used, must be Certified Sustainable Palm Oil.
• Soil Association Certified Organic
• USDA Certified Organic
• Rainforest Alliance Certified™
• Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Standard
• Fair Trade Certified ingredient
• Regenerative Organic Certified
• Upcycled ingredients and/or byproducts as ingredients (i.e., food waste)
• Ecocert Organic Candles and Home Fragrances
• Ingredients are sourced through green biotechnology or green chemistry
• Natural ingredients are traceable and origins are publicly available
Sustainable Style Glossary of Terms
1% for the Planet®
Companies and brands that are members of 1% for the Planet have committed to donating 1% of annual sales to nonprofit partners in support of environmental solutions.
Better Cotton Initiative™ (BCI) cotton
BCI is working to make more sustainable cotton available as a commodity. BCI cotton is grown using less water, less fertilizer and fewer pesticides, while also improving the lives of farmers by increasing cotton crop yields.
bluesign® certified material
bluesign® certified materials can include textiles, zippers, buttons and other parts of products. The bluesign® technologies group monitors each step of the product value chain to improve water, energy and chemical use; support worker health and safety; implement strict standards for factory water and air emissions; and maintain strict chemical safety requirements.
bluesign® certified product
The bluesign® technologies group monitors each step of the product value chain to improve water, energy and chemical use; support worker health and safety; implement strict standards for factory water and air emissions; and maintain strict chemical safety requirements. All components of a bluesign® certified product meet these high standards.
HERproject™ is a worker empowerment program led by the nonprofit BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) in partnership with in-country organizations, which provides trainings for women working in global apparel factories. HERproject training programs focus on topics including financial literacy, health and hygiene and creating safe and respectful workplaces for women.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ (C2C)
A product standard that helps designers and manufacturers consider five quality categories: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship and social fairness. Certified products are rated Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Regenerated nylon made with recovered nylon waste, such as fishing nets and fabric scraps.
Fair Trade Certified™
Certifies that a product is made according to rigorous social, environmental and economic standards, including both using Fair Trade Certified Cotton and made at a Fair Trade Certified Factory, as it relates to apparel and textiles.
Fair Trade Certified™ Cotton
Cotton grown on a farm that meets rigorous social, environmental and economic standards, where farmers receive a premium to use for social and economic investments.
Fair Trade Certified™ Factory (or Sewn)
Factories meet rigorous social, environmental and economic standards, where factory workers receive a premium to use for social and economic investments. Also includes Fair Trade Certified™-sewn products.
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified
A certification that ensures products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. FSC certification can apply to wood, paper and forest-based textiles such as rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell.
With the sale of a product that "gives back," a gift is made to a nonprofit organization. The gift may be driven by a percent or dollar amount of the net sale or net profit, or may be a one-for-one donation of a product or other item.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
A strict certification standard that covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers. The final products may include, but are not limited to, fiber products, yarns, fabrics, clothes and home textiles. The standard does not set criteria for leather products.
Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
A voluntary certification for products with recycled content, GRS supports accurate labeling, innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, supply chain transparency and better information for consumers. GRS certification can apply to any product that contains at least 20% recycled material and includes environmental, social and chemical aspects.
A natural fiber from the fast-growing hemp plant, which requires about half as much water as cotton.
Leather Working Group (LWG)
A multi-stakeholder group including brands and suppliers that are working to improve environmental performance in the leather industry, including leather traceability and water reductions, energy reductions and chemical management at tanneries. Tanneries are rated Audited, Bronze, Silver or Gold.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified
Products certified to the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 meet strict limits for regulated and nonregulated chemicals and other substances, including pesticides, carcinogenic colorants and heavy metals.
Organic Content Standard (OCS)
A certification that uses third-party verification to confirm the amount of organically grown material in a final product.
Cotton grown without synthetic chemicals including pesticides, fertilizers and plant-growth regulators.
A natural fiber from the fast-growing flax plant, linen requires fewer resources than other natural fibers, like cotton, including water. Organic linen uses no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Like wool, used cashmere can be mechanically broken down into fibers and then re-spun into yarns to make new garments. This environmentally friendly process saves water and chemicals and can eliminate dye and wastewater.
Typically made by mechanically shredding cotton fabric back down to fibers and then re-spinning into yarn for use, recycled cotton (or reclaimed or regenerated cotton) uses less water and chemicals than standard cotton because it skips the cotton growing process. Recycled cotton can be made from pre- or post-consumer cotton yarn, textiles and garments, and must be blended with other fibers to maintain strength and durability.
Often made from used fishing nets, recycled nylon diverts waste from landfills and uses fewer resources like water, energy and petroleum in its production than virgin nylon.
Recycled Polyester (rPET)
A preferred synthetic fabric that can be made from post-consumer plastic like water bottles as well as unusable manufacturing waste and polyester garments. rPET diverts plastic waste from landfills and creates fewer CO2 emissions than virgin polyester in its production.
Used wool can be mechanically broken down into fibers and then re-spun into yarns to make new garments. This environmentally friendly process saves water and chemicals and can eliminate dye and wastewater.
A recycled nylon made from post-industrial recycled fiber waste.
A recycled polyester made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
Responsible Down Standard (RDS)
A certification that aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. The RDS supports the Five Freedoms of animals.
Responsible Wool Standard
A voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. On farms, the certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and that best practices are used in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, certification ensures that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked.
SeaCell™ lyocell is made from renewable seaweed embedded within cellulose, in a closed-loop process.
Tencel™ lyocell and modal
Tencel lyocell and modal fabrics are produced through closed-loop, environmentally responsible processes from sustainably sourced, FSC-certified wood. Tencel fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable.
Traceable Down Standard (TDS)
Sometimes known as the Global Traceable Down Standard, this framework of criteria supports animal welfare and maintains traceability requirements from farm to factory to ensure only compliant down and feather material is used in final products.
Worker Empowerment Program
A general term for programs that aim to offer education and development resources for women and men working in global supply chains.
These definitions are based on information from The Textile Exchange’s Glossary and Abbreviations, and from conversations with and informational materials from individual organizations and companies.
Our Featured Brands
Get to know the industry leaders who are making sustainable and charitable fashion their business. Check back often: We're adding new labels to our Sustainable Style destination all the time.
An environmental pioneer, designer and founder Eileen Fisher sets aggressive sustainability goals, uses innovative materials and recycles fabrics to create her relaxed yet elegant designs.
Treasure & Bond
Outfit your world with pieces you love and invest in a better future. Every Treasure & Bond purchase—clothes, accessories and housewares—supports programs that empower young people.
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