Green is the new black

The fashion industry in general is becoming aware of its contribution to climate change and we're all for the awakening. The best advice, in many ways, is the oldest: buy less and, when you do buy, select high quality pieces that you will have for a long time (that may even have a life beyond your closet) rather than cheap, fast fashion that inevitably ends up in a landfill far too soon.

We're also inspired by brands who are holding themselves to a higher standard in terms of materials, manufacturing processes and waste management, as well as their human, animal and environmental impact. We're highlighting some of them today. The good news is that you don't have to compromise on style to do some good for our planet.

Stella McCartney has long been known for her commitment to environmental sustainability. This jumpsuit (by far the most expensive piece we're profiling) is absolutely gorgeous. The fabric is amazing and the cut is exquisite. Wear it to a black-tie event with a heel, or belt it and wear it with a bootie to a cocktail party.

Bite (By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress) is a European brand with a focus on tailoring and high quality organic fibers. We think this season-less top has a beautiful, modern cut. Wear it with a slim black trouser pant for a chic, tonal look.

By Malene Birger is another brand long committed to sustainability. This organic cotton denim frayed edge coat is adorable. It's perfect for the transition season or a cooler summer night. It's a great way to incorporate white denim without going to the ubiquitous white jean.

Reformation is brand that may not be on your radar yet. It's a lower-priced alternative within the sustainable universe. We love this denim tunic worn with its sleeves rolled up over a pair of black pants. It would also be cute as a cover up or as a dress with a sandal in the warmer months.

These two sweaters, also by Reformation, are both perfect with a high-waisted pant or jean. The cropped navy turtleneck is cashmere (70% recycled) and would work well with black or blue denim. The black cardigan sweater has a tiny puffed sleeve and elasticized waist. It's also great with a black and/or blue denim pencil skirt.

Another piece from By Malene Birger, this gray alpaca-blend sweater has an oversized, slouchy feel. Great on its own with a pair of jeans, or half-tucked into a higher-waisted pant.

From left to right: 1. Envelope1976 dress; 2. Lee Mathews dress; 3. Matteau dress

Envelope1976 is an eco-conscious brand from Norway with a focus on designing modern silhouettes. This chic black dress is a great example. Wear it with a simple heel or sandal and a chunky necklace to a spring/summer party.

Lee Mathews is an Australian brand that emphasizes using sustainable materials. We love a shirt dress and this one is a great shape. The color is not for everyone but if it's for you, this is a great piece to scoop up ahead of spring.

This cotton poplin maxi dress by Matteau (a swimwear brand) is a true summer (or spring break) pick. Wear it to the beach or walking around town on a hot day with a simple flat sandal.

Sneaker brands were some of the first to get on board with the sustainability movement. The Veja and Good News sneakers above are easy additions to your closet. You can wear them with wide-legged jeans, a cropped pant or even a dress. The right sneaker provides a cool edge to what could be a more serious outfit, even cooler if they're eco-conscious.