One of the things I’ve been making the switch to is buying my clothes from eco-friendly Canadian clothing companies.
It’s become evident that the garment industry is doing a huge amount of damage to the health of the planet. Shopping for new clothes wisely is one way to avoid contributing to the problem.
I don’t buy a lot of new clothing, but one company I’ve started with is tentree. It’s a Canadian company based out of British Columbia doing amazing things with sustainable clothing and planting trees.
First, I’ll give you some background on the tentree company, highlighting their policies and tree-planting program. Then, I’ll show you some of my personal tentree items and share what I think of them.
tentree Clothing in Canada
As I stated above, tentree is an eco-friendly Canadian company that I’ve bought clothing from.
Some of things I like about them include:
- They’ve planted nearly 58,000,000 trees through their partnership programs.
- 10 trees are planted for every item purchased.
- They aim for the smallest footprint and circular supply chains.
- tentree sources the most sustainable fibers and materials available.
- There is a commitment to reduce packaging output.
- Their partner factories are regularly audited to ensure compliance with the tentree Code of Conduct and international labor standards.
- tentree is a certified B-corporation.
This list highlights some of the main things I like about this company. When I do add a new item of clothing to my wardrobe, it’s one of the places I go.
As for the packaging, I was impressed with how they try to reduce the plastic and the amount of packaging overall.
The image above shows the items I received in a package before I opened them individually. You can see how much less there is for each individual item. And, it certainly didn’t do the clothing any harm.
My tentree Eco-Friendly Clothing
Next, I’ll share info and personal notes about some of the items I’ve bought from the tentree company.
tentree clothing has a relaxed, casual style that suits my taste. It’s probably geared to a younger age group, but I think the designs will appeal to all demographics.
1. tentree Juniper Hoodie
The first item is the tentree juniper hoodie. I love hoodies and was excited to add this one to my collection. I tend to feel cold often and live where summer only truly happens for a few weeks, so I wear my hoodies a lot.
This hoodie is made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL™ lyocell, and is very comfy.
My first impression of the juniper hoodie is that it feels like a quality piece and is warm enough for cooler days. It has a soft lining that adds warmth if you need it.
The only thing I didn’t like is the pockets are shallow. I tend to carry things in my pockets and like for them to be deeper so they don’t fall out.
But, other than the pockets, I love this piece and wear it often for walks or around the house on cooler days.
2. tentree Nepal Embroidered Yak T-Shirt
The next item is the tentree Nepal embroidered yak t-shirt. I love this piece and the adorable little embroidered yak. You can also get items with an embroidered llama in the Peru collection.
The t-shirt is made from recycled polyester, Tencel® lyocell, and organic cotton. It has a very soft feel and is lightweight, which makes it great for warmer days.
I like the relaxed fit of this t-shirt because I tend to wear my clothes in a looser fit. It’s a little shorter than I would have liked, but it’s not a big deal.
This t-shirt goes anywhere and I wear it with jeans, casual skirts, sweatpants, and shorts. The yak gets lots of comments, too.
3. tentree TreeFleece Bamone Sweatpant
The TreeFleece Bamone sweatpant is another comfortable and warm piece of clothing for the cooler days and evenings on the couch with my puzzle books.
They’re also made from recycled polyester, Tencel® lyocell, and organic cotton, making them another eco-friendly choice. And, they also have a soft lining like the Juniper hoodie.
The only issue with these is I like the legs to be a bit longer, but I know it’s probably the intended style. Again, not a big deal, since I love the way they fit and feel.
4. tentree Earth Day Everyday T-Shirt
tentree also has sales and discounted items, and they’ll put you on a waitlist when items sell out.
I bought the tentree Earth Day Everyday t-shirt in the sale bin for my husband and son. It’s also made of recycled polyester, Tencel® lyocell, and organic cotton.
The soft feel is very similar to the Yak t-shirt I bought for myself. They love it for warmer days because it’s so lightweight and breathable. And, it’s on the long side, which works well because they’re both tall.
It has a simple logo printed on it to remind us to make every day Earth Day and do what we can for the environment.
So, these are some of the items I first bought from tentree, and I’ve been pleased with their products.
I also love the colors of tentree clothing. They have a nice color selection for most items and they tend to be muted natural shades that I enjoy wearing.
Next, I’ll address a couple of other issues you are probably wondering about when it comes to this particular brand.
First, let’s look at taking care of your tentree clothing.
How to Care for tentree Clothing
How you care for your wardrobe plays a big role in how long your clothes last and how often you’ll need to replace items.
Most of the tentree clothing advises washing in cold water and hanging to dry. These are good environmental laundry practices anyway, so it makes sense.
And, using these methods will help preserve the fabric so you get more wear from them. You also don’t need to wash every item each time you wear it.
For example, I usually wear something like a t-shirt under my hoodies, so I don’t need to wash them every time I wear them. It really isn’t necessary and helps them to last a lot longer.
At this point, I haven’t owned my tentree clothing long enough to comment on if it wears well and lasts a long time for the cost. But, when enough time has passed, I will come back and update this post with my opinion.
The Cost of tentree Clothing
For most of us, cost and budget are always a factor when it comes to buying anything, including items for our wardrobe.
It’s one of the driving forces behind the fast fashion movement that is adding to the destruction of the environment.
But, like you, I have to make sure I’m not overspending when I buy new pieces of clothing.
You will pay more for a piece of clothing from tentree than you will for an item on the fast fashion level. But, you’ll also get a better quality product.
At that point, it comes down to the mindset of wanting new things more often.
If you can resist the temptation to always have new designs and styles, and if you can be content with wearing the same clothes for longer, you’ll maintain a much more eco-friendly wardrobe.
That logic is why I can afford to buy tentree clothing. I don’t have to buy a lot of clothing often. What I own lasts longer and needs less replacing. Plus, the company itself is eco-friendly, so it’s a win on both levels.
And, as I mentioned above, tentree does have sales and discounts that you can take advantage of to spend less. We don’t have to stop being frugal to save the planet.
So, there you have my account of my experience with tentree clothing so far. Up to now, I’ve been pleased with the shopping experience, the delivery, the quality of their products, and the styles and designs.
As I mentioned earlier, I will update this post as I wear the tentree clothing longer and care for them, but so far it’s been a choice that I feel good about.