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8 Conscious Brazilian Brands Recommended by Sustainable Fashion Expert Bethania Rezek

March 1, 2024
Written by ConsiderBeyond
Cover Photo by
Nana Dudu

In order for a clothing material to be used in a piece of clothing, considerable time is spent to extract these raw materials, process them into fabric, and patch them up as a garment. Hence, a material can be deemed sustainable if it contributes to reducing the environmental impacts during this life cycle. We introduce five fibers we can choose from that help make an item of clothing more sustainable.

Meet Bethania Rezek, a Brazilian interdisciplinary fashion professional who is advocating for positive change in the fashion industry – both for the workers who craft our clothes and the consumers who wear them. With a discerning eye, she champions a second-hand approach, seeking out pre-owned goods in thrift stores. When she can’t find what she’s looking for, she turns to responsibly made alternatives. Having over eight years of experience spanning diverse roles in fashion, she has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry and stays attuned to its ever-evolving landscape.

In her native Brazil, a creative shift is taking way in the fashion scene. Long typecast for its colorful, bright, and beachy aesthetics, the country's style is undergoing a radical transformation. Rezek is at the forefront, celebrating the different facets of Brazilian fashion – from the richness of its indigenous roots to the understated elegance of its rural areas, and the energy of its cosmopolitan cities. In her exploration, she shares some of her picks for responsible brands that are challenging the world to see beyond the clichés and see the true depth and diversity of the country’s fashion. 

1. Pantys

Instagram | @pantys
Certifications
| B Corp
Category
| Women's Underwear
Shipping
| Worldwide

Pantys is a brand that offers reusable absorbent panties. At the core of their business, they emphasize having a "positive impact” that goes beyond eco-friendly products. They not only provide an alternative that significantly reduces waste from disposable pads, but also embrace inclusivity in their campaigns. Their dedication to creating a product that is nearly biodegradable speaks to a deeper responsibility.

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Photo by Pantys

2. Nalimo

Instagram | @nalimo
Category
| Women's Cothing & Accessories
Shipping
| Worldwide

Owned by an indigenous woman, Nalimo also empowers other indigenous women by training and providing them with the tools and skills necessary to make the garments. The designs showcase the rich heritage of her people and message through vibrant prints. It's an incredible brand to keep an eye on.

Browse Nalimo

Photo by Nalimo

3. Gaem

Instagram | @gaem
Category
| Jewelry
Certification
| B Corp
Shipping
| Worldwide

Gaem is the first lab-grown diamond brand to achieve B Corp certification. They are also the first Brazilian brand to use this technology, creating diamonds with a significantly reduced environmental and social footprint. Additionally, the gold metal used for the jewelry also comes from a responsible source: they’re recycled! The gold comes from a "Gold bank," which collects and repurposes "metal waste" from various industries, then resells it for other uses. 

Browse Gaem

Photo by Gaem

4. Nana Dudu

Instagram | @nanadudu
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Nana Dudu is a handbag brand that partners with the Brazilian recycling project "EuReciclo" to create beautifully designed bags from recycled plastic. The brand is artsy and fun, with bags that have the most amazing colors!

Browse Nana Dudu

Photo by Nana Dudu

5. Foz

Instagram | @foz
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Foz is a fashion brand deeply rooted in Brazilian traditions. Centering its design process on artisanal and craftsmanship, they only use natural raw materials and release products in small, limited batches.

Browse Foz

Photo by Foz

6. Mauricio Duarte Brand

Instagram | @mauricioduartebrand
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Mauricio Duarte, an indigenous fashion designer, incorporates elements of the Amazon into his clothing by utilizing materials, craftsmanship, and techniques native to the region. The artisanal work with Arumã fiber, traditionally used in weaving baskets and strainers, is exceptional.

Browse Mauricio Duarte Brand

Photo by Mauricio Duarte Brand

7. Palma

Instagram | @palma
Category
| Haircare
Shipping
| Worldwide

Palma is a haircare-in-bar brand recently launched by Brazilian eco-activist Giovanna Nader. The brand utilizes raw materials from the Cerrado, one of the largest biomes in the country. They are also committed to conservation by donating R$1.00 (Brazilian Real) for each product sold, supporting the conservation of the Cerrado region.

Browse Palma

Photo by Palma

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8 Conscious Brazilian Brands Recommended by Sustainable Fashion Expert Bethania Rezek

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Meet Bethania Rezek, a Brazilian interdisciplinary fashion professional who is advocating for positive change in the fashion industry – both for the workers who craft our clothes and the consumers who wear them. With a discerning eye, she champions a second-hand approach, seeking out pre-owned goods in thrift stores. When she can’t find what she’s looking for, she turns to responsibly made alternatives. Having over eight years of experience spanning diverse roles in fashion, she has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry and stays attuned to its ever-evolving landscape.

In her native Brazil, a creative shift is taking way in the fashion scene. Long typecast for its colorful, bright, and beachy aesthetics, the country's style is undergoing a radical transformation. Rezek is at the forefront, celebrating the different facets of Brazilian fashion – from the richness of its indigenous roots to the understated elegance of its rural areas, and the energy of its cosmopolitan cities. In her exploration, she shares some of her picks for responsible brands that are challenging the world to see beyond the clichés and see the true depth and diversity of the country’s fashion. 

1. Pantys

Instagram | @pantys
Certifications
| B Corp
Category
| Women's Underwear
Shipping
| Worldwide

Pantys is a brand that offers reusable absorbent panties. At the core of their business, they emphasize having a "positive impact” that goes beyond eco-friendly products. They not only provide an alternative that significantly reduces waste from disposable pads, but also embrace inclusivity in their campaigns. Their dedication to creating a product that is nearly biodegradable speaks to a deeper responsibility.

Browse Pantys

Photo by Pantys

2. Nalimo

Instagram | @nalimo
Category
| Women's Cothing & Accessories
Shipping
| Worldwide

Owned by an indigenous woman, Nalimo also empowers other indigenous women by training and providing them with the tools and skills necessary to make the garments. The designs showcase the rich heritage of her people and message through vibrant prints. It's an incredible brand to keep an eye on.

Browse Nalimo

Photo by Nalimo

3. Gaem

Instagram | @gaem
Category
| Jewelry
Certification
| B Corp
Shipping
| Worldwide

Gaem is the first lab-grown diamond brand to achieve B Corp certification. They are also the first Brazilian brand to use this technology, creating diamonds with a significantly reduced environmental and social footprint. Additionally, the gold metal used for the jewelry also comes from a responsible source: they’re recycled! The gold comes from a "Gold bank," which collects and repurposes "metal waste" from various industries, then resells it for other uses. 

Browse Gaem

Photo by Gaem

4. Nana Dudu

Instagram | @nanadudu
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Nana Dudu is a handbag brand that partners with the Brazilian recycling project "EuReciclo" to create beautifully designed bags from recycled plastic. The brand is artsy and fun, with bags that have the most amazing colors!

Browse Nana Dudu

Photo by Nana Dudu

5. Foz

Instagram | @foz
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Foz is a fashion brand deeply rooted in Brazilian traditions. Centering its design process on artisanal and craftsmanship, they only use natural raw materials and release products in small, limited batches.

Browse Foz

Photo by Foz

6. Mauricio Duarte Brand

Instagram | @mauricioduartebrand
Category
| Women's Bags
Shipping
| Worldwide

Mauricio Duarte, an indigenous fashion designer, incorporates elements of the Amazon into his clothing by utilizing materials, craftsmanship, and techniques native to the region. The artisanal work with Arumã fiber, traditionally used in weaving baskets and strainers, is exceptional.

Browse Mauricio Duarte Brand

Photo by Mauricio Duarte Brand

7. Palma

Instagram | @palma
Category
| Haircare
Shipping
| Worldwide

Palma is a haircare-in-bar brand recently launched by Brazilian eco-activist Giovanna Nader. The brand utilizes raw materials from the Cerrado, one of the largest biomes in the country. They are also committed to conservation by donating R$1.00 (Brazilian Real) for each product sold, supporting the conservation of the Cerrado region.

Browse Palma

Photo by Palma