Did you know the standard denim manufacturing process can waste up to 1,500 liters of water for ONE pair of jeans? That’s 7 years of drinking water [[and that doesn’t even including the water needed to grow the cotton]!
Everlane’s denim manufacturing partner Saitex [who also produces denim for Madewell, J.Crew, Eileen Fisher & others] has a closed system that is able to recycle 98% of all water used, with only only .4 liters of water lost during the process–due only to evaporation.
Saitex also relies on renewable energy sources like solar energy, reducing its energy usage by 5.3 million kilowatt-hours of power per year—and CO2 emissions by nearly 80%. They also air dry their jeans [as traditional driers use a huge amount of electricity], and plant trees to offset their emissions.
In addition to numerous sustainable and ethic-centric certifications [Fair Trade, Oeko-Tex, LEED, Bluesign, the Higg Index and B Corp ], Saitex’s innovative process creates virtually no waste. All denim creates a toxic byproduct called sludge, and Saitex extracts the sludge created and ship it to a nearby brick factory. There, they mix with the sludge with concrete so the toxic material can no longer leech into the environment–and the constructed bricks are then used to build affordable homes!
Everlane Original & 90s Cheeky Jeans
Not only is Everlane’s denim made sustainably, the quality and fit is amazing. My two favorite styles are the Original Cheeky & 90s Cheeky Jean. These are a straight leg jean style and I find the ankle length fits my 5’4” frame perfectly.
Taking you through the style difference, fit & my color preferences below!
The Original & 90s are nearly identical in style. There are only couple of minor differences I’ve noticed. 1). the Original’s have 1% elastane, giving them just a little bit of stretch and 2). the Originals come up just a tad bit higher on the waist.
I’m really picky when it comes to blue washes, and so I personally found the blue washes in the 90s cheeky jeans to be my favorite. Sizing can also vary depending on the wash. I tried the Worn-In Mid Blue but found it to run large [and I preferred the look of the 90s 100% cotton blue wash], but I found the Ecru and Coal to run TTS.
90s Cheeky Jeans [also available in curvy]
I find these to be the perfect vintage-wash jean. They are a soft 100% cotton material that only gets better with wear. They don’t have any stretch, and I do find they can loose their shape a bit, so I’ll just throw them in the dryer after washing them if I need them to shrink back down [otherwise I line dry them]. I love wearing the vintage mid-blue year round [you can find me wearing them all fall and winter but seen recently in this post HERE] and the vintage sunbleached blue for spring and summer. I found these washes to run large and sized down one. [I also tried the washed black and sized down, but could barely fit in them].
If you are looking for additional recommendations, I have a couple of similar styles to share!
I’ve shared these Abercrombie straight leg ankle [seen here], and love that they also have a bit of stretch like the Originals, and are super comfortable. They also come in a variety of washes and sizes, including curvy, tall, regular, short and extra short.
I’ve also had some requests for non-high waisted jeans, and recently came across these mid-rise ones from Madewell [which also look like my favorite original ORIGINAL cheeky jeans in black wash!].