10 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps

April 18, 2018

It’s cool to be kind. Kind to ourselves, kind to each other and kind to the environment.

More and more people are realizing that their spending choices and daily habits greatly impact our planet; from the decision to bring a reusable cup to work to saying no to using plastic bags. Each decision matters.

It’s important to remember though that it’s about progress over perfection, because it’s true. Making ethical and sustainable swaps in your day-to-day life is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s equally as wasteful to toss all of your belongings because they weren’t sustainable to buy new sustainably-made ones.

In the spirit of that, we wanted to introduce you to some easy eco-friendly swaps you can make in your life going forward (plus, there’s an awesome giveaway at the end to help get you started!).


Moto Black Leggings and matching Shine Bra, by Inner Fire

Swap for leggings made with
BPA-free recycled water bottles

A lot of athletic apparel is created using a blend of polyester, which is a non-biodegradable synthetic material. Inner Fire’s sustainably made leggings and athletic apparel are created from upcycled BPA-free recycled water bottles - so you can feel good (and look good) when you’re in downward dog.

Charcoal To Go for Water Bottles, by Kishu

Swap for a plastic-free
water filter made of charcoal

Avoid using single-use plastic water filters and opt for this eco-friendly version instead. Made from sustainably harvested oak branches that have been slowly carbonized, it easily returns to the earth once it’s done being used. Each product is 100% natural and shipped using recycled paper stock and compostable clear sleeves made from wood pulp.

Beeswax Food Wrap, by Abeego

Swap for reusable, plastic-free
food wrap made from beeswax

Ditch the single-use plastic wrap and try this eco-friendly alternative instead. Abeego’s beeswax food wrap is all natural and returns to the earth once it’s no longer usable. Abeego was created to simulate the same protective, breathable barrier that foods naturally have, which actually helps to preserve them longer!

Rose Quartz Eco-Friendly Phone Case, by Pela

Swap for a phone case made of
compostable plant-based material

Pela phone cases, aside from being really cute, are made using an innovative plant-based material that’s formulated to break down 100% in a composting environment, making them completely zero waste. They’re made in Canada, shipped using plastic-free packaging, and donate a portion of their annual sales to 1% for the Planet. Win-win-win. 


The Classic Black Ankle Boot, by Alice + Whittles

Swap for a pair of rainboots
made from natural rubber

Synthetic rubber is unsustainably made from petroleum (i.e. fossil fuel). Alice and Whittles, however, uses natural rubber from farms that are certified and audited by the Fair Rubber Association to make their collection of rainboots. They pay a premium for each kilogram of rubber that they purchase because that extra money supports the living and working conditions of each farm community, as decided by the community themselves. They also only purchase rubber tapped from sustainably grown forests.

Reusable Silicone Eco-friendly Ziplock Bags, from Amazon

Swap for reusable Ziplock Bags
made from silicone

An eco-friendly alternative to plastic ziploc bags, these reusable 100% pure silicone bags are made without the use of BPA, BPS, phthalates, and any other dangerous chemicals. They can also be safely used in the microwave oven, refrigerator, toaster, and freezer. 


Natural Volumizing Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, by Joyous Health

Swap for shampoo and conditioner
made without harmful chemicals

Shampoos and conditioners are often laden with parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates and other harmful chemicals that have no business being in products we put on our bodies. Joyous Health has worked really hard to create a shampoo and conditioner free from all of that! Her recently launched shampoo and conditioner is GMO-free, vegan, artificial fragrance free, paraben-free and completely biodegradable.

Bambooee Reusable Bamboo Towel, by Bambooee

Swap for reusable
bamboo paper towels

Over 3000 tons of paper towel waste is created everyday. Bambooee helps combat that with their reusable bamboo towels that are durable, super absorbent and machine washable up to 100 times.

Mint for Me Nail Polish, by BKIND

Swap for nail polish
made without toxic ingredients

The majority of nail polish sold in pharmacies and supermarkets contain multiple toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you. In addition, although this information is often silenced, many nail polishes contain ingredients from animals. For example, the bright red pigment of the cochineal insect, or the guanine crystals from fish scales or chameleons, are sometimes used to add luster and shine to cosmetics. BKIND’s nail polish is made using all natural ingredients, making it harmless for both the environment and your body.

The Nomadic V-Neck, by Encircled (That’s us!)

Swap for a t-shirt made from
sustainable Modal and Bamboo fabric

It can take 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt. Our staple basic, the Nomadic V-Neck, is made using both Lenzing Modal® and bamboo, which are both eco-friendly and sustainable resources that are grown without the use of pesticides (plus they’re ultra-soft!). So, you get the same wardrobe basic you love without the harmful effect to the environment.

To help get you started with some greener swaps, we’re hosting a giveaway with some of our favourite eco-friendly brands! Enter below for a chance to win. Read full rules and regulations here.

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Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is Made in Canada, out of sustainable, and eco friendly materials.

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Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.Travel Essentials. Encircled creates versatile minimalist clothes with the everyday traveler in mind. Each piece is ethically made, out of sustainable and eco friendly materials.

 





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Encircled Size Charts
Please scroll down to find the size chart for each design. If you have any questions on sizing, please try out our online size recommender or click here to contact us with questions prior to ordering. Size charts are in alphabetical order based on design name.
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The Chrysalis Cardi

Size
Garment Length (Laid Flat) Garment Width (Laid Flat) Bust 
(inches)
Waist 
(inches)
Hip 
(inches)
Height 

Regular

(xs - xxl)

38" 39.5" 32"-41" 25"-34" 35"-44" 5'2"-6'0"

Petite

(xxs - m)

35" 34.5" 27"-35" 23"-28" 30"-38" <5'4"

Maxi

(xl - xxxl)

43" 41.5" 41"-52" 33"-45" 44"-56" <6'0"

Fit Advice: The Regular Chrysalis Cardi is a one size fits most garment ranging from sizes XS-XXL or 2-14. It can be easily belted in multiple ways, however the Regular is not recommended for petite or shorter woman due to the volume of fabric - See Petite Cardi. The Regular is also not recommended for curvier/taller women due to fabric pulling around the bust or bottom - See Maxi Cardi.

We recommend watching the how-to wear videos to see how much fabric drape and length you would like in your finished garment. If you are in between sizes, it is best to size up and the garment can always be tailored shorter to better suit your look - you cannot add more fabric, unfortunately!

The Petite is best suited for women 5'4" and under with a smaller frame, although it will also work on women above this height (depending on preferred length when styled). 

The Maxi is best suited for all women under 6’0” with a curvier shape to eliminate any uncomfortable fabric pulling, although it will also work on women who are a bit less curvy (depending on preferred length when styled).

*If you have any questions on sizing, please contact us - Remember it is best to provide us with your height and size range of garments that you already own! 

 

The Dressy Sweatpant

WHEN WORN AT NATURAL WAIST

Worn higher up to sit at your natural waist - straight leg tapers from the hip to ankle opening.

Size XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) XXL (18-20)
Waist (inches)
23" - 25"
25" - 28"
28" - 32"
32" - 34"
34" - 37"
37-39"
Hip (inches)
32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
44" - 47"
47-50"
Inseam (inches) 26.5"

Fit Advice: We recommend staying with your usual size if you are in-between sizes. The cut on The Dressy Sweatpants is more generous and the fit is meant to be drapey and slightly loose. 

 

The Essential Long Sleeve Top + The Essential Short Sleeve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14-16 (XXL)
Bust 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 33 - 36" 36 - 39" 39 - 42"
42 - 45"
Waist 23 - 25" 25 - 27" 28 - 30" 30 - 33" 34 - 36"
36 - 38"
Hips 30 - 32" 33 - 36" 36 - 38" 38 - 41" 41 - 44"
44 - 47"
Front Length / Back Length 24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"
24 - 31"

Fit Advice: The Essential Long Sleeve Top fits a bit larger than our usual tees. We suggest to order true to your normal size, however since the styling is more flowy than our other Encircled tees, it is suggested to size down if you prefer a tighter look. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Evolve Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS)
4-6 (S)
8-10 (M)
12-14 (L)
16-18 (XL)
20 (XXL)
Bust
30.5-32.5"
33.5-35.5"
36.5-38.5"
39.5-41.5"
42.5-44"
45-47"
Waist
25-26"
27-29"
30-31"
32-34"
35-37"
38-40"
Hips
33-36"
37-39"
40-42"
43-45"
46-48"
49-52"
Fit Advice: The fit of The Evolve top is drapey but tapers towards the hip and tends to fit large. We recommend for you to size down from your normal size if you are unsure. The fabric on The Evolve top has a natural stretch that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

The Flipside Legging 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam 28" 28"
28"
28"
28"

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing up if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The modal fabric on The Flipside Leggings is not as 'taut' as synthetic fabrics like polyester, so if you prefer a snugger fit in the waist area for your leggings, size down. The Flipside Leggings are pre-shrunk. 

 

 The Minimalist Legging + The Minimalist Crop Legging

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 14 - 16 (XL)
Waist 20-24" 25-28" 28-32" 32-34" 34-37"
Hips 30-34" 35-38" 38-41" 41-44" 44-47"
Inseam

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

28"

(crop 20")

Fit Advice: We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. The bamboo fabric on The Minimalist Leggings is tighter than the Flipside Leggings. The Minimalist Leggings are pre-shrunk.

 

The Nomadic V-Neck

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18 XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 34-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice: The Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Retrograde Kimono Dress

Size
XS (0-2) S (2-4) M (6-8) L (10-12) XL (14-16) 
Bust (Inches)
28 - 32.5"
33" - 35.5"
36 - 38.5"
39 - 41.5"
42 - 49"
Hip (Inches)
33" - 36"
37" - 39"
40" - 42"
43" - 45"
46" - 50"
Length (Inches)
At longest, 33"
At longest, 34"
At longest, 35"
At longest, 36"
At longest, 37"

Fit Advice: The Retrograde Kimono Dress is our most "oversized" piece in the collection. We suggest to order true to your normal size to get the intended look. If you prefer a slimmer or tighter look, we suggest choosing a size down than your usual Encircled size.

 

The Reversible Pencil Skirt

Size
XS (0-2)
S (2-4)
M (6-8)
L (10-12)
XL (14-16)

Waist (inches)

23" - 26"
26" - 29"
29" - 32"
32" - 34"
35" - 37"

Hip (inches)

32" - 34"
35" - 38"
38" - 41"
41" - 44"
45" - 47"

Length Total (inches)

20"
21"
22"
23"
24"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Pencil Skirt fits true to size, but it's suggested to size up if you fall between sizes. The pencil skirt offers a smooth silhouette that slightly tapers from waist to hips and down through to the hem, hitting just at knee length. A pencil skirt should smoothly skim your curves, so to get a perfect fit, first identify your largest measurement then choose the size offering that range while still allowing for some stretch. The fabric on The Reversible Pencil skirt has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown. 

 

The Revolve Dress II + The Sleeveless Revolve Dress

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL) 20 (XXL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44" 45-47"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37" 38-40"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48" 49-52"
Length (in inches) At longest, 34.5" adjustable At longest, 35.35" adjustable At longest, 36" adjustable  At longest, 36.75" adjustable At longest, 37.5" adjustable At longest, 38.25" adjustable

Fit Advice: The Revolve Dress is designed to fit drapey that tapers towards the hip. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. If your hip measurements are above the guide, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. The fabric on The Revolve Dress has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Wanderer Sleeveless T 

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 2 - 4 (S) 6 - 8 (M) 10 - 12 (L) 12 - 14 (XL) 14 - 16 (XXL)
Bust 27.5 - 29.5 " 30.5 - 32.5 " 33.5 - 35.5 " 36.5 - 38.5" 39.5 - 41.5 "
42.5 - 44.5"
Waist 23-24" 25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34"
35-37"
Hips 30-32" 33-35" 36-38" 39-41" 42-44"
45-47"
Length 28" 28" 28" 28" 28"
28"

Fit Advice: The Wanderer Sleeveless T fits true to size. If you want a more relaxed fit, size up. The length can be hemmed by a tailor. As the fabric has a natural stretch, it will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown around the chest and hips. 

 

The Reversible Bandeau Bra  

Size
(XS/S) (M/L) (XL)
Bust 30 - 33" 34 - 37" 38-41"

Fit Advice: The Reversible Bandeau Bra fits true to size and the wide elastic band provides light to medium support. To ensure proper fit, measure your bust and check our size guide.

The Everyday Twist Top

Size
0 - 2 (XS) 4-6 (S) 8-10 (M) 12-14 (L) 16-18 (XL)
Bust (in inches)  30.5-32.5" 33.5-35.5" 36.5-38.5" 39.5-41.5" 42.5-44"
Waist (in inches)  25-26" 28-29" 30-31" 32-34" 35-37"
Hips (in inches)  33-36" 37-39" 40-42" 43-45" 46-48"
Back Length (in inches) 24.5" 25" 25.5" 26" 26.5"

Fit Advice: The Everyday Twist Top is designed to fit drapey. We recommend staying with your typical dress size. The fabric on The Everyday Twist Top has a natural stretch, that will stretch to fit within ~1-2" of the measurements shown.

 

The Men's Nomadic V-Neck  

Size
S M L XL XXL
Chest 36-38" 38-40" 40-42" 42-44" 44-46"
Back Length 27" 27.5" 28" 28.75" 29.5"
Fit Advice: The Men’s Nomadic V-Neck fits true to size. It features a straight fit, being more fitted in the shoulders and looser towards the waist. The fabric is 4-way stretch and it will fit within ~1-2" of the measurements. If you prefer a more relaxed fit, size up.

The Minimalist Leggings II

Size
XS (0-2) S (4-6) M (8-10)  L (12-14)  XL (16-18)  XXL (20) 
Bust 30-32 33-35 36-38 39-41 42-44
45-47
Waist 22-24 25-27 28-30 31-33 35-36
37-39
Hips 34-36 37-39 40-42 43-45 46-48
49-51

Fit Advice:  The Minimalist Legging II fits true to size. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements. 

The Dressy Sweatshirt

Size
XS-S (0-6) M-L (8-14) XL (16-28)
Bust 30-35 36-41 42-44
Waist 22-27 28-33 34-36
Hips 34-39 40-45 46-48

Fit Advice:  The Dressy Sweatshirt fits loose throughout the body and arms, but snug at the wrist and hip bands. We recommend sizing down if you are in between sizes with your measurements.