Miakoda New York: Ethical and sustainable basics
Recently I’ve had the privilege of trying out some pieces of a brand I’d been following for a while on Instagram because of how well our values align: Miakoda.
The items I’m discussing in this post were gifted to me as an affiliate, but all opinions are my own.
Miakoda are a minimalist, vegan, sustainably-sourced brand that is made ethically in the USA and run by two sisters… and their rescue pigeon.
I was drawn to the company because all materials are sourced from international factories that follow Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production guidelines, and all pieces are manufactured in New York at factories the sisters can personally inspect. That’s a level of connection and transparency you just don’t see from other brands.
The first thing I noticed on receiving my order is that they ship in completely recycled boxes and garment bags, even their labels and tape are either recycled or biodegradable! Once I opened the package, the second thing I noticed was how unusually soft the fabric was for activewear.
Miakoda predominantly use four fabrics that have either GOTS or Control Union certification:
Bamboo (organic certified)
Soy fibre (the remnants of creating soybean oil)
Modal/lyocell (rayon fabrics made from beech trees)
I’d chosen to try out the Bamboo Crescent Moon Athletic Yoga Shorts (bamboo, organic cotton and spandex) in size S and the Organic Bralette (soy, organic cotton and spandex) in S/M. I’ve found them true to size and a good fit for my measurements.
Much of my love of Miakoda is due to their limited use of synthetic fibres comparative to other brands. Miakoda do not use recycled polyester in an attempt to limit their contribution to microfibre shedding, so my yoga shorts contain only 10% spandex. Plus, as a responsible brand, they take the offcuts from their manufacturing process and turn them into scrunchies, headbands and key-rings to save on waste. Even the bags they sell are made with upcycled materials and lined with deadstock fabric.
I have found the shorts to be so impeccably crafted, they’re a real testament to American-made products. They are thick, high-quality fabric so there’s no chance of seeing through them, but they are still lightweight and perfect for Micronesian humidity.
The soy fibre bralette is so soft and perfect for me, someone who hasn’t worn underwire in at least five years. It’s perfect for just wants to feel that bit of comfort and protection under their shirt.
I’m so happy with these pieces, the next items on my hitlist are the Brami, full-length leggings and all their zero waste scrunchies and headbands. As far as personal recommendations go, they’ve got a lifelong fan with me.