It’s unsustainable, unethical, and frankly, plain ugly.
Which is exactly why we’re supporting brands that are out to change the status quo. The tricky bit though is finding truly ethical and sustainable clothing brands.
But that’s why we’re here!
We’ve done all the dressy digging and style sniffing for you.
After spending loads of time researching, emailing, confirming policies and finding out exactly what makes fashion sustainable and ethical (jump to the bottom of the article for more on this moving feast) we now present the Masterlist of the best sustainable clothing brands.
Remember to use this list as a resource only when you need to buy a new fashion item and want to do so sustainably.
First, try to get creative with what you already have and failing that (you can only shorten your jeans so much!) see if you can find something pre-loved.
Online thrift stores make buying used easier than ever.
When you do finally opt to replace an old garment with something new, make you sure you dispose of it responsibly, either via composting (if it’s fully compostable) or through textile recycling services.
Oh, and don’t forget to use a Guppy Friend Bag to wash all your synthetic garments (recycled or not) to prevent microplastics from getting into the waterways!
Without further a-shoe, let’s cut to the base layers and talk about some of the top sustainable clothing brands.
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USA / Canada
Materials: Range of innovative sustainable materials (including organic, natural fabrics and recycled synthetics).
Supply chain & labor practices: Fair trade certified and a strong focus on transparency via The Footprint Chronicles.
Product range: Best sustainable clothing brand for adventure gear, casual wear (including T-shirts), sustainable swimwear and menswear.
Materials: Mostly 100% Fair Trade organic cotton but some designs have added spandex.
Product range: Inexpensive sustainable clothing brand for underwear and basics, activewear, ethical pajamas & T-shirts.
Materials: Natural fibers and certified responsibly sourced animal-based materials like down and wool. Synthetic fabrics almost always recycled, including Econyl and recycled polyester.
Supply chain & labor practices: Excellent transparency and sewn in Fair Trade Certified factories in Peru, Mexico, and China.
Why we love them: Durable, outdoor-ready designs. Bluesign certified.
Product range: Best for outdoor-inspired fairtrade sustainable mens clothing and womenswear including sweaters, jeans, tops, ethical swimwear, and outerwear.
Materials: GOTS-certified organic cotton. Some recycled polyester, TENCEL Modal, or spandex. Dyed with low-impact non-toxic dyes.
Supply chain & labor practices: Produced in one of two factories, one Fair Trade certified, the other uncertified but fair trade principles.
Product range: Affordable ethical clothing brand for mens and womens T shirts and tops, pants, fair trade dresses, sweaters, outerwear, and leggings.
Materials: Sells only pieces made of sustainable fabrics like GOTS-certified organic cotton, TENCEL Lyocell, recycled synthetic or vintage deadstock.
Supply chain & labor practices: All brands made in either Fair Trade certified factories or low labor abuse risk countries like the US, UK, and Canada.
Why we love them: Plus-sized inclusivity. Donates to environmental and female empowerment organizations.
Product range: Best sustainable clothing retailer selling ethical lingerie, swimwear, and loungewear.
Available: Azura Bay
Materials: Organic cotton, recycled polyester, Lenzing Modal and a few sparse synthetics for stretch.
Supply chain & labor practices: Fair Trade and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified factories.
Why we love them: Utilizes waste reducing manufacturing techniques. Offers inclusive XS to XXL sizes. Donates a percentage of every sale.
Product range: Best fair trade clothing brand for activewear, loungewear, T shirts, and casual wear for women, men, and kids
Available: Threads 4 Thought
Materials: High percentages of organic cotton, hemp, TENCEL, and REPREVE® recycled polyester.
Why we love them: B-Corp. Plants TEN TREES for every product sold in areas of damaged biodiversity.
Product range: Best Canadian sustainable clothing brand for sweaters, tops, ethical winter gloves and tees… for women and men!
Materials: Look out for organic cotton, hemp, recycled polyester, TENCEL modal, cruelty-free merino wool, and RDS-certified down.
Why we love them: An official bluesign® partner. Donates to youth outreach programs.
Product range: Best ethical outdoor clothing brand for activewear, swimwear, and outdoor dresses, tees, and sweaters.
Materials: 100% handpicked Giza cotton, the finest of all Egyptian cotton
Supply chain & labor practices: Purchase cotton from family farms “direct trade” at set prices so farmers aren’t affected by market fluctuations. Third-party audits for all farms and factories.
Why we love them: Certified B-Corp. Donates a portion of each sale to stop the cycle of child labor.
Product range: Best affordable sustainable clothing brand for loungewear, pajamas, T shirts and other casual tops, and work trousers (especially for men).
Materials: 100% ringspun and pre-shrunk GOTS-organic cotton, Azo-free dyes.
Supply chain & labor practices: Made in the USA. Committed to fair trade principles and cost transparency.
Why we love them: Timeless, flattering cuts and solid colors designed to never go out of style. Recycled plastic-free packaging only.
Product range: Best organic sustainable clothing brand for USA made basic short and long sleeve eco friendly T shirts.
Available: The Classic T-Shirt Company
Materials: GOTS-certified organic, non-GMO cotton
Product range: Best fair trade clothing brand for womens sweaters, dresses, and tops, and mens button downs.
Available: Passion Lilie
Supply chain & labor practices: Provide full supply chain and sourcing transparency. Final assembly in WRAP-certified factories.
Why we love them: Achieved Carbon Neutral and B-Corp certifications. One of the leading ethical shoe brands.
Product range: Best eco-friendly footwear brand for ethical sneakers, eco friendly slippers, sustainable running shoes and casual slip-ons.
Materials: Natural fibers, TENCEL, cruelty-free wools, and recycled polyesters, some virgin synthetics. Vegetable dyes.
Why we love them: Certified B-Corp Donates to and organizes ocean cleanups
Product range: Best ethical outdoor clothing brand for mens and womens hiking gear, swimwear, outerwear and sustainable backpacks.
Available: United By Blue
Materials: Indosole turns #TiresToSoles combined with low-water vegan leather and plastic-free “ENVRO” fiber.
Supply chain & labor practices: Limits the majority of their supply chain to Indonesia. All entities audited yearly for social and environmental impact.
Why we love them: Certified B-Corp that gives back by organizing charity events and donating shoes.
Product range: Best eco friendly footwear brand for recycled flip flops.
Materials: Natural fibers (organic linen and cotton) and other responsibly sourced fibers. Some recycled synthetics and less sustainable fabrics (e.g. virgin elastane and nylon).
Supply chain & labor practices: Interactive map of all factories. Audit their factories yearly.
Why we love them: Inclusive sizes and body-type specific styles for a true-fit. Yearly giving campaigns to environmental charities.
Product range: Best for professional clothing including skirts, dresses, sweaters, underwear and winter coats
Materials: Organically certified/FSC-certified natural fibers or recycled synthetics/animal fibers. Many are Bluesign Approved
Supply chain & labor practices: Openly disclose all their sourcing locations. Regularly audited long term partners.
Why we love them: Committed to “make clothing that lasts” and super versatile whether your jungle is real or concrete.
Product range: Best sustainable women and men’s clothing brand for outerwear, hoodies, work shirts, casual bottoms, and loungewear.
Materials: Natural or cellulosic fibers like FSC-certified TENCEL Modal and Lyocell, organic cotton, Cupro, hemp, and merino wool. Recycled polyester and some virgin spandex.
Supply chain & labor practices: Made in San Francisco. 97% of garments are manufactured across six San Fran factories.
Why we love them: Have planted over 300,000 trees through their Tees = Trees giving campaign.
Product range: Best for a huge selection of dresses, T shirts, sweaters, business casual bottoms, and select menswear.
Available: Amour Vert
Materials: Natural, organic fibers (GOTS cotton, Lyocell, and hemp). Recycled plastics and Caba-free Spandex.
Why we love them: They “are here to create a demand for our values and would rather go out of business than compromise.”
Product range: Best for women’s basic tops, underwear, and accessories, and ethical men’s T shirts and loungewear.
Materials: Non-GMO organic cotton, linen, hemp, Lyocell, and Modal, occasionally blended with small amounts of spandex.
Supply chain & labor practices: Prioritizes local vendors and keeps almost all their supply chain in the US.
Why we love them: Three words: Oprah-approved jumpsuits. They also donate clothing to local homeless youth.
Product range: Best eco-friendly clothing brand for activewear, basics, T shirts, and pajamas.
Available: LA Relaxed
Materials: GOTS organic cotton, TENCEL, hemp, and flax. Low impact dyes only.
Supply chain & labor practices: Source cotton from Maharashtra, India, but the rest of the supply chain is “v localized” in Los Angeles all within a 10-mile radius.
Why we love them: Female founded and run company.
Product range: Best vegan women’s essentials clothing brand for graphic and essential T shirts and other loungewear.
Materials: Recycled wine corks, Bloom Algae Foam and/or post-industrial recycled EVA, recycled PU or chrome-free leather.
Why we love them: Purchase carbon offsets. 1% for the Planet member and founder of Brands for Better give-back network.
Product range: Best eco-friendly footwear brand for recycled flip flops and sandals.
Materials: 100% cotton, though some styles contain rayon (to be avoided if possible).
Product range: Best fair trade women’s clothing brand for affordable dresses, plus-size clothing, and accessories.
Available: Mata Traders
Materials: Working to eliminate things like spandex, viscose, and rayon in favor of more sustainable fabrics.
Supply chain & labor practices: Manufactures over 65% of garments in their own 32 Los Angeles factories. Regularly audits all other factories.
Why we love them: Carbon neutral by maximizing green practices, incentivizing customers to switch to wind energy, and much more.
Product range: Best ethical clothing brand for women with a selection of fair trade dresses and jumpsuits, fair trade sweaters, ethical jeans, and blouses.
Materials: GOTS-certified natural (cotton, hemp, linen, and silk), cellulosic (TENCEL Modal and cupro), and Global Recycle Standard certified regenerated.
Why we love them: Take back clothing recycling program (one of many reasons their name is short for “A Mindful Use of Resources”).
Product range: Best sustainable high end clothing brand for women’s dresses and skirts, jumpsuits, and fancy tops.
Materials: Recycled synthetics and natural fibers like organic cotton and Modal. 39% OEKO-tex-100 approved and 28% bluesign® approved.
Supply chain & labor practices: Over half of the products are made in Nepal, either through socially compliant factories or work-from-home co-ops.
Why we love them: Provide scholarships to Nepalese children through the Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund.
Product range: Best eco friendly outdoor clothing brand for womens and mens outerwear, hiking wear, sustainable hats and backpacks.
Available: Sherpa Adventure Gear
Materials: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, recycled nylon, TENCEL, and sustainably sourced silver.
Supply chain & labor practices: BSCI-compliant and Sedex membership. Personally visit their factories.
Why we love them: 1% for the Planet member that provides grants to grassroots activists. Carbon-neutral global shipping.
Product range: Best for ethical underwear, activewear, and basic super soft eco friendly t-shirts.
Product range: Best for dresses, tunics and T shirts, sweaters, trousers, and other women’s business casual essentials.
Materials: Organic cotton, hemp, and wool and some recycled synthetics. Bamboo viscose and rayon (which we’d avoid)
Supply chain & labor practices: Published supplier code of conduct. Manufacture and source fabrics from China (though minimal details on these entities).
Product range: Best affordable sustainable clothing brand in the UK for sweaters, tunics and tees, bottoms, and loungewear.
Materials: GOTS organic cotton or Post-Consumer Recycled Denim. Recycled PET, Tencel, hemp, and linen.
Supply chain & labor practices: Major suppliers hold ethical certifications based on audits, including BSCI and Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).
Why we love them: First organic denim brand. What to do with old clothes – Recycle them via Blueloop partners.
Product range: Best for sustainable denim, mens shirts, and organic T shirts.
Materials: Organic cotton, TENCEL Lyocell, wool or silk. GRS and Recycled Content Standard (RCS) certified recycled synthetics. Small blends of virgin elastase.
Supply chain & labor practices: Member of the Chetna Coalition. Published fashion.com/cdnassets/documents/sustainability/SKFK_SUSTAINABLE-BUSINESS-DEVELOPMENT-REQUIREMENTS.pdf” target=”_blank” aria-label=” (opens in a new tab)” rel=”noreferrer noopener nofollow” class=”rank-math-link”>Supplier Code of Conduct for all suppliers and factories.
Range: Women’s dresses, sweaters, blouses, and bottoms.
Materials: Organic cotton, organic linen, Tencel, and cruelty-free ZQ Merino wool. GRS certified recycled polyester and faux leather microfiber.
Why we love them: Working toward 100% carbon neutrality. Super inclusive sizes.
Product range: Best for men’s jackets, sweaters, denim and other casual pants, underwear, and swimwear.
Materials: Merino wool, cotton, organic cotton, cashmere, and linen. Recycled synthetics and PET bottles. Transparency on unsustainable fabrics
Why we love them: Don’t offer permanent, non-seasonal collections. Inclusive size range.
Product range: Best for men’s T-shirts, sweaters, chinos and jeans, outerwear, underwear, eco friendly socks, and cold-weather accessories.
Materials: Recycled plastic bottles, tires blended with Limestone. Water-based glues and laminates only.
Why we love them: Certified B-Corp. Partners with eco-positive NGOs like the World Wildlife Fund
Product range: Best for men’s and women’s surf and swimwear, and ski and snowboard wear.
Materials: Recycled tires, plastic bottles, and discarded nylon fishing nets. Pinatex and sorona, a corn-starch based biopolymer.
Supply chain & labor practices: BSCI or SA8000 certified factories located in Europe. Suppliers either Bluesign® certification or OEKO-Tex 100 certified
Product range: Best for men, women, and kids (knitwear, athleisure wear, outerwear, pants and tops) and ethical flip flops and sneakers.
Supply chain & labor practices: Manufacture in a FLO-CERT audited Fair Trade factory in Pakistan.
Why we love them: Offer a subsidized sneaker repair program for German customers. Ship globally but only by sea freight
Product range: Best vegan shoe brand for classic ethical skate shoes and hightop sneakers.
Materials: GOTS-certified organic cotton, banana fabric, TENCEL lyocell, and milk fiber (a dairy industry byproduct). Most polyester, elastane, and Q-NOVA nylon synthetics are GRS-approved recycled
Supply chain & labor practices: Fair Wear Foundation licensed
Why we love them: Body positive brand image. Eco-friendly packaging and biodegradable shipping materials.
Product range: Best ethical clothing brand for lingerie, underwear, organic bras, and intimate sleepwear.
Materials: ECONYL (FIRST swimwear company to use this) and recycled stretch fabrics sourced through their garment take-back program.
Supply chain & labor practices: Manufacture locally in the UK or just across the pond in Spain in safe and ethical factories.
Why we love them: Currently the world’s only not-for-profit swimwear company.
Product range: Best ethical vegan clothing brand in the UK for swimwear and activewear.
Materials: Recycled rubber outsole. Upcycled cork, jute, salvaged cotton strap, and a select few with non-biodegradable EVA.
Supply chain & labor practices: Manufacture in China but do so because of the large amount of landfill-bound rubber produced there. Frequently visit their factories.
Why we love them: Sell “1000-miler” flip flops tested for durability and terrain resiliency.
Product range: Best for boat shoes, sandals, and flip flops.
Materials: “100% natural or are recycled / up-cycled”. Custom dyeing is done with digital printing
Supply chain & labor practices: Work with small production houses who have a positive company culture and provide fair working conditions. Support traditional hand craftsmanship in disadvantaged communities
Why we love them: We were lucky enough to speak directly with the founder, Olivia Kennaway! She shares inspiring stories about the people behind the brand.
Product range: Best for swimwear, dresses, knitwear, eco friendly handbags and purses, sandals and upcycled homewares.
Materials: Recycled car tires, organic cotton, KOBA plant fiber, jute, and (for non-vegan shoes) naturally tanned Abyssinian Pure leather
Supply chain & labor practices: Fair Trade since founding. Entire supply chain is localized in Ethiopia to create gainful employment opportunities.
Why we love them: Use entirely hand manufacturing techniques like weaving on cotton on traditional Eucalyptus looms.
Product range: Best for flip flops, ethical sandals, sneakers, and slip-ons.
Materials: 100% GOTS-organic, non-GMO, and fair trade cotton only.
Why we love them: Transparent website with production videos, individual product impact assessments, and an impact report.
Product range: Best for men’s pants, organic hoodies, and casual tops, and women’s dresses, skirts, Nast-TEES, and sweaters.
Product range: Best for sneakers, basic T shirts, underwear, and athleisure clothing.
Materials: Recycled nylon 6 and elastane, dyed with OTS certified dyes. Oeko-Tex 100 and Clear to Wear approved.
Supply chain & labor practices: Handmade manufacturing in a single factory in Guangzhou, China. Seamstresses paid significantly over minimum wage.
Why we love them: Body positive branding and inclusive models.
Product range: Best for women’s swimwear. Specifically sell super flattering and versatile reversible wrap swimsuits.
The fashion industry is massive. We’re talking utterly mind-boggling in scale.
How else could it be one of the dirtiest?
So even despite the influx of sustainable and ethical clothing brands hitting the racks over the last decade, there’s still a whole heap of harmful ones to sort through.
We’ve spent a lot of time doing just that while writing our specific fashion guides.
Not to mention pouring our hemp-cloth hearts and style-savvy souls into making this comprehensive guide to sustainable and ethical fashion, from which we developed a set of criteria that we now use to determine the most sustainable clothing brands.
Materials: This is the most important factor because it’s where the majority of a garment’s impact comes from (from the impact of raw material sourcing all the way to end-of-life outlook).
Essentially, we look for natural organically-grown fibers (e.g. organic cotton, hemp fabric and wool), closed-loop plant cellulose fibers (e.g. lyocell and modal), and recycled synthetics (e.g. some fleece, faux leather and swimwear fabrics), while avoiding unsustainable materials like chemically-tanned leather (or really most leather if we can help it), virgin synthetics, and chemically plasticised bamboo fabric viscose and rayon.
Even once we discount those, there are TONS of possible sustainable materials out there, with new innovative ones popping up on the daily.
And because this is a comprehensive fashion and footwear brand guide, we couldn’t possibly touch on all these materials here. For that, we again highly recommend you checking our guide on sustainable fabrics.
Each of our specific brand guides also features a detailed description of sustainable materials for that particular type of garment at the bottom.
Supply chain & labor practices: Materials largely deal with environmental impact, while this criteria deals with social responsibility and how a brand treats its workers.
This refers to ALL workers involved in the manufacturing of a garment, from raw material farmers to those putting on the final sale tags (in other words, the supply chain).
We look for brands that can provide traceability for all raw materials as well as transparency about their factories, including areas that may need improvement.
We understand not every brand is 100% perfect, but it’s the honesty and willingness to improve that we really value.
One thing we use to establish whether brands are paying their workers fairly and maintaining safe work environments is by looking for one of a number of third party certifications to prevent greenwashing.
Again, there are tons out there, but here are some of the most common:
B-Corp: The gold standard and quite hard to achieve, but you’ll notice a good handful of brands on this list have managed.
Using third-party audits conducted yearly on ALL supply chain entities, brands are assessed on 80 “impact areas” and given numerical scores reflecting the results (which are all public record on the B-Corp website)
Fair trade: Another important one and can apply to either a brand as a whole or just individual suppliers/factories used. It means the material or garment was made fairly (imagine that!).
More specifically, it means the laborers receive fair pay, proper training, reasonable work hours, safe work environments, and protection against discrimination, harassment, abuse, and child/forced labor.
OEKO-Tex 100: A non-toxic certification that means no harmful chemicals (i.e., colorants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, azo-dyes) were used in manufacturing a garment (which also means the workers weren’t exposed to them!).
REACH is another similar certification under this umbrella used in the EU.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): Means a fiber was grown and processed “seed to shelf” without the use of chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, machine harvesting, bleaches, or chemical plasticizers. .
Global Recycle Standard (GRS): Applied to recycled fabrics, either synthetic or natural, and ensures a certain percentage of the final fiber is actually recycled.
Otherwise, a brand could claim a garment with just 1% recycled material is “partially recycled” without technically lying.
Some other reputable certifications: Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), Business for Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), Social Accountability International (SA8000), and Fair Wear Foundation.
Green business practices: A catch-all for any other cool or interesting green initiatives a brand has going, such as garment recycling programs, limiting to reusing textile waste, carbon offsetting, using renewable energy, having Green certified offices, using closed-loop and/or manual manufacturing techniques, and low waste/plastic-free packaging.
Inclusivity: Fashion as a whole tends to be a little less than body-positive.
So it’s super important to us for brands to turn this negativity and body shaming on its head by offering inclusive sizes, marketing to real women (not just airbrushed Barbie Doll models), and ensuring their image is welcoming to all cultures, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
Community & charitable giving: The most sustainable clothing brands are those that strive for a more sustainable world by giving back.
This can mean a lot of things, like donating money or clothes, volunteering, being a member of 1% for the Planet, organizing charitable events, or just using their voice to bring awareness to pressing issues.
We know that sounds like a lot, so until applying these principles becomes second nature to you (as it now is for us), we want to be here to help in whatever way we can.
Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
We’d like to take a quick moment to say how thrilled we are with how this list turned out. There are so many wonderful, sustainable brands that are changing the garment game!
It’s so inspiring to see! We hope you’re as uplifted by it as we are.
And what’s even more exciting?
There are likely more brands out there that deserve a spot here, too, so if you know of any, reach out to us on the comments below.
We always love to get the skinny on new sustainable styles (metaphorically speaking, of course, since size inclusivity is one of our criteria!).
If you found this list as helpful as we hope, give it a quick share on your socials and help us spread the good word on green garments. It’s great that brands like these exist, but that only means so much if we don’t support their efforts to revolutionize the entire fashion industry.