With plenty of fast fashion companies hopping on the sustainability bandwagon and using buzzwords in their ads, it can be hard to know who's really putting in the effort to create a better world. So we've put together a list of 24 of the best sustainable clothing brands out there.
Starting off our list of sustainable fashion brands is Alternative Apparel. Forget athleisure; this clothing line is all about earthleisure. The company prides itself on making a "positive footprint" and "not leaving a mark." Per their website, Alternative is committed to eco-materials and responsible manufacturing. But that's not all: they promise to have you feeling earth-friendly, comfy, and trendy. From patterned t-shirts and sweats to perfectly fit pants, Apparel has it all.
The ethical clothing brand sells clothes for men, women, and youth. It's perfect for a day out in the town or for working from home on your couch. And shoppers don't have to worry about complicated shipping because Alternative Apparel is officially available on Amazon! The line is under its umbrella company, Brandwear United, along with the likes of Champion and Hanes. So they've long held a reputation for having a reliable quality and constant improvement. But don't take our word for it - check them out yourself.
According to their Insta page, this line of sustainable clothing is "Earth's Favorite." And it could be your go-to, as well. Pact's pieces are made of organic cotton that is sustainably and ethically made. "Growing cotton organically saves vast amounts of water and uses no toxic chemicals," explains the brand's website. And that's not all. "Pact partners with Fair Trade Certified factories because they ensure care for both people and planet," the site states.
The other amazing aspect about this trendy brand? Shoppers can literally wear them head-to-toe: pact has everything from ethically-made bras, underwear, and socks, to sleepwear, leggings, jumpsuits, shirts, and shorts. Yep, this brand is for the one-stop-shop and go kinda gal. And they won't disappoint. Not only does the company have practically all of the pieces one could need, but they also have a fantastic mix of basics and more detailed pieces (all for reasonable prices).
Girlfriend Collective is truly one of a kind. "Our first goal was to be as transparent as possible," the sustainable fashion brand proudly states. "We chose every part of our process, from our raw materials to our facilities to our partners, with care." And the attention to detail - and ethics - has paid off. Girlfriend Collective is certainly making its way up the ranks of fashion, with one very famous supermodel touting its products.
Kendall Jenner, we're looking at you, girl. That's right - supermodel Kenny owns Girlfriend Collective's gorgeous Bike Unitard. But the trendy line isn't fit just for A-list celebs: with prices ranging from $38 to $88 and inclusive sizes, this eco-friendly brand is for everyone. From bucket hats and belt bags to scrunchies, sports bras, and leggings, shop here for all of your summer needs. We promise you won't regret it (it certainly looks like Kendall didn't).
A "simple wardrobe," as Eileen Fisher prides itself on selling, can be a breath of fresh air in our fast-paced world. But don't get it twisted: simple doesn't mean boring. This ethical and sustainable clothing brand sells everything from tanks and camis, sweaters, and cardigans to jumpsuits, dresses, shoes, and accessories. Yes, we said sustainably made shoes! A gem of a fine, if you ask other ethical fashion lovers and us. And Eileen Fisher serves sophistication on a rack.
With their evergreen cuts, neutral colors, and sleek lines, you'll never feel out of style. And if you want proof of their sustainability, Eileen Fisher's "Behind the Label" section on their website has plenty of information on the company's supply chain, factories, materials used, human rights, fair trade policies, and values. Plus, their "Style within Reach" tab takes shoppers directly to their most affordable pieces. Talk about easy to navigate.
Describe Everlane in just six words? "Exceptional quality. Ethical factories. Radical Transparency." Their words, not ours. "At Everlane, we want the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That's why we partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials," reads the sustainable fashion brand's website. "And share those stories with you -- down to the true cost of every product we make."
Before Everlane begins working with any factory, at home or abroad, the ethical clothing line evaluates things like wages, reasonable hours, and environmental impact. Only those with a score of 90 or above become partners. From bras and underwear to trendy dresses and hats, Everlane's options are endless. And it turns out that with radical transparency comes some pretty rad pricetags. From $30 tanks to $100 shoes, there's a little bit of something for everyone.
Shopping from Amour Vert is a double whammy: not only are you supporting sustainable and ethical fashion, but you're also reforesting our world. That's right: "When you buy a tee, we plant a tree," their Gram explains. But don't worry, they have a lot more than just t-shirts. The women's clothing brand serves "slow fashion focused on zero-waste design and bold femininity." And trust us, they deliver. Amour Vert has a little something of everything.
Need a boldly colored dress for brunch? They got it. Want new pants for work? Check. How about a tie, cinch, wrap dress, or skirt that'll have you feeling as sexy as ever? Amour Vert's got you covered. As for the sustainable brand's prices, their new arrivals currently start at $48 and go up to $248, with endless options in between. So if you want to feel like an earth-friendly queen, this is a good place to start.
Cuyana is the epitome of sustainable sophistication. The trendy clothing line was founded and is currently run by two incredible women dedicated to ethical fashion. "Fewer, better is the philosophy behind everything we do," the brand explains. "We create timeless collections for the modern woman through carefully selected fabrics, precise silhouettes and attention to detail." And we'd say they're pretty dang good at what they do; think minimalist fashion that makes a statement everywhere you go.
Cuyana sells sustainably made sweaters, pants, leggings, skirts, dresses, sleepwear, tops, and even swim cover-ups. While some of their silk or leather products can get rather pricey, most of their pieces currently go between $30 to $300. And this brand covers more than trendy clothing: they also have some gorgeous hats, pandemic-approved face masks, belts, and - get ready - incredible jewelry. Cuyana makes sure that even our earrings can be made ethically.
ABLE's dedication to sustainability and women empowerment lands them a spot on this list of best sustainable clothing brands. Taking transparency to a whole new level, the fashion line became the first to publish its lowest wages in 2018. Why? "Because we believe that true transparency and accountability is the only way we can end poverty in our industry," their website explains. Shopping to look hot and pay the makers living wages? Loves it.
The Nashville-based brand is devoted to quality both in the pieces they sell and "the quality of life we aim to provide." They're the prime example that style and trend don't need to be sacrificed for sustainable living. Just look at the denim jumpsuit and gorgeous brown shoes on the model above as proof. ABLE's apparel starts at $35 and goes up to $200, with one leather jacket costing $350. So click away and shop with a clear conscience.
Searching for that perfect knitted bucket hat this summer? Look no further: Verloop is a one-stop shop for all of your knitted dreams and desires. We're talking knitted purses, hats, house slippers, and shirts. Whether you want to put together a multi-colored fit or have a pop of brightness to an all-black look, they've got you covered. It's knitting galore. And if you want your house to match your clothing aesthetic? Verloop also has pillows and blankets.
But enough bragging about how cool this fashion brand is. What ethical and earth-friendly practices do they have that lands them a spot as one of the best sustainable clothing brands? Verloop's debut collection in 2012 was made from deadstock or unused materials. "This sustainable spirit, using unconventional materials and industrial techniques, continues today," reads the company's website. Plus, the line's design and production all happen under one roof, eliminating the potential for a hefty carbon footprint.
This trendy sustainable clothing brand has been around long before "sustainability," and "ethical" became the mainstream buzz words we know today. Pioneers in Fair Trade fashion, People Tree was founded in 1991. But lucky for us, not much about their mission has changed in the last thirty years. According to the line's website, "Every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish." These peeps are trend-setters in more ways than one.
Not only do they serve killer style, but People Tree was also the first fashion company to receive the WorldFair Trade Organisation product label. Consider us impressed. Per the brand's site, their collections feature organic cotton, TENCEL Lyocell, and responsible wool. Plus, items are made using "traditional artisan skills," including hand knitting, hand weaving, hand embroidery, and hand block printing. It's often about quality over quantity, yet their collections hardly leave anything to be desired.
Another game-changing clothing line, époque évolution is at the top of its game. Less is more, but they'll make sure you're feeling like a true fashionista no matter how much (or how little) you buy from them. And why is that? Well, because the company's founding was inspired by one of the founders' minimalist packing methods. "Hannah traveled with every chic little thing she needed... in one small backpack," the company's website reveals.
It continues, "We believe in living your life, not shopping or packing for it." We can definitely get behind that. Forget dry-clean pieces or uncomfortable dresses; époque évolution wants to put all of that behind us. But without sacrificing style. The fashion company uses sustainable, organic, upcycled, deadstock, and post-consumer waste recycled fibers whenever they can to make their trendy clothing. They work with factories committed to reducing the "collective carbon footprint." Sounds like the right step in human evolution. See what we did there?
Making your average pair of jeans currently takes more than 2,000 gallons of water. From growing the cotton to getting it ready for selling, one pair of denim puts a huge strain on our planet. Which is why Levi's is trying to change that, landing it a spot on this list of best sustainable clothing brands. It also makes it one of the larger, more global brands on this inventory. So what exactly is the world-renowned company doing to become more sustainable?
Levi's has reduced the amount of water used in their denim creation process for their Water<Less collection. According to the popular brand, it uses 96% less water to manufacture its jeans. And that's not all. The Levi Strauss & Co site has a section on Sustainability Policies and Commitments that includes assessments of its practices and lists their material sourcing commitment to sustainable fabrics. Here's to hoping more big companies follow in their footsteps.
While some sustainable lines stick to neutral palettes and simple aesthetics to remain timeless in our closets, Boden pushes the ethical fashion boundaries. This sustainable clothing brand is not afraid to spice things up with color and lots of flower power. One look at their summer collection, and we're in love. Plus, they have clothes for women, men, children, and babies. Calling all of the cool aunts: time to buy your nephews or nieces some sustainable fits.
Plus, Boden's website has a section dedicated only to their sustainability updates, meaning you can make sure they're up to your standards anytime. Per the fashion company's site, 95% of their womenswear clothing is "polyester free or made from recycled polyester," 60% of their cotton comes from more sustainable sources (don't worry, they're working towards 100%). And they've saved nearly 400 million liters of water due to their sourcing of Better Cotton.
"Like many women, I tired of chasing the churn of fast fashion styles," explains Tradlands founder Sadie. "Staying on top of trends was exhaustive and expensive." Not one to sit idle, this powerhouse of a woman decided to do something about it; and so Tradlands was born in 2012. Nearly a decade later, this company is going strong, earning it a spot on this list of best sustainable clothing brands. So what can you expect from Sadie and the crew?
"Timeless, well-made essentials that redefine the meaning of effortless style," reads their website. "The perfect canvas for keeping your cool - with signature details that you may only notice up close but make you feel like a million bucks from every angle." From button-ups, t-shirts, chinos, and jackets, each piece is made slowly and thoughtfully. And if their prices aren't to your liking, the company's clearance rack has plenty of affordable options.
OZMA of California
This California-based brand uses the west coast landscape as inspiration for its irreplaceable aesthetic. "Our signature OZMA palette is comprised of earthy neutrals that embody our sensorial world, swatches of the richly nuanced landscapes that inspire us and reflect the beauty we discover in the world," the trendy clothing brand explains of its signature look. We're not gonna lie; this is the perfect sustainable fashion line for your hot girl summer; just take a glance at the fit below.
OZMA is dedicated to creating clothes that embody sustainability and quality in all aspects of production: material, process, and design. All of their pieces are designed and made in Los Angeles and Peru. And while their clothing items mostly start at $148, we'd call it an investment in your wardrobe (and the earth's happiness). From earthy crop tops and cotton jumpsuits to slip dresses and trousers, OZMA is the brand that sustainable dreams are made of.
This brand doesn't have the word "tree" in its name for nothing: the sustainable fashion company plants a whopping ten trees for every item purchased. As of this article's writing, tentree has planted over 58 million. But as their website explains, "our journey doesn't start and end with planting trees." The brand is dedicated to sustainable practices throughout its entire production and selling process. So what exactly do they do?
"We're constantly looking at innovative ways to make apparel with the smallest possible footprint and create more circular supply chains," the affordable clothing brand states. "To give you some context, a tentree sweatshirt uses on average 75% less water to make than the other sweatshirts in your closet." The company boasts its "Earth-First" policy, where prioritizing the well-being of Earth and people always comes first. Safe to say, we'd recommend checking them out the next time you're looking for some new (and ethical) basics.
Kotn has been bringing us timeless and modern pieces since 2015. The ethical clothing brand is dedicated to fair labor practices, "collaborative communities," and developing a strong company foundation that will last "for generations, not fiscal quarters." Not only do they boast sustainable production practices, but Kotn is making sure to improve social justice all over the world in whatever ways the fashion line can. For example, they've built and operated seven schools in rural areas lacking access to education.
You can even read about the different educational institutions they continue to contribute to on their website. As for their fashion sense? Shoppers can expect plenty of well-fit basics, trendy matching sets, and dresses for a day at work or a night out in the town. And talk about affordable prices: with plenty of sales on their site, you can find some chic pieces for around $40. So, don't miss out.
Sustainable restaurants bring us farm-to-table, and Christy Dawn is here to spice up the fashion game by bringing us farm-to-closet. And we don't mean just with their chic country-inspired pieces. The ethical clothing brand started by using deadstock to make its clothing because it was better for the planet and more affordable. But as time went on, the company had a realization: sustainability is not enough. Surprised? So were we. But here's what they mean.
Christy Dawn has moved on from sustainable practices (not literally - they still use those) to correcting the damage already done onto our Earth. "We can't just sustain," the company says. "Now's the time to heal." So the sustainable brand leased 24 acres of farmland and worked "directly with the farmers and artisans... to replenish the soil through ancient practices of regeneration and traditional wisdom." And all the while, they made some chic clothing, too.
MATE the Label
Meet one of the best sustainable brands out there: MATE the Label. The Los-Angeles based company produces all of its items in L.A. with non-toxic, natural, and organic materials. Their goal? According to MATE's website, it's to "provide people everywhere with essentials that are clean from seed to skin." But that doesn't mean sacrificing style to do so; one glance at the matching fit and bucket hat situation below, and we can't help but be big fans of this clothing line.
And we don't just stan their production system: we love to see who's behind it. MATE is "a company founded by women, run by women, and focused on making products for all women - through every stage of life." These gals take Beyonce's Run the World to a whole new level, and we love to see it. With totes starting at $15 and tees beginning at $32, you might want to take a look.
Looking for a new bathing suit and then a little something to change into for a post-beach dinner? You've come to the right place. Sustainable clothing company Summersalt creates "designer quality swimwear and essentials for the modern woman," per their website. Who is the "modern woman?" All of us, duh. This trendy brand makes sizes for everyone and has models of all sizes, ages, and abilities showing off their beauty. That way, we can all imagine what their stunning pieces will look like on us.
From block-colored one-pieces to leopard bikinis, Summersalt will have you feeling like a million bucks. Don't worry: like a million ethically produced and sustainably designed bucks. How do they stay affordable and eco-friendly? Summersalt doesn't use a "middleman" in its production and uses recycled materials to create fabrics and packaging. Their clothing is made to be trendy and comfortable so we can explore the world in style as we save it.
Whether you're a bride-to-be looking for that perfect (guilt-free) dress, a hot girl summer icon wanting something sexy for a night out, or a feminine dress for brunch: we'd recommend Reformation over and over again. Like many good things in life, this company started small. They went from a tiny Los Angeles storefront selling vintage clothing in 2009 to landing a spot on this list of 2021's best sustainable clothing brands. Their motto?
"We make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure and pioneer sustainable practices, focusing on people and process each step of the way," reads Reformation's website. How do they make sure products are created ethically? The popular clothing line has its own factory in Los Angeles where safe and healthy work practices are ensured. Plus, they're battling the waste that fast fashion creates by putting out limited edition collections and only making more "if we know you want it, based on direct data and feedback." Cheers to that.
Back Beat Co.
Back Beat Co. is one of those sustainable women's clothing brands that is able to produce ethically while still keeping up with some of fast fashion's trends. So for all those shoppers out there loving this 90s revival, you might want to purchase one of their Hemp Slater Dress in tie-dye or their tie-die Hemp Cher Rib Dress. And if that's not to your liking, we promise there are plenty of other more modern silhouettes.
From trendy dresses and skirts to jumpsuits, tees, and shorts, you'll probably be turning heads with whatever look you pick from the California-based Back Beat Co. And you'll be making the world a better place, as this sustainable company puts people and the planet before profits. "We prioritize the ethical and social responsibility of every aspect of creating, producing, and selling clothes, before profit margins," explains their website. We can definitely stand behind that motto.
Whimsy + Row
Our list's next top sustainable fashion brand is Whimsy + Row, which aims to embody "an eco-conscious lifestyle... Since 2014, our mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman." With clearance tops sometimes starting at less than $20 and pieces going up to $200, there's something for every budget. Sadly, their pieces can run out rather quickly. But for a good reason: Whimsy + Row creates small amounts, unlike fast fashion.
And that allows for some highly ethical practices. "Our limited run batches are handcrafted under ethical conditions in Los Angeles," the company explains. "All of our clothing is made within a few miles from our office, meaning we can visit our factories weekly to ensure fair wages are given and the workers are being treated fairly." Plus, Whimsy + Row is committed to using locally sourced, upcycled, and low-impact materials. Shopping here is a win-win.
If you're new to sustainable fashion and looking to minimize your shopping and clothing, then VETTA is the brand for you. "We create mini capsule wardrobes made up of five versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a month's worth of outfits," the trendy clothing company explains. Don't worry; shoppers can also buy individual pieces; this line is certainly not an all-or-nothing deal. So how do they stay so stylish and yet produce sustainably?
VETTA has its clothing produced in a family-run factory in NYC and in another factory in L.A., which gets 70% of its energy from solar power. Plus, the women's clothing brand is committed to using sustainable fabric for all of its designs, including Tencel, Organic Cotton, and deadstock fabric. Worried about shipping? VETTA does what it can there, too, by making their packaging materials from 100% recycled materials. So go battle climate change one gorgeous fit at a time.