22 OF THE BEST SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING BRANDS

Fresh off the 30 Day Shop Your Closet Challenge and looking to add to your closet? 

Awesome!

Have no idea what I’m talking about and just want to shop more sustainably? 

Great!

Regardless of whatever brought you to this post just know by you simply considering sustainable alternatives to the brands we all know and love, you are effecting positive change in the fashion industry- how amazing is that?!

Having said that, considering the ever-growing interest that sustainable fashion has garnered, many brands are jumping on board with claims that their brand is sustainable (and in some cases provide little information to support this). 

Enter greenwashing. 

You might have heard of this common marketing tactic in which companies use vague wording such as ‘natural’; ‘clean’; ‘bio’, etc. to make it appear as though they have taken steps to improve their environmental footprint and labor practices but in reality, have changed very little about the system that they employ. 

When searching for sustainable brands becomes a game of where’s Waldo?, what’s one to do? 

For the sake of less confusion and frustration, I’ve compiled a brand criteria that you can use, which will easily tell you whether or not a brand is actually sustainable.

Along with that I also debunk some terms thrown around in the sustainable fashion industry and explain a lot of the language and materials that sustainable brands refer to. 

You can check out that post here

If you’d prefer to have a few sustainable options listed for you (helpful if you’re just starting out on your sustainable journey), then keep reading!

Below you’ll find 22 sustainable clothing brands. 

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good jumping off point. 

To tailor the brands to fit what you’re interested in, look for the categories above each brand, and the price and sizing range. Pricing is Canadian, size range is based on US sizing. 

Price range: 

$= typically, $100 and under

$$= typically, between $100-$300

$$$= typically, between $300-$500 

$$$$= typically, $500 and up

Best for Casual Pieces

People Tree

Fabrics: Tencel, uses GOTS and azo free dyes, Fairtrade certified cotton and organic cotton, linen, wool 

Certifications: Fairtrade certification, GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, Organic Soil Association, PETA Approved Vegan 

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in UK. Manufactured in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Turkey, Portugal, Nepal, Italy.

Give back programs: People Tree Foundation 

They ship using polypropylene plastic which is recyclable and biodegradable 

Price range: $

Sizing: US Size 2-14 

Wearing: Kenzie Strappy Top, Shauna Stripe Trousers

Tonle

Fabrics: recycled materials, natural non-toxic dye

Certifications: Fairtrade 

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in California. Manufactured in Cambodia 

Give Back Programs: Tonle Activists Program 

Uses recycled packaging and avoid single use plastics

Price Range: $

Sizing: US Size 0-18 (XS-XL)

Wearing: Romper with Dash Print

Encircled

Fabrics: Modal, Tencel Lyocell, Rayon from bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, linen

Certifications: Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based and manufactured in Toronto, Ontario

Zero waste production, uses recyclable packaging, doesn’t polybag garments in plastic

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-20 (XS-XXL)

Wearing: The Unmoto Jacket 

Outerknown

Fabrics: 90% of fibers are organic, recycled or regenerated econyl 

Certifications: FLA Accredited, Fair Trade USA

Most of its supply chain is traced

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-16 (XS-XL) 

Wearing: Kira Dress

Sotela

Fabrics: Tencel, Modal, organic linen

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based and manufactured in California

Packaged in recycled paper

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-10; has length customizations on some products (petite, regular, tall)

Wearing: Pomelo Button Up Shirt, Papaya Short

Whimsy + Row

Fabrics: deadstock fabrics, linen, viscose, Tencel, rayon

Most of its supply chain is traced

Packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and are recyclable 

Price Range: $$

Sizing: XS-XL 

Wearing: Flora Pant in Grey

Fair Indigo

Fabrics: organic cotton, certified safe dyes

Certifications: GOTS, OEKO-TEK, Green America Approved

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in Wisconsin

Price Range: $

Sizing: US 2-18 (20) (XS-XL [XXL available in select sizes])   

Wearing: Forever Organic Boxy Muscle Tee  

Indigenous

Fabrics: organic cotton, low impact dyes

Certifications: certified by Green America, ISO, Fairtrade

Most of its supply chain is traced

Manufactured in Peru

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-16 (XS-XL)

Wearing: Dramatic Collar Fleece Coat

Best for Basics

Vege Threads

Fabrics: organic yarn, organic dyes, hemp or organic blends, merino wool, dead stock fabric econyl, lyrca, organic cotton, natural and non-toxic ACO dyes

Certifications: GOTS, Ethical Clothing Australia

All of its supply chain is based in Australia

Based and manufactured in Melbourne

Give Back Programs:  Donates portion of profits to a community development foundation in Bali

Uses compostable satchels and recycled postcards for packaging

Price Range: $

Sizing: XS- XL 

Wearing: Organic Crop Sweater, Organic Sweat Pant

KOTN

Fabrics: authentic Egyptian cotton

Certifications: certified by B Corporation

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in Vancouver, manufactured in Egypt

Price Range: $

Sizing: US 0-16 (XS-XXL)

Wearing: Relaxed V-Neck

Best for Athleisure and Athletic Wear

Girlfriend Collective

Fabrics: eco-friendly dyes, recycled nylon, recycled polyester

Certifications: Oeko-Tek, SAI certified

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in Washington, manufactured in Vietnam

Give Back Programs: Girlfriend to Girlfriend

Packaging is 100% recyclable 

Price Range: $

Sizing: XXS to 6XL

Wearing: Shadow FLOAT Cleo Bra, Shadow FLOAT Seamless High-Rise Legging

Patagonia

Fabrics: recycled polyester, nylon, Tencel, wool and down

Certifications: GOTS, certified Bluesign for 56% of fabrics, Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Restricted Substances List, 1% for The Planet, Global Traceable Down Standard, B Corporation

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in California

Price Range: $

Sizing: US 00-22 (XXS-XXL), Men’s XXS-XXXL

Wearing: Los Gatos Hooded Fleece Pullover

Tala

Fabrics: uses 92% upcycled materials

Certifications: GOTS, Confidence in Textiles, Global Recycled Standard, Q-Nova, Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, Higg Index, EU Ecolabel, Sedex 

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in London, final stage of production manufactured in Portugal

Packaging is recycled and recyclable and tags are made from 100% plantable paper

Price Range: $

Sizing: US 0-16 (XS-XL)

Wearing: Dash Run Hoodie

Best for Underwear

Pact

Fabrics: organic cotton, elastane, linen, non-toxic dyes and chemicals

Certifications: GOTS, Fair Trade

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in Colorado, made in India

Give Back Programs: Give Back, Wear Forward 

Packaging is biodegradable, recyclable and compostable 

Price Range: $

Sizing: XS to 3XL 

Wearing: High Rise Hipster

Best for Elevated Basics and Business Wear

Aday

Fabrics: recycled and regenerated fabrics

Certifications: Oeko-Tex Standard 100 

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in New York and made in Portugal, USA, China, Turkey and Italy 

Currently developing biodegradable packaging

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-14 (XS-XL); have a tall and petite section 

Wearing: First Class T-Shirt

Eileen Fisher

Fabrics: organic cotton and linen, Tencel, responsible wool, recycled cashmere, polyester and nylon

Certifications: Blue Sign Certified 

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in US and is made in Peru, the US, and other places

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-18 (XXS-XL); Petites 2P-16P (PP-PL); Plus 16W-22W (1X-3X)

Wearing: System Lightweight Viscose Jersey Tee, Cotton Stretch Jersey Lantern Pant

Mara Hoffman

Fabrics: econyl, Repreve, hemp, organic cotton and linen, Tencel 

Certifications: dying partnerships are Oeko-Tex 100 Standard 

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in USA, manufactured in USA, India, Peru, China

Uses compostable plastic polybags, 100% recycled paper mailers, cardboard boxes 

Price Range: $$$

Sizing: US 00-20 (XXS-2XL) 

Wearing: Catalina Jacket, Eldora Pant

Reformation

Fabrics: TENCEL Lyocell, Viscose, TENCEL Modal, Linen, recycled cotton, organic cotton, ECONYL, recycled cashmere, alpaca, dead stock fabrics 

Certifications: Bluesign Certified facilities, Oeko-Tex 100 Standard 

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based and manufactured in California

Compostable bags and 100% recycled LDPE bags with a biodegradable polymer (BDP)

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US XS-3X; Petites XSP- XLP

Wearing: Calista Dress

Thought

Fabrics: organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, Tencel, modal, recycled polyester, wool

Certifications: GOTS

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in the UK

Uses recycled paper for labelling and mailing bags and garment bags are made of compostable cornstarch

Price Range: $

Sizing: US 2-14

Wearing: Isabella Organic Cotton Double Breasted Raglan Mac

Vetta

Fabrics: Tencel, linen, BCI Supima Cotton, organic cotton, recycled polyester, ecovero, lenzing modal ponte, deadstock fabric 

Certifications: Better Cotton Initiative, FSC and PEFC Certified

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based and manufactured in the USA

Poly bags, inserts, packing slips made from 100% recycled materials, boxes made from recycled and FSC certified materials

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 0-18 (XS-XL)

Wearing: Belted Pleated Short

Mother of Pearl

Fabrics: cotton, wool, Lyocell, viscose

Certifications: their fabric manufacturers are GOTS, EU Ecolabel and FWF certified

Most of its supply chain is traced

Based in the UK

Price Range: $$$

Sizing: US 0-10 (XXS-XL)

Wearing: Dani Sweatshirt

Best for Jeans

Boyish Jeans

Fabrics: organic cotton, recycled cotton, GRS recycled fabrics, deadstock dabrics, Tencel Lyocell, natural plant based dyes

Certifications: Oeko-Tex 100 Standard, Dystar Indigo, PETA OSC 100 Certified Organic Cotton

All of its supply chain is traced

Based in LA

100% compostable shipping bags, labels made from recycled materials, hang tags made from recycled paper

Price Range: $$

Sizing: US 000-14 (XXS-XL; 22-32)

Wearing: The Billy Jean

That’s it folks!

Did I leave out your favourite brand? 

Feel free to let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add them in!

If you want to easily determine if a brand you love is sustainable, check out this post here, which explains the criteria used to compile this list. 

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