Finding a brand that is actually sustainable and cares for the environment and the people can be a hard task. And I can tell you that because I’ve been on the hunt for sustainable clothing brands for quite some time now. However, after a lot of research (that is still going), I managed to make a list with the best sustainable clothing brands that in my opinion are worth checking out. Of course, as my research moves on I will introduce to you more brands that are worth investing in. Shall we?

Why finding brands that are truly sustainable isn’t easy.

When I started being interested in a more sustainable approach to fashion, I quickly realized that finding clothing brands that are caring towards the environment and the people wasn’t as easy as I expected. That happens for many reasons, but the maοιn ones, in my opinion, are 3:

  • Many fashion brands use the words “eco-friendly” and “sustainability” for marketing purposes without this actually reflecting on their practices. This is called greenwashing and if you are interested in knowing more, I can dedicate another post on it.
  • Some brands are partially conscious or are now starting their journey following these practices, so even if they claim to be they haven’t fully reached that point yet.
  • Real sustainable brands are not as popular as fast fashion brands because of the limited budget for advertising and marketing, as well as the higher prices to their products.

With these being said, finding brands that are actually sustainable wasn’t an easy task, contrary to what I thought.

My research was done in 4 steps.

First I tried to collect all the brand names that are considered or claim to be sustainable. To my surprise, I found a fairly big number of them.

Then, I checked each brand individually and conducted research in the about us page and other sources to check whether they provide enough proof of their practices, what are their beliefs, etc.

After excluding a big number of them, because of insufficient information or not enough proof of sustainable acts, I had the ones that actually follow practices that are not harming the environment or the people involved.

So, the final step was to gather the ones that align with my style and I would actually invest in. Luckily there were many of them remaining and in this post, I’m sharing the ones I will be purchasing from in the near future.

Best Sustainable Clothing Brands

One thing sustainable brands have in common is the higher price tags than the ones that we are used to paying when purchasing from fast fashion brands. However, this can be justified by the good quality and the durability of the clothes, the higher stuff salaries, the funds for better quality dyes and the designing process. By investing in a consciously made item you are partaking on ethical fashion practices, which are much needed right now.

Reformation

reformation

  • Based: US
  • Price: Middle Ranged to Expensive
  • Ethics: Use of eco-friendly materials, stuff majority are women or people of underrepresented communities
  • Website

Reformation is a brand I’ve been eyeing for many months now before I even knew that it follows sustainable practices. I really like their feminine and shape-hugging designs. It features a petite line and extended sizes to accommodate women of all heights, shapes, and sizes. Inclusivity is something I appreciate in brands, because they show respect for the consumer as well. Their price range varies, but I would call it middle ranged with some more expensive price tags especially in the dresses section (which is also my favorite). I will definitely treat myself to a flowy dress for the spring-summer season that will come.

People Tree

people tree

  • Based: UK
  • Price: Affordable to Middle Range
  • Ethics: Use of eco-friendly materials, fewer chemicals, and wastewater, living wages for their employees, no harm to animals.
  • Website

People Tree is one of the brands with great environment ratings. They aim to keep the highest environmental and ethical standards for the journey of every product. Their designs are fun, playful and versatile. Compared to other ethical brands, this one is more on the affordable side, thus far more people can access it. I personally love their knitwear and I’m also a fan of some of their dress and jumpsuit designs. Make sure to take a look at their website. I’m sure there is something for every different taste.

Girlfriend Collective

girlfriend collective

  • Based: US
  • Price: Affordable
  • Ethics: Use of recycled materials, transparency, caring for the people that make their clothes.
  • Website

This is the brand that will cover your exercise wear needs. Girlfriend collective specializes in activewear that are mostly made out of recycled plastic bottles or fishing nets. Their certified factory is in Vietnam and it provides fair working ours, safe conditions and pays living wages. Since I practically live in activewear, when I don’t have stuff outside the house, I will definitely give this brand a try. It is so nice to know that I can swap my fast fashion gym leggings for an ethical option!

DL1961

best clothing brands

  • Based: US
  • Price: Middle Ranged to Expensive
  • Ethics: Use of biodegradable and ethically sourced materials, partially use of renewable energy and reduced water wastage.
  • Website

Dl1961 is your destination for denim that are caring towards the environment. They use environment-friendly textiles, that need less water and are also biodegradable. There are many different styles, colors, and cuts to choose from, so your perfect pair is just waiting for you to discover it. They are a bit costly compared to other denim companies, however, I personally love to buy good quality denim that will last me for years. I think this is a brand worth investing in and I will definitely give it a try!

Stella McCartney

sustainable clothing brands

  • Based: UK
  • Price: Luxury
  • Ethics: Use of eco-friendly and recycled materials, reduction of waste across the entire supply chain, living wages for the employees, respect for the animals.
  • Website

Stella McCartney has set some high environmental standards among the luxury fashion industry. She uses recycled and friendly to the environment and the animals textiles. Their aim is to reduce the overall waste in the production line, from start to finish. It is a luxury brand with sharp and clean lines and a subtle sense of femininity. I’m really hoping that in the future I will be able to invest in some of this brand’s pieces because I’ve been eyeing them for a really long time.

These are the best sustainable clothing brands that I currently like and would gladly support. I will update you every time I discover more conscious fashion brands worth investing in, so stay tuned!

I believe that it is our duty to be more responsible consumers and expect more from the retailers we buy our clothes from. After all, it is our demand that will make retailers and this industry change for the better.

kate

 

 

 

 

(*Disclaimer: The links of the products are affiliate links which means that when you buy something through them I earn a little commission, which keeps this blog running. That, of course, doesn’t increase the price of the product.)

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23 Comments

  1. Henderson
    October 19, 2019 / 7:28 pm

    You know, I have never really thought of looking for clothing brands that are sustainable. I wouldn’t have known how hard it is to get that but now I know I wouldn’t need to go through that stress thanks to you. The brands you have mentioned here are not so popular. From the pictures here, I can see that they make really nice clothes though and I am happy that you can indicate which is affordable and which is in the expensive bracket. I wouldn’t mind buying. I will definitely visit their online stores.

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 8:10 pm

      Hi dear,
      I’m glad you found this post informative!

  2. Carolyn
    October 19, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Those clothes looked great!  Eco-friendly and recycled materials for clothes are great ideas, but some are expensive and some are affordable. The affordable clothes looked more comfortable. Everyone wants to wear good looking clothes, so it is nice if they can afford to buy any of those.  One day I will buy one from the brands which are affordable. Thanks for sharing those with us.

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 9:06 pm

      Hi Carolyn,
      Yes, luckily there are some affordable options as well! Glad you liked them.

  3. Pentrental
    October 19, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    I appreciate your thorough search for sustainable brands and I agree, they can certainly be hard to find. Of course sustainability is very important for prolonging the Earth and I commend your effort. From your choices I really like Reformation and DL1961 especially. Do you know if any of these clothing lines have an affiliate marketing program? Great post and I’m looking forward to seeing what else you find out there!

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Sustainability is indeed something we should start incorporating into our lives.
      Yes most of them have affiliate marketing programs, mostly through LinkShare Rakuten.

  4. Claudio
    October 19, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    Hello Kate,
    First and foremost I want to thank you for the sustainable clothing brands that you detail on your site. I really did not know that there was this type of clothing that takes care of the environment and animals. I tell you that I find spectacular all the work you have also done. My lady will turn years in a few days and I would like to give her some of the clothes that you show. Before making the purchase I will show you your site so that she chooses the one that she likes. 

    Thank you!

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 11:12 pm

      Hi!
      It is so nice that you are thinking of buying your wife a present from a friendly to the environment brand!

  5. Benson
    October 19, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    I could easily relate to getting stuffs from these brands because I was born amidst girls who was always obsessed with shopping for clothes. These brands are some of the best I have seen so far with very quality material and nice products. However getting stuffs from DL1961 is my best so far. I would love to try some of these other brands to see how good their products are. Nice being here.

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 11:13 pm

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. John
    October 19, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    I have always been n the lookout for sustainable clothing. I have been referred to several times as the eco guy. I am very conscious of the stuff that I use. I am very happy that you have taken the time to do your research and you have come up with some really good brands. I will forward this post to a couple of my friends. I would really like if you can share another post on “Greenwashing”!

    • Kate
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      I will share a post in Greenwashing very soon, so stay tuned!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. DreaJay
    October 19, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    It’s really difficult to find sustainable clothing brands as you’ve said and it’s very disheartening that these brands are not well known regardless the quality of their clothing. The market is now flooded with various brands all chasing to make a name rather than focusing on quality and this renders to the people inferior clothing that doesn’t last for long. Out of all the brands you mentioned that have sustainable clothing, I’m only familiar with Stella McCartney and not that much. I think it’s better for these brands to work on their publicity, marketing and strategies to make them widely known so that the world will be aware of their good work when it comes to clothing. Thanks.

    • Kate
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Your thoughts are excaclty on point! I hope in the future most of the brands will be truly sustainable!

  8. Nuttanee
    October 19, 2019 / 8:14 pm

    In my opinion, anything that is heavily marketed, most of the time it is not sustainable. I will rather be shopping the tye-dyed clothing from the grateful dead fest. No marketing and focusing on sustainability. Thank you for doing your research! I love Stella McCartney, had no idea that it is a sustainable score! I also love People Tree, just wish that they are based in the U.S. Time to shop for cute winter clothes 🙂

    • Kate
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Hi dear! Exactly! Most of the brands that are very famous and put a lot of money in marketing are not sustainable! Have a great shopping time! 🙂

  9. Emma
    October 19, 2019 / 10:53 pm

    DL1961 is the perfect go to for the best at everything and I like them especially because of the fact that they make denim that are of high quality while putting at heart the interest of nature and maintaining the eco-friendly approach and that to me, is really great. Thanks a lot for sharing about all of these in your blog.

    • Kate
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. October 20, 2019 / 1:37 pm

    These are really nice brands of clothing!

    • Kate
      Author
      October 21, 2019 / 9:19 pm

      Yes, that’s true!

  11. October 25, 2019 / 5:08 am

    I love all of these brands so much! I actually work right next to the Reformation stores in NYC and it’s so hard not to go in and buy something!

    • Kate
      Author
      October 25, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Haha, that must be hard! I wish I could have a reformation shop close to me too! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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