UK Sustainable Fashion Brands - The Best 15!
Our Goose Studios run-down of the best sustainable fashion brands from the UK!
Here at Goose Studios, we make sustainable fashion that doesn't cost the earth. Unisex laid-back styles with minimalist graphics ready for years of love - it's throw on and smile fashion!
All our designs are created from our sunny Brighton studio and shipped from our hardy Sheffield base - so it's fair to say we've got a thing for good old Blighty.
So in honour of the incredible style and sustainability that British fashion brands are giving the world, we thought it only right to give our run down of the best sustainable fashion brands in the UK.
There's something for everyone in this list. So whether you're looking for womenswear or menswear, if you're a fashion-mad trend-spotter or an outdoors rambler, and no matter your budget - there should be a brand that's perfect for you.
If you know of any other brands that you think fit the bill of being a fantastic UK sustainable fashion brand that has a fab contemporary look, then drop us a comment at the bottom of the post!
We absolutely love to hear about other likeminded brands helping to transform the fashion industry in the hope of a more sustainable future.
Right, let's get on with it! Enjoy our list of the 15 best UK sustainable fashion brands!
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St Agnes, Cornwall, England
Men + Women
Outdoors / Laid Back
Based on the wilds of the Cornish coastline, Finisterre are pioneers in ‘Cold Water Surfing’ gear.
Forget Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts, Finisterre create high quality functional and sustainable clothing designed for an outdoors lifestyle around freezing seas and cosy harbour-side pubs. A B-Corp certified business, Finisterre are guided by their 3 founding commitments, to Product, Environment and People.
Pioneers in FC-Free waterproofs, British Bowmont Merino wool and responsible denim. Alongside swimwear made from recycled fishing nets and a range of GOTS certified organic cotton styles, means Finisterre are an authentic leader in sustainable outdoors lifestyle fashion. To top it off they offer an in-house repair service and a range of accessories made from their left-over fabric!
For men and women, expect chunky fisherman knits, stylish insulated jackets, merino base layers and a host of high quality basics for layering. If you’re after a touch of world-leading innovation, check out their True North Range.
Casual / Weekend
Birdsong get it. “Fashion: it’s our own worst enemy, but also our best mate”.
Their range of mainly organic cotton and bamboo womenswear styles hold their own confident aesthetic. Think extra wide leg jumpsuits in a bold pastel palette, Kimono dresses with contrast stitching and tees with super happy illustrated graphics. It feels like the millennials taking slow-fashion and bringing it into the here and now.
Birdsong also have a social mission to connect women, from worker to wearer. It means they work with women’s groups and charities to create their design-led styles, helping to bridge the funding crisis for women’s organisations in their home town on London.
With their ethos of ‘no sweatshops, no Photoshop’ Birdsong are also championing ethical sourcing and the feminist perspective in fashion.
3. Goose Studios
Unisex / Men / Women
Casual / Laid Back
At Goose Studios we make ‘throw on and smile’ sustainable clothing from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
Ours are the kind of tees and sweats that are your go-to for nights out, weekend city-break escapes and Sunday hangovers.You know that favourite sweatshirt you’ll literally wear till it falls apart? Yep, that’s what you’ll find with us.
Easy going styles that are ready for years of love!
With our mission to make fashion that doesn’t cost the Earth, Goose Studios is one of the most affordable sustainable options on the market - without compromising ethics or the environment. The majority of our suppliers are Fair Wear foundation members, so you can be safe in the knowledge your fave long sleeve tee has been by workers treated and paid fairly. While our vegan collection offers PETA certified styles, which guarantees no harm to animals in the production of the range.
Bonus sustainable points come from our plastic free packaging.
Expect to find unisex styles in ranges that include minimalist prints on short sleeve and long sleeve tees and super soft hoodies and sweats along with long-lasting basics for your wardrobe essentials.So grab your favourite pair of jeans, choose your favourite Goose Studios style and you’re sorted!
4. Beaumont Organic
Casual / Office
Made from the softest organic cotton, Beaumont Organic create easy to wear minimalist sustainable womenswear that has a touch of luxury.
Their mission is to create ‘contemporary conscious clothing’ for the modern woman. This translates as a wardrobe of transitional pieces perfect for a strong foundation to your wardrobe. Strong earthy colours in tunic dresses and wide-leg cropped trousers, alongside striped super soft organic cotton jersey tops. Core styles that seamlessly take you from a creative office outfit to laid back weekend style.
The clue is in the name, but the Beaumont range is based in GOTS certified organic cotton, alongside Bamboo, Linen and Wool. Leather items are vegetable tanned from wood bark, fruit and roots rather than toxic chemicals. Meanwhile the majority of styles are made in Portugal and Britain, meaning Beaumont have a direct relationship with all their suppliers.
Definitely a more grown-up feel to their aesthetic, Beaumont is a perfect partner for building out a sustainable wardrobe that will see years of love and can be dressed up or dressed down for nearly all occasions.
Weekend / Casual
There’s no getting away from the fact that Mayamiko are good fun. Stylish fun. But good fun.
This is sustainable style that will have you drowning in compliments with plenty of whispers in your ear of “where did you get that?”. Ethically sourced and made in Malawi, Mayamiko reflects its vibrant roots in bold patterned prints in super cute playsuits, jumpsuits and dresses. A great transition to an ethical brand if you’re coming from fast fashion, their patterned cigarette trousers are crying out to be paired with both ankle boots and leather jacket you’ve got in your wardrobe.
All the fun + all the ethics. What’s not to love?
Mayamiko buys all their beautiful fabrics from local cooperatives of women traders and trains and works directly with artisans across Malawi, Sri Lanka and Burma. The bulk of styles coming from their zero-waste workshop in Malawi, where every off-cut is used up.
The local sourcing of fabrics means most styles only have 15-20 pieces available, so it’s always worth a browse of Mayamiko’s new-in styles. Make sure to check out their ‘not so basic’ basics and reclaimed jersey bodycon dresses.
Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales
Women + Men
Sustainable denim with the royal seal of approval. Yes, your highness.
Hiut denim are based in the small town of Cardigan in Wales and aim to do one thing well. That is, make the finest jeans in all the land. So good, even the Duchess of Sussex, aka Rachel Zane from suits, aka Meghan Markle, owns a pair of their ‘The Dina’ skinny fit jeans.
Hiut are restoring a strong jeans heritage in their small town, with each ‘Grandmaster’ making a pair of jeans from start to finish, signing their name in them as a hallmark of an artist finishing their masterpiece.
Their denim is sourced from the finest mills in the world, including a full range of fits in mens styles made from Organic denim. This is serious denim that comes with a serious price tag, but with free repairs for life offered by Hiut, the cost is small for a lifetime of love.
Cuts and aesthetic are perfect for your every-day wardrobe, office and weekend friendly. Styles include on trend skinny high waist jeans for women and loose to skinny cuts for men. Grab your Veja’s and go.
7. Monkee Jeans
Matlock, Derbyshire, England
Men + Women
Casual / Laid Back
Monkee jeans have been leading the way with sustainable denim since 2006, focussed on bringing organic cotton denim to a core collection of mens and womens skinny and slim fits with the addition of wide leg skate fits. Recommended are their Libby straight leg jeans for women in the light wash, with an ankle length to dream of.
A firm believer in Fashion Revolution and having a direct relationship, oversight and responsibility for who and how their products are being made, Monkee Jeans ensure the safety and welfare of their workers and make sure everyone making theirs styles are being paid a living wage.
Added bonus points come from their PETA certification for the vegan seal of approval.Monkee Jeans style is a laid back, skater and converse or front row of the latest indie gig vibe. Super comfy to wear in and great to wear out for days and nights of fun with friends. Monkee jeans is a little ray of sustainable sunshine in the denim world.
Casual / Street
Behind womenswear brand Riyka are a wife and husband team from East London with a focus on bold, confident pieces that know their own style. Inspired by the diverse area of London they live in, Riyka had a range of slouchy organic cotton sweatshirt basics, oversized dresses and velour bomber jackers. All with their signature geometric panelling popping with playful colour.
Sustainability credentials come from fabrics that are all either, GOTS certified organic cotton, end of roll, fair-trade, British made or reclaimed. Their design studio waste is recycled and they’ve worked to make sure their Bulgarian manufacturer commits to the same zero waste standard.
Riyka holds a confident style position that could as easily be styled at one end into streetwear and at the other, your office wardrobe. Expect the unexpected.
Women + Men
PICO produce everyday underwear essentials for men and women in Organic cotton. Traceable from fair-trade farmer co-operatives supplying GOTS certified organic cotton to a fair-trade factory in Southern India.
PICO is beautifully understated, no thrills nor frills. Just a range of super soft, super comfortable underwear. For women there are crop tops, vests, low rise and high waist knickers and full briefs. Whilst for men there is a Trunk Short.
Ethical, sustainable, simple.
10. Lyme Terrace
Casual / Laid Back
Lyme Terrace are something of an anomaly in the fashion world. A sustainable menswear brand focussed at the mid-range urban workwear aesthetic, with a view to creating slow fashion for men, made in Britain.
Their designs are relaxed, simple, in ash greys, blacks, olives and off-white.
Lyme Terrace’s brushed organic cotton shirting with contrast brown cores buttons is the stand out piece from their small but perfectly formed collection. In addition there are easy going organic cotton and recycled sweatshirts and organic cotton and bamboo t-shirts.
With transparent supply chains, the Lyme Terrace guys personally visit all their suppliers - including one Cornish supplier who ‘happens’ to be by a favourite surf spot!
This is high quality, modern, urban workwear. Perfect for hopping on your fixie and heading down to your favourite coffee spot.
11. Beacon & Armour
Unisex / Women / Men
Beacon & Armour’s first collection comes in the form of two British Wool Jumpers, made from British Sheep’s Wool and Knitted in Britain. So in terms of sustainability, if you’re a British customer of Beacon & Armour you can probably stick your head out the window and hear said sheep bleating. Less air miles and more frolicking lambs, the way it should be.
Beacon & Armour’s first two unisex jumpers are a Guernsey knit and a Submariner knit. The Guernsey knit has a rolled funnel neck that will sit comfortably over a button down shirt, alongside distinctive contrast weaves that signal the searing fisherman history of the jumper.
The Submariner continues on the seafaring theme, but this time takes inspiration from the historical design worn by the British Navy. With a high, thick turtleneck and long ribs around the hem, this jumper is like having a constant hug on cold winter days. Aye, aye Captain.
Using Wool also gives Beacon & Armour a great sustainable advantage. At the end of life it will happily decompose back in to the ground, ready to become the soil that grows the grass, that feeds the sheep, that grow the wool, that makes another jumper.
Men + Women
Street / Casual
Raeburn are primarily interesting. They’re a more high fashion/concept brand that have a collection called REMADE, where they re-use materials. Materials like old silk parachutes, old silk maps, original Russian blankets. Using these materials to create a range of mens and women styles such as anoraks, hoodies, sweatshirts and tunic dresses.
Raeburn is also a collaborative design studio, meaning they work with other brands to create more design-led sustainable capsule collections with them. Recent brands to pass through Raeburn’s doors have been Timberland, Palladium and the ace Finisterre.
The styles tend towards a future utilitarian look, sometimes with a military/outdoors edge, sometimes more streetwear. And it’s also worth noting that Raeburn use organic cotton throughout their collections.
13. Riley Studio
Street / Casual
Making genuinely gender-free clothing is a tricky business. To have clothing looking and fitting how you’d want it to on often very different gendered body shapes is not simple. We’ve often seen many brands resort to a version of a tunic dress or seriously oversized everything.
Riley Studio have however pretty much nailed it. They produce sustainable minimalist streetwear made from recycled waste fibres. The aesthetic sits together with say, a co-ord adidas tracksuit, only Riley Studio strip back that design and amplify it to a more premium, design-oriented, clean look.
To work on all humans, their choice of cuts is imperative. For example on their Lyocell (wood pulp) joggers, there’s a long bottom cuff keeping a tightness on the calf but with room to move in the thighs. While the high collar on the recycled nylon track jacket means a casual sporty look with the zip undone, but when zipped up to the top it’s a seriously sharp athleisure concept design.
The range continues with recycled cotton tees made in Portugal with subtle slogans, waxed BCI cotton modular anoraks (you can go from full on trainspotter to cropped top festival vibe in a few pulls of the recycled tape zips) made in Britain and recycled cotton and recycled polyester hoodies.
The finishing on the entire range is also impeccable. Go check.
Unisex / Men / Women
Casual / Laid Back
Wow-wow-wee-wa, no wait, that’t not right - but what is right is pretty much everything about Wawwa. Lets start with the style and get onto the even better stuff.
Wawwa make unisex laid back casual styles that have a definite oversized skater vibe and a little bit of a washed out dye surfer feel. It’s damn cool with some seriously good illustrated graphics in seriously popping colours. Think organic cotton and fair-trade tees, hoodies and sweats. They’ve also got you sorted on the accessories with beanie and fishermen hats, socks and football-esque scarves.
Right, now what else do Wawwa get up to? Funny you should ask, they pay the living wage, they’ve been experimenting with a recycled yarn made from recycled plastic bottles and organic cotton offcuts, they’re Peta Vegan certified too.
Phew, that’s quite the list. Oh, and they also have 1 for 1 bundles. Where if you buy a beanie hat, t-shirt and socks together, they’ll donate the same to someone homeless. Which is totally awesome.
Big-ups to Wawwa, they’re also a certified Social Enterprise.
Riz Boardshorts are a guys best friend at the beach. They make their boardshorts from recycled PET bottles that lived a previous life floating around in the ocean. There’s a happy irony in that they’ll make a return to the ocean when you’re riding/falling off your surfboard!
Riz have you covered for short, mid length, long and all-day board shorts that either come in slightly flamboyant prints, or something more average joe. It’s good of them to think of us all!
Better still when you buy a pair of Riz boardshorts they’ll donate £1 to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) to help support the ongoing efforts to protect our marine world.
Added bonus is from their ‘Rizcycling’ scheme, where once your shorts have played their last innings, you can send them back to Riz for recycling, repairing or re-homing. They’ll even give you 25% off your next pair for doing so.