The annual Goose Studios list of sustainable fashion brands you need to know!
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!
We also want to see sustainable clothing become the new normal for fashion. We want to exchange the dirty past of fast fashion with a clean future for the fashion industry, and to do so as fast as possible.
That's why each year, we share with you the very best of sustainable fashion and ethical clothing from across the world.
Our annual sustainable fashion list makes sure to cover womenswear, menswear, all budgets and all styles. So whether you're looking for what's on Vogue's hot list, or if your looking for a new outdoors lifestyle brand - we've got you covered - along with everything in between!
So here it is. The most extensive list of sustainable fashion and ethical clothing for 2019...
$ - Affordable
$$ - Mid Range/Premium
$$$ - High End
$$ - Men + Women - Outdoors / Laid Back
Based on the wilds of the Cornish coastline, Finisterre are pioneers in ‘Cold Water Surfing’ gear.
Forget Hawaiian shirts and hula skirts, Finisterre create high quality functional and sustainable clothing designed for an outdoors lifestyle around freezing seas and cosy harbour-side pubs. A B-Corp certified business, Finisterre are guided by their 3 founding commitments, to Product, Environment and People.
Pioneers in FC-Free waterproofs, British Bowmont Merino wool and responsible denim. Alongside swimwear made from recycled fishing nets and a range of GOTS certified organic cotton styles, means Finisterre are an authentic leader in sustainable outdoors lifestyle fashion. To top it off they offer an in-house repair service and a range of accessories made from their leftover fabric!
For men and women, expect chunky fisherman knits, stylish insulated jackets, merino base layers and a host of high quality basics for layering. If you’re after a touch of world-leading innovation, check out their True North Range.
$$ - Women - 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 - 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!
$ - Women + Men - Casual / Weekend / Office
Armedangels make sustainable, high quality everyday clothes that are made fairly. If your wardrobe isn’t fast-fashion led, but you like to buy the occasional stylish piece to add to your day to day essentials then Armedangels is the perfect partner.
Covering both menswear and womenswear Armedangels are GOTS certified, using Organic Cotton, Organic Linen and Organic Wool, alongside being members of the Fair Wear foundation to improve working conditions for garment workers across the world and of Fair Trade to improve the lives of farmers at the source of raw-materials. They also have a range of PETA-Approved styles too!
For menswear, you should expect to find a wide range of basic tees covering your favourite cuts, along with zipped hoodies, printed sweatshirts, chinos in some lovely subdued colours and even sustainable denim in easy to wear fits. It’s relaxed gear perfect for whatever life throws at you on the weekend.
Armedangels womenswear is more stylised, with a good selection of statement pieces to find your own style in. You’re covered for geometric and no-so-basic basic knits, cute summer dresses, essential tees and tanks in every colour under the sun, some lightweight blouses and 8 fits of sustainable denim. This isn’t all about being on-trend but it’s all great foundations for some fun accessorising that will give Armedangels clothing years of love.
5. Beaumont Organic
$$ - Women - 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.
6. Thinking Mu
$ - Men + Women - Casual / Laid Back
Are you in your late twenties, wanting to make a positive impact in the world and have the kind of style that makes you look effortlessly cool with a little bit of a European vibe? All without ever feeling over/under dressed? Oh, did we mention it’s on the more affordable end too? OK, was that a yes we heard? Great, here’s Thinking Mu. You’re welcome.
With happily expansive women’s and men’s ranges. Thinking Mu is best described by its stockists list, which is essentially every cool European side street boutique going. On the women’s side there are matching Corduroy short skits and bomber jackets in a peachy rust colour, oversized striped knits in deep pastel shades, graphic tees with witty illustrations of Yoko Ono and black knit pants perfect for a carefree night out of disco boogie throwing the kind of shapes that need some extra flex.
For the guys it’s just as good. Merino wool jumpers in block monochromes, organic wool Harringtons in soft Camel, straight leg corduroy trousers, hand embroidered sweatshirts with a touch of activism slogans, amusingly illustrated tees and henley made from recycled cotton from old clothes.
Did we tell you Thinking Mu only use Organic Hemp, Organic Cotton, Organic Cotton Corduroy, Recycled Polyester, Banana Organic, Organic Merino Wool, Organic Cashmere, Eco Vero…and only engage in fair trade projects…have a long term relationship with an Indian manufacturer and source their knits at home in Spain? OK, the fan-girling is over now.
$$ - Unisex (Bags) - Casual / Laid Back
We found out about PinqPong and their bags through our Instagram feed. More so, we noticed their logo. It’s just so satisfyingly fun. They also happen to be so satisfyingly sustainable.
PinqPong make backpacks and bum-bags for your next urban adventure. This is classic duffle rucksack, fixie bike riding territory. The bags themselves are all bigger capacity meaning they’ll be able to handle whatever you throw at them. They’ve thought through all the special pockets you need for macbook, charger, camera, life. They’re really quality bits of kit.
Styling goes more towards ‘urban outdoors’ with black, graphite and earthy tones. It’s not jump-out at you style, it’s more understated. You can take it into work or on a city break to Amsterdam. Versatile and damn cool. Go check.
Sustainable credentials are bang on. A Fair Wear foundation member, bags themselves made from recycled PET plastic bottles, they are also Blue Sign (eliminates environmentally-damaging substances from the production process) and PETA certified (all products without leather elements do not have any animal components).
$$$ - Women + Men - Casual / Outdoors
Ecoalf made recycling cool before recycling was cool. Famed for their high-end insulated jackets made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets sourced from the sea, Ecoalf now sits as a designer on the global stage. It’s not cheap, but it’s a brand that ends up on the pages of the best fashion magazines around. Covering Menswear and Womenswear, the brand feels like the love child of Stella McCartney and North Face.
It’s European styling with a hint of minimalism to it. With, alongside their famed coats and gilets, ranges of oversized organic cotton sweatshirts and tees with de-rigour “no planet B” slogans, recycled wool knitwear in happily thick weaves and a more standard range of solid organic cotton trousers.
The women’s side is very similar, with the addition of some excellent collarless insulated jackets and some super soft Tencel V-neck tees. Knitwear for their womenswear is very on trend, with wide necks, high collars and an oversized off the shoulder/slouchy cut.
Bonus points go to Ecoalf’s trainer/sneaker collections that use up even more plastic bottles and feature an Algae sole. Shout out too for making an eco-friendly Balenciaga sock trainer. Worth checking out.
Ecoalf are also a certified B-Corp (meaning that meet higher standard of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability) and have plastic up cycling programmes in Spain and Thailand. So you know they’re one of the good’uns.
9. Nudie Jeans
$$ - Men + Women - Casual / Weekend
Nudie jeans are sustainable style pioneers. Since 2012 they’ve been making all their denim styles in organic cotton, they have jean repair facilities in cities across the world, offer free returns for life, and look cool AF. Basically the swathes of high-end sustainable denim brands that are popping up across London, New York and Amsterdam, have a lot to thank Nudie for.
Better still, although not cheap, Nudie offer mens and women’s styles that don’t make you wince at the price of the label. What with those free repairs for life too, it means that Nudie jeans are a reasonable investment in style that can last a lifetime.
Definitely the go-to brand for a slim fit jean, Nudie will become your go-to pair with choices between black, grey and light/dark indigos. Happily, Nudie jeans also make some great shirts, tees and jackets from Organic cottons and recycled polyester. All of course made to work effortlessly well with your favourite pair of Nudie jeans.
The style is northern European understated cool, with a younger vibe that can move towards streetwear or workwear depending how you want to style it.
Happily, Nudie jeans have been a Fair Wear Foundation member since 2009, currently at the membership level of ‘Leader’, producing most of their styles in Italy and Portugal. They’re also one of the front runners in paying the living wage to their Indian and Tunisian suppliers. Add onto that they use GOTS certified organic cotton for their denim and Fairtrade cotton for their cotton jersey products. Even their metal components are transparently produced in Germany.
$$ - Women - Active
Nimble makes women’s activewear and workout gear that’s ready for workouts (or brunches) that make you wanna smile. This is not for the hard-core serious, but for women who want to stay fit, have fun and do both with friends. If you can barely bring yourself to get out of bed for that morning pilates, Nimble might just be the wardrobe motivation you need.
With a range of graphic compression leggings and sports bras that take you from sports luxe to purple cheetah spots, predominately made from their signature sustainable fabric that’s made from recycled plastic bottles. There’s also a smaller range of workout tops in Modal fabric and some relaxed linen tops and shorts for a more relaxed lifestyle look or post workout style.
$$$ - Men - Outdoors / Casual
Jeckybeng are a sustainable menswear brand ready to take on the urban outdoors. If you know Finisterre, they’re a bit like their rebellious younger brother. Jeckybeng primarily make an all-seasons jacket made from weatherproof organic cotton using a pfc free finish. It’s a parka style that feels utilitarian and perfect for weekends roaming the countryside.
In addition to the jacket there’s organic cotton printed tees with witty slogans, merino fisherman’s sweats and beanies along with a Novesta sneaker collaboration using their signature organic cotton fabric. It’s outdoorsy stuff with an urban aesthetic, rather than climbing up the north face gear. All natural fibres in earthy tones, but with a bit of an edge about them.
$$ - Women + Men - Casual / Weekend
An ex-soccer player and a renewables engineer walk into a bar…sadly not a joke. But what did happen is that one of the most comfortable sustainable shoes on the planet was born. allbirds started out life with their woollen runner, the first in a line of shoes inspired by natural materials and a mantra of creating better things in a better way.
Famed for being the tech start-up footwear of choice, allbirds trainers are as simple in design as possible - it’s less is more here. Athleisure-type styles for the urban streets rather than the gym come in mens and women’s styles in range of understated tones or popping primary colours.
Sustainability comes foremost from their materials, their first woollen trainers use merino wool, while the laces come from recycled bottles. A range of summer shoes with a more mesh like fabric are made from Tencel, a Eucalyptus plant fibre - so there’s no braking up the wrong tree in terms of eco-eco-friendly fibres here. Then there are their flip-flops made from sugarcane. Add onto that allbirds are a B-Corp too (meaning they’re a business that is certified as being one of the good’uns).
$ - Women - 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.
$$$ - Women + Men - Casual
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.
$ - Women + Men - Laid Back / Casual
Pact have the fab tagline of “no gross stuff”, meaning they make organic cotton essentials without using pesticides and toxic chemicals. This is comfort that comes from super soft fabric and the reassurance of the whole ‘doing the planet less harm’ thing.
The best part is it’s all super affordable! The bad news is if you’re reading this from outside America they don’t ship internationally…yet!
But for those of you in the US of A, Pact covers men’s and women’s styles. For women Pact are well known for their relaxed organic bras, bralettes, hipsters and briefs, with a few subtle frills here and there. Alongside some slouchy sweatshirts and hoodies for even more soft cotton comfort.
For guys, it’s all about the simple 2-pack undershirts for $25 and 3 for $30 boxers. As well as some heather marl sweatpants and long sleeve slub tees. This is head to toe softness sorted.
Pact also have a great addition to their website, where on every product you can see how much water has been saved by choosing their GOTS organic cotton, alongside many of their products being made in Fair Trade factories.
16. Cosmos Studio
$$ - Unisex - Office / Casual
When 20% of the world’s fresh-water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing, there needs to be a big shift in innovation to make a cleaner future. Cue, Cosmos Studio.
Cosmos studio make button down unisex cotton shirts that uses 95% less water, produces 95% less waste water and produces 53% less CO2. It works by almost printing the dye onto fibres sticking to their outside, rather than submerging them in various dyes and chemicals to saturate the fibre with dye then needing to wash away all the dye-wash water.
Their shirts are also vegan and made from BCI cotton (Better Cotton Initiative - they have a mix of organic and conventional cotton suppliers that work together to produce fibres), and don’t look half bad! It’s a relaxed light weight shirt perfect for throwing on for summer days and could happily be dressed up too for a more formal look.
17. Kings of Indigo
$$ - Men + Women - Laid Back / Casual
Kings of Indigo has colourful attitude about it. It’s fun, youthful, design-led and super stylish, whilst staying really wearable. It’s pretty much everything you’d expect from an Amsterdam sustainable fashion label that jumped head first in to the scene in 2012.
Clue is in the name, but Kings Of Indigo started out as denim heads and on the mens side if you need a straight legged or slim fit jean in any shade of indigo, it’s safe to say Kings of Indigo have you covered. For women it’s all about the wide leg/slim/skinny fit jean, again, in any shade of indigo your heart could desire.
This is no ordinary denim either, 50% of their range includes some recycled material and they’ve created a fairly extensive range of dry denim, that’s denim made without the need for water or chemicals!The sustainable love-in continues into their casual wear styles.
On the women’s side there are relaxed mandarin collar shirts made from REFIBRA, a sustainable fibre made from recycled cotton offcuts mixed with Eucalyptus fibres along with wide-leg denim dungarees and high-waisted, wide leg cord trousers in soft pink.
For guys there are short sleeve and long sleeve striped tees from heavy weight organic cotton in a skater-oversized fit. As well as incredible sherpa fabric trousers made from recycled Polyester, recycled Acrylic, organic cotton and recycled denim. There’s also a good array of bold graphic sweatshirts in seriously heavy weight organic cotton. Unlike the womenswear collection, It would be fair to say that the mens pushes into streetwear territory, or at least is striding through workwear in the direction of streetwear.
Kings of Indigo really are the real deal - they even openly put the names of their key suppliers and manufacturers for the world to see, clearly on their website.
18. Monkee Jeans
$ - 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.
$$ - Men + Women - Outdoors / Casual
Do they even need an introduction? Patagonia. Pioneers, innovators, leaders. The outdoors brand that believes in a better, more sustainable, more peaceful and more liberal world where man and nature live in harmony. Where the treat of extinction is being acted on with all of the resources one apparel brand has.
The first brand to actively tell you: Don’t buy this jacket.
1% of their sales help hundreds of grassroots organisations all over the world to protect nature, culture and heritage. Patagonia builds the best product possible, products that can be loved, repaired and loved some more, for years to come. They cause no unnecessary harm, they realise their business is part of the problem but they seek to do less harm and more good.
Expect top of the range outdoorsy styles in relaxed fits for men and women. You can climb the worlds greatest mountains in this gear but for the more urban style conscious check out their range of insulated jackets and medium weight organic long sleeve tees. Rep that logo like you’ve never repped a logo before. The world needs to see it, the world needs to see you in it.
$$ - Women - Casual / Weekend
If you’re looking for womenswear that is made from sustainable fabrics, but still want to be bang on trend, keeping up with the transient styles of fast fashion, then Reformation is the dream. 83% of their clothing is made in L.A. and the majority is made using natural or recycled fibres that are the most sustainable options around.
There’s nothing aesthetically ‘slow fashion’ about Reformation’s style. But their use of quality manufacturing and fabrics means that although their styles may be in one season and out the next - by the time the trend inevitably comes around again in a couple of years, Reformation’s styles will be in perfect condition to make a reappearance on the ‘gram. It does mean that it definitely doesn’t compete with fast fashion prices, but it is a fair price for keeping up with style whilst causing the planet the least harm.
Reformation is all about what you want to wear right now. So you can find their more premium versions of all those LOVE IT styles that are currently saved in your ASOS basket. They also have you covered for every dress you’ll ever need to stun the crowds at every occasion. From making a statement at the club to even waking down the aisle.
$$ - Women - Casual / Street
Behind womenswear brand Riyka are a wife and husband team from East London with a focus on bold, confident pieces that know their own style. Inspired by the diverse area of London they live in, Riyka had a range of slouchy organic cotton sweatshirt basics, oversized dresses and velour bomber jackers. All with their signature geometric panelling popping with playful colour.
Sustainability credentials come from fabrics that are all either, GOTS certified organic cotton, end of roll, fair-trade, British made or reclaimed. Their design studio waste is recycled and they’ve worked to make sure their Bulgarian manufacturer commits to the same zero waste standard.
22. Organic Basics
$$ - Men + Women - Basics
Essentially the blueprint for how to create a minimalist Scandi organic basics brand. Which presumably is why they went for the ultimate eponymous name. With a mission to create ‘sustainable and better made basics’ they’ve gone from marketing darlings to serious innovators with their latest range of signature tees, socks and boxers for men and tees, tanks, socks briefs and bras for women.
You’ll find organic cotton styles mixed with antibacterial silver yarn and just the right amount of elastane to keep everything in place without any clammy snugness. The sustainable fabrics continue with recycled nylon leggings while they make sure their Turkish and European fabric suppliers and factories are audited, fair paying and transparent. They’re also part of the Sedex not-for-profit organisation that empowers ethical supply chains.
23. Know The Origin (K.T.O)
$$ - Women + Men - Casual
Know The Origin are best known for as the ethical home for sustainable brands covering Womenswear, Menswear and Homewares. However they do have an own-label range of basics and not-so-basic basics. With Fair-trade and organic cotton tees (very nice mens striped tees too), zipped hoodies and camis alongside high necked Modal dresses, all very reasonably priced.
Know The Origin are leaders in total transparency, so when you buy one of their pieces they’ll be able to tell you, and have relationships with everyone along the entire supply chain. From the family farming the cotton plants to the final factory. All safe in the knowledge that it has been fairly traded and made to the highest ethical standards.
$$ - Women + Men - Basics
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.
$$$ - Women - Casual / Office
Kowtow are the go-to for minimalist womenswear pieces that have an almost architectural design inspiration to them.
Think structured volumes in fabrics with weight and cuts that stay interesting with every angle.Almost workwear inspired jackets and strap tops in dark and indigo denim are to be found alongside cord pinafore dresses, rib skirts and premium basics. A favourite are Kowtow’s printed classic shirts that look great tucked into any one of their high waisted long skirts of wide leg trousers.
For sustainability Kowtow are up there with the best. With a GOTS certifications on their denim, ECONYL recycled nylon in their swimsuits and Fairtrade (empowering farmers) and SA8000 (developing, maintaining and applying socially acceptable practices in the workplace) certifications. Bonus points come from sustainably sourced FSC-certified paper packaging!
A side-note, Kowtow also do some premium basic mens tees in a slightly oversized fit with longer arms - they’ve actually nailed the cut of this tee. So there might not be a mens range, but if premium tees are your thing then take a look.
26. Nobody Denim
$$$ - Women - Weekend / Casual
Nobody Denim make women’s denim styles that are bang on trend. Cropped denim jackets and high waisted A line denim skirts, alongside high rise crop jeans that are going to look killer with a pair of stiletto ankle boots. If you’re looking for statement denim, that’s ethically made, look no further.
Nobody denim also do a range of organic and linen tees perfect for summer months as well as some shirting if you’re in need of a more formal look. All, of course, pairing perfectly with your fave pair of jeans.
Nobody denim call themselves a sustainable business and have a focus on making their denim garments in Melbourne where they are based. Although their denim isn’t organic, the locality of keeping a supply chain as close together as possible significantly reduces the airmiles that many brands tend to hide from customers. Any external suppliers are reassuringly audited to SA8000 standards too (making sure socially acceptable practices are in the workplace).
27. Myrka Studios
$$ - Women + Men - Office / Casual
We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Myrka studios is the new modern sustainable office uniform, particularly for their womenswear. It’s minimalist without being overly edgy, it’s considered designs with a touch of interest. It’s formal while staying casual. It works at after work drinks that turn into an afterwork night out. It’s a terrible phrase to use, but it’s all just quite nice.
Covering both womenswear and a smaller range of menswear, Myrka studios’ range isn’t huge but it covers solid foundations. For women there’s white blouses in a boxy cropped cut with golden metal detailing, high turtle neck jumpers in a slouchy fit, trumpet sleeve v-neck jumpers and structured dark navy biker jackets.
For guys there’s a collarless jacket with a strong minimalist silhouette along with an oversized sweatshirt and classic white tee.
Sustainable credentials come from Organic cotton (including recycled) and Tencel fabrics, European sourcing and a fab circular design concept jacket (that you can actually buy) using remnant textiles - the jacket also includes a QR code to give you the info on how to recycle it in the future. That alone is worth heading over to Myrka’s website for!
$$ - Women + Men - Casual
Admired far and wide, Veja are the sustainable sneaker brand that has made its way into the mainstream fashion conscious through impeccable design and planet and people loving principles. If you live in East London right now we’re fairly sure every fifth person and their pet dog is wearing a pair.
Style and substance is the name of the game, the author here can testify that their Veja’s are still going strong after 36 months of daily abuse on the streets of London, Brighton and Sheffield. That includes a fair few nights out that would otherwise be death to a different pair of off-white sneaks.
Covering mens and women’s styles that are of similar kin, Veja designs sit into 3 styles. The classic thick soled everyday one (great for a throw on some jeans vibe), the more pump/achilles one (the one every woman in fashion/marketing wears), the sporty runner one (think the retro New Balance design).
Sustainability comes in heaps. Organic cotton is bought directly from farmers using fair-trade principles, soles are made from rubber incorporating natural rubber, natural dyes are used where possible, 1/4 styles are vegan, their logistics are handled by a non-profit that helps vulnerable individuals to find a job and regain social stability, their ethical production comes from a Brazilian factory they’ve used since day 1.
29. Hund Hund
$$ - Men + Women - Casual
Hund Hund have that European 'too cool for school' vibe, only they’re not too cool, they just make sustainable styles that look deceivingly like you just throw it on and instantly become 10x cooler. The brand was founded by a fashion designer and a videographer, so I suppose if it was anything less than incredibly aesthetically pleasing you’d wonder what went wrong!
Covering mens and women styles there’s an androgynous feel to their collection. For women there’s striped straight leg light woollen trousers with subtle pin stripes, fisherman knits in strong plain tones and made from Merino. They sit alongside organic cotton tees in oversize fits and rib knit tops. For guys, it’s a there are cuban collared shirts in oversized fits, coach jackets in soft hues and flannel straight leg trousers in a killer fit.
Hund Hund use natural materials across their collections, including Organic cotton, Tencel and Wool, with much of their sourcing coming from Europe along with production. They also promote their own radical transparency (the phrase first coined by Everlane) to show how much your garment actually cost to make. All good stuff.
$$ - Men + Women - Casual
Ekn make everyday shoes with a premium look and feel. Their style is laid back with a touch of class covering mens and women ranges, including Vegan styles. For men, the highlights are chunky soled fashion trainers made with recycled neoprene and vegetable tanned uppers alongside equivalents of Nike Air Force 1’s in earthy tones. Whilst on the women’s side there is a great selection of colours for an achilles inspired range as well as flat soled ankle boots.
Sustainable shoe credentials start with the whole process being controlled and completed in Portugal using family businesses. With vegetable tanned calf skin leather insoles and lining, soles made from recycled waste product from the sole industry, organic cotton outers, recycled neoprene outers, waxed seams and recycled polyester for stitching. If you’re looking for a more grown up fashion shoe that protects the planet, Ekn are a great choice.
$$ - Women + Men - Casual / Laid Back
If you’re into a minimalist urban aesthetic you need Rotholz in your life. This is a modern slow-fashion take on more workwear and streetwear inspired pieces. It’s like taking Folk clothing and Carharrt and adding a dose of sustainable love. It’s not cheap, but it’s all contemporary timeless style with quality that will last years.
Women and Men are catered for in fairly equal measure, in-fact much like Hund Hund the crossover in ranges is quite large. Expect to discover woollen flannel shirting, oversized organic cotton hoodies with great striped drawstring detailing, merino knit 1/4 zips and even some loungewear.
32. Jan 'n June
$$ - Women + Men - Casual
Jann ’n June make minimalist womenswear and menswear that is more towards wardrobe essentials along with a few stand out statement pieces for an added bonus. It’s great design that doesn’t feel overworked and can happily work for the weekday and weekend, and easily fit into what you already have in your wardrobe.
The women’s range sees high necked organic cotton fleece tops, corduroy tunic dresses, fun printed slip dresses, an incredible Tencel black jumpsuit and a fabulous long fluffy coat made from organic cotton and recycled PET plastic bottles. The fluffy coat you’d put on and simply never want to take off.
The mens range is much smaller, but covers your wardrobe foundations. With wide necked sweatshirts, lounge pants, boxy tees and a solid bomber jacket. All coming in understated guy friendly navy, black and greys.
Lots of sustainable fabrics and also Jan ’n June use a single manufacturer in Poland. Which is always a great way of seeing how a brand treats relationships with production and here, there’s evidently a solid and transparent supply chain.
$$ - Men + Women - Casual
On the one hand, we shouldn’t like Jungmaven, they stock the classic hemp and tie-dye products that pigeon holed sustainable fashion as only for people leading alternative lifestyles. But the problem is, try as we might, we can’t help but like them. Their ranges all contains some form of hemp, often mixed with organic cotton and thankfully the range goes far beyond the curse of tie-dye.
Covering men’s and women’s, Jungmaven’s clothing is an array of slightly rugged, honestly casual essentials. Dreamy peach striped sweatshirts, striped tube socks, twill chore/worker jackets (including a popping yellow one) and tees with ‘California Dreamin’ printed on the front with some palm trees. They even do laid back Dungarees. I mean, really, what’s not to like?
Jungmaven aren’t trying to be the most fashionable out there. They’re trying to make hemp a sustainable alternative to cotton and they’re making as much as possible in the USA. In doing so they’ve also created a potential wardrobe that transports you to lazy days in sepia-toned California sun. Surfs up.
$ to $$$ - Women + Men - Casual / Laid Back
Naadam make really excellent and overly humorous about videos. We recommend visiting their website even if it’s just for that. They also make exceptionally reasonably priced cashmere jumpers for guys and girls. We’re talking £60/$75 for a 100% cashmere jumper, using cashmere sourced directly from Mongolian herders who get a fairer price for one of the softest fibres on the planet.
If we’re being honest, the straight forward camel, black and grey crew-necks are by far the best style Naadam do and is an absolute wardrobe essential must-have. Worth checking out the olive colour too. When you look after cashmere, it will definitely look after you. Cashmere is super soft, super warm and the styles are normally fairly drapey, so expect the fit to be nicely relaxed without looking oversized. For men and women Naadam also do a wider range of cashmere hoodies and quarter zips, although these are a slightly older look that what can be achieved with a staple crew-neck.
Naadam sweaters are Cradle to Cradle certified, meaning Naadam can prove to be making their sweaters in a process that optimises for reducing harm to the planet through the materials they source, limiting material waste, using renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness. Naadam also support over 1,000 herding families in Mongolia and have provided veterinary care to 250,000 cute cashmere goats!
$$ - Men + Women - Laid Back / Casual
Dedicated are unsurprisingly dedicated to making easy-going printed and embroidered tees and sweatshirts in a wide range of basic, illustrated and fun designs. More heavily focussed on the mens collection, Dedicated do also carry a women’s range too.
A big favourite here is the plush organic cotton lofted fleece hoodies and sweatshirts that look like the perfect style to snuggle up in on a Sunday afternoon.
All of Dedicated’s styles are either organic cotton or Tencel (for some of their shirting) and also happily Fairtrade. It’s a great brand to check out if you’re a ‘throw on a fun tee with some jeans’ kinda person that wants to have a smile here and there rather than searching for the ‘latest look’.
36. Mara Hoffman
$$$ - Women - Casual / Weekend
Lets address two things straight from the off with Mara Hoffman. One, no it’s not cheap, or even reasonable. Second, it’s beautiful.
Really beautiful.Mara Hoffman makes high end ready to wear womenswear that’s a gallery of striking denim silhouettes, dream-like floaty long dresses and impeccable swimwear crying out for la Côte d’Azur.
Happily for high-end womenswear there’s also a good range of extended sizes taking into account actual differences in overall body shape. Mara Hoffman isn’t just made to flatter, it’s made to feel supremely confident in your own style.
In terms of sustainability, Mara Hoffman is leading the way for (fingers crossed) more high end brands, having been founded in 2000, but taking the clear step in 2015 to uncover the possibilities of manufacturing in a less harmful and more ethical way. With a transparent list of manufacturing partners, artisan groups and sustainable materials used. Mara Hoffman is part of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Global Fashion Agenda and Fashion Positive, which all translates as Mara Hoffman are making the right moves and are living and pushing a sustainable agenda.
$$ - Women - Casual / Office
Imagine owning 5 key pieces of beautifully made sustainable fashion, that are designed to work perfectly together, to create 30 different looks. Welcome, to Vetta.
Vetta is the ‘mini capsule’ womenswear brand, where they release small but perfectly formed capsules of 5 styles they’ve designed. Helping you to slow down your fashion consumption and realise the opportunity to be had in a few quality pieces. The added bonus comes from having an on-point aesthetic straight out the wardrobe each morning, no matter how bleary eyed you feel!
Vetta’s capsules have ranged from ‘the minimal one’ to ‘the edgy one’ and even ‘the romantic one’, but be warned - they do sell out! You can of course buy the pieces separately too. Each piece is sourced using sustainable fabrics such as Organic cotton and Tencel alongside the use of deadstock fabrics too. Whilst their woven clothing is made in New York and their knitwear in Los Angeles.
$$$ - Women - Active
Vyayama was founded as a natural alternative to synthetic activewear. Creating women’s sports luxe yogawear from Tencel (Eucalyptus) in collaboration with their manufacturing partner in Portugal. The designs are separated into collections that all run along the same pattern/design theme. Expect to find artistic streaks, tasteful animal prints and matte-black-out collections.
Leggings, scrappy crop tops, impact crop-tops (for more intense workouts than your average Bikram), high cut shorts , tanks and semi-sheer tees made from an incredibly luxurious Modal (Beechwood) and Cashmere mix! Happily the sustainable materials for these styles even to labels made from the normally unused downy fibre that surrounds a cotton seed.
39. Groceries Apparel
$$ - Women + Men - Casual
Groceries Apparel do women’s tops really well. Made from organic cotton or organic cotton and Tencel mixes, if you’re looking for some high quality plain long sleeved cropped tops, boxy tees, fitted tees, striped tees…you get the idea. They’ve got a North American spring-like vibe to them and are all styles that will be your perfect day to day partner in crime.
They do go beyond simply tees, with ranges of jersey sweatshirts and dresses, although these do suit a more American-style. There’s also a small range of Men’s tees with a bit of extra length to them in some inoffensive colour ways!
Sustainable fashion creds come from a Californian grown organic cotton that is then sent down the road to their LA garment manufacturer. Cutting down on air-miles and providing Groceries Apparel with a full commitment to transparency.
40. Lyme Terrace
$$ - Men - 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.
41. Seeker x Retriever
$$ - Women + Men - Casual / Laid Back
It’s not often you hear the phrase ‘designed in Australia, made in Thailand’, or at least certainly not here in the UK. But then Seeker x Retriever is distinctly different to the normal waves of fashion, or even slow fashion for that matter.
With a definite eastern and asian influence, Seeker x Retriever creates genuinely timeless fashion for men and women. In one sense they appear to be from a different time, somehow from the past and the future all in one. There’s a certain back to nature vibe from the beautiful hand-woven cotton, whose more open weave and loose silhouettes create an artsy linen-esque aesthetic.
Think collarless shirting, cropped overalls, boxy padded jackets (padding using recycled PET plastic fibres), loose deconstructed blazers and jinbei-style coats.
Seeker x Retriever also claim to be season-less, however for this writer currently looking out at a snowy scene from their window, we can definitively say this is timeless style made for the summer months…or at least hot climates!
Seeker x Retriever work with artisans in Northern Thailand to take their hand-made styles from loom to final dyeing, working with the community their Creative Director’s mother was from! It also means that air-miles are kept to an absolute minimum in production.
$$ - Men + Women - Casual / Laid Back
Isto primarily make menswear essentials (they do a few womenswear pieces too) for guys that want a no-fuss approach to looking good day-in-day out. With super soft flannel button down shirts in soft hues of blue, red and yellow, alongside classic oxford shirts and a solid selection of t-shirts and sweatshirts that happily hide a little bit of the old creeping gut…even in a Medium!
It’s all really good gear, all made in Portugal, so you know the quality is going to be some of the best around. Isto also do some linen shirts too. The women’s linen shirt deserves a shout out too as quite something. It comes in a beautifully lightweight linen with a soft curved hem, side pleat and slightly cropped sleeves.
Isto give clear price transparency and make their styles in organic cotton. This is no fuss sustainability that’s doing grown up basics pretty much perfectly.
$$ - Unisex - Casual / Street
What’s tough as nails, made from recycled tarpaulin, looks incredible on your insta feed, looks even better on your back and is often found in yellow despite being named after something green? You guessed it, it’s the mighty Danish grünBAG!
grünBAG are the stand out urban bag for a sustainable future. Made from 90% recycled or sustainable materials, these colourful rucksacks, shoulder bags, sports bags and cases give materials that could last a lifetime, a new lifeline as your new indestructible, favourite bag!
We are in love with their bright and bold backpack made from the waste fabric created from making tarpaulin lorry covers, inflatable bouncy castles and festival tents. It’s got a pocket for your MacBook, loads of space for life’s essentials and a secure zipped pocket, whilst somehow still looking slim and sleek. The in your face branding is actually a huge winner too. Especially as then everyone else knows how smug you feel about being an eco-conscious consumer.
grünBAGs are sewn either at grünBAG HQ in Denmark or by specialist producers in Poland - they’ll even swap any leather components for a vegan alternative if you want. grünBAG, they’re one of the good ones.
44. Beacon & Armour
$$ - Unisex - Casual
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.
$$ - Women - Casual
If you love an artisan craft print, enjoy modern silhouettes and want to wear light loose organic clothing, then it’s time to get to know Matter.
Matter works with rural artisan communities in India and Indonesia, using hand loomed fabrics, Ikat dyeing and weaving and Batik dying (where wax is used to create patterns that are protected from the dye), including many styles being printed on organic cotton.
Matter is primarily a womenswear brand and inspired by travels around South East Asia. Creating a refreshing alternative to typical ‘travel inspired styles’ which are chic enough to get the Vogue seal of approval. The range if full of fun jumpsuits with open backs, lots of high waist cropped trousers all in suitably eye catching prints, simple cropped button backed tops and seriously rad reversible Kimono jackets.
$$$ - 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.
$$ - Men + Women - Casual
Anian are a minimalist outdoors clothing brand that is as comfortable catching up with friends at the pub for a couple of pints as much as it is hiking up a mountain pass.
It’s not often we agree with how a brand describes themselves, but Anian has pretty much hit the nail on the head saying they “design garments that are practical for a variety of weather conditions and social occasions without harming the environment.”
With dark ash, black and olive moleskin and flannel organic cotton shirts for men and women, alongside thick organic cotton ring-spun henley’s and tees with printed maps outlining their home spot of Vancouver island. They also do some extremely warm recycled cashmere knitted hats.
48. Riley Studio
$$ - Unisex - 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.
49. Leo Strange
$$ - Women - Casual / Weekend
Leo Strange make artisan produced womenswear, designed in Australia and made India. It’s a small range that contains just a few classy pieces in earthy hues of red, green and mustard.
With double pleated, high waisted tailored chinos made from organic cotton and calf length slip dresses made from banana silk with beautiful curved hems. Alongside batik striped, indigo dyed organic cotton short sleeved tees and wide-mock neck long sleeved tees.
Leo Strange focusses on using natural dyes, the reds made from the Common Madder plant, Myrobalan fruit for their yellows and even recycled iron for their deep blacks. It means that the whole collection works beautifully together as if nature has just put on its best catwalk outfit.
$ - Men + Women - Casual / Laid Back
Weekday are H&M in one of their various forms, it is starting to feel a bit like you lift the lid on any new slighty-edgy and affordable urban brand and out pops H&M!
Weekday don’t really shout that loudly about being sustainable, most of their marketing campaigns focus on other great movements like body image, LGBTQ awareness and refugees. However, weekday do one of the best affordable ranges of organic cotton clothing we’ve come across.
They even do recycled polyester swimwear too.
Covering girls and guys, it’s all really well made, all a little oversized and all just a touch more expensive than what you’d find in a normal H&M. Happily Weekday don’t go in for any garish graphic designs, instead it’s a mix of mid-weight plain and striped tees, heavy weight super cosy hoodies and sweats and organic denim too.
If you’re venturing into sustainable style, on a budget, and want to easily know where to go to get your everyday fashion with a bit of minimalist scandi style, then quite simply, go to Weekday.
Yes, you’ll be lining H&M’s pockets, but at least you’ll be showing the one of the world’s largest fashion brands that their customers give a damn about sustainability and they should be moving more quickly in to that direction!
51. Girlfriend Collective
$ - Women - Active
Girlfriend Collective make body positive women’s activewear. It comes in a range of really lovely pastel hues (as well as black and dark navy) and every style is made from either PET plastic bottles or recycled fishing nets, and sewn in a Vietnamese factory that pays a living wage.
Clothes made from rubbish never looked quite so fab.
Their sustainable activewear is made for actually moving about in not just brunch, so you can be sure this is technical gear that also happens to look damn good.
Leggings come in high-rise or standard-rise and you can choose between a thicker compressive material or a lighter more flexible material and their sizing goes from XXS to 6XL (they’ve also taken the time to actually match these sizes to cuts that fit changing body shapes across that size range!).
Bras come as more of a crop top, with a high-neck low-back version and scoop neck racer-back version. Girlfriend collective also do a range of bodysuits, tees and tanks as well as running and spinning shorts!
52. By Signe
$$ - Women - Casual
By Signe make a range of women’s essentials that manage to toe the line between basic and interesting just right. With an individual aesthetic that’s restrained and design-led, the kind of simplicity that makes up great design and makes you take a second glance.
With organic cotton scoop tees in soft lilac and pastel yellow, an incredible range of jersey dresses, many with mock necks and also gathered and silk skirts. By Signe also do a small range of relaxed underwear in super soft organic cotton.
By Signe make all of their styles in their home country of Denmark, setting a high president for full and constant oversight by making their range in-house. They also ensure that all their organic cotton is GOTS certified and use oxybleach to whiten their fabrics if required (oxybleach is a low impact, safe method of whitening using oxygen that leaves no nasty chemical residue).
53. Brave Gentleman
$$$ - Men - Office / Weekend
Sustainable mens fashion that’s on the smarter side, the much smarter side, is hard to come by. Very hard indeed. Especially to find any that actually looks damn good on.
Brave Gentleman is bucking that trend, bringing a sartorial style that involves crisp organic cotton short sleeve cotton shirting with bold prints, vibrant check recycled polyester houndstooth overcoats, lightweight bamboo suiting, ‘future-wool’ biker jackets (made from a mix of recycled cotton and polyester in Brazil) and a cracking selection of vegan smart shoes.
The initial focus for Brave Gentleman started out as being Vegan, so the entire range continues to be pushing the fore-front of innovation for vegan materials.
It’s a mix of more edgy, late night sartorial style alongside some more classic numbers. The footwear range is excellent, with brogues, double monks, chunky soled loafers and Chelsea boots.
54. Colorful Standard
$$ - Unisex - Laid Back / Casual
Colorful Standard may be from Denmark, but they realised that Portugal is pretty much the world leader at the moment in producing premium organic cotton jersey essentials. So they’ve done us all a favour and made all the basic essentials you need in all the colours you could wish for!
It’s unisex stying and the collection involves mid-weight short sleeve and long sleeve tees, heavyweight fleecy sweatshirts, heavy weight hoodies and some zip through hoodies too. It’s an American Apparel vibe from back in the day. To top it off Colorful Standard also do a range of Italian Merino wool beanies.
If that wasn’t all enough, they also donate 5% of their profits to charity.
55. Bleed Clothing
$$ - Men + Women - Outdoors / Casual
Bleed describe themselves as 100% eco, 100% fair, 150% YEAH. So you can’t help but be stoked for whatever they’re making!
As it turns out they make vegan, sustainable clothing for anyone and everyone who loves to be outside skating, riding, surfing, running, snowboarding… They’re the 90’s skaters still looking for the good times. We massively respect that.
Alongside eco and vegan credentials, every piece of Bleed clothing has to fulfil the requirement of being great for sport and to look great in everyday life. What this translates as is mens and women styles along the lines of tear-proof Hemp Shackets, soft striped flannel shirts, organic cotton canvas parka jackets with Primaloft insulation, soft-shell hoodies and organic cotton jeans.
Bleed acts as a really good alternative to Patagonia if you want a more diverse range of everyday clothes that can more than easily deal with an afternoon hike or quick dash down a trail path on your bike. They also do a great little selection of Econyl swimwear for men and women. Bleed aren’t trying to be overly fashionable, they’re happy with being stylish, relaxed and functional.
56. Adidas Parley
$ - Men + Women - Active
The extended collaboration between Parley, a curated gathering of innovators and ideas folk talking about the state of the oceans, and Adidas, an all singing all dancing taking over the world sportswear brand, is one of the most optimistic collaborations for the future of big business and protecting the planet, that we’ve seen.
The huge influence Adidas have means that now there is recycled polyester in the shirts of Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid football shirts, Adidas Parley have made an NFL shirt together using recycled polyester and up cycled fabrics. Their range of trainers made from recycled polyester and ground up recycled rubber soles has been so commercially successful they’ve pledged to double its production to 11 million pairs in 2019.
There’s now a range of Adidas Parley Econyl swimwear too. Meaning not only is Adidas Parley using up the trash plastic bottles found in the sea, they’re also helping to remove the trash fishing nets too.
The best part is it also means there’s now sustainable, every day sportswear at Adidas prices and in Adidas styling that you can buy online. Ready for serious running, tennis, swimming, football, yoga…
$$ - Unisex - 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, they use plant based (sugarcane) packaging.
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.
58. Back Beat Rags
$$ - Women - Casual
Back Beat Rags bring a touch of California, mix it with a whole heap of organic and hemp fabrics and finish it with a few vintage twists. With a ‘small but all you need’ basics womenswear collection that is effortlessly cool, has an on point colour palette and comes in easy, wearable cuts made to have fun in.
All you really need to add is a spot of Cali sun!
With Tencel and Hemp sweater robes that sit over wide leg utility pants. Oversized hemp hoodies and sweats alongside hemp heavy twill utility jackets with beautiful large brass coloured metal buttons. Then there are organic cotton rib mock necks, high neck jumpsuits and a couple of fun slogan tees. All of this comes in a variety of soft pastel hues that look like you’ve just picked the perfect insta filter.
Oh, and check out the short sleeve hemp boiler suits - too good.
$ - Women - Casual / Weekend
Monki is the go-to womenswear brand for fashion lovers with a relaxed, super fun style. This is feel good, totally rad style with (nearly) the sustainability creds to match. It’s also totally affordable. Talk about crushing it.
Find striped organic cotton long sleeve tees in boy-ish cuts and in every colour your heart could desire, oversized crazy fluffy recycled polyamide shearling coats, organic cotton V neck buttoned, wide-leg boiler suits, wide leg BCI cotton corduroy trousers in that classic mustard shade and a whole host of other styles to fall in love with.
We really recommend visiting one of their stores too. It’s mirror madness and makes you feel like you’re in a unicorn dreamland.
One thing to note though, Monki are on the journey to sustainability, some styles are, some not so much - Underneath the thumbnails on the styles look for the phrase “Monki Cares”! There’s also an ‘Monki Cares Edit’ editorial on their website for a quick and easy route to viewing a good selection of their sustainable styles.
$$ - Men - Swim
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.