40 Sustainable Clothing Brands for Every Type of Closet — Girlfriend Collective

40 Sustainable Clothing Brands for Every Type of Closet

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By Mia Mahoney

By Mia Mahoney

The fashion industry is responsible for an estimated 10% of total carbon emissions and, with all of the news about fast fashion’s continued contributions to climate change, you might be looking your own closet and thinking about making some changes to the way you fill it. 

From established players like Patagonia and Eileen Fisher to upstarts like R Collective and Charle Swim, ethical fashion brands are re-assessing the fabrics, factories, and packaging that have long been held as industry standard to build product lines that are better for the earth and are great for your closest. In the world of sustainable clothing, bikinis can be made from fishing nets and dresses can come from banana peels. And slow fashion now comprises every style. Looking for some ethereal 70s eco-fashion? Christy Dawn has you covered. What about Gen Z-approved streetwear? Look no further than Pangaia. 

With all the new and exciting progress being made in the space — from manufacturing to design — below is a list of some of our favorite sustainable clothing brands that can satisfy all of your eco-friendly fashion needs.

Lounge & Athletic Wear

1. Girlfriend Collective

Yes, we’re biased. But Girlfriend Collective has been working hard at sustainability since day one, making comfortable and high-performance leggings from old plastic water bottles. 25 water bottles to be exact, but who’s counting? (We are, obviously.) And while we worked hard to make sure you feel good about your purchase, we also want you to feel good in your purchase. We have products for every body type— sizes range from XXS to 6XL— in a rainbow of colors. Okay, we’re done tooting our own horn, now. But if you do want to find out more about our sustainability practices, they are here. 

Products: Leggings; bodysuits; sports bras; shorts & skorts; sweatshirts

Price Point: $78/ legging 

Eco-friendly Practices: Treated wastewater; eco-friendly dyes; recycled polyester and nylon; recycled packaging

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2. Pangaia 

Already much-beloved by Gen Z, the London-headquartered company offers a rainbow of loungewear (over a dozen colors are available for the majority of its products). Sweatpants, shorts, fleeces, and hoodies are made using eco-friendly materials like organic cotton and recycled wool. Part-clothing company and part-science lab, Pangaia also develops materials in-house like its C-fiber, which combines eucalyptus pulp and seaweed powder. And it’s transparent about where it falls short on sustainability, laying out the ways it is looking to fill the gap. 

Products: Track pants; sweatshirts; hoodies 

Price Point: $130/ sweatshirt 

Eco-friendly Practices: Non-toxic dyes; compostable packaging; recycled water production 

3. Patagonia 

The company behind the iconic puffer vests that are ubiquitous everywhere from the New York City financial district to Yosemite is the OG of sustainability. Patagonia has been leading the way in eco-conscious fashion for decades. 87% of their fabrics are 

made using recycled materials and, by 2025, the company says it will be 100% carbon-neutral across its entire supply chain. Patagonia also helps customers extend the life of their products via their Worn Wear collection, a hub for secondhand gear that is boosted by a trade-in program that gives customers a discount when they send in their old items. 

Products: Puffer vests and jackets; fleece vests and jackets; half-zips; leggings 

Price Point: $149/ puffer vest 

Eco-friendly Practices: Animal welfare policy; organic cotton & recycled materials; Fair Trade certified; Global Recycle Standard certified packaging

4. Tentree 

The Vancouver brand takes its name from its promise to plant ten trees for every item purchased. From mangrove, subtropical, and boreal, you can explore the forests that have since been planted on Tentree’s website, allowing you to brush up on your biomes while locating your new favorite crewneck. Sizes run from XS to XXL on Tentree’s product line, which encompasses everything you need for a work-from-home lifestyle, including cardigans, shirts (both long and short-sleeved), and sweatpants. 

Products: Cardigans; sweaters; joggers; t-shirts; sweatshirts 

Price Point: $68/ sweatpant 

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled polyester; organic cotton; recycled paper packaging; fair wages

5. MATE the label 

From thermal crew necks and matching wide-leg pants to on-trend joggers paired with cropped sweatshirts, the Los Angeles apparel brand is serious about keeping it cute even when you are casual. Sizes range from XS to 3X, and the company offers a price-per-wear breakdown on each piece to help you with the cost-benefit analysis of a new pair of sweats. Outside of active and loungewear, MATE’s line also offers linen button-ups and high-waisted pants for when you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort but your plans lean more business than casual. 

Products: Sports bras; leggings; cozy sets; sweatshirts; sweatpants; jumpsuits 

Price Point: $108/ sweatshirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Non-plastic packaging; local production; global organic textile standard cotton; fair wages; non-toxic dyes; vegan certified 

6. Hara 

The Aussie company is looking to elevate your night in. The Frankie Flares are their lightweight, moveable, and breathable lounge pants that have an added bit of, well, flair. Good for all body types (sizes range from XS to 5XL), the pants can be paired with the brand’s traditional t-shirt, racerback sports bra, or a mid-drift baring bandeau, all made using bamboo fabrics and natural-plant dyes. Hara’s mission is to have its entire supply chain in one location. Right now, products are dyed, cut, sewn, and packaged in Melbourne, Australia. 

Products: Bras and bandeaus; flared lounge pants; activewear and sports bras 

Price Point: $38/ bandeau 

Eco-friendly Practices: Natural and low-impact dyes; fair wages; no pesticides or fertilizers; bamboo fabric; low-water-use production

7. Happy Earth 

Creating a more sustainable fashion future is a group effort. Knowing this, Happy Earth decided that with every purchase you get to choose how to give back to the planet via their environmental foundation partners. Options include planting trees or taking plastics out of the ocean. Their shirts and hoodies are great for layering with Happy Earth leggings, all available in a muted color palette with nature-inspired designs— an ideal combination for exploring the great outdoors. 

Products: Sweatshirts; leggings; t-shirts; long sleeve shirts; joggers 

Price Point: $60/ sweatshirt 

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled packaging; global organic textile standard certified cotton; vegan materials; carbon offset shipping; plastic-free materials

DRESSES, SKIRTS, SWEATERS & MORE

8. Christy Dawn

You have no doubt heard of farm-to-table dining, but Christy Dawn would like to introduce you to farm-to-closet fashion. The company works directly with farmers and artisans in India on a collection that is made using cotton from regenerative farmland of which the company is the steward. Outside of this, the Los Angeles-based brand sources deadstock fabrics to create its line of signature dresses, all inspired by vintage silhouettes and patterns. 

Products: Dresses; sweaters; tops; jumpsuits; overalls 

Price Point: $228/ dress 

Eco-friendly Practices: Fair wages; deadstock fabrics; recycled leather; recycled wool; recycled packaging

9. The R Collective

Italians have long understood the benefits of taking your time (see: aged Parmesan), and the Italy-based R Collective has carried that ethos into its slow fashion. To minimize

textile waste, the company has both a ready-to-wear line and an on-demand model that is made of painstakingly sourced luxury deadstock fabrics. R Collective also invests in the future of eco-friendly fashion, with 25% of profits going to Redress, an NGO that works to reduce waste in the fashion industry. 

Products: Dresses; shirts; jackets; coats; tops 

Price Point: $125/ skirt 

Eco-friendly Practices: Fair wages; recycled wool; compostable packaging; deadstock fabrics; made-to-order products

10. Milo+nicki

Bananas can be found in smoothies, ice cream sundaes, and early 2000s Gwen Stefani songs, and now at Milo + nicki they are whipping them up into dresses. The Austin-based brand uses durable banana fabric that is made using the stems and the stalk of the banana plant. It can be found across its product line that includes dresses and jumpsuits fit for long summer days. Inspired by the spirit and fashion of the 70s, expect a line of flowy designs in flower power prints. 

Products: Dresses; jackets; tops; pants; jumpsuits 

Price Point: $290/ dress 

Eco-friendly Practices: Non-toxic dyes; global organic textile standard certified cotton; compostable and biodegradable packaging; small batch production

11. Appetite Studio

A tablecloth has never looked so good. The East London brand’s specialty is taking vintage tablecloths and turning them into one-of-kind clothing. Mini dresses and maxi skirts, as well as puff sleeve tops and peplum tanks, are offered in timeless cuts and are made by hand after you place your order. Production is ultra-localized to London, with the Appetite Studio co-founders doing all of the packaging themselves.  

Products: Dresses; skirts; blouses; tank tops

Price Point: $424/ skirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Made-to-order garments; deadstock fabrics; hand-made production; local production

12. Outerknown

Have you ever been on your couch, wrapped up in a blanket, and thought, ‘If only I could wear this?’ Well, now you can with Outterknown’s blanket shirt, made using organic cotton and built to last. The line’s buttons are made from ocean-harvested plastics that have the coordinates where the plastics came from carved into them. Running XS to XL, the clothes has casual beachy comfort you’d expect from a clothing company founded by pro-surfer Kelly Slater.

Products: Button-up shirts; sweaters; sweats; shorts; dresses t-shirts

Price Point: $148/ button-up shirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Global organic textile standard cotton; fair wages; recycled plastic buttons; non-toxic dyes

13. Tonlé

One person’s trash is another’s screen-printed jumpsuit, as the saying definitely goes. Tonle uses deadstock fabrics that are sourced directly from factories, where large bolts of leftover materials are a common byproduct of the fast fashion production. The brand then turns around and hand-cuts its own line in order to reduce its waste. The result is a line of jumpsuits, dresses, t-shirts, and tops in an array of materials with fun and funky screen-printed patterns. Tonle also hosts a resale shop on its site, Open Closet, further promoting sustainable shopping. 

Products: Dresses; tops; jumpsuits; pants 

Price Point: $65/ dress

Eco-friendly Practices: Deadstock materials; fair wages; non-toxic water-based inks; recycled packaging; hand-cutting

14. Eileen Fisher

Like if the Nancy Meyers film cannon was a clothing line, Eileen Fisher has long been a cornerstone in sustainable women’s fashion with breathable lines and sumptuous sweaters. From crisp button-ups to slouchy tunics, the brand screams “casual walk to a scenic overlook.” In terms of its environmentally friendly initiatives, it is a certified B Corporation and says it ensures that its clothing is ​​free of fiber from ancient and endangered forests. 

Products: Sweaters and cardigans; pants; jackets; button-up shirts; dresses; skirts; loungewear

Price Point: $278/ cardigan

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled cashmere, polyesters, and nylon; regenerative wool; formal animal welfare policy; non-toxic dyes; resell program

15. TAMGA Designs

Even if you aren’t leaving your living room, the clothing from this Canadian eco-friendly clothier will have you feeling like you are getting ready to head to the beach. Flowy midi and maxi dresses and skirts with matching wrap-around crop tops in flowery patterns make up TAMGA’s ultra-vibrant line. TAMGA’s clothes use TENCEL, the wood-pulp-produced rayon found in a lot of eco-friendly clothing. It is difficult to wrinkle, making it the ideal fabric to throw in a suitcase for when that extended vacation does come around.

Products: Dresses; skirts; cover-ups; loungewear sets; t-shirts 

Price Point: $154/ maxi dress

Eco-friendly Practices: Fair wages; Forest Stewardship Council certified fibers and fabrics; carbon offset production; plastic-free packaging

16. Whimsy + Row

The seemingly endless cycle of engagement parties, bridal showers, and weddings feels a lot less daunting with Whimsy + Row. It offers a variety of dresses, pant sets, and skirts for any type of semi-formal occasion. The Los Angeles company says all of its clothing is made within a few miles from its Venice offices, and it has a waitlist feature for its products that allows it to track customer demand for each item, ensuring that it doesn’t overextend any resources. It also has a sustainabile marketplace, where it carries other eco-conscious products that, conveniently, could be some good gift ideas for all of those previously mentioned events.    

Products: Dresses; tops; sets; jackets; pants

Price Point: $162/ skirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Deadstock materials; low-impact dyes; local manufacturing; recycled packaging; recycled fabrics

17. GRAMMAR

GRAMMAR carries flouncy blouses that will have you feeling like an 18th-century poet and tuxedo shirts that should be sold with accompanying tickets to the opera. The clothing is best described as minimalistic chic. The most outlandish pattern offered is blue-and-white stripes. This type of hyper-minimalism is also reflected in their production process. The New York City company keeps manufacturing local (like, really local), using some of the city’s women-and-minority-owned manufacturers to execute their designs of elevated essentials in small batches.

Products: Dresses; jackets; button-up shirts; tunics

Price Point: $425/ blouse

Eco-friendly Practices: Local manufacturing; global organic textile standard cotton; limits water usage; small batch production; fair wages

18. ABLE

ABLE’s clothing line runs from XXS to 3X, and includes a large selection of on-trend jumpsuits, t-shirts, blazers, and trousers. But the Nashville-headquartered company is primarily known for its leather goods. To create these products without putting unnecessary stress on the environment, the company sources leather skins that are byproducts of the meat industry and creates smaller leather items that are solely made from the scrap materials leftover from their larger goods like handbags. 

Products: Dresses; jumpsuits; blouses; bags; shoes

Price Point: $150/ jumpsuit

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled packaging; global organic textile standard certified cotton; re-uses metal scraps

19. Cuyana

Cuyana’s sustainability is based on a less-is-more mentality. The brand limits production, noting that they sell through 90% of the products they make. This minimizes textile waste and ensures that any hazardous byproducts of their production process remain as small as possible. They also see their designs — all classic cuts and colors for sweaters that are meant to slot into any wardrobe and stay there for years — as feeding into their eco-conscious mission. With this in mind, Cuyana also offers repair services on products that are within a 2-year warranty period, free of charge.

Products: Sweaters; cardigans; coats; jumpsuits; dresses

Price Point: $225/ cashmere cardigan

Eco-friendly Practices: Limited production run; recycled and post-consumer cashmere; repair programs; donation and resell programs

Jeans & Denim

20. RE/DONE

You know that feeling of finding the perfect pair of vintage jeans that fit in all the right places and give you room everywhere else? Yeah, us either. Even the dreamiest flea market finds tend to need an alternation or two, which is the thinking behind sustainable denim brand, RE/DONE. They first launched in 2014 with 300 tailored vintage Levi’s and immediately racked up a waiting list of thousands of people. The brand now offers upcycled luxury (and we mean luxury — think: one-of-a-kind patched jeans from the ‘70s), a reduced water denim line, and a marketplace where customers can buy and sell pre-loved goods from the brand and beyond. A circular line we can get behind. 

Products: Upcycled jeans; skinny jeans; straight-leg jeans; flare jeans; shorts; jackets

Price Point: $350/upcycled jeans

Eco-friendly Practices: Circular marketplace; recycled; upcycled denim; reduced water practices; biodegradable packaging

21. Outland Denim

Fun fact: Meghan Markle wore a pair of jeans from this Aussie brand during a royal tour of Australia in 2018. On top of this major accomplishment, Outland has a lot to brag about, from its use of recycled materials and non-toxic dyes to the training and employment it provides for women who have experienced sex trafficking. It also has some really great denim, all of which run 24 to 34. Outland also carries a denim bucket hat, for when your Canadian tuxedo needs a little something extra. 

Products: Denim shorts; straight-leg jeans; relaxed-fit jeans 

Price Point: $200/ straight-leg jeans

Eco-friendly Practices: Non-toxic dyes; global organic textile standard certified cotton; does not use animal products; fair wages; recycled polyester

22. Kings of Indigo

It’s a great feeling to step into a pair of jeans that fit just right. It’s an even better feeling knowing that those jeans are a good fit for the planet, too. Kings of Indigo denim is made using recycled cotton, both pre-consumer— the bits of fabrics leftover from textile factories— and post-consumer— clothes that have been thrown away. Sizes range from 24 to 33 and jeans come in super high, high, medium, and (for the 2000s-obsessives) low rise. Kings of Indigo can provide a full closet’s worth of denim, also offering trousers, overalls, and jumpsuits.

Products: Skinny jeans; cropped jeans; straight-leg jeans; overalls; jumpsuits

Price Point: $153/ cropped jeans

Eco-friendly Practices: Global organic textile standard certified cotton; recycled wool; recycled packaging; Fair Wear Foundation membership

23. MUD Jeans

MUD says that to produce one of their pairs of jeans, which come in sizes 25 to 33, 477 liters of water are used. This is compared to an industry standard of 7,000 liters. And while some of us can’t possibly imagine parting with a pair of beloved jeans, for those interested in cycling through styles but are still concerned about the environmental impact, MUD has a solution: A jean leasing program. You pay a monthly fee for a year, after which the jeans are yours until you are done with them at which point you send them back to the company to be recycled. So, your high-rise flares and Toyota Corolla now have a lot more in common.

Products: Straight-leg jeans; skinny jeans; relaxed fit jeans 

Price Point: $135/ skinny jeans 

Eco-friendly Practices: Certified vegan; post-consumer recycled denim; fair wages; non-toxic dyes; global organic textile standard certified cotton; water reclamation

24. Triarchy

Triarchy is where luxury denim meets eco-friendly production. To get their various washes, the company uses an indigo with 80% fewer sulfates. These natural dyes reduce the toxins in their watershed and also the toxins the can come into contact with your skin. When it comes to sustainability, no detail is too small for Triarchy. Buttons are made from recycled metals and tags from recycled paper. And outside of all that denim, Triarchy has other offerings like high-waisted pleated trousers to help you live out all of your Diane Keaton-inspired fantasies.

Products: Straight-leg jeans, relaxed-fit jeans; wide-leg jeans; stovepipe jeans

Price Point: $215/ straight-leg jeans

Eco-friendly Practices: Closed-loop water use system; fair wages; vegan certified; recycled cotton; compostable shipping bags

25. Boyish

Just like you at the corner thrift store, Boyish is always on the hunt for vintage denim. Theirs just come in the form of massive rolls of vintage cotton fabrics that they then use to make styles like boot-cut, straight-leg, and flare for their upcycled jeans. The ethical fashion brand’s denim is PETA-approved and it has the jeans for every closet in a variety of washes. And Boyish doesn’t skip on any of the denim add-ons, like raw hems, button-flies, and artfully placed holes.

Products: Skinny jeans; flare jeans; cropped jeans; straight-leg jeans

Price Point: $158/ high-waisted flare jeans

Eco-friendly Practices: Plant-based dyes; fair wages; vegan products; recycled cotton; deadstock fabrics; no use of hypo-chloride bleach; compostable shipping bags

T-Shirts & Basics

26. PACT

PACT is for shoppers that are serious about both sustainability and comfort. The clothing company has all the layers you could hope for— beginning with basics like tanks and t-shirts and ending with outerwear like cardigans and hoodies. Their line can take you from the couch to the gym to the grocery store and everywhere in-between. And PACT takes care of all of the traveling done by its own products with carbon offset shipping. The Boulder, Colorado outfit also has a full maternity line, with leggings, dresses, pajamas, and underwear. 

Products: Thermals; tanks; t-shirts; joggers; sweatshirt; cardigans; bodysuits

Price Point: $20/ tank

Eco-friendly Practices: Global Organic Textile Standard cotton; Fair Trade certified factories; recyclable packaging with ​​biodegradable plastics; carbon-offset shipping

27. Eclipse

For those whose morning routine includes 50 SPF and who keep at least two bottles of aloe vera gel in the house at all times, eclipse is for you. It’s a line of eco-friendly basics that also offer UV protection. Their clothes have a UPF rating of 50+ and can fit in at a work meeting or a hike. Tanks, t-shirts, and long sleeve shirts come in a multitude of styles, while bottoms include wrap skirts and palazzo pants. It also has a take-back program, where customers can return clothing that eclipse then converts back into useable fabrics. 

Products: T-shirts; long sleeve shirts; tanks; hoodies; wrap skirt

Price Point: $45/ t-shirt

Eco-friendly Practices: carbon-offset shipping; compostable packaging; vegan products; fair wages

28. Harvest & Mill

The American company is 100% carbon neutral. It offsets its entire carbon footprint from manufacturing to transportation. And while many sustainable clothing brands use non-toxic dyes, Harvest & Mill’s “natural” colored products use no dyes at all. There is also the fact that the company’s sewing takes place locally, in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco, California. Oh yeah, and it also has some pretty great t-shirts… and the shorts and socks to match. 

Products: T-shirts; long sleeve shirts; jogger pants; shorts; socks

Price Point: $46/ t-shirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Low-waste cutting; vegan certified; plastic-free and recyclable packaging; non-toxic dyes

29. Fair Indigo

A Fair Indigo shirts’ main selling point is in its longevity. The U.S. company put a lot of thought into how it can create clothing that lasts, beginning with its Peru-grown organic cotton. Basic short and long sleeve t-shirts are offered in the traditional black and white, as well as colors like cobalt and pine. So, no matter how the trends change, your classic white t-shirt can see you through both the fashion highs and lows. (Looking at you, culottes.)

Products: T-shirts; long sleeve shirts; tank tops; leggings 

Price Point: $43.90/ long sleeve tee

Eco-friendly Practices: Non-GMO cotton; fair wages; non-toxic dyes; vegan certified; treated wastewater run-off

30. The Good Tee

Coconut and seashells sound like lovely accouterment on a tropical vacation. At Good Tee, they also make for some pretty great buttons. Like these buttons, the majority of the elements of the clothing from the Canadian company, including tags and fabrics, are biodegradable. The product line ranges from staples like short and long sleeves t-shirts in a variety of necklines to dresses (with pockets!), all in a super soft fabric that is pre-shrunk and manufactured to resist tearing and holes. 

Products: Long sleeve shirts; t-shirts; tunics; hoodies; sweatpants 

Price Point: $30.50/ t-shirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled packaging; low impact non-toxic dyes; no plastics; biodegradable materials;  non-GMO cotton; biodegradable bags and use recycled boxes

31. Honest Basics

Finding a plain white t-shirt is a time-consuming task. Finding a plain white t-shirt that isn’t terrible for the planet is even more so. But Honest Basics is here to make it easy. Simple black and white t-shirts come in standard v-necks, ribbed designs, and oversized styles, with black and white long sleeved options available, as well. From its organic cotton to carbon-neutral shipping, the company has considered how to get that perfect little black tee to your front door without leaving a big carbon footprint behind.

Products: T-shirts; sweatshirts; long sleeved shirts

Price Point: $16.80/ t-shirt

Eco-friendly Practices: Global organic textile standard certified cotton; climate-neutral shipping; vegan fashion-certified; plastic-free or recycled plastic packaging

Swimwear

Girlfriend Collective

If you’re interested in sustainability (which we assume you are as you’re reading this), you’re likely aware of the waste polluting the oceans right now. Luckily, there are amazing organizations popping up that enlist divers to go in and actually remove this waste. Thanks to the growing global recycling industry, this waste is now being recycled and turned into items you can use again and again, like Girlfriend’s swimsuits. Made with 82% ECONYL® regenerated nylon, Girlfriend’s swimsuits help remove waste from the oceans and donate 1% of each sale made to the organization Healthy Seas. With a variety of styles all available in sizes XXS-6XL, there’s truly something for everyone. 

Products: Bikinis; one-piece swimsuits 

Price Point: $88/ one-piece swimsuit

Eco-friendly Practices: Treated wastewater; eco-friendly dyes; recycled fishing nets and other waste

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32. Vitamin A

It is easy to imagine yourself getting some vitamin D while in a Vitamin A bathing suit. The brand offers high-end finds in basic colors like black, white, and several shades of metallic. It’s a useful alternative if the usual array of hyper-colorful swimwear isn’t your speed. But if you are looking to add some color into your swimwear routine, Vitamin A does have limited runs of patterned suits. As for its slow fashion process, the company produces as many of its products as possible in sunny California, which upholds strict environmental business standards. 

Products: Bikinis; one-piece swimsuits

Price Point: $210/ one-piece swimsuit

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled nylon fibers; organic cotton; domestic production; 100% recycled post-consumer waste packaging; backyard compostable packaging

33. Paper London

It feels appropriate that a sustainable swimsuit is made out of old fishing nets. Paper London says it uses 100% recycled materials from the ocean to create its swimwear line, which comes in sizes that from XS to XXL. It also has partnerships with reforestation projects that are supported with every purchase. The website features helpful tips on how to maintain your suit and keep it out of a landfill. The first is to shower with your suit, washing it while you wash all that sand off your feet. 

Products: Bikinis; one-pieces swimsuits

Price Point: $114/ bikini top

Eco-friendly Practices: Regenerated nylon fiber; ​​deadstock fabric use; compostable plastic packaging; fair wages

34. Underprotection

Are you looking for a houndstooth one-piece swimsuit with a matching bucket hat? If you aren’t already, you will be after seeing what Underprotection has to offer. The U.K. company has an array of swimwear in a variety of styles (see: halter, high-waisted, and bandeau) in patterns that are suitable for any water-adjacent setting. Not to mention, it has a fashion-forward maternity line. And, on top of it all, its swimsuits are vegan-approved by none other than PETA itself. Underpotection also carries lovely lacey bras and underwear for some of your post-beach needs.

Products: Bikinis; one-piece swimsuits; maternity swimwear

Price Point: $135/ one-piece swimsuit

Eco-friendly Practices: Recycled polyester; global organic textile standard certified cotton; Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production suppliers

35. Charlee Swim

From scoop necks to underwire bikini tops to string halters, Charlee Swim’s designs can accommodate multiple body types and personal styles. The Australian company with a focus on small-batch productions also uses its leftover fabric to make scrunchies, perfect to pull back your hair on a hot summer day spent by the water. And there is also a line of rash guards for extra sun protection and the surfboard-bound.

Products: Bikinis; one-piece swimsuits; rash guards

Price Point: $81/ bikini bottom

Eco-friendly Practices: Compostable and recycled packaging; small batch production; recycled lycra

Underwear

36. Miakoda

The NY-based clothing company offers a small selection of much-loved intimates. Underwear and bras range from XS to 4XL and currently come in black, pink, or grey. Offerings also include pieces that can be worn over their flagship underwear, like slouchy pants, wrap-around crop tops, and oversized tees. Miakoda started a Zero Waste Collection, made up of a rotating assortment of products like scrunchies, thongs, and headbands, all created using the scraps of fabrics leftover from their production.

Products: Underwear; beanies; tank and wrap-around crop tops; bralettes

Price Point: $62/ bra

Eco-friendly Practices: Organic cotton; bamboo fabric; non-toxic dyes; fair wages; 100% recycled packaging

37. Kent

Kent does one thing — underwear— and it does it very very well. The made-in-California company’s selection includes thongs and briefs in sizes ranging from XS to XL, all in an understated color palate sure to fit in (and under) any wardrobe. The 100% plant-based designs are all made from Peru-grown organic Pima cotton. This means your underwear can be composted in 90 days. Kent even offers a step-by-step guide on their website showing you how you can do it yourself.

Products: Bikini, high-waist, thong, and hipster underwear

Price Point: $24/ thong

Eco-friendly Practices: No synthetic toxins; global organic textile standard certified cotton; compostable & recyclable packaging

38. Knickey

The NYC intimates company offers a wide range of underwear— mid, low, and high-rise cuts across thongs, hipsters, and briefs that are sized in XXS to XXXL. And it’s all 100% plastic-free. Knickey also makes bralettes in four styles including scoop and tank. And while underwear has never exactly been thrift-able, Knickey has figured out how to give your undies a second life with their Recycling Program. You can send in your old intimates and they’ll be turned into everything from insulation to furniture batting. One person’s thong can be another’s newly upholstered armchair.

Products: Low-to-high-rise thongs; bralettes 

Price Point: $14/ brief

Eco-friendly Practices: 100% plastic-free; recycled packaging; non-GMO, certified organic cotton; carbon-neutral production process

39. Conscious Step

Each pair of Conscious Step socks supports non-profits like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Trevor Project, and Habitat for Humanity. The company goes so far as to pair thematically appropriate socks with charities, so a portion of your purchase from their polar bear-covered crew socks will be going toward Conservation International. Socks, which are available in both ankle and calf-high options, are sold as singles or in gift boxes that contain three different pairs. 

Products: Ankle and calf socks; sweatshirts

Price Point: $14.95/ crew socks

Eco-friendly Practices: Fair wages; no child labor; fairtrade cotton; vegan certified; global organic textile standard; recycled paper materials

40. The Very Good Bra

One of the Australian brand’s signatures is their Big Knickers. As they put it, they are the “Bridget Jones-style”. If this peak rom-com reference doesn’t sell you on the eco-lingerie company, then its sustainability practices will. Very Good Bra offers high-waisted, hip-hugger, and high-leg style underwear in sizes XS to XL, all containing no spandex in order to keep the undies fully compostable. Bras, offered in A to E cups, are plastic-free, made using tree rubber and organic cotton elastic. Because of this, the company claims that their bras can be eaten by worms in 8 weeks. Very good, indeed. 

Products: Clasp-back bras; high-waisted briefs; sleep and loungewear

Price Point: $32.27/ briefs

Eco-friendly Practices: No spandex, polyester, or nylon in products; made from organic cotton ​​suitable for home compost; recycled packaging; low-energy factories; fair wages

Our Criteria

A list is just a bunch of words unless there is research to back it up. So here’s the thinking behind ours…

One of our first considerations when choosing who we featured on this list was the materials used to make the clothes. Something many sustainable brands look to avoid is the use of “virgin” materials— previously unused raw material that has not been a part of any processing other than in its own production. All of the brands on this list use environmentally preferred materials in their clothing. This could be recycled fabric bases like polyester and nylon, or deadstock materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The materials may also be plant-based, like textiles made from wood pulp or banana stems. 

Next, we looked into how the clothing is manufactured, the amount of water and energy used, and if any hazardous chemicals are a byproduct of the production process. We also looked at who is making the clothing, most notably if they are 18 years or older, and if they are getting paid fair and liveable wages. 

Finally, we looked at the last step in the supply chain: shipping. Nearly all of the above companies use recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable materials in their packaging materials. And a large percentage of them go the extra mile by offsetting the carbon produced by the travel that’s involved in shipping their products to you.

All of the above brands’ production processes — from materials to transportation —  include some sizeable variation of these factors, making their clothing cleaner for the world and for you. And that’s something to celebrate. Or, at the very least, something to be featured on a list of sustainable clothing brands.

Note: The list under each brands’ “Eco-Friendly Practices” is not meant to be exhaustive. All of the above companies have made their sustainability efforts and processes available to consumers on their websites.

To learn more about Girlfriend Collective's sustainable production process and to shop our eco-friendly collections head here.

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