10 Of The Best Fair Trade Fashion Brands In Europe - Good On You
06 Jan

10 Of The Best Fair Trade Fashion Brands In Europe

You might already buy Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, but what about fair trade clothing? Choosing a fair trade fashion brand can help protect producer’s rights and the environment. Here are some of our favourite European fair trade labels who are doing a world of good, while looking great.

Fairtrade or Fair Trade?

There are a number of fair trade organisations around the world that provide guidance, support and certification for brands that want to operate in a fair way. Fairtrade International is the peak body for 18 country-based Fairtrade labelling organisations. Each of these certifies products, allowing them to display the famous Fairtrade logo. On top of that, brands can choose to belong to organisations such as the Fair Trade Federation and the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Why is fair trade important?

By buying these products, you are helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries, ensuring that workers are being paid fairly, are working under humane conditions and have sufficient labor rights, as well as encouraging sustainable methods of production.

Here are our top ten fair trade European brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on Good On You:

MUD Jeans

Rated: Great

Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. Not only does it offer a repair service, but it also provides a rental service where you can lease a pair of jeans for up to a year! MUD Jeans has also adopted the Fairtrade International – Small Producers Organizations Code of Conduct, and it ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great

Affordable, ethical and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a ‘Great’ rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men and kids. Armedangels quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad.

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People Tree

Rated: Great

People Tree is a world leader in ethical and sustainable fashion. Since 1996 the label has been a registered and highly involved member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), which means that the label complies with the 10 standards of Fair Trade. The label uses mostly organic and Fairtrade-certified cotton to create its beautiful range of men and womenswear.

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Shop People Tree.

Know The Origin

Rated: Great

UK label Know the Origin are dedicated to sustainability and quality from ‘seed to garment’. Certified by Fairtrade International, the brand has nothing to hide, offering a beautiful range of Fairtrade and organic mens and womenswear.

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GARY MASH

Rated: Great

In addition to using vegan and eco-friendly materials and natural plant-based dyes, GARY MASH ensures its workers are treated fairly. The brand adopted the Fairtrade International – Small Producers Organizations Code of Conduct and also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage.

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Shop GARY MASH.

Pico

Rated: Great

Pico designs beautifully soft organic and fair-trade cotton underwear for both men and women. The British brand is fully vegan and all its products are Fairtrade International - Small Producers Organisations certified.

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Shop Pico.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices, and incorporates a range of fair trade fabrics into its pieces. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji.

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Shop Beaumont Organic.

Veja

Rated: Good

Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a sustainable fashion pioneer. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton and vegetable-tanned leather! Veja pays their co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, they are able to invest more money into strengthening their ethical practices.

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Shop Veja @ Farfetch.

ThokkThokk

Rated: Great

German label ThokkThokk creates a beautiful range of sustainable, fair trade casual wear for men, women and children. Most of its products are made from organic cotton that is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified and Fairtrade-certified, so you can be sure that the highest standards are upheld when it comes to sustainable organic farming and the fair payment of cotton farmers.

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Shop ThokkThokk.

Little Green Radicals (0-8 years)

Rated: Great

Little Green Radicals creates ‘organic clothing for free range kids’. Their adorable range of childrenswear is always made from 100% organic, Fairtrade-certified cotton, so you know the brand cares about the planet, workers, and your little one, too!

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Shop Little Green Radicals.

Editor's note

Feature image via MUD Jeans, all other images via the brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. Use our Directory to search more than 2,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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