9 of the Best Fair Trade Fashion Brands in the USA and Canada - Good On You
08 Jan

9 of the Best Fair Trade Fashion Brands in the USA and Canada

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 US 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.  In the USA the two main bodies that certify fair trade are Fairtrade America and Fair Trade USA. 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 fair trade brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on the Good On You app!

Alice + Whittles

Rated: Great

Alice + Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. Its rain boots are made with 100% natural and fairly traded rubber, certified by the Fair Rubber Association.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association.

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PACT

Rated: Great

For comfy, sustainable cotton basics, look no further than PACT. More than 50% of the brand’s products are made from Fairtrade-certified organic cotton and almost all cotton used in its products is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified, so you can be sure that they were made under fair conditions with the wellbeing of people and the planet in mind.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good

Patagonia is an industry leader for ethical outdoor wear. While their whole range is not fair trade-certified, the brand does offer a Fair Trade collection, which includes a range of jumpers, bottoms, t-shirts, board shorts and bikinis. Patagonia is committed to sustainable and transparent practice, using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials in its products, tracing most of its supply chain, and making progress towards ensuring payment of a living wage across its supply chain.

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Conscious Step

Rated: Great

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Loomstate

Rated: Great

Inspired by the wild, Loomstate creates quality apparel for men and women made from 100% GOTS-certified, Cradle to Cradle certified, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and Global Recycle Standard certified organic cotton. That’s a lot of certifications! The label is Fair Trade USA and Social Accountability International (SA8000) certified, which implements strict standards across the supply chain, including prevention of discrimination, payment of a living wage, worker health and safety and working hours.

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Bario Neal

Rated: Good

Bario Neal is an ethical custom jewellery designer that creates handmade rings with conflict-free diamonds and other gemstones. The brand uses ethically sourced materials, including reclaimed precious metals, Fairmined gold, and ethically sourced stones to bring to life each of its uniquely designed pieces.

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Passion Lilie

Rated: Great

Passion Lilie creates affordable, ethical fashion for both women and men. The label is a Fair Trade Federation member, and follows fair trade principles by providing dignified employment to artisans in India, a high risk country for labor abuse. Passion Lilie also cares about the planet, using a proportion of eco-friendly organic cotton and plant-based dyes in its products, as well as air-drying it’s fabric during the manufacturing process.

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Mata Traders

Rated: Good

Mata Traders create a beautiful range of vintage-inspired, artisan-made clothing and jewellery. All of its products come from artisanal cooperatives in India and Nepal which focus on gender equality and female empowerment. Mata Traders is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Arkins, 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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