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17 Oct

The Ultimate Guide to Fair Trade Clothing Brands

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You might already buy Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, but what about fair trade clothing? Choosing a fair trade clothing brand can help protect both workers’ rights and the environment. Read on to discover some of the top rated fair trade fashion brands doing a world of good while looking great.

First thing first: Fairtrade or fair trade?

There are several fair trade organisations around the world that provide guidance, support, and certification for brands that want to operate in a fair way.

Fair trade refers to the general movement, which encompasses many different organisations with the shared aim of supporting producers and protecting workers’ rights and the environment. Fair trade describes a brand or an individual product that has been certified and labelled by an independent organisation because it meets specific standards.

Fairtrade, on the other hand, specifically refers to the certifying and labelling organisation Fairtrade International, which 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 labour rights, as well as encouraging sustainable methods of production.

Here are our top picks for fair trade clothing brands rated “Good” or “Great” in our directory.

Our favourite “Good” and “Great” fair trade clothing brands

Europe

Armedangels

Rated: Great

Innovative, responsible, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a top score overall from us. The brand covers all the basics in womenswear, menswear, and kidswear. Armedangels' quality and long-lasting pieces are made from lower-impact 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.

Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Armedangels.

Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

Shop Armedangels @ Cerqular.

Pico

Rated: Good

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.

Find the designs in sizes XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Pico @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Pico.

ThokkThokk

Rated: Great

ThokkThokk creates striking minimalistic graphic designs bursting with energy that are ecologically and fairly produced.

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Shop ThokkThokk.

Dedicated

Rated: Great
People in colourful, contemporary styles by responsible brand Dedicated.

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is a responsible streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its clothes is 100% organic, and most pieces are Fairtrade certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style.

Find the clothes in XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Dedicated.

Shop Dedicated @ Earthkind.

SKFK

Rated: Great

Spanish brand SKFK creates women’s clothing collections with a timeless, comfortable and functional style. The brand uses GOTS and Fairtrade certified cotton. It also has a Code of Conduct that covers all of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms principles and ensures payment of a living wage in most of its supply chain.

Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop SKFK.

USA + Canada

Raven + Lily

Rated: Good
woman lying on bed wearing Raven + Lily jewellery and homewares

Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand's products are responsibly-made and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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Shop Raven + Lily.

Shop Raven + Lily @ Cerqular.

The Good Tee

Rated: Great
three people standing by the sea in long-sleeved grey and black Fair Trade Organic tops by The Good Tee

Fairtrade Certified B Corp brand, The Good Tee, is on a mission to humanise the fashion industry. It ensures a fully transparent supply chain, better working conditions, and prioritises sustainability by being fully involved in the process from seed to shelf. Addressing high rates of suicide among farmers in India, it pays a premium to support Fairtrade cotton farmers. When you wear The Good Tee, you’ll look great while helping to ensure and celebrate the freedom and dignity of the makers.

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Shop The Good Tee.

Conscious Step

Rated: Good
Pair of white and black socks hanging on a line by Conscious Step.

Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic vegan socks and clothes which support great charities. The US brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and lower-impact materials.

The socks come in S-L sizes, and the clothes in 2XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Conscious Step.

Patagonia

Rated: Good

Patagonia is a brand that truly lives and breathes the great outdoors. It makes clothing for trail running, climbing, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. Patagonia has "Good" labour practices, and uses recycled, rather than virgin, polyester. It has also committed to reducing its energy use and emissions.

The brand stocks sizes 2XS-3XL.

See the rating.

Shop Patagonia @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia.

Passion Lilie

Rated: Good
someone wearing matching top and pants by passion lilie.

Passion Lilie creates more affordable, responsibly made fashion using traditional techniques to provide dignified employment to artisans in India.

Passion Lilie's range in XS-2XL.

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Shop Passion Lilie.

Shop Passion Lilie @ Made Trade.

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.

Find sizes XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Mata Traders @ Wearwell.

Shop Mata Traders.

Wildflo Studio

Rated: Good

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Wildflo Studio is a Toronto-based loungewear brand that offers minimalistic and versatile womenswear made from organic cotton and recycled materials. Its mission is to create comfortable, more sustainable clothing for people who care about the planet.

Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Wildflo Studio.

Subset (Knickey)

Rated: Great
People in underwear by Subset.

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, US brand Subset’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the responsible fashion market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Sending in your old undies will not only help cut down on the amount of fibres that wind up in the landfill, but it’ll give you the freedom to buy new, responsibly made sets.

Find most items in sizes 2XS-4XL.

See the rating.

Shop Subset (Knickey).

Australia + New Zealand

Bhumi

Rated: Good
People in shirts by Bhumi.

Australian brand Bhumi believes in sustainable luxury, paving the way for a new era in the textile industry by choosing 100% Fairtrade, organic, and vegan materials for its basics and bedding.

Find the clothes in sizes XS-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Bhumi.

Sorella Organics

Rated: Good

Australian brand Sorella’s certified organic sleepwear range includes tops, pants, wraps, nighties, as well as maternity wear. The label’s founder Anna McGregor has a background in international human rights work. This is obvious with her use of Fairtrade certified cotton, and it ensures strict social standards are met in production and trading. Best of all, purchasing the clothing won’t make you cry over your bank balance.

Find the range in sizes S-XL.

See the rating.

Shop Sorella Organics.

Kowtow

Rated: Good

Kowtow is a New Zealand brand that uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics.

Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

See the rating.

Shop Kowtow.

Mighty Good Basics

Rated: Great
A woman in a white vest and a man in white boxers

Mighty Good Basics aims to provide quality, affordable, organic and Fairtrade underwear and basics, for both men and women. The brand uses GOTs certified cotton and also uses renewable energy throughout its supply chain.

Find most items in sizes 2XS-2XL.

See the rating.

Shop Mighty Good Basics.

The Common Good Company

Rated: Great

Australian brand The Common Good Company produces clothing using recycled materials, proving that there is not only a better way to produce but a better way to consume.

Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-14.

See the rating.

Shop The Common Good Company.

Editor's note

Feature image via MUD Jeans, all other images via 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 thousands of rated brands.

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