15 May

The Ultimate Guide to Fair Trade Clothing Brands

You might already buy Fairtrade coffee and chocolate, but what about fair trade clothing? Choosing a fair trade clothing brand can help protect both worker’s rights and the environment. Read on to discover some of our favourite fair trade fashion brands who are doing a world of good, while looking great! But first…

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 labour rights, as well as encouraging sustainable methods of production.

Here are our top picks for fair trade clothing brands rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ on Good On You:

Europe

MUD Jeans

Rated: Great
A man wears navy jeans and a blue top

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 uses a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton. MUD Jeans are available in a range of sizes, usually from W25 L30-W33 L32 for women and W28 L34-W36 L34 for men.

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Shop MUD Jeans.

Shop MUD Jeans @ Labell-D.

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. Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Armedangels.

Shop Armedangels @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Armedangels @ OASEAS.

Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Beaumont Organic @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Beaumont Organic.

People Tree

Rated: Great

Sustainable fashion pioneer and leader People Tree is a ‘Great’ ethical brand and one of our favourites. The brand uses eco-friendly materials and addresses labour risks by adopting the Fairtrade International - Small Producers Organisations Code of Conduct. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 18.

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Shop People Tree.

Shop People Tree @ thegreenlabels.

Know The Origin

Rated: Great
A woman in a black turtle neck dresss swings her hair

Style with nothing to hide. Fairtrade and organic ethical fashion for men and women. KTO is committed to a 100% transparent production process. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Know The Origin.

GARY MASH

Rated: Great

Gary Mash was founded in 2013 based on 3 criteria: the products had to be 100% vegan, fair, and sustainable. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, including GOTS certified cotton, ensures a large proportion of its workers are paid a living wage and does not use any animal-derived materials! This is why it rates ‘Great’ on all fronts and is part of our best-rated brands on Good On You.

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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 @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Pico.

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 its co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, Veja is able to invest more money into strengthening its ethical practices. You can find Veja shoes in women's EU sizes 35-46, and men's 35-47.

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Shop Veja.

Shop Veja @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Veja @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.

Shop Veja @ Labell-D.

Shop Veja Kids second hand @ Retykle.

ThokkThokk

Rated: Great

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

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Shop ThokkThokk.

Little Green Radicals

Rated: Great
baby wearing little green radicals navy jumpsuit

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.

Shop Little Green Radicals second hand @ Retykle.

USA and Canada

The Good Tee

Rated: Great
two women of colour wearing ethically made fashion by The Good Tee

Canadian brand The Good Tee is on a mission to be a positive example of responsibly made basics for the whole family, and strives to humanise the fashion industry. Find its range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop The Good Tee.

Thesus (Alice + Whittles)

Rated: Great
A single black gum boot with a white sole on a piece of wood

Thesus favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. Find the boots in EU sizes 36-42.

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Shop Thesus.

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. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown.

Shop Outerknown @ Curate.

Conscious Step

Rated: Great

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

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Shop Conscious Step.

Patagonia

Rated: Good

Patagonia is a brand which truly lives and breathes the great outdoors. It makes clothing for trail running, climbing, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. Patagonia has strong labour rights and uses recycled, rather than virgin, polyester. It has also committed to reducing its energy use and emissions, and stocks sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia @ Labell-D.

Shop Patagonia.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

PACT

Rated: Great

PACT is a U-based brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. All of its clothing is sweatshop-free and child-labour-free, and its activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade. Find PACT in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop PACT.

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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Shop Loomstate.

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.

Passion Lilie

Rated: Great
woman wearing white passion lilie top and striped grey pants

Passion Lilie creates affordable, ethical fashion for men and women using traditional techniques to provide dignified employment to artisans in India.

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Shop Passion Lilie @ Made Trade.

Shop Passion Lilie.

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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Shop Mata Traders.

Australia and New Zealand

Etiko

Rated: Great
person wearing blue and white ethical sneakers by Etiko

Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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Shop Etiko.

Boody

Rated: Good

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Boody.

Outland Denim

Rated: Great

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and clothes, and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia. This Australian brand was founded as an avenue for the training and employment of women who have experienced sex trafficking. Find most of the brand's range in US sizes 22-34.

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Shop Outland Denim.

Kowtow

Rated: Great

Kowtow 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.

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Shop Kowtow @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Kowtow.

Bhumi

Rated: Great
A woman in a yoga pose wears a dark grey tank.

Australian brand Bhumi makes 100% Fairtrade, organic, and vegan basics and bedding. The brand believes in sustainable luxury, paving the way for a new era in the textile industry by choosing fairtrade organic fabrics for all of its products. Find the clothes in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Bhumi.

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.

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Shop Mighty Good Basics.

Spell

Rated: Good

Spell is an Australian modern-bohemian fashion brand inspired by far-off places, vintage treasures, and childhood memories. Proudly designed and sampled in Byron Bay, and produced ethically in factories around the world. Most garments are available in sizes 2XS to 2XL.

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Shop Spell.

Elk

Rated: Good
light pink sneakers by elk

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation.

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Shop Elk.

Bon Label

Rated: Great

Born from brand owner Linda Smyth’s search for the perfect white tee, Bon Label’s products emulate that timeless French simplicity and elegance. They make their t-shirts from 100% organic cotton to perfectly match with your favourite denim on the weekend or a classic pin skirt in the office. Bon Label uses no animal products in their manufacturing and has a strong focus on ethical labour practice, everything we like to hear.

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Shop Bon Label.

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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