The Ultimate Guide to Fair Trade Clothing Brands - Good On You
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.

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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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Shop Armedangels.

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.

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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.

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Shop People Tree.

 

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.

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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 @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.

Shop Veja @ Farfetch.

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 (0-8 years)

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.

USA and Canada

Alice + Whittles

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

Alice + Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change.

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Shop Alice + Whittles.

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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Shop Outerknown.

Conscious Step

Rated: Great
conscious step ethical and sustainable socks

Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks which support great charities. The brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step they take in their production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials.

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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.

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Shop Patagonia @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Patagonia.

PACT

Rated: Great

PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. All of their clothing is sweatshop-free and child-labor-free and its activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade.

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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 jewelry. 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
A black and white basketball shoe.

Etiko is a designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes.

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Shop Etiko.

Boody

Rated: Good
group of people wearing boody basics and underwear

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green & ethical.

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Shop Boody.

Outland Denim

Rated: Great

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia.

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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.

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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.

Bhumi makes 100% Fairtrade, organic, and vegan casual wear and basics for men, women, and children.

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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 Undies aims to provide quality, affordable, organic and Fairtrade underwear, 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 Undies.

Spell

Rated: Good

Spell is a modern-bohemian fashion brand inspired by far-off places, vintage treasures and childhood memories.

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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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