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24 May
A pregnant person wearing a black swing maternity dress ethically made by Dorsu.

More Ethical and Sustainable Maternity Clothing for During and After Pregnancy

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Finding maternity and nursing clothing for during and after pregnancy is tricky at the best of times. But what about more ethical and sustainable maternity brands? Here’s what we came up with.

Maternity clothing that cares for you and the planet

When you’re growing a little human being inside you, you want comfort, wiggle room, support, and clothes that don’t carry harmful chemicals. While more ethical maternity clothing brands are hard to come by, we’ve found these fantastic top rated maternity brands that will keep you cool and comfortable, while looking great. They also go out of their way to make sure the planet along with its people and animals will be there in the future for your little one to enjoy.

Before buying new, a great first step is to see what you already own that can do the leg work for your maternity closet. Things like leggings, cardigans, roomy or wrap dresses, and stretchy tops and jumpers don’t need to be maternity specific to see you through your pregnancy, especially in the earlier months. But there comes a point when a pair of maternity jeans or some nursing-friendly garments come in very handy. You can browse second hand options online or in store, or even see if your parent friends have any maternity clothes lying around they would let you borrow for the duration, but if you do need to buy new, the options below are worthy investments for the conscious parents-to-be or nursing parents.

Sorella Organics

Rated: Good
A person wearing black organic cotton maternity drawstring pants.

Drawstring Pants – Ships internationally from Australia

Sorella’s certified organic sleepwear range includes tops, pants, wraps, and 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 in ensuring strict social standards are met in production and trading. Best of all, purchasing their clothing won’t make you cry over your bank balance. These pants will be whatever you want them to be—and will take you right through pregnancy to after bub arrives.

Find the range in sizes S-XL at the time of writing.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
A pregnant person wearing a bucket hat and a black maternity activewear set by Girlfriend Collective.

Black Seamless Maternity Legging – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury women’s activewear made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Girlfriend’s maternity legging is breathable and flexible, making it great for everyday wear, yoga, lounging, and growing a tiny human.

Find it in sizes 2XS-6XL at the time of writing.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
pregnant woman wearing black eco maternity active shorts by Threads 4 Thought

Maternity Monica Active Short – Ships internationally from the US

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of more responsible materials including Lenzing Modal harvested from the limbs of beech trees. This process means that the trees are never cut down and 95% of the production materials to make the yarn are recovered and reused. The brand’s manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. We love these maternity active shorts with plenty of extra stretch fabric to house that tummy.

Find them in sizes XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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Boob

Rated: Good
A person wearing a dark navy maternity dress with nursing access.

Maternity Party Dress – Ships internationally from Sweden

Boob is a Swedish maternity and nursing clothes brand that aims to support you throughout your entire motherhood journey. We fell in love with this TENCEL maternity dress that softly and smoothly adjusts to your body, throughout pregnancy and nursing. It features Boob’s classic nursing access, which stays securely in place until feeding time.

Available in XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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DL1961

Rated: It's A Start

Emma Maternity Jeans – Ships internationally from the US

DL1961 creates premium denim for women, men, and kids. All the products are designed in and inspired by NYC. The Emma jeans are low-rise, stretch skinny, with stretch-panelled pockets for ultimate comfort and support through every trimester.

They’re available in sizes 23-34 at the time of writing.

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Linenfox

Rated: Good

Viola Shirt – Ships internationally from Lithuania

Linenfox is a Lithuanian brand that creates timeless linen womenswear, including maternity and extended size ranges all using OEKO-TEX certified linen. This short sleeve shirt is perfect for casual wear, with two functional patch pockets at the front. A simple yet roomy design that will go well with various types of bottoms.

Find the shirt in sizes 2XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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Frugi

Rated: Good
A person wearing a bright blue organic cotton maternity jumpsuit.

Organic Cotton Jumpsuit – Ships internationally from the UK

Frugi is a British label that specialises in bright, wearable organic clothing for women and children. There are plenty of playful designs as well as classics like this organic cotton jumpsuit. Frugi has you covered for maternity wear and nursing clothes, as well as baby and children’s wear. We love the distinctive designs and commitment to putting the planet first.

Find UK sizes 8-16 at the time of writing.

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dk active

Rated: Great
A person wearing a black maternity crop top.

Chloe Maternity Crop – Ships internationally from Australia

Offers

dk active – Site-wide

Discover more sustainable activewear, loungewear and swimwear at dk active. Made in Australia for everybody—and every body. Enjoy 25% off site-wide. (Ends: 24 MAY)

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dk active is an Australian high-performance brand supporting everybody seeking an authentic edge in life. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and reuses all of its offcuts to minimise textile waste. It is also a PETA approved 100% vegan brand. dk active’s bra is about to become your “breast friend” (see what they did there?).

This bra gives you total support, added coverage, AND a customised fit, in sizes XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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Dorsu

Rated: Great
A pregnant person wearing a cotton jersey sleeveless swing dress designed by Dorsu.

Sleeveless Swing Dress – Ships internationally from Cambodia

Based in Cambodia, Dorsu creates everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any more conscious wardrobe. This swing dress has plenty of room for a growing belly and is made from a lightweight cotton jersey.

Available in XS to 3XL at the time of writing.

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Mien

Rated: Good

Lakeside Wide Leg Jumpsuit – Ships internationally from the US

Mien is an LA brand that is proudly female-owned and operated. The brand makes clothes for an elevated everyday, using its signature organic cotton fabric. All of its garments are dyed locally using non-toxic AZO-free dyes in gorgeous, wearable colors that are created by Mien’s designer. With the environment in mind, the brand produces in small batches and only work with family-owned factories that pay fair wages and provide their workers with a safe working environment. Knit, cut, sewn, and dyed in Los Angeles from certified organic cotton, this jumpsuit is maternity and nursing friendly with pull-down shoulder straps

Find sizes XS-3XL at the time of writing.

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Subset (Knickey)

Rated: Great

Above-Belly Brief – Ships internationally from the US

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the sustainable 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. Thoughtfully designed to cradle a growing belly, the Above-Belly briefs from its new maternity range give you the coverage and support you need. Featuring sleek flat elastic and side-ruching for extra comfort and growth, you can keep rocking your favourite eco-conscious sets.

Find it in sizes 2XS to 3XL at the time of writing.

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The Very Good Bra

Rated: Good

The Very Good Nursing Bra – Ships internationally from Australia

Offers

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The Very Good Bra – Site-wide (EU)

Discover The Very Good Bra's range of plastic-free bras, briefs and sleepwear that can be composted at the end of life. Exclusive 15% off with code TVGB15 (Available in Europe only) (Ends: 19 JUN)

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Say hello to the world’s first compostable and plastic-free nursing bra from The Very Good Bra. The Very Good Bra is an Australian womenswear label that houses lingerie and other basics for the modern woman.

Find the bra in sizes 1-5 at the time of writing.

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Underprotection

Rated: Good
A pink recycled lace maternity bra by Underprotection.

Gina Maternity Bra – Ships internationally from Denmark

Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from more responsible materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds and sizes, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible. Made in Greece and certified vegan by PETA, the Gina Maternity Bra has wide shoulder straps and a waist elastic for optimal support, so it both looks and feels great. It features the signature scalloped lace made in recycled materials, perfect for new mothers.

You can find the full range in XS-XL at the time of writing.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Dorsu, 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 the directory to search thousands of rated brands. This article lists brands rated "Good" and "Great" by Good On You’s comprehensive sustainability ratings system—and because highly rated maternity brands are difficult to source, we may have also included "It’s a Start" brands in case they better meet your needs.

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