21 Aug

Top 14 Sustainable Fashion Brands That Support a Good Cause

It can be overwhelming to think about what action you can take to support the causes you care most about. Sometimes it can feel like as an individual we have no power to make any significant change. But there are a whole host of sustainable fashion brands that support a good cause, and we have rounded up our top 13 for you below.

Consumer purchasing power

Remember, consumer purchasing power is strong. It is one of the most impactful ways we can support businesses that are doing good by people and the planet (and at the same time, feeling good about the products we buy!). For context, in June 2020 total online spending equated to $73 billion—a 76.2% increase year-on-year. Imagine what we could accomplish if even a fraction of that money went to help solve some of the world’s challenges?

Spend and support

So instead of letting the world’s issues overwhelm us, why not start small with using power in your purchases and support the causes you’re passionate about?

There are amazing brands out there today partnering with not-for-profit and community organisations, selling products whilst at the same time making a positive impact.

We’ve made it easy for you by listing some of our favourite pieces that are using your dollar to make a positive change in some of the world’s challenges.

ARTICLE22

Rated: Good
article 22 sustainable cufflinks made from unexploded bombs in Laos

Story Bomb Cufflinks – Ships internationally from the US

ARTICLE22 creates ethical handmade jewellery made by local artisans in Laos, using leftover war debris from the Vietnam War. With each piece purchased, a proportion of the profits go to MAG (Mines Advisory Group), who are working to clear the land of 80 million unexploded bombs. These bombs have contaminated the land for over 40 years, and MAG aims to make the land safe and usable again.

The brand is named after Article 22 in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that is about coming together through national effort and international cooperation to ensure everyone’s right to social, economic, and cultural security. With each purchase you’re not only supporting ethical fashion and traditional artisans but also a world of peace, justice, and prosperity. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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Pala Eyewear

Rated: Good
sustainable sunglasses by Pala Eyewear

Pala Eyewear offers high quality, long-lasting eyewear while committing to minimise the company’s impact on the planet. Recognizing access to eyecare can empower people by enabling them to read, learn and work, Pala Eyewear was born with the aim of funding eyecare in Africa. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Pala give back in the form of grants given directly to vision centres, dispensaries and supporting screening and training programmes.

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Conscious Step

Rated: Good
ethical socks by conscious step

Men’s and Women’s socks – ships internationally from USA

Has the washing machine stolen every other one of your socks again and you’re in need of a new pair or two? Check out Conscious Step’s range of socks, for every pair purchased a donation goes to different not-for-profit organisations. Causes that the socks stand for include fighting hunger, giving water, giving books, and fighting poverty, just to name a few! So take your next step with pride and make your next simple purchase an impactful one! The socks come in S-L sizes.

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Etiko

Rated: Great
black ethical flip flops by etiko

Women’s flip-flops  – Ships internationally from Australia

Need a new pair of flip-flops (fondly referred to as thongs in Australia) this summer?  Then look no further than Australian family-owned business Etiko! The label has collaborated with five different organisations to bring you five different pairs of flip-flops with a portion of the proceeds going directly to not-for-profit organisations. These include Sea Shepherd, Animals Australia, Free The Bears, Save The Children and Injalak Arts. All items are fairtrade and vegan friendly and are designed to not only feel good but do good!

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
woman wearing more trees t-shirt by tamga

Trees Please – Women’s Tee Crew – Ships internationally from Canada

Time for a new T-shirt? TAMGA Designs has brought out a limited edition crew neck t-shirt made from 100% Lenzing Modal, an eco-friendly fabric sustainably sourced from grown beechwood forests in Europe. For each t-shirt purchased, $10 will be donated directly to the Sumatran Orangutan Society (S.O.S) to help re-plant trees in the Sumatran rainforest.

Indonesia’s rainforests provide amongst the highest biodiversity in the world but sadly they’re experiencing an astounding rate of deforestation, partly contributed to the mass-production of viscose-rayon fabric. So show your support and help crucial re-forestation projects in Indonesia by purchasing a Trees Please tee! You can find the full range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Flamingos’ Life

Rated: Good

Flamingos’ Life creates sneakers for men and women 100% animal-free. The brand uses eco-friendly and PETA vegan approved materials, including upcycled materials. Each of the brand’s sneaker collections has a social project associated with it to balance impact and improve the lives of the most vulnerable living beings on the planet. Find the range in sizes 36-46.

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No Nasties

Rated: Great
women holding grey doug cloud by no nasties

Doug (pack of 10) – Ships internationally from India

Looking for a cute present to give to that special someone? Bring Doug into their life, a recycled cotton fashion accessory that can be worn as a headband, necklace, be tied to your bag or bike—the possibilities are endless!

100% of the proceeds go to No Nasties’ social enterprise initiative, Once Upon A Doug, which provides a secondary source of income for the women in the cotton farming communities in India. These are the very women who create Doug which is a symbol of their struggles and hope, and represents their silver lining on a cloudy day!

No Nasties are actively working to support the cotton farming industry in India. Over the last 20 years over 300,000 cotton farmers in India have committed suicide due to the unreliability of income provided by the modern cotton industry. No Nasties is addressing this issue by growing the ethical consumer market in India by working with a farmers’ co-operative and a fair trade factory to make 100% certified organic cotton, fair trade, and vegan products.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great
women wearing white open borders tshirt by armedangels

JAAMES OPEN BORDERS – Ships internationally from Germany

Stand for human rights? Armedangels has released a limited edition, 100% organic cotton t-shirt with all proceeds going to Sea-Watch, an organisation helping rescue refugees in the Medeterannian sea. Make a statement with this tee and stand for human rights, freedom, and peace. Armedangels’ products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Armedangels @ Veneka.

Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

LANIUS

Rated: Good
woman wearing black and red sustainable t-shirt by lanius

Charity shirt IN LOVE – Ships internationally from Germany

This beautiful, delicately created 100% organic t-shirt printed with a kiss will surely make you stand out from the crowd—and for good reason! When you purchase this tee, 3 euros will be donated to the independent non-profit foundation, bioRe, that promotes organic farming as a sustainable livelihood for farming families. The donated money will directly go towards funding projects in schools for the children of farmers in India. LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Dorsu

Rated: Great
women wearing green and white ethical t-shirts by dorsu

Actual Feminist Tees – Ships internationally from Australia

Make a statement and show your support for women with this simplistic but strong statement range of t-shirts, a collaboration designed by Dorsu and SHE Investments.  For every item purchased, 100% of profits go to directly supporting businesses run by women in Cambodia. Globally, women make up 80% of garment workers, with a majority located in South East Asia. Cambodia is one of the largest clothing producers and accounts for 70% of the country’s total export revenue. By purchasing a tee your money will support skills development, mentorship, and business development opportunities for Cambodian women.

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tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing dusty pink sweatshirt by tentree

W TreeFleece Golden Spruce Crew – Ships internationally from Canada

Everytime you purchase something from tentree you’ll be planting ten trees! With every item you purchase you’ll receive a unique tree code specific to the ten trees your purchase will plant. Once your code is registered you can even track the trees to see where they’re planted and how they’re growing, how sweet is that? This lifestyle apparel label offers sustainably produced products for men, women, and children. The foundations of this label stands upon our responsibility to protect the natural world we live in. Find the clothes in sizes XS-XL.

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The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great

Mens Short Sleeve V Neck – Ships internationally from the US

The Classic T-Shirt Company creates premium tees and ethical t-shirts with luxury and integrity. All of its products are GOTS certified organic cotton and it does not use any animal products. It also donates 1% of equity, time, and profits to a charity of your choosing with every purchase, including good causes like safe water, tree planting, and ocean cleanup! The Classic T-Shirt Company’s range is available in US sizes XS-XXL.

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Shop The Classic T-Shirt Company @ Urbankissed.

 

A_C

Rated: Good
black vegan leather bag by a c official

Florence Doctor Bag – Ships internationally from Australia

Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless accessories. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. For every A_C product sold, $5.00 is donated to develop Sea Forests off the coast of Tasmania, Australia.

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Svala

Rated: Good

Simma Tote – Ships internationally from the US

Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork and Piñatex. Svala donates 10% of our profits to various charities and organizations, including Wild Aid, whose mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes.

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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 our Directory to search more thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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