The 9 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from LA - Good On You
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14 Sep
plus size woman wearing sustainable outfit by LA based brand Whimsy + Row

The 9 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from LA

There’s no denying it: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are arising to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which clothing brands are ethical? First, let’s learn about what makes a brand ethical in the first place.

What makes an ethical brand?

Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.

An ethical brand ensures its workers are treated fairly across the supply chain. This includes policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, the right to join a union, and payment of a living wage.

An ethical brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, as well as using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, an ethical brand uses no or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!

Now that you know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether it is to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.

So if you live in LA, you might be wondering which clothing brands are ethical. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of eco-friendly and conscious fashion brands from LA. These 9 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

Not from LA? Check out our favourite brands from Germanythe UKEuropethe USA and Canada, or Australia and New Zealand.

Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good

This LA-based brand makes truly affordable ethical fashion that looks great—a rare find indeed.  By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources.

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Svala

Rated: Good
woman holding black sustainable vegan svala purse

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.

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Shop Svala @ Immaculate Vegan.

The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great

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.

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Shop The Classic T-Shirt Company.

MATE the label

Rated: Great
woman wearing sleeveless top by mate the label

MATE the label creates clean essentials made with GOTS certified Organic fabrics and low-impact dyes. It also manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Triarchy

Rated: Good

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, jumpsuits and jackets using a Tencel cotton blend. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the ‘thick indigo laden sludge’ that unmonitored factories dump into water systems.

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Sustain

Rated: Good

Sustain produces timeless organic women’s clothing, dyed with plants. This is a brand that really cares about the environment! It uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified organic cotton, and uses only low impact, non-toxic plant based dyes, which is better for you and the planet. It’s possible to have clothes that also care for you with Sustain’s “clothing with a conscience”.

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Nube

Rated: Good

Nube turns recycled plastic into responsible and fashionable activewear, designed and made in the US. The brand partners with artists and designers around the world to create prints motivated by the environmental crisis that inspire connection and action. This fully woman-owned business uses a closed-loop manufacturing process by recycling all off-cuts created during the manufacturing process.

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Shop Nube.

RAFA

Rated: Good

RAFA creates retro-inspired women's footwear handmade in LA, using vegan materials!

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Shop RAFA.

Sage Larock

Rated: Good

Made in-house by a small team in L.A., sustainable luxury brand Sage Larock produces timeless swimwear and activewear that is sure to turn heads. Its stunning piece are made from an Italian recycled plastic fabric that is high-quality and long-lasting – and a percentage of profits from each sale goes to support marine conservation non-profits!

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Shop Sage Larock.

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Editor's note

Feature image by Whimsy + Row, 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 than 2,500 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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