The 23 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the UK - Good On You
black woman wearing black shirt by ethical UK brand Birdsong
14 Sep
black woman wearing black shirt by ethical UK brand Birdsong

The 23 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the UK

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 the UK, 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 UK. These 23 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

Not from the UK? Check out our favourite brands from GermanyLAEuropethe USA and Canada, or Australia and New Zealand.

BEEN London

Rated: Great

BEEN London is a London-based brand turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All their products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.

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Shop BEEN London.

Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
girls wearing mother of pearl

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensure the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Great
orange elvis and kresse bag

Elvis & Kresse upcycles reclaimed materials into sustainable luxury lifestyle accessories, all ethically handmade with 50% of profits going back to charities.

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Shop Elvis & Kresse.

Birdsong

Rated: Good

Birdsong is a boutique label producing gorgeous womenswear. Its clothes are handmade in London by knitters and seamstresses earning above the London living wage. The business is built on a philosophy of fairness and authenticity, promising customers “no sweatshop, no photoshop”.

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Shop Birdsong.

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.

 

TALA

Rated: Good
plus size woman of colour wearing baby blue leggings from ethical fashion brand TALA

TALA creates fresh and funky active and athleisure wear. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including upcycled materials, and promotes body positivity with gorgeous diverse models!

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Shop TALA.

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.

Bower

Rated: Good
Purple sustainable bikini set by Bower

Launched in early 2015, Bower is a sustainable swimwear and resort wear brand. Bower aims to create design-led swimwear with a focus on the now with a nod to the past. The designs utilise luxury Italian fabrics, partnered with complex construction and considered details. With components sourced from Italy and France, the final product is constructed at a small, specialised factory in Italy. Along with the brand’s commitment to the Earth, Bower has dedicated 1% of all orders to be donated to the Healthy Seas initiative. 

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Shop Bower.

E.L.V. Denim

Rated: Good

E.L.V. Denim takes stocks of old discarded denim and transforms them into modern, sophisticated jeans.

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Shop E.L.V. Denim @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop E.L.V. Denim.

Plant Faced

Rated: Good

Streetwear without sweatshops, that the motto of this 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand.

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Shop Plant Faced.

Rapanui

Rated: Great

This award-winning eco-fashion brand from the UK makes surf-inspired clothing in a wind-powered factory (WHAT?). Surf towels, socks, and hoodies—you can find everything you need to get warm after your sesh. Sick!

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Shop Rapanui.

RÆBURN

Rated: Good

British streetwear brand RÆBURN makes an art out of upcycling. This is a fashion-forward brand for men and women that creates sharp looks from military surplus, with materials that include 1950s Airforce silk maps, and Danish military wool blankets. It also offers free repairs so you can take care of your precious investment pieces.

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Shop RÆBURN @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop RÆBURN @ Farfetch.

Alighieri

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainably gold necklace and earrings from UK brand Alighieri

Alighieri is a collection of jewellery inspired by Dante Alighieri's 'Divine Comedy', with each piece corresponding to one of the poet's 100 poems. The brand uses a medium proportion of eco-friendly materials and visits its suppliers regularly.

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Shop Alighieri @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Alighieri.

Mashu

Rated: Good
Peach mashu mini tote

Like a peach bellini, but better! Handcrafted in Greece and designed in London, the Amaryllis is a great day to night bag, perfectly sized for your cell, wallet, and a few beauty essentials. Mashu’s environmental rating is ‘Good,’ crafting its exterior with vegan leather and recycled polyester, while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again!

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Shop Mashu.

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.

Noctu

Rated: Great
A woman in a black nightdress

A collection of night and loungewear.  Minimalist styles made from luxuriously soft organic cotton, simplicity and function meet comfort.

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Shop Noctu.

Stay Wild

Rated: Good
Light blue simple sustainable bikini by Stay Wild

If you’re looking to add to your capsule wardrobe, you’ve come to the right place. Stay Wild is a London-based swim brand founded by Natalie Glaze and Zanna Van Dijk. Designed to be flattering, feminine, and functional, the brand’s capsule collection features a sports luxe style with a thick strapped bikini top and a high waist bottom for a firm fit and feel. The slightly cheeky cut means you get all the coverage with plenty of confidence!

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Shop Stay Wild.

Thought

Rated: Good

Thoughtfully-designed and easy to wear womenswear and menswear, designed with organic fabrics, bamboo and hemp.

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Shop Thought.

Mayamiko

Rated: Great
woman wearing mayamiko colourful top

Lovingly crafted in Malawi, Mayamiko takes ethical to the next level with their unique and beautiful fair trade fashion and accessories. With a stunning mix of modern and traditional textiles and cuts from Africa, Asia and Italy, this 100% PETA-certified vegan brand should be high on your list for colourful clothes. A leading advocate for better labour rights, the brand have also created the Mayamiko Trust, a charity working in the community to train and empower disadvantaged women.

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Shop Mayamiko.

The Level Collective

Rated: Good
sustainable organic blue shirt by ethical UK brand The Level Collective

The Level Collective creates organic clothing and backpacks in the UK by collaborating with artists and makers.

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Shop The Level Collective.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition!

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Shop Stella McCartney @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

ROZENBROEK

Rated: Great

ROZENBROEK is a British brand that features well-made clothing made from the finest organic materials, including solar energy.

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Shop ROZENBROEK.

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Editor's note

Feature image by Birdsong, 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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