The 31 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the UK - Good On You
03 Jun

The 31 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the UK

It’s undeniable: 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 what makes an ethical brand? And which clothing brands are ethical?

What makes an ethical brand?

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!

Simply put, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.

You now know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not. And you also might decide to shop from brands 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 and sustainable. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of sustainable clothing brands from UK. These 31 eco-friendly and conscious 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, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland or Australia and New Zealand. You can also have a  look at our favourite brands from London.

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.

Shop BEEN London @ Staiy.

Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
girls wearing mother of pearl

Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl.

Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Good
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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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”. Birdsong's products are inclusively sized from 2XS-3XL.

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Shop Birdsong.

Baukjen

Rated: Good

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Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand, with a focus on environmental, ethical, and sustainable style. Its clothes are designed for you, designed for good. The brand uses some eco-friendly materials, which helps limit the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Bozena Jankowska

Rated: Good

Bozena Jankowska is a London based label set up in 2016 by founder and creative director Bozena Jankowska. Driven by her passion for sustainability, the label started with a focus on small capsule collections that were inspired by and told the story of critical social and environmental issues. Find the collection in UK sizes 6-14.

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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. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Beaumont Organic @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Beaumont Organic.

Culthread

Rated: Great

Culthread is a UK-based clothing label that offers stylish, practical, and everlasting jackets and accessories from vegan and deadstock materials. Culthread's goal is to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear and treasure forever. Find most items in sizes XS to XL.

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Shop Culthread @ Immaculate Vegan.

GROUNDTRUTH

Rated: Good
sustainable fashion brand groundtruth

UK-based GROUNDTRUTH grew from 3 sisters’ shared belief in the power of collaboration, and their drive to protect people and nurture the planet. Together, they saw the opportunity to design problem-solving travel goods that drive positive change: reducing plastic pollution and improving people’s lives.

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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. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 18.

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Shop People Tree @ thegreenlabels.

Yes Friends

Rated: Great

Yes Friends is a UK-based fashion brand that creates sustainable, ethical, and affordable clothing for everyone. Yes Friends' t-shirts cost less than £4 to make and the brand only charges £7.99. Using large scale production and direct to consumer margins means Yes Friends can charge you an affordable price for a sustainable and ethical t-shirt. Find the tees in sizes 2XS to 2XL.

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Pop My Way

Rated: Great

Pop My Way is a GOTS certified brand that features mix and match baby essentials that are designed to "pop" onto the garment. This UK brand's modular and versatile designs take the stress out of getting your little one dressed with mix and match elements you can switch in and out for ease or occasion. Love!

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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 in sizes XS-XL.

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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.

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.

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Shop Pala Eyewear @ Curate.

Shop Pala Eyewear @ Immaculate Vegan.

Shop Pala Eyewear.

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. Find sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Bower @ Curate.

Shop Bower.

E.L.V. Denim

Rated: Good

E.L.V. Denim transforms old discarded denim into modern, sophisticated, and even 'made to measure' jean jackets, pants, and accessories. Find most jeans in UK sizes 24-32.

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Shop E.L.V. Denim @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop E.L.V. Denim.

Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good

Streetwear without sweatshops, that's the motto of this British 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand. Buy Plant Faced Clothing in sizes XS-2XL.

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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! Find the range in UK sizes 8-18.

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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. Find most of the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop RÆBURN @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop RÆBURN @ Farfetch.

Brothers We Stand

Rated: Great
A man in a black puffy hooded coat.

Ethical men's clothing, selected with style in the UK - With the vision to support you to build a wardrobe of stylish and sustainably made menswear that is 100% vegan. Sizes available are S-XL.

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Shop Brothers We Stand.

 

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 @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Alighieri.

Mashu

Rated: Good
Peach mashu mini tote

Mashu is a British sustainable and vegan accessories label specialising in handbags. 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. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Know The Origin.

Noctu

Rated: Great
A woman in a black nightdress

Noctu is a UK-based brand that creates beautiful and comfortable nightwear and loungewear. Minimalist styles made from luxuriously soft organic cotton, where simplicity and function meet comfort. Shop sizes S-L.

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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

Thought is a British brand that offers a unique collection of organic clothing using innovative materials such as hemp and bamboo. Find the range in UK sizes 6-18.

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Shop Thought @ Curate.

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 @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Labell-D.

Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

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 @ SlowCo.

Shop ROZENBROEK.

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Editor's note

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