The 26 Most Ethical Clothing Brands from the USA and Canada
03 Jul

The 26 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the USA and Canada

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 USA and Canada, 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 the USA and Canada. These 26 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

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

Tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing tentree clothes

tentree is a lifestyle apparel company that plants ten trees for every item purchased! The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact.

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Miakoda

Rated: Great
two women wearing Miakoda sustainable yoga clothes

If you’re all about that organic plant-based lifestyle, then you’ll most certainly vibe with Miakoda and its organic, ultra-cosy active and loungewear. Supportive of different shapes and sizes, these ethical and sustainable pieces include stripped-back colours and designs that are all about comfort. Everything is manufactured in an ethical factory in NYC, and all packing materials are eco-friendly. Neat!

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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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The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great

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womens basic white sustainable tee from The Classic T-Shirt Company

The Classic T-Shirt Company – Women’s

Enjoy simple pleasures with these luxury t-shirts - made fair trade from 100% organic cotton. 15% off The Classic T-Shirt Co for women with the code GOOD15. (Ends: 19 AUG)

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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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ARIELLE

Rated: Good

ARIELLE is a conscious collective focussed on sustainable textiles and domestic manufacturing.

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Shop ARIELLE.

The R Collective

Rated: Great
women wearing blue the r collective trenches

The R Collective's womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. The brand uses a high-proportion of eco-friendly materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production. It also ensures the payment of a living wage in its supply chain, which is why we rated it 'Great'!

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of sustainable 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. Their manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association.

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tonlé

Rated: Good
woman wearing tonle white sustainable jumper

tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women's clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories.

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Conscious Step

Rated: Great
conscious step ethical and sustainable socks

Premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks which support great charities.

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great

TAMGA Designs is out to prove how colourful and exciting sustainable fashion can be, serving up gorgeous, flowy designs that will glide you into warmer weather with poise and grace. TAMGA offers a range of tops, skirts, dresses and accessories made from 100% Micro TENCEL®.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good

Offers

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ARTICLE22 – Necklaces

The more ARTICLE22 necklaces you wear, the more land you make safe from war debris. Up to 50% off selected ARTICLE22 necklaces. (Ends: 31 AUG)

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woman wearing ethical rings by article 22

ARTICLE22 – Rings

Wear ARTICLE22 handcrafted rings and help clear unexploded bombs in Laos. Up to 50% off selected ARTICLE22 rings. (Ends: 31 AUG)

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Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware and other aluminum scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of – using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping locals artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, to support traditional artisans and a proportion of profit is used to support community development for workers.

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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 utilise deadstock fabric, reduce packaging waste and take care of precious water resources.

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Alice + Whittles

Rated: Great
A single black gum boot with a white sole on a piece of wood

Alice + Whittles favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change.

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Vitamin A

Rated: Great

Made locally in California, Vitamin A’s collections of swimwear use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled nylon. The brand also uses a waterless process to print its designs with, reducing its chemical and water usage!

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Seek Collective

Rated: Good

Seek Collective is a line of elevated essentials inspired by the global woman blended with art, craft and design.

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Shop Seek Collective.

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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337 BRAND

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable 337 brand outfit

337 BRAND's leisurewear is designed to make you feel at ease, always. Inspired by nature, comfort and kindness, the brand introduces effortless-style clothing made from earth-friendly materials.

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Shop 337 BRAND @ ourCommonPlace.

Shop 337 BRAND.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
Two women wearing sports leggings and crop tops in burgundy and green

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.

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. They also have a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock!

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman @ Reve en Vert.

Triarchy

Rated: Good
Triarchy vintage-style sustainable denim fringe jacket

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts 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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éclipse

Rated: Good

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories.

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Kirrin Finch

Rated: Great

New York brand Kirrin Finch produces eco-conscious, menswear-inspired button-ups and bowties.  Its androgynous fashion is fit for a range of female bodies.

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Sotela

Rated: Good

Sotela is a body inclusive, sustainable clothing company offering adaptable pieces with the flexibility of 1-2 sizes in each.

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Eileen Fisher

Rated: Good

Eileen Fisher creates ethical, timeless, well-made clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly and be part of a responsible lifecycle. The brand has also made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and uses eco-friendly materials.

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Boyish

Rated: Good
Woman in dark wash ethical fringe trousers

Love the & Other Stories vibe, but hate their fast fashion business model? Boyish has all the quality, fit, and authentic washes that you could want without the harmful practices. The Charley is the brand’s take on rigid, high-waisted, wide leg jeans. These black stone wash bad boys are made out of 70% organic cotton and 30% GRS certified recycled cotton, saving the beautiful people on this planet 563 days of drinking water. Yes, please!

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Shop Boyish @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Boyish.

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Editor's note

Feature image by Girlfriend Collective and 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 2,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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