The 36 Most Ethical Clothing Brands from the USA and Canada
10 Jan

The 36 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from the USA and Canada

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important and more and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet. As a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are starting to emerge to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which clothing brands are ethical? And 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!

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 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 35 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, the UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Australia and New Zealand.

tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing tentree clothes

tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples that are available from XS to XL.

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Harvest & Mill

Rated: Good
Harvest & Mill sustainable socks pack in ivory

Harvest & Mill pieces are grown, milled, and sewn exclusively in the US, supporting American organic cotton farmers and local sewing communities. The brand makes socks for men and women, always ensuring they are not dyed or bleached, greatly reducing the use of water, energy, and dye materials. Even better, by cultivating different varieties of cotton, the brand is able to bolster biodiversity, which is essential for ensuring healthy ecosystems and keeping our planet resilient in the face of climate change. Neat!

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Shop Harvest & Mill @ Rêve en Vert.

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 from XS-4XL, 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

MATE the Label creates clean essentials made with GOTS certified organic fabrics and low-impact dyes. Its goal is to offer women everywhere a clean product that is just as beautiful as it is sustainable. It is proudly female-founded and is predominately operated by women. This US brand also manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-3XL.

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The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great

The Classic T-Shirt Company is a US brand that 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. The Classic T-Shirt Company’s range is available in US sizes XS-3XL.

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milo+nicki

Rated: Great

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milo+nicki – Tops and Jackets

Inspired by milo+nicki's ties to culture and family, these tops and jackets are a true labour of love that can be worn year round. Free shipping on sale tops with code MNXGOODONYOUFREE. (Ends: 30 APR)

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milo+nicki – Jumpsuits

The only sustainable jumpsuit you need, with a timeless silhouette that transcends seasons and can be worn 7+ ways! Free shipping on jumpsuits with code MNXGOODONYOUFREE. (Ends: 30 APR)

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royal blue sustainable dress by milo and nicki

milo+nicki – Dresses

Ever heard of banana waste fabric? That's what makes these unique dresses soft and versatile enough to party in, or slumber in. Free shipping on sale dresses with code MNXGOODONYOUFREE. (Ends: 30 APR)

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milo+nicki makes cruelty-free, ethically-designed, eco-conscious womenswear with Indian & Zambian roots. The US brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like GOTS certified cotton, and is a leading advocate for better labour rights! Find most of the range in XS-XL.

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Shop milo+nicki @ Made Trade.

HYER GOODS

Rated: Good
3 bucket bags by hyer goods

HYER GOODS is an NY-based, leather goods label that curates hand-made products including handbags, wallets, and accessories. By upcycling "trash" it eliminates the massive energy footprint needed to cultivate land, livestock, crops and fertilizers, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste being sent to landfill. Less energy and less pollution mean fewer greenhouse gases.

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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. Find Nube products in sizes XS-XL.

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ARIELLE

Rated: Good

ARIELLE is a US-based sustainable apparel label committed to organic, recycled and zero-waste fabrics, local manufacturing, fair-trade supply chain and plastic-free packaging and production. It makes covetable clothes with no compromise to people or planet and carries a size range of XS-L.

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Franc

Rated: Good

Franc is a Canadian brand that makes basics so you can enjoy a complete wardrobe built on timeless essentials. The brand ranks 'Good' on all fronts: it uses eco-friendly materials, pays a living wage and uses no animal products. Find most products in sizes XS to 3XL.

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Altar

Rated: Good

Altar is a US-based boutique that specializes in alternative and custom fashion, apothecary, and gifts. The brand celebrates independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. Its clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size S to 6XL.

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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'! The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Shop The R Collective @ ourCommonplace.

Happy Earth

Rated: Good

Happy Earth Apparel is a US organic clothing brand that works to give back, inspired by nature and dedicated to preserving it. This B Corporation certified brand makes the planet a better place with every purchase. Through its partnerships with non-profits and Happy Earth ambassadors, it's planting trees, fighting climate change, and cleaning up trash. Find most items in sizes XS to XXL.

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unspun

Rated: Good
blue jeans by sustainable brand unspun

Offers

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woman wearing light wash eco-friendly custom fit taper jeans by unspun

unspun – Feminine Tapered Fit

The best fitting jeans on the planet: custom made and ethically crafted to please your body and Mother Earth. $50 off feminine fit jeans with code GOYXUNSPUN. (Ends: 30 APR)

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man wearing slim fit denim custom fit jeans by unspun

unspun – Masculine Slim Fit

Pick a style that is tight-fitting from hip to ankle, yet made for comfort. The perfect, sustainably-made everyday jeans. $50 off unspun jeans with code GOYXUNSPUN. (Ends: 30 APR)

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masculine tapered fit dark denim custom fit jeans by unspun

unspun – Masculine Tapered Fit

Make your own pair! Custom design jeans by choosing your style, fabric, thread, rise, and hem. $50 off masculine fit jeans with code GOYXUNSPUN. (Ends: 30 APR)

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unspun is an American brand, creating a denim world that reduces global carbon emissions by 1% through a zero-inventory and low waste process. Its product sizing is totally customisable to ensure you always find the perfect fit.

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Fair Indigo

Rated: Good

Fair Indigo is a US-based ethical brand that creates sustainable clothing not only for the planet, but for the human beings involved in your clothing's journey from the cotton farms to your closet. Instead of racing to the bottom, it is aspiring to the top. Its premium-quality organic clothing collections are available in sizes XS to 2XL.

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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. The brand's manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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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. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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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. Its range is inclusively sized from XS-3XL.

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Conscious Step

Rated: Great
conscious step ethical and sustainable socks

Offers

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Conscious Step – 5+2 Bundle

Who said socks are boring? Stand out and stand up for a cause with these fairtrade numbers. Order 5 pairs of socks and get 2 free with code HEYSPRING7. (Ends: 5 MAY)

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Conscious Step – 3+1 bundle

Every little step counts: make it consciously, and give back by wearing these colourful organic socks. Order 3 pair of socks and get 1 free with code HEYSPRING4. (Ends: 5 MAY)

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Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks and clothes which support great charities. The US brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials. The socks come in S-M sizes, and the clothes in XS-XL.

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WAMA

Rated: Good
black woman wearing black hemp triangle bralette by WAMA

WAMA is pioneering the hemp clothing industry with premium hemp underwear. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and hemp, and is a PETA approved vegan company! Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-3XL.

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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® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good

Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium 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, supports traditional artisans, and donates a proportion of profit to community development for workers. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good

Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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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 and loungewear 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! Find the pieces in sizes XS-XL.

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Seek Collective

Rated: Good

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Its items are made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people. Find most products in XS-L.

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Svala

Rated: Good

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.

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. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop 337 BRAND @ ourCommonPlace.

Shop 337 BRAND @ Immaculate Vegan.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Great
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. Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ Luisa via Roma.

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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. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL, and the brand also has 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 @ Reve en Vert.

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Triarchy

Rated: Good

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, jumpsuits, and jackets. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the ‘thick indigo laden sludge’ that unmonitored factories dump into water systems. Find most of the jeans in US sizes 24-32.

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éclipse

Rated: Good

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories to help keep the whole family sunsafe. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and its entire product range is vegan-friendly! Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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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 life cycle. The brand has also made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and uses eco-friendly materials. The standard range is available in 2XS-XL, with petite and plus ranges also available.

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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. Find sizes 2XS-XL.

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GRAMMAR

Rated: Great

This brand started off selling just white shirts, but has recently expanded into a full range with clever tailoring, creative cuts, and details that mean there’s a shape and style to suit everyone. All GRAMMAR’s clothes are made from ethically sourced 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and produced in small batches in New York city. The range is available in US sizes 0-16.

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Shop GRAMMAR @ Rêve en Vert.

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