The Best Organic Clothing Brands for Sustainable Style
04 Feb

The Best Organic Clothing Brands for Comfortable, Sustainable Style

Choosing organic is no longer just about your fruit and vegetables. The fashion industry has a significant impact on the environment, and this includes the pesticides and chemicals so often used to create our textiles. One way to reduce your fashion footprint is to choose certified organic clothing brands.

What is organic clothing?

Organic clothing is clothes and accessories made from materials that have been produced with specific organic agricultural standards. These standards mean that no harmful chemicals were used in production, and if we take the example of the increasingly popular organic cotton, this can include everything from manual weed removal over herbicides, to not using GMO seeds.

By purchasing pieces that have been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), you’re guaranteeing that your clothing is free from toxic chemicals and pollutants, from harvest to the factory to you. When it comes to the specific GOTS labels, keep in mind “a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres whereas a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres”. There are a myriad of organic material options out there to consider, from cotton to linen and even up-and-coming hemp.

The great news is that you don’t have to spend hours on Google, or trudging from shop to shop checking every label you see. We’re here to help by showing you some of our favourite ethical fashion labels making stylish, quality organic clothing. These brands are all rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ in the Good On You Directory, meaning they are leading the way on the issues you care about.

Kowtow

Rated: Great
organic cotton denim jeans by sustainable brand Kowtow

Carpenter Jeans – Ships internationally

Kowtow uses organic, fair trade and non-toxic dyes for its timeless and elegant designs. It uses only organic cotton, such as in these classic jeans, as well as GOTS approved dyes, which are free of hazardous chemicals.

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Shop Kowtow @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Kowtow.

Organic Basics

Rated: Great
organic basic bra by sustainable brand Organic Basics

Organic Cotton Triangle Bra – Ships internationally

Organic Basics offers high quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything - it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact.

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Shop Organic Basics @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Organic Basics.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
woman wearibg black organic cotton dress from beaumont organic

Madelyn Dress – Ships internationally

Beaumont Organic creates luxury organic clothing, designed in Manchester in the UK. This maxi dress is perfect for the autumn winter season. Made of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, it is an elegant addition to any wardrobe!

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Shop Beaumont Organic @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Beaumont Organic.

 

337 BRAND

Rated: Good

Mika Dress – Ships internationally

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 @ Immaculate Vegan.

Thought

Rated: Good
organic cotton dress by ethical brand Thought

Filomena Organic Cotton Print Midi Dress – Ships internationally

Thought beautifully (and thoughtfully) creates easy to wear collections, minimal yet flattering. This GOTS organic cotton and Modal blend midi dress is going straight in our basket!

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Shop Thought.

MUD Jeans

Rated: Great
sustainable denim jeans by brand MUD Jeans

Skinny Hazen – Ships internationally

Rating ‘Great’ on all fronts, Dutch brand MUD Jeans is one of the team’s favourites! This vintage inspired organic skinny jeans are made from 23% post-consumer recycled cotton and GOTS certified 75% organic cotton!

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Shop MUD Jeans.

PACT

Rated: Great
woman of colour wearing organic cotton hoodie by brand PACT

Essential Zip Hoodie – Ships internationally

PACT designs a range of organic cotton basics for men, women, and babies. Almost 100% of its collection is made from GOTS or Fairtrade certified organic cotton, like this relaxed fit hoodie, which also helped save 95.6 gallons of water!

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Shop PACT.

Know The Origin

Rated: Great
organic cotton white tee by ethical brand Know The Origin

White Slub Crop Pocket Tee – Ships internationally

Style, with nothing to hide: that’s Know The Origin’s promise. Committed to a 100% transparent production process, the brand uses 100% certified organic cotton in its high-quality and long lasting designs.

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Shop Know The Origin.

People Tree

Rated: Great
ethical denim jeans by People Tree

Cecile Straight Leg Jeans – Ships internationally

Founded by Safia Minney, People Tree is now seen as a pioneer in the sustainable and ethical fashion sphere! These were their first 100% GOTS certified organic cotton denim jeans, featuring a classic, straight cut, “a la Jane Birkin”, as they say!

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Shop People Tree.

Veja

Rated: Good
white sustainable sneakers by Veja at Farfetch

Campo Low-Top Sneakers – Ships internationally

Another favourite of ours (and of Meghan Markle’s) is Veja! The French brand manufactures in Brazil and is committed to transparency. These classic white low-top sneakers are made with GOTS organic cotton for a timeless and casual look!

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Shop Veja @ Farfetch.

Komodo

Rated: Good
organic cotton top by sustainable brand Komodo

Neila Organic Cotton Top – Ships internationally

Komodo ethically sources organic and natural fibres to create high-quality and long lasting designs. This top, made of GOTS certified organic cotton marl jersey, is a wardrobe must-have!

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Shop Komodo.

Editor's note

This article was originally published in 2016, updated in June 2020. Feature image via Unsplash. 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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