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A GOTS cotton reversible daily plaid scarf by A.BCH.
06 Oct
A GOTS cotton reversible daily plaid scarf by A.BCH.

Layer Up With Our 26 Favourite More Ethical and Sustainable Scarves

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The ultimate all-weather wonder everyone needs in their closet

Scarves are the perfect trans-seasonal fashion accessory that can serve to warm you up or accent your outfit with ease, and we’ve rounded up some of the best picks for more sustainable scarves on the market for all your layering needs. 

Ah, it’s that tumultuous time of year again that sees us in the throes of those trans-seasonal months with the weather rapidly cooling in the northern hemisphere, and the sun shining everyday down south. Or maybe the other way around. It depends on the day.

Whacky weather aside, when the weatherperson can’t make up their mind and your forecast app keeps flipping back and forth (wait, why is there suddenly a heavy sunshower on my way to the beach?), a scarf is a very nice thing to have. It is a light extra layer to throw on when the winds change, and a great impromptu umbrella when you suddenly need to duck-and-cover.

Here are our editors’ top 26 favourite more sustainable scarves, AKA the ultimate all-weather wonder that everyone needs in their closet.

JAN ‘N JUNE

Rated: Good
A black and white reversible block pattern scarf by Jan N June.

Knit Scarf Leno – Ships internationally from Germany

JAN ‘N JUNE is a more sustainable, fair, and transparent fashion label from Hamburg. Created by young female entrepreneurs who could not find what they were looking for and decided to make it themselves, this minimalistic, super stylish fair fashion label succeeds in being more sustainable and affordable at the same time. This black and white reversible GOTS cotton scarf is a stunning addition to your trans-seasonal wardrobe.

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Shop JAN ‘N JUNE @ Earthkind.

LANIUS

Rated: Good
A reversible upcycled Sari silk scarf responsibly made by LANIUS.

Upcycled Silk Scarf – Ships internationally from Germany

“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. It uses lower-impact materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. These silk scarves are unique pieces made from elaborate silk saris in the small villages of Rajasthan in India. Two or more saris are combined by elaborate hand embroidery to create these one-of-a-kind reversible pieces you’ll cherish for years to come.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good

Sciarpa – Ships internationally from Spain

Founded in 2017, Italian brand Opera Campi creates premium quality garments from locally-sourced raw materials. By using a balanced approach to sustainability, the brand makes conscious choices throughout its supply chain and donates 4% of its profits to social causes.

The brand is inclusively sized from 3XS-3XL.

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Nui Organics

Rated: Good
A light blue Merino wool scarf by Nui Organics.

Unisex Delaney Scarf Lake – Ships internationally from the US

Nui Organics was founded on a culture rooted in consciousness, community and intentional design on an ethos that puts people and planet first. It creates high-quality, low-impact Merino wool and organic clothing for families, in timeless styles, like this light blue wool scarf.

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Shop Nui Organics.

Armedangels

Rated: Great
A sand-coloured puffy recycled polyamide scarf made by Armedangels.

PAADA Recycled Polyamide Scarf – Ships internationally from Germany

Germany’s Armedangels covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from lower-impact and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad. The PAADA scarf is a puffy recycled polyamide number to make any outfit cosy.

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Shop Armedangels @ Earthkind.

Sustain by Kat

Rated: Good
A rainbow plant-dyed scarf by Sustain by Kat.

Plant-Dyed Scarf – Ships internationally from the US

Sustain by Kat produces timeless organic women’s  and children’s clothing, dyed with plants. This is a brand that really cares about the environment. It uses more responsible materials, including GOTS certified organic cotton, and uses only lower-impact, plant-based dyes, which is better for you and the planet. It’s possible to have clothes that also care for you with Sustain by Kat’s “clothing with a conscience”, like this playful rainbow organic cotton scarf.

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Bhumi

Rated: Good
A pastel green and purple check knit scarf responsible crafted in organic cotton by Bhumi.

Check Knit Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Australian brand Bhumi makes 100% Fairtrade, organic, and vegan basics and bedding. The brand believes in sustainable luxury, paving the way for a new era in the textile industry by choosing fairtrade organic fabrics for all of its products, like this grey and mint GOTS organic cotton scarf.

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A_C

Rated: Good
woman carrying black vegan backpack with sustainable scarf wrapped around handle by A_C

Organic Cotton Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless accessories. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. We love A_C’s first-ever custom-designed organic cotton scarf.

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The Good Tee

Rated: Great
A light teal infinity capsule scarf by The Good Tee.

The Infinity Capsule Scarf – Ships internationally from Canada

Offers

Folded tees, and people wearing womenswear and menswear by the Good Tee.

The Good Tee – Site-wide

Versatile and practical short and long sleeve wardrobe staples for women and men. Shop the brand’s best-selling classic t-shirts in bundles. Save a good 20% off on all bundles. (Ends: 15 NOV)

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Canadian brand The Good Tee is on a mission to be a positive example of responsibly-made basics for the whole family, and strives to humanise the fashion industry. We love its infinity capsule scarf with clips that can be worn 20+ ways.

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Toad&Co

Rated: Good
A light blue mulesing-free merino wool infinity scarf by Toad & Co.

Chaparral Scarf – Ships to the US and Canada from the US

Toad&Co is a US brand that creates more socially and environmentally-committed womenswear and menswear that is equally suited for the rigours of the trail or the tavern. For days when the air is just a tad nippy, this cosy infinity scarf will chase the chills away. Made with stretchy, itchless mulesing-free merino wool, there’s no wrong way to wear it.

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Culthread

Rated: Great

Munro Scarf – Ships internationally from the UK

Offers

People in puffer jackets from the Cult Collection by culthread.

Culthread – Cult Collection

Discover new styles in culthread's Cult Collection to keep you warm in the colder months, crafted with vegan and cruelty-free materials. 15% off Cult Collection with code WORLDVEGANMONTH. (Ends: 24 NOV)

Checkout code: WORLDVEGANMONTH
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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-XL.

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Shop Culthread @ Immaculate Vegan.

Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
woman wearing checked sustainable scarf by mila vert

Knitted Checked Pattern Scarf – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Offers

People in cardigan, pants and dress by Mila.vert.

Mila.Vert – Pre-Orders

Selected items are available to pre-order for less, helping the brand avoid overproduction and be more sustainable. 30% off Pre-Orders for a limited time. (Ends: 24 NOV)

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Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. We love this stunning rectangular scarf with clean edges and a unique two-colour knitting scheme.

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Boody

Rated: Good
woman wearing white sustainable bamboo scarf by Boody

Fringed Hem Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. The Fringed Hem Scarf is perfect for wrapping yourself up in on cooler days, and for layering or adding an extra element to your outfit. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Citizen Wolf

Rated: Great

Zero Waste Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

Citizen Wolf uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. It's so confident in its t-shirts that it guarantees they’ll be the best you’ve ever worn. After capturing your customisations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified lower-impact fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.

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éclipse

Rated: Great
woman wearing ethical neck garters by Eclipse

Adjustable Unisex Neck Gaiter – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories, such as this neck gaiter, perfect to keep you warm on your next winter run or to dampen to help you cool down when your temperature rises.

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Unrecorded

Rated: Good
A navy blue mulesing-free lambswool scarf by Unrecorded.

Wool Scarf – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using more responsible materials, like the mulesing-free wool in this navy scarf.

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A.BCH

Rated: Great
A GOTS cotton reversible daily plaid scarf by A.BCH.

Bolt Plaid Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials, like the GOTS certified organic cotton in this reversible plaid scarf.

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Elk

Rated: Good
An organic cotton blue and green block pattern scarf by ELK.

Karo Scarf – Ships internationally from Australia

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation. The Karo Scarf is knitted into a checkered pattern, and the soft smooth organic cotton yarn is cosy and perfect for winter.

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Krochet Kids

Rated: Good
A versatile organic cotton orange and beige striped scarf and shawl by Krochet Kids.

Patricia Scarf – Ships internationally from the US

Krochet Kids produces responsibly-made clothing that creates jobs and changes lives. It uses some lower-impact materials and is on a mission to improve social conditions for workers. Made in India, the Patricia is a versatile addition to your accessory collection, made Fair Trade certified from GOTS organic cotton.

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Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
An organic cotton brushed twill check scarf in navy and mustard designed responsibly by Beaumont Organic.

Organic Cotton Brushed Twill Check Scarf – Ships internationally from the UK

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with responsible production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Looking to add some interest to your Autumn wardrobe? The Lenka-Cay check scarf is a great option for injecting a bit of print into your outfit. Made from super soft organic cotton, it is long and wide enough to keep you cosy right though winter.

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No Nasties

Rated: Great
A light brown organic cotton scarf by No Nasties.

Almond Scarf – Ships internationally from India

A leader when it comes to responsible fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market. Knitted in 100% organic cotton yarn, the Almond scarf is incredibly versatile.

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Shop No Nasties @ Made Trade.

Seek Collective

Rated: Good
A 100% handspun ahimsa silk and cotton blue-toned scarf by Seek Collective.

Pacific Scarf – Ships internationally from the US

Offers

Someone wearing a beige shirt and pink dress from Seek Collective.

Seek Collective – Site-wide (US)

Get 15% off your first order with Seek Collective until the end of 2023. Exclusive 15% off with code SEEKGOOD15. (Available in the US only) (Ends: 28 NOV)

Checkout code: GOOD15
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Seek Collective is a line of elevated essentials inspired by the global woman blended with art, craft, and design. We love the Pacific scarf, perfect for local and foreign jaunts and journeys. Cut from the softest 100% handspun ahimsa silk and cotton, you won’t want to take it off.

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The Ethical Silk Company

Rated: Good
woman wearing cream silk sustainable scarf from the Ethical Silk Company

Mulberry Silk Scarf – Ships internationally from Ireland

The Ethical Silk Company produces scarves, wraps, and loungewear that are 100% ethically made from 100% mulberry silk. For the best temperature regulating, trans-seasonal scarf, look no further than this classic undyed number.

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TAMGA Designs

Rated: Good
woman wearing floral patterned sustainable TENCEL scarf by TAMGA Designs

Eden Scarf – Ships internationally from Canada

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

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Burberry (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Burberry Scarves – Ships internationally

Burberry is a British luxury fashion house known for its timeless beige trench coats. The brand has good policies to monitor suppliers, but it still uses exotic animal products. Shopping Burberry second hand allows us to add items to our wardrobe without using additional resources in the manufacturing process, to keep clothes out of landfills, and to (re)discover Burberry's unique and special pieces along the way.

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Shop Burberry @ Vestiaire Collective.

Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
flat lay of pre-loved scarves by Gucci via Vestiaire Collective

Pre-Owned Gucci Scarves – Ships internationally

Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin. The good news is that you can find many of Gucci's modern luxury pieces second hand.

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Shop Gucci Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Editor's note

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