06 Sep

14 Size Inclusive and Affordable Sustainable Brands You Need to Know

Sustainable fashion has been gaining traction in the last few years, and loads of eco-friendly brands are being created to cater to a range of styles and needs. But there’s still work to be done to make fair fashion accessible for all. One issue that crops up again and again is difficulty finding brands with a wider size range that don’t fall way outside the budget. We hear you, and we’ve tracked down size inclusive affordable brands that just might tick your boxes.

Size inclusivity

Up until recently, it was hard to find size-inclusive or plus-size sustainable fashion brands. Even though the body positive and ethical fashion movements have grown side by side, some have argued they have failed to join forces. With designers often having to choose between ethics and extended size ranges, plus-size shoppers are left feeling excluded from the conversation.

Affordability

Sustainable fashion can be expensive, especially compared to fast fashion’s ridiculously low prices. For many people, one look at the price tag on an item of ethical clothing is enough to turn them off for good. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and we’ve talked before about whether ethical clothing is as expensive as it seems and why it’s worth investing in anyway. There’s so much more that goes into a price tag than the cost of fabric, like paying a living wage and taking care of our Earth.

If you have a budget, you could adopt the “Cost per wear” rule, which takes into account how many uses (or “wears”) you can get per item of clothing, and the more wears, the better the investment. By using this rule, you begin to realise that investing in quality clothes over cheap disposable garments is far better for your wallet in the long run. Here’s a convenient calculator to figure out if something is worth the investment!

That aside, when you combine the lack of size inclusivity with the fact that not everyone has a lot of disposable income for clothes, finding sustainable fashion brands can be challenging—if not downright impossible. Everyone should be able to find ethical brands that fit and match their values, style, and budget.

The good news is that the Good On You team rolled up its sleeves and went on the hunt for brands that celebrate all types of beauty and sizes, AND that are easier on the wallet! Keep reading to discover 15 size-inclusive, affordable, and fashionable brands.

And remember, while we love recommending up-and-coming sustainable labels, we also believe buying second hand is almost always the most sustainable option. Vestiaire Collective, thredUP, Thrift+, Depop, and more recently, The Plus Bus (for our US-based audience) are all fantastic platforms to check out.

A note on affordability

Good On You wants to help you find sustainable options no matter your budget. But we recognize that many sustainable brands appear more expensive up front. That’s because more goes into a price tag than the cost of fabric. Fast fashion prices are often low because workers are not paid living wages and sustainable practices are not followed in production.

Fast fashion has also distorted our view of clothing prices. We now spend much less and buy far more low-quality garments than we did a few decades ago. When taking into account cost per wear, higher-quality items you’ll wear again and again end up costing less in the long run despite the initial investment.

We aim to highlight the range of more affordable sustainable brands, but we also encourage you to seek out the most sustainable options that work for you. Sometimes this means shopping second hand, other times rediscovering and restyling what you already own.

A note on size inclusivity

Good On You wants to help you find sustainable options that suit your needs. We share your frustration that sustainable fashion has too few size-inclusive options. Sustainable brands often lack an extended sizing range beyond 2XL, and when they do, they might provide limited options. In order for sustainable fashion to become more mainstream, it has to include everyone, and brands need to catch up or risk getting left behind. Until then, ethical brands offering custom sizing are a good option. Dipping into brands rated “It’s a Start” if they best meet your needs also works. Discover more about the importance of size inclusivity in fashion.

Yes Friends

Rated: Great

Price: $

Sizing: 2XS – 2XL

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.

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CHNGE

Rated: Great

Price: $

Sizing: 2XS – 4XL

CHNGE is a US-based sustainable fashion brand using 100% organic material, built to last a lifetime while making a statement.

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Etiko

Rated: Great
person wearing blue and white ethical sneakers by Etiko

Offers

person wearing blue and white ethical sneakers by Etiko

Etiko – Vegan Shoes

Vegan shoes made ethically with no harm to animals and no toxic chemicals. 10% off vegan shoes plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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man wearing ethically made black Etiko tshirt with red logo

Etiko – Men’s Clothing

Men's apparel made from sustainable materials and certified Fair Trade. 10% off men's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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woman wearing grey fair trade hoodie by Etiko

Etiko – Women’s Clothing

Clothing that is both comfortable and sustainable. Good for the Earth and your body. 10% off women's clothing plus a gift when you sign up to Etiko's newsletter. (Ends: 10 FEB)

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Price: $

Sizing: AU 8 – 20

Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains.

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Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good
black and white

Price: $

Sizing: XS – 2XL

Streetwear without sweatshops, that’s the motto of this British 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand.

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Parade

Rated: Good

Price: $

Sizing: XS – 3XL

Parade is an American underwear brand that is working to re-write the American underwear story so you are left feeling soft, breathable and good for your body and the environment.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Great
woman wearing dark green sports bra by girlfriend collective

Price: $$

Sizing: 2XS – 6XL

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury clothes made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Girlfriend Collective @ thegreenlabels.

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The Classic T-Shirt Company

Rated: Great
group of four men laughing wearing black and white sustainable tshirts by The Classic Tshirt Company

Offers

A person outside with a cup of tea wearing a pink sweatsuit set ethically made by The Classic T-Shirt Company.

The Classic T-Shirt Co – Sweatsuits

Discover these sustainable sweatsuits, ethically made in the USA and crafted from certified organic cotton. Designed for comfort and built to last. Buy 1 French terry staple, get 2nd half price with code FRENCHTERRY. (Ends: 10 FEB)

Checkout code: FRENCHTERRY
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Person wearing a black men's t-shirt sustainably designed by The Classic T-Shirt Company, reading a Rolling Stone magazine in the kitchen.

The Classic T-Shirt Co – Men’s New Styles

Slip into the best t-shirts for men: curved hem, Henley, and pocket tees. Made in California and crafted from premium organic cotton. Buy 3 men's new style t-shirts, get the 4th for free with code TCT4X3. (Ends: 10 FEB)

Checkout code: TCT4X3
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Price: $$

Sizing: XS – 3XL

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.

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Franc

Rated: Good

Price: $$

Sizing: XS – 3XL

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.

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Knickey

Rated: Great

Price: $

Sizing: 2XS – 3XL

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the sustainable market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Sending in your old undies will not only help cut down on the amount of fibres that wind up in the landfill, but it’ll give you the freedom to buy new, eco-conscious sets.

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Altar

Rated: Good
Two people of different sizes wearing a blue ruched crop top with short puff sleeves. Ethically made by Altar.

Price: $$

Sizing: S-6XL

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.

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Shop Altar.

Happy Earth

Rated: Good

Offers

woman wearing recycled striped blanket ethically made by Happy Earth

Happy Earth – Blankets

Happy Earth blankets are lovingly crafted from reclaimed fibres so that discarded textiles are gifted new life. Shop blankets and get a free beanie with code BEANIESEASON. (Ends: 15 FEB)

Checkout code: BEANIESEASON
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sustainable green hat with white fir Happy Earth logo on log

Happy Earth – Accessories

Choose a better future for our planet: make unsustainable headwear a thing of the past. Shop accessories and get a free beanie with code BEANIESEASON. (Ends: 15 FEB)

Checkout code: BEANIESEASON
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woman wearing Give a Damn organic cotton sweatshirt by Happy Earth

Happy Earth – Tops and Bottoms

Sweatshirts, t-shirts, and pants made with comfy organic cotton: the perfect combination for a soft, versatile, every day kind of feel. Shop apparel and get a free beanie with code BEANIESEASON. (Ends: 15 FEB)

Checkout code: BEANIESEASON
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Price: $$

Sizing: XS – 2XL

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.

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Kotn

Rated: Good

Price: $$

Sizing: XS – 2XL

Certified B Corp Kotn is based in Canada and works with local NGOs on the ground at the Nile Delta to provide every child in their farming communities with quality education, and to help close the gap of low literacy rates amongst communities. With every purchase, not only will you adorn a beautifully made shirt, but also help fund school infrastructure, materials, and salaries for teachers.

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Shop Kotn.

PACT

Rated: Great

Price: $$

Sizing: XS – 2XL

PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. All of its clothing is sweatshop-free and child-labour-free, and its activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade.

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Shop PACT.

Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
plus size woman of colour wearing lavender plus size tank by Threads 4 Thought

Offers

Flat lay of a light green kids' t-shirt with a tent graphic and the word

Threads 4 Thought – Kids

Adorable t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, and joggers that are sure to become wardrobe staples in your kids' closets. Exclusive 25% off kids' collection with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 31 JAN)

Checkout code: GOODONYOU
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Person wearing navy long sleeve top ethically made by Threads 4 Thought.

Threads 4 Thought – Men’s

Basic pieces to have in your wardrobe: comfy enough for lounging at home, yet stylish enough to wear out and about. Exclusive 25% off men's collection with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 31 JAN)

Checkout code: GOODONYOU
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Person wearing grey sustainable jumper with black stripes and a beanie by Threads 4 Thought.

Threads 4 Thought – Women’s

A full range of women's basics and activewear made from regenerated beech trees, organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and fishing nets. Exclusive 25% off women's collection with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 31 JAN)

Checkout code: GOODONYOU
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Price: $$

Sizing: XS – XL, with an extended sizing range up to 3XL!

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.

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Shop Threads 4 Thought.

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