14 Size Inclusive and Affordable Sustainable Brands You Need to Know - Good On You
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 14 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.

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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nu-in

Rated: Good

Price: $

Sizing: 2XS – 6XL

nu-in is a European brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men’s and women’s ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste.

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Etiko

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

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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The Classic T-Shirt Company

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

Offers

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The Classic T-Shirt Co – Men’s Long Sleeves

By shopping these luxury t-shirts, you're investing in minimalistic, sustainable staples that will last you for years to come. 15% off men's long sleeve t-shirts with code GOOD15. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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The Classic T-Shirt Co – Men’s Short Sleeves

Discover these sustainable t-shirts, ethically made in the USA and crafted from certified organic cotton. Designed for comfort and built to last. 15% off men's short sleeve t-shirts with code GOOD15. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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The Classic T-Shirt Co – Women’s Long Sleeves

Enjoy simple pleasures, like these silky soft organic cotton t-shirts that are perfect for layering all year round. 15% off women's long sleeve t-shirts with code GOOD15. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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The Classic T-Shirt Co – Women’s Short Sleeves

Slip into the best Classic T-Shirts, made in California and ethically crafted from high quality, 100% organic cotton. 15% off women's short sleeve t-shirts with code GOOD15. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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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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Happy Earth

Rated: Good

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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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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Threads 4 Thought

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

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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Editor's note

Feature Image via Girlfriend Collective, 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 3,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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