The 9 Most Ethical and Sustainable Brands from Canada - Good On You
woman of colour wearing sustainable asymmetrical black crop bra by LONDRE
05 Nov
woman of colour wearing sustainable asymmetrical black crop bra by LONDRE

The 9 Most Ethical and Sustainable Brands from Canada

There’s no denying it: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are arising to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which clothing brands are ethical? First, let’s learn about 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!

Now that you know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies 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 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 Canada. These 9 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

Not from Canada? Check out our favourite brands from Europe and Australia and New Zealand, the US, LA, Germany and the UK.

TAMGA Designs

Rated: Great
woman of colour wearing floral sustainable skirt by fashion brand TAMGA Designs

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®. You can find the full range in sizes XS-2XL.

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tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing tentree clothes

tentree is a lifestyle apparel company that plants ten trees for every item purchased! The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and has a size range of XS-XL.

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Shop tentree.

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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Meemoza

Rated: Good
A blonde woman wearing a green dress and a grey dress.

Casual and vintage-inspired clothing for men and women, manufactured in Montreal, Canada.

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Shop Meemoza.

LONDRĖ

Rated: Good

LONDRĖ is a Canadian minimalist sustainable swimwear brand making pieces from recycled plastic bottles. So far, LONDRĖ has recycled 90,000 plastic bottles from the streets and beaches of Taiwan! Looking to create the smallest impact possible, all water used in the brand’s process is able to be reused and recycled. The brand is also creating positive change in our global community, using the business to raise awareness and funds for women's health and environmental initiatives, donating over $10,000 to organizations such as Amazon Watch and the Yellow Hammer Fund. Swoon!

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Shop LONDRĖ.

Kotn

Rated: Good
man wearing striped ethical shirt by Kotn

This certified B Corp also 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.

Free Label

Rated: Good

Free Label brings basics back that don’t come at a cost to the environment or undermining of human rights. This Canadian based label creates pieces locally in both Toronto and Vancouver to support the local economy and to ensure pieces are made ethically. It creates comfortable clothing from natural fibres including organic cotton, linen, and bamboo.

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Unbelts

Rated: Good

Unbelts was founded with two goals in mind: helping you feel great in your jeans, but also creating quality jobs for every single person along their supply chain. Unbelts creates stretch belts that make pants fit perfectly without bumps or gaps.

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Shop Unbelts.

NORDEN

Rated: Good

Canada-based NORDEN creates stylish and functional performance outerwear from recycled plastic.

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Shop NORDEN Project.

Editor's note

Feature image via LONDRĖ, 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 the Directory to search more than 2,500 brands. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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