Our 27 Favourite Sustainable Cardigans, Jumpers, and Sweaters for Layering Up - Good On You
02 Aug

Our 27 Favourite Sustainable Cardigans, Jumpers, and Sweaters for Layering Up

As optimistic as we like to be with our outfit choices when leaving the house, the weather has a habit of doing a complete switcheroo on us, and we can find ourselves shivering through the day… yearning for that cardigan or sweater we threw back in the closet when the forecast said ‘sunny’. I have vivid memories of my grandma telling me to “take a jumper or a cardie with you, you’ll catch cold!” as I headed out the door no matter the weather. And annoying as it was as a kid, she had a point—why not take one just in case? And while we’re at it, why not take one that is kinder to people, the planet, and animals from seed to shelf?

Here’s a roundup of our favourite sustainable sweaters, cardigans (or “cardies”), and jumpers that are perfect to throw in your eco-friendly tote or around your waist year-round so you don’t “catch cold”! Thanks, g-ma.

L’ENVERS

Rated: Good

Anna Cotton Cardigan Forest Green – Ships internationally from Spain

Forest green is my personal favourite colour, and it suits this sustainable cardigan by L’Envers so very well! L’Envers’ mission is to design fewer pieces made in a better way. Specialising in knitwear, this Spanish brand believes in mindful, careful, and slow consumption, offering timeless editions guided by conscious, sustainable materials. You can find their knitted collection in sizes XS to XL, or even customise your own piece.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good

Maglione Dolcevita – Ships internationally from Italy

Who doesn’t love a good turtleneck? This navy blue sustainable sweater is made from a unique blend of Merino wool and hemp. 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.

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Mila.Vert

Rated: Great

Knitted Relief Long Cardigan – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Add a healthy dose of elegance to your sustainable cardigan situation with this lovely long vegan cardigan by Mila.Vert! Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge!

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LANIUS

Rated: Good

Cardigan In Wrap Look – Ships within Europe from Germany

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This is a great sustainable wrap cardigan for a more casual and cosy vibe. I know, I know, more green, but I couldn’t help myself—and it does come in other colours. “Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. The German brand uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. LANIUS’ clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Dedicated

Rated: Good
bold colourful striped organic cotton sweater by Dedicated via Curate

Sweater Ardenal – Ships internationally from Sweden

If you love a great graphic tee, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. We love this bold colourful striped sweater! Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Christy Dawn

Rated: Great

The Sonny x Real Fun, Wow! Sweater – Ships internationally from the US

“It’s all in your hands” to decide whether to get this gorgeous graphic sustainable sweater! Christy Dawn is a minimalist showroom for vintage-inspired women’s clothing and footwear, locally made with surplus fabric. The US brand rates ‘Great’, making it a fabulous boho option for your wardrobe. Find the clothes in standard sizes XS-XL, or shop the Extended and Petite collections.

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A.BCH

Rated: Great

A.13 Cropped Zero Waste Sweater – Ships internationally from Australia

A good cropped sweater is ideal for those transition seasons, and this soft rosewater organic cotton one from A.BCH is perfect! A.BCH is a Melbourne-based, Australian-made fashion label for individuals who care about garment provenance. It utilises renewable, organic, and recycled materials. Find the range in sizes XS-XL, or customise to fit you!

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tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing grey chunky sustainable cardigan by tentree

Highline Grayson Cardigan – Ships internationally from Canada

Who doesn’t love a chunky cotton knitted cardigan? And this one has coconut buttons. tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples that are typically available from XS to XL.

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ASKET

Rated: Good

The Merino Zip Cardigan – Ships internationally from Sweden

Speaking of grandparents, this Merino cardigan is “not your grandfather’s cardigan”. Sleek, clean, and designed to be worn across the seasons. Though I can totally see one of those super stylish grandpas wearing it! ASKET has been creating timeless wardrobe essentials since 2015 with revolutionary sizing and fair pricing. The brand disregards seasonal collections, cuts out all the middlemen, and only sells directly to you—putting its entire focus on building a single permanent collection. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Afends

Rated: Good

Unisex Raglan Crew Neck – Ships internationally from Australia

Love a unisex crew neck sustainable jumper moment like this one. Afends is an Australia-based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. You can find the full range in sizes XS-XL.

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ISTO.

Rated: Good

Heavyweight Sweatshirt – Ships internationally from Portugal

For the cooler days, this unisex heavyweight sweater is the perfect staple option. ISTO.’s mandate is simple: create clothes to transcend the seasons and work as staple items in your wardrobe all year round. It has one single collection and pursues quality over quantity to try and make its items permanently available. It uses organic and natural materials, and is incredibly transparent in showing you the true cost of your clothes when you go to purchase a piece for your wardrobe. The range is available in XS-XL.

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Happy Earth

Rated: Good

Glacier Quarter-zip Sweatshirt – Ships internationally from the US

A quarter-zip sustainable sweater is a great option for weather that just can’t make up its mind, and the gorgeous glacier detailing on the back seals the deal for me! 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. Find most items in sizes XS to XXL.

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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good

Charlotte Black Cardigan – Ships internationally from the UK

A chunky knitted black cardigan is a wardrobe staple, and this one is made from organic cotton and mulesing-free wool. Mother of Pearl is a sustainable and ethical luxury womenswear and accessories designer brand from the UK that celebrates individuality and authenticity. The brand uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and ensures the payment of a living wage across some of its supply chain. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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Shop Mother of Pearl @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Mother of Pearl Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

MATE the Label

Rated: Great

Organic Terry Raglan Sweatshirt – Ships internationally from the US

Just look at this eco-friendly lavender sweater!! This classic from MATE the Label comes in no less than 16 stunning shades, is made from lightweight organic cotton, AND is inclusively sized. Swoon! MATE the Label creates clean essentials made with GOTS certified organic fabrics and low-impact dyes. Its goal is to offer women everywhere a clean product that is just as beautiful as it is sustainable. It is proudly female-founded and is predominately operated by women. This US brand also manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-3XL.

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nu-in

Rated: Good

Side Split Long Cardigan – Ships internationally

Another long sustainable cardigan, this time with a sassy side split and made from recycled fabrics! 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. The brand is inclusively sized, and features an extended sizing range up to 6XL!

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Sorella Organics

Rated: Great
woman wearing grey organic wrap cardigan by Sorella Organics

Lounge Wrap – Ships internationally from Australia

Sorella’s certified organic sleepwear range includes tops, pants, wraps, nighties, as well as maternity wear. The label’s founder Anna McGregor has a background in international human rights work. This is obvious with her use of Fairtrade certified cotton, and it ensures strict social standards are met in production and trading. Best of all, purchasing the clothing won’t make you cry over your bank balance! This versatile wrap cardigan is one of the brand’s bestsellers, and we can see why. Find the range in sizes S-XL.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good

Frances Duster in Rust Rib – Ships internationally from the US

Rust is another colour of the moment I can’t get enough of, so why not wear it in a cosy modal duster? Whimsy + Row is an eco-conscious lifestyle brand born out of a love for quality goods and sustainable practices. Since 2014, its mission has been to provide ease and elegance for the modern, sustainable woman. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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Kuyichi

Rated: Great

Brian Act Round Neck Sweat Reddish – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Wear your morals on your sleeve, er, chest with this bold red ACT jumper from Kuyichi. Established in 2001, Kuyichi is the first organic denim brand. With ‘Great’ labour and environmental ratings, the brand designs ethical and durable, yet trendy and modern pieces that never go out of style. Sizes XS-L are available.

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tentree

Rated: Good

Highline Shortsleeve Cardigan – Ships internationally from Canada

This cute and flattering shorter sleeve sustainable cardigan simply proves why they’re back in style. And yes, that is another shade of green—sorry not sorry. tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples that are typically available from XS to XL.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great

Sweatshirt Made of Organic Cotton – Ships internationally from Germany

I think we can all appreciate a man in pink, like this gorgeous dusty rose sustainable sweater from Armedangels. Affordable, ethical, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a ‘Great’ rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly 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. Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Dorsu

Rated: Great

Cardigan Black – Ships internationally from Cambodia

Starting as a limited run, this basic sustainable black cardigan has now joined the permanent collection due to its popularity! Based in Cambodia, Dorsu creates everyday basics and key signature favourites that form the core of any conscious wardrobe. You can find the full range in XS to XL.

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Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Women’s Knitwear – Ships internationally from the UK

Luxury cardigans and jumpers anyone? A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition!

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVR Sustainable.

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Shop Stella McCartney Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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ARIELLE

Rated: Good

Mercury Sweater, Recycled Wool – Ships internationally from the US

How cosy does this recycled wool and polyester jumper look?? ARIELLE is a US-based sustainable apparel label committed to organic, recycled and zero-waste fabrics, local manufacturing, fair-trade supply chain and plastic-free packaging and production. It makes covetable clothes with no compromise to people or planet and carries a size range of XS-L.

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Bower

Rated: Good
surf club yellow logo print white organic cotton sweater by Bower

Bridge & Surf Club Sweat in White – Ships internationally from the UK

Launched in early 2015, Bower is a sustainable swimwear and resort wear brand. Bower aims to create design-led swimwear with a focus on the now with a nod to the past, like with this surf club print organic sweater. The designs utilise luxury Italian fabrics, partnered with complex construction and considered details. With components sourced from Italy and France, the final product is constructed at a small, specialised factory in Italy. Along with the brand’s commitment to the Earth, Bower has dedicated 1% of all orders to be donated to the Healthy Seas initiative. Find sizes XS-XL.

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Kowtow

Rated: Great

Black Pace Crew – Ships internationally from New Zealand

A relaxed mock turtleneck jumper made from organic cotton—speaks for itself, really. Kowtow uses organic, fair trade cotton and non-toxic dyes to produce its clothes. It designs elegant, timeless womenswear, and also has a range of ceramics. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good

Cardigan YUINA Rust – Ships within Europe from Germany

If you prefer woollen cardigans, this stylish rust-coloured cardigan is made from sustainably-sourced baby alpaca wool. For those living in Europe, you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on the beautiful products created by Jyoti. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this German company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India. Sizes available are S-XL.

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Malaika New York

Rated: Good

Organic Cotton Square Cardigan – Ships internationally from the US

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woman wearing black and silver zero waste leggings by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Bottoms

Unique vegan leggings and skirts with a sustainable mission: zero waste fashion. 30% off bottoms with code goodonyou21. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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woman wearing grey one size dress ethically made by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Dresses

Seasonless one-size-fits-all pieces with a minimalistic design that makes them such easy-to-wear staples. 30% off dresses with code goodonyou21. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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woman wearing black sustainable top made by Malaika New York

Malaika New York – Tops

Unisex tops, ethically produced in New York using zero waste design principles. 30% off tops with code goodonyou21. (Ends: 30 SEP)

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For a unique twist on a sustainable cardigan, Malaika New York has you covered. It’s a minimalistic sustainable clothing brand with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilizing minimal or zero waste patterns, while maximizing wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. Find most garments in S-XL with some items going up to 2XL.

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