Whimsy + Row's low-impact wide leg denim jeans worn by a person in a lilac top against a lilac background.
24 Jan
Whimsy + Row's low-impact wide leg denim jeans worn by a person in a lilac top against a lilac background.

22 Ethical and Sustainable Denim Brands Made In the US

On the hunt for some locally-made ethical and sustainable denim? Discover our roundup of US based sustainable denim below.

Shop locally for sustainable denim in the US

What’s in store for 2022? With the new year settling in, hope seems to be in the air, along with the opportunity to change a little something about the way we live or shop. Maybe it’s buying less and mending a bit more—or even committing to purchasing sustainable denim, since we know conventionally made jeans have serious implications for our lovely planet and its people.

Whatever your sustainable resolutions are this year, as always at Good On You, we encourage folks to shop local, ethical brands when they can. With this in mind, for our American readers, below you can find a list of 22 of our favourite sustainable denim brands made in the US. First up, we’ve got Boyish bringing an array of styles and washes for all your denim needs, followed by Sami Miro Vintage’s take on upcycled denim. Last, but certainly not least, we have LA-based Reformation (as always) killing the game on chic, everyday pieces with everything from flare to straight-leg denim. With that, happy browsing.

Boyish

Rated: Great
Woman in dark wash ethical fringe trousers

Love the & Other Stories vibe, but hate their fast fashion business model? Boyish has all the quality, fit, and authentic washes that you could want without the harmful practices. Find sizes 2XS-XL.

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Shop Boyish @ Wearwell.

Shop Boyish @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Boyish.

Triarchy

Rated: Great

Triarchy creates eco-friendly jeans, skirts, shorts, jumpsuits, and jackets. The brand’s production system uses 85% recycled water by consistently reusing the "thick indigo laden sludge" that unmonitored factories dump into water systems. Find most of the jeans in US sizes 24-32.

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Minimalist

Rated: Good
someone in denim jumpsuit by Minimalist

Anchored in timeless design, Minimalist is a curated collection of women's ready-to-wear pieces all made in New York and designed to be recycled at their end of life. It seeks to be part of the solution to make fashion sustainable, using certified eco-friendly materials and ensuring fair wage and work conditions in the local New York City factories it supports. Find it in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Minimalist.

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VENIM

Rated: Good
person in Classic Black Jacket with Holographic Foil by Venim

US-based VENIM is a denim brand that is making timeless pieces for the next generation of consumers. The founders’ partnership is rooted in a shared passion for impeccable craftsmanship, ethical manufacturing, and unapologetically individualistic designs. Find it in sizes 1-3 (XS-2XL).

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zero waste daniel

Rated: Great
sustainable denim jacket by zero waste daniel

Zero waste daniel creates sustainable, eco-friendly, handmade in Brooklyn and always one of a kind clothing.

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Shop Zero Waste Daniel.

unspun

Rated: Great
image looking up at four people dressed in Unspun

unspun is an American brand, creating a denim world that reduces global carbon emissions by 1% through a zero-inventory and low waste process. Its product sizing is totally customisable to ensure you always find the perfect fit.

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ÉTICA

Rated: Good

ÉTICA is a premium US luxury brand that features innovative design and cutting-edge technology. Find most items in sizes 38-48.

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Shop ÉTICA @ Wearwell.

Shop ÉTICA @ Veneka.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good
Man in Outerknown black wash ethical jeans

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown @ Wearwell.

Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
woman wearing whimsy and row denim jacket and jeans

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. Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, and by limiting each garment to short runs, the brand also reduces packaging waste and takes care of precious water resources. Find most products in XS-XL.

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Shop Whimsy + Row @ Earthkind.

Edwin USA

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable denim jeans by Edwin USA

True to its heritage, Edwin USA combines thoughtfully designed jeans and innovation in sustainable manufacturing methods. It uses a medium proportion of eco-friendly fabrics including GOTS certified organic cotton, and uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact.

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Rudy Jude

Rated: Good
Rudy Jude ethical Molly Jeans

Matching outfits for the whole family? Absolutely. Naturally dyed, organic, and crafted in the US, Rudy Jude offers a sustainable alternative to the excessive waste produced by children’s clothing. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton, and limits the amount of chemicals used in production. Although the brand primarily focuses on toddler and children’s wear, they also make adult wear so the whole family can look good.

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tonlé

Rated: Great
woman in tonle ethical denim jacked

tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women's clothing with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories. Its range is inclusively sized from XS-3XL.

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Shop tonlé @ Veneka.

Shop tonlé @ Wearwell.

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Sami Miro Vintage

Rated: Good
Vintage black jeans by Sami Miro Vintage

''Pushing eco-conscious boundaries'' is the Sami Miro Vintage brand ethos. Made from vintage and recycled fabrics, Sami Miro Vintage is loved by celebrities and eco-conscious fashion lovers alike. With collection names like ''Ecoterror'' and ''Global Warming Is Not a Hoax'', the cool reconstructions are offset with a deeper meaning.

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ABLE

Rated: Good

ABLE is a US-based clothing and accessories brand that works with communities all over the world to make a meaningful impact, producing slow fashion that pays a living wage to women who have faced extraordinary circumstances. It uses eco-friendly materials, and reuses water and materials to minimise waste. With thoughtful design and a level of quality that guarantees its products for life, its pieces aren't just an investment for your wardrobe, they are an investment in women around the world. Find the range in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Reformation

Rated: Good
Woman in sustainable denim jeans by Reformation

LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage. Go Reformation!

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Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Reformation @ Farfetch.

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Eileen Fisher

Rated: Good
Woman in sustainable white denim jacket by Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher creates ethical, timeless, well-made clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly, and be part of a responsible life cycle. The brand has also made a public commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and uses eco-friendly materials. The standard range is available in 2XS-XL, with petite and plus ranges also available.

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Shop Eileen Fisher @ Veneka.

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Another Tomorrow

Rated: Good
Ethical denim jeans by Another Tomorrow

Another Tomorrow is a luxury brand created for the compassionate global citizen seeking elevated, thoughtful design, community, and tools for advocacy. Find the range in US sizes 0-14.

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Greg Lauren

Rated: Good
Greg Lauren ethical denim jackets

Greg Lauren is a US-based sustainable denim brand, that promotes a zero-waste, post-consumer, and upcycled fashion line with a preppy-style. Find denim for men and women in US sizes 0-5.

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Rentrayage

Rated: Good
Woman in sustainable denim by Rentrayage

Based in New York, Rentrayage is a brand meant to dress the creative, strong, determined woman who will carry us into the future. Find pieces in US sizes S-L.

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Industry of All Nations

Rated: Good
Man in ethical light wash jeans by Industry of All Nations

Since its inception in April 2010, Industry of All Nations has been a leader in research and development with a commitment to rethinking methods of production for consumer goods. Find pieces in US sizes 26-36.

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Olderbrother

Rated: Good
Painted ethical denim by Olderbrother

Based in Portland, Olderbrother is a playful, naturally dyed, gender-neutral contemporary brand. Find pieces in US sizes XXS-XL.

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Prairie Underground

Rated: Good
A woman in dark wash denim by Prairie Underground.

Prairie Underground is a populist apparel manufacturer committed to designing modern uniforms that evoke sensuality in daily self-expression. Find pieces in US sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Prairie Underground.

And that’s a wrap. We hope this guide provided some insight on how to shop a bit more ethically this year without compromising your style and other needs.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Whimsy + Row, 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. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated "Good" or "Great". We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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