Everybody looks cooler in a denim jacket, it’s just a fact. And double denim has made a solid comeback in the last few years, which we love to see… unlike Justin and Britney’s questionably iconic head-to-toe denim at the 2001 MTV Awards, but we won’t talk about that.
Cringe-yet-innocent fashion moments aside, denim jackets aren’t only stylish—they’re durable, great for layering, and match just about anything. Pair your jean jacket with a slip dress and some boots for subtle cowgirl vibes, or, yes, with actual jeans for a power move. Whether you like them light-washed or embroidered, they’re a fantastic staple for any wardrobe. Buuuuut there’s one problem: most denim jackets you’ll find at your local mall or fast fashion chain store are made with conventional cotton, aka one of the thirstiest fabrics on the planet. That’s where sustainable denim jackets come in, and their hero material: organic cotton.
Organic cotton is a serious step up from its thirsty cousin. Organic farming practices avoid using harmful chemicals while aiming for environmental sustainability and the use of fewer resources, which is good news for the fields and the farmers. Your best bet for a genuinely ethical and sustainable cotton is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, which can be found in a lot of the options below. From the unisex undyed jacket from MUD Jeans (Netherlands), to the colour block jacket from nu-in (Portugal), to the classic lightwash jacket from Whimsy + Row (US), and the belted denim jacket from Outland Denim (Australia), there are options aplenty. So, without further ado but just a little to-do, here are our 21 favourite sustainable denim jackets to rock year round!