05 Apr

Our Favourite Sustainable Denim Jackets to Rock Year Round

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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 more responsible 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 , to the classic lightwash jacket, and the belted denim jacket, there are options aplenty. So, without further ado but just a little to-do, here are our favourite sustainable denim jackets to rock year round.


Rated: Good
two images of shorter washed black jacket with black foil by Venim

Shorter Washed Black Jacket with Foil – Ships internationally from the US

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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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
woman of colour wearing black boxy sustainable denim jacket by Mother of Pearl

Dolly Black Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

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. Who says sustainable denim jackets have to be cookie-cutter? This unique oversized black denim jacket is A Look.

Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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MUD Jeans

Rated: Great
people wearing organic cotton denim jackets time wardrobe essentials by MUD Jeans

Taylor Jacket – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Dutch denim brand MUD Jeans is all about sustainability. Not only does it offer a repair service, but it also provides a rental service where you can lease a pair of jeans for up to a year! MUD Jeans uses a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and post-consumer recycled cotton.

It doesn’t get more universal and versatile than this one—a unisex, timeless cut denim jacket in sizes XS-2XL. Yes, please.

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Outland Denim

Rated: Great

Taylor Belted – Ships internationally from Australia

Outland Denim makes premium denim jeans and clothes, and offers ethical employment opportunities for women rescued from human trafficking in Cambodia. This Australian brand was founded as an avenue for the training and employment of women who have experienced sex trafficking. We’re loving this sustainable denim jacket made from a combination of Lyocell, organic cotton, and recycled cotton.

Find the jacket in inclusive sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Organic Basics

Rated: Great
woman wearing loose fit dark denim jacket by Organic Basics

Circular Denim Jacket – Ships internationally from Denmark

Organic Basics offers high-quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. It also recently launched its first sustainable denim collection, including this unisex circular denim jacket featuring roomy pockets! The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything—it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact.

Organic Basics clothes are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Rated: Good

Organic Denim Jacket – Ships internationally form the UK

Baukjen is a London-based womenswear brand, with a focus on environmental, and more sustainable style. Its clothes are designed for you, designed for good. The brand uses more responsible materials, which helps limit the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. Baukjen’s organic denim jacket is a classic.

Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Yes And

Rated: Good

Gisele Motor Cycle Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Yes And aims to banish the stigma that more sustainable fashion has to sacrifice style, quality, fit, colour, comfort, or price. With this US-based brand you can actually have it all, and more: its products, including this cool denim motorcycle jacket, are certified organic, low-impact dyed, and more responsibly made.

You can find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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The R Collective

Rated: Great
woman wearing eco-friendly denim vest by The R Collective

Vent Vest – Ships internationally

The R Collective’s womenswear collections are made by reusing rescued excess materials from leading luxury brands and reputable manufacturers. The brand uses a high-proportion of eco-friendly materials, which limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. It also ensures the payment of a living wage in its supply chain, which is why we rated it ‘Great’! If you like your denim jackets sleeveless, this vest is the one for you.

The garments are offered in two sizes: XS-S and M-L.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
woman wearing light wash sustainable denim jacket by Whimsy + Row

Jordan Jacket in Light Blue Denim – Ships internationally from the US

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. This light blue denim jacket was inspired by the founder’s trip to Japan and features those signature chunky buttons.

Find most products in XS-XL.

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Rated: Good

Unisex Organic Denim Jacket – Ships internationally from Australia


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Afends is a Byron Bay based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. This unisex denim jacket is all kinds of cool.

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

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Nudie Jeans

Rated: Great
man wearing classic denim jacket by Nudie Jeans

Bobby Real Deal Denim Jacket – Ships to Australia, United States, Canada, and Europe from Sweden

Nudie Jeans designs 100% organic cotton denim and is transparent about its production. The brand also offers a free repair service, resells second hand products as well as recycles worn out items! For a classic mid-wash sustainable denim jacket, the Bobby is—as the name says—the real deal.

Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Rated: Great
woman wearing undyed cream sustainable denim jacket by Armedangels brand

Skylaar Jacket Undyed – Ships internationally from Germany

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. This natural light colour undyed sustainable denim jacket is a softer look for those warmer months.

Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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E.L.V. Denim

Rated: Good
woman wearing half half deadstock denim jacket by ELV Denim

Dark Blue / Light Blue Contrast Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

E.L.V. Denim transforms old discarded denim into modern, sophisticated, and even ‘made to measure’ jean jackets, pants, and accessories. If you really can’t decide between a dark and light wash, why not have both?! This zero waste sustainable denim jacket is made from vintage denim and stitched together to serve us a fashionable Frankenstein’s monster look.

Find the jackets in sizes XS-L.

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Rated: Good
man wearing classic dark blue sustainable denim jacket by Kuyichi

Bourne Dry Selvedge – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

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. For real denim lovers, this is the ultimate timeless jean jacket. Wear the sleeves rolled up for a laid back look.

Sizes XS-2XL are available.

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Rated: Good
black man wearing lightwash classic denim jacket by Asket

The Washed Denim Jacket – Ships internationally from Sweden

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. Its stonewashed sustainable denim jackets are simple and iconic, without all the fuss and flair. Perfect to complete an effortlessly clean look.

Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Rated: Good
woman wearing classic lightwash sustainable denim jacket by Outerknown

Women’s Peacenik Denim Trucker – Ships internationally from the US

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. Add this versatile layer to your wardrobe—a washed down denim trucker jacket made from organic and recycled cotton.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Rated: Good
woman wearing cropped vintage style denim jacket ethically made by Boyish

Harvey Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

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. The Harvey sustainable denim jacket is inspired by your favourite vintage. It has a slight over-size fit, cropped, and comes in a destructed medium eco-wash.

Find sizes 2XS-XL.

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