flower print hat by Underprotection
03 Oct
flower print hat by Underprotection

20 Versatile Sustainable Spring Staples Under $50

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For those of us in the southern hemisphere, spring has well and truly sprung. The flowers are finally showing their faces, the sun is sticking around for longer each day, and all those cosy knitted jumpers and fluffy socks are almost ready to hibernate until next autumn. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things about this time of year is the fabled Spring Clean. And what better place to start than our wardrobes?

Simplifying your wardrobe is said to make the dressing process less stressful, and we could all do with a little less stress in our lives. But after responsibly donating, upcycling, mending, altering, or reselling those items you no longer need, how ever will you fill the gaps? Well, we always recommend perusing the pre-loved marketplace first, but sometimes you need to turn to new. We put on our thinking caps and tracked down 21 versatile and sustainable spring staples for you. BIG bonus—they’re all under $50. Let’s get to it.



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woman of colour wearing green print active set of sustainable spring staples made by Nube

Artifact Crop Tank – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $45USD

A fun crop tank is a great diverse piece to add to your Spring wardrobe. This one by Nube looks fly on its own or layered under a tee, whether you’re doing light exercise or lounging. Nube turns recycled plastic into responsible and fashionable activewear, designed and made in the US. The brand partners with artists and designers around the world to create prints motivated by the environmental crisis that inspire connection and action. This fully woman-owned business uses a closed-loop manufacturing process by recycling all off-cuts created during the manufacturing process. Find Nube products in sizes XS-XL.

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crop top that says

Treat People With Kindness Crop Top – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $33USD

Kindness never goes out of fashion, and this adorable crop top would pair well with jeans and a cardigan on a cooler day or shorter bottoms on a warmer one. CHNGE is a US-based sustainable fashion brand using 100% organic material, built to last a lifetime while making a statement. Find CHNGE’s inclusive clothes in sizes 2XS-4XL.

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Sherman Tank – Ships internationally from the US

337 BRAND's leisurewear is designed to make you feel at ease, always. Inspired by nature, comfort, and kindness, the brand introduces effortless style clothing made from more earth-friendly materials.

Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Yes Friends

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women wearing affordable sustainable tees by Yes Friends

Join the waitlist – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £7.99GBP

A basic black or white tee is the ultimate sustainable spring staple, and these ones happen to fall way below our budget! Yes Friends is a UK-based fashion brand that creates sustainable, ethical, and affordable clothing for everyone. Yes Friends’ t-shirts cost less than £4 to make and the brand only charges £7.99. Using large scale production and direct to consumer margins means Yes Friends can charge you an affordable price for a sustainable and ethical t-shirt. Find the tees in sizes 2XS to 2XL.

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No Nasties

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woman of colour wearing black ethically made sustainable spring staple top by No Nasties

PINO Flared Tank – Ships internationally from India

Price: $48AUD

Spring weather can be a little finicky, so having a flattering tank top on hand for the heatwaves is crucial. Another leader when it comes to ethical fashion, No Nasties makes simple and stylish clothing from Fairtrade organic cotton in India where it is actively working to grow the ethical consumer market. Find the clothes in sizes S-XL.

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Plant Faced Clothing

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two women wearing black and white Plant Life crop tees by Plant Faced Clothing

Plant Life Classic – Ships internationally from the UK

Price: £19GBP

Plant Faced Clothing has a whole range of streetwear-inspired vegan and plant-based slogan tees, and this subtle “Plant Life” crop would look great from the fresh food market to brunch. Plant Faced Clothing is a British 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand. Buy Plant Faced Clothing in sizes XS-2XL.

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Honest Basics

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woman wearing sustainable spring staples jeans made by Honest Basics

Straight 90’s Jeans Vintage Blue – Ships internationally from Germany

Price: €39EUR

Eco-friendly jeans under $50?! Yep, thanks to Honest Basics you can add one of the most sustainable spring staples on the market to your wardrobe for a similar price point to the highstreet. Made from 99% organic cotton with a little stretch, these 90s style jeans are your straight-leg, mid-rise, vintage washed dreams! Honest Basics is a GOTS-certified basics brand based in Germany. It’s on a mission to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, by keeping prices low, making quality basics that everyone has in their wardrobe, and constantly improving the sustainability of its products and supply chain. The range is available in sizes XS-L.

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Reformation (Pre-Owned)

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women wearing stylish sustainable dress, jacket, and jumpsuit from Reformation

Second hand is better for your wallet and the planet, and Vestiaire Collective has a whole range of pre-loved clothes from Reformation that will comfortably fit into your spring closet! 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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two women wearing green crop bra by TWOTHIRDS

Sal Rossa – Ships internationally from Spain

Price: €34EUR

A cute and comfortable bralette is the perfect sustainable spring staple. Wear it under layers for comfort, show it off with an open-front hoodie or blazer, let it peek through a sheer top or dress—the choice is yours! TWOTHIRDS sees itself as a brand for people who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, but also have a thirst for style and substance. It manufactures all its products locally to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as audits all of its final stage of production. The clothes can be found in sizes XS-L.

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nat’v basics

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woman of colour wearing skintone gstring by nat'v basics

TONES Cheeky G Brief – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $19AUD

Finding underwear that works with those light gym tights or that white flowy dress that have been hanging around for spring weather can be tricky. A cheeky g brief by nat’v basics to match your skintone is a fantastic option, good for saving the planet and your skin, and bidding adieu to the VPL (visible panty line). nat’v basics is an Australian eco-friendly underwear label designed for the everyday woman. Made from recycled and sustainable materials, nat’v basics pieces are designed to be the most comfortable basics you’ll ever wear. No frills or trims or awkward bits—so you can put them on and forget you’re wearing them! Find most items in sizes 8 to 16.

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5 pack of sustainable bamboo socks by Boody

5-Pack Women’s Active Sports Socks – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $44AUD (on sale)

Warming weather means lots of us are keen to get back out into the world for those active pursuits! Stock up on sustainable sweat-wicking sports socks by Boody with this handy 5-pack. Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Unrecorded yellow eco-friendly socks

Socks Yellow – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Price: €9EUR

Put a little spring in your step with these cheerful yellow socks by Unrecorded. Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of unisex brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast fashion. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using eco-friendly materials. Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe, available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Altar PDX eco-friendly champagne earrings

Champagne Crawler Earrings – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $36USD

These stunning crawler earrings will add a little je ne sais quoi to any outfit, for this season and many to come! Altar is a US-based boutique that specializes in alternative and custom fashion, apothecary, and gifts. The brand celebrates independent manufacturers and artists from across North America, with a focus on the stories that are woven into their work. Its clothing brand, Altar Houseline, is proudly made in America using deadstock materials and serves size gradations from size S to 6XL.

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Be good upcycled bracelet by ARTICLE22

“Be Good” Bangle – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $40USD

How sweet is this “Be Good” bangle from ARTICLE22’s collaboration with Rebecca Rusch? Every piece of ARTICLE22 jewellery is locally handcrafted in Laos using recycled materials from Vietnam War bombs, plane parts, military hardware, and other aluminium scraps. The brand embodies the innovation that the fashion industry needs more of—using recycled materials to produce beautiful globally-marketable products, while equipping local artisans with new skill sets and providing them with a sustainable source of income. ARTICLE22 gives back to clear more unexploded bombs in Laos, supports traditional artisans, and donates a proportion of profit to community development for workers. The range is available in sizes S-XL.

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woman wearing dark green recycled wool festival hat sustainable spring staple by tentree

Festival Hat – Ships internationally from Canada

Price: $45USD


People in dresses by tentree.

tentree – Site-wide (US, CA)

Anything from more sustainable loungewear, to activewear, outerwear, and new summer products (dresses, jumpsuits, shorts and more). Up to 50% off site wide off. (Available in the US and Canada only) (Ends: 28 MAY)

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What list of sustainable spring staples would be complete without a stylish and protective hat? tentree tackles the festival hat with this 100% recycled wool number, available in three versatile shades and featuring a cork band. 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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woman wearing floral bucket hat by Underprotection

Bianca Bucket Hat – Ships internationally from Denmark

Price: €40EUR (on sale)

In a fun combination of the bucket hat and print trends we didn’t know we needed but definitely deserved, meet Bianca! Made from 85% recycled polyester and currently available in floral and leaf prints. Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible. You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Citizen Wolf

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person carrying patchwork red and black zero waste tote by Citizen Wolf

Zero Waste Tote – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $39AUD

You never know where a warm spring day will take you, so make sure you’re tote-ally prepared with a unique zero waste tote from Citizen Wolf! Made from fabric offcuts, each tote is a little different and very cool. The fabric scraps used in this bag come from Citizen Wolf’s main production line, where it uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. It’s so confident in its t-shirts that it guarantees they’ll be the best you’ve ever worn! After capturing your customisations, the brand hand makes each tee in Sydney from certified sustainable fabrics like cotton, hemp, and Merino wool milled in Melbourne.

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TAMGA Designs

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woman of colour wearing colourful pink scrunchies by TAMGA Designs

Jayla Scrunchie – Ships internationally from Canada

Price: $25CAD

Add a little flair to any spring outfit with one of the gorgeous Jayla scrunchies from TAMGA Designs. Made from fabric offcuts, it’s both pretty and practical. 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® and LENZING™ ECOVERO™. You can find the full range of this Canadian brand in sizes XS-2XL.

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hemp and cotton beige coin pouch ethically made by Afends

HOLDALL Hemp Twill Pouch Wallet – Ships internationally from Australia

Price: $20AUD


People in tops, bottoms and accessories by Afends.

Afends – Site-wide

Say hi to the new season with 20% off at AFENDS. Born in 2006 in Byron Bay, it leads the way in hemp fashion with 100% sustainable fabrics. Exclusive 20% off off with code AFENDSGOOD20. (Ends: 7 JUN)

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A classic coin purse, but make it sustainable. This holdall is made from hemp twill and organic cotton leftover fabric, and is the perfect everyday companion. 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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Happy Earth

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person wearing purple and white eco-friendly blanket by Happy Earth

Lavanda Blanket – Ships internationally from the US

Price: $42USD


Someone in blue printed tee by Happy Earth.

Happy Earth – Site-wide

Nature-inspired graphic tees, tanks and more - all more sustainably and ethically made. Give back with every item! 25% off with code HELLOSUMMER. (Ends: 31 MAY)

Checkout code: HELLOSUMMER
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Picnic weather is upon us, so why not round out your wardrobe of sustainable spring staples with a versatile blanket? We love this one from Happy Earth, made from recycled materials and designed to take you from the couch to the park in comfort and style. 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 2XL.

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Editor's note

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