A black vegan sustainable winter essential puffer jacket ethically made by Culthread.
06 Jun
A black vegan sustainable winter essential puffer jacket ethically made by Culthread.

11 Sustainable Winter Essentials Worth Your Investment

As the weather turns and you realise your old gloves are holey and the jumper you wore to death last season is stretched beyond repair, steer clear of the high street. Here are our favourite sustainable winter essentials to see you through.

Give fast fashion the cold shoulder this winter

When the temperature plummets, the temptation to go out and spend your money on those cheap sweaters, mittens, and scarves from the nearest fast fashion chain store is hard to resist. To help you out, we’ve rounded up the best ethical and sustainable winter essentials from brands doing right by people, the planet, and animals.

From the chunky 100% hemp scarf by Opera Campi (Italy) to People Tree’s (UK) cream jumper and Outland Denim’s (Australia) vintage wash jeans, these warm essentials tick all the cold weather boxes.

No Nasties

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An older person wearing a pink and white orchid print organic cotton scarf by No Nasties.

Orchid Garden Scarf – Ships internationally from India

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 styles in sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Opera Campi

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Someone wearing a chunky 100% hemp scarf in beige by Opera Campi.

Hemp Bulky Scarf – Ships internationally from Italy

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. The brand is inclusively sized from 3XS-3XL.

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NIKIN

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White and brown forest print sustainable winter essential beanie by NIKIN.

Folded Polylana® Sleek Forest – Ships internationally from Switzerland

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride! Products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Swedish Stockings

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Wine red rib knit sustainable stockings by Swedish Stockings.

Alma Rib Tights – Ships internationally from Sweden

Swedish Stockings creates the best quality eco-friendly black and patterned stockings, knee highs, tights, socks, and pantyhose. The brand also offers a recycling program to help clean up the hosiery industry—if you send in three or more pairs of synthetic pantyhose from any brand, you will receive a 10% discount code to use next time you purchase Swedish Stockings! Find the perfect pair in sizes XS-XL.

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Organic Basics

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woman wearing black sustainable turtleneck by organic basics

TENCEL™ Lite Turtleneck – 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! 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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People Tree

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Someone hugging themselves while wearing a People Tree cream organic cotton sustainable winter essential jumper.

Cody Jumper in Cream – Ships internationally from the UK

Sustainable fashion pioneer and leader People Tree is a seriously ethical brand and one of our favourites. The brand uses eco-friendly materials and addresses labour risks by adopting the Fairtrade International - Small Producers Organisations Code of Conduct. Find most products in UK sizes 6-18.

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NAADAM

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Someone making a love heart shape with their hands, wearing brown cashmere gloves by NAADAM.

Cashmere Pop Top Gloves – Ships internationally from the US

NAADAM responsibly sources and produces luxury knitwear while preserving nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia.

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Conscious Step

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Someone wearing a blue unisex hoodie by Conscious Step that supports mental health.

Support Mental Health Hooded Sweatshirt – Ships internationally from the US

Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks and clothes which support great charities. The US brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials. The socks come in S-L sizes, and the clothes in 2XS-2XL.

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Culthread

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A black vegan sustainable winter essential puffer jacket ethically made by Culthread.

COLVILLE Black – Ships internationally from the UK

Culthread is a UK-based clothing label that offers stylish, practical, and everlasting jackets and accessories from vegan and deadstock materials. Culthread's goal is to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear and treasure forever. Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Outland Denim

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Light wash mum style eco-friendly jeans by Outland Denim.

Diana Authentic – 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. Find most of the brand's range in US sizes 22-34.

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Will’s Vegan Store

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A pair of black deep tread vegan sustainable winter essential Chelsea boots by Will's Vegan Store.

Luxe Deep Tread Chelsea Boots – Ships internationally from the UK

Will's Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women's and men's footwear, clothing, and accessories at affordable prices. Find the women's shoes in US sizes 5-10, and men's in 7.5-14.

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