Asian modal wearing beige sustainable workwear cardigan by Mother of Pearl
15 Oct
Asian modal wearing beige sustainable workwear cardigan by Mother of Pearl

The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Workwear

Whether your work has transitioned from online to hybrid or is back to business as usual, Good On You is here to help, bringing you plenty of sustainable workwear options that will be as flexible and ethical as you deserve.

Along with so many other things, the pandemic has shifted not only the way we do work but also the way we dress for work. For many of us, the idea of traditional workwear is a thing of the past—farewell blazers and pantsuits. For others, however, business formal is here to stay, but perhaps not five days a week.

Below you can find a collection of brands that are tackling the new work-life balance, including classic knitted dresses by Mila.Vert (Slovenia), ridiculously sleek unisex blazers by Opera Campi (Italy), and innovative vegan laptop cases by BEEN London (UK). Phew, maybe finding that perfect in-between balance won’t be too hard after all. With that, happy browsing.

Clothing

Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
cream knitted dress ethically made by Mila.Vert

Knitted Long Sleeved Round Neck Dress – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Offers

Someone wearing a white dress and beige trench coat ethically made by Mila.Vert.

Mila.Vert – Site-wide

Contemporary classics designed for those in search of a kinder lifestyle. Crafted in the EU and PETA approved. 10% off with code GOODONYOU. (Ends: 3 OCT)

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Mila.Vert’s knitted long sleeved round neck dress is light and airy, providing a luxuriously comfortable feel all year round. This classic dress can be dressed up with heels or down with cute sneaks. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge.

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Neu Nomads

Rated: Great

Karlie Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Neu Nomads is a Brooklyn-based sustainable women’s fashion brand, offering loungewear and travel essentials. It is female owned and operated, and works every day to create beautiful, wearable clothing without leaving a negative footprint on our environment. Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Nina Rein

Rated: Good
image of person in top, trousers and blazer in orchid by Nina Rein and image of blazer

Lyocell Blazer – Ships internationally from Germany

Nina Rein is a German brand that creates sustainable business clothing in Europe under fair conditions. The brand's aesthetic is clean, feminine, and colourful, and each piece includes little details everyone loves. Find most items in sizes 34 to 44.

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Dressarte Paris

Rated: Good
white blazer on sizing doll and person in grey tailored suit and pink blouse by Dressarte Paris

Sustainable Tailored Suits – Ships internationally from France

Dressarte Paris is a custom-made clothing label that curates unique clothing for a worldwide clientele. It sources luxurious surplus and eco-friendly fabrics to create a wonderfully chic sustainable wardrobe. Its products are made to order where you can choose from existing sizes, or enter in your own measurements for a custom order that not only minimises textile waste but celebrates all sizes.

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CARPASUS

Rated: Great
man wearing white CARPASUS sustainable workwear Oxford shirt

Dress Shirt in Porto Sky – Ships internationally from Sweden

Dress shirts made from 100% organic cotton. Yes, please. CARPASUS is a Swiss menswear brand that makes fine shirts, ties, socks, and pocket squares. CARPASUS uses GOTS certified cotton and manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint. It also traces its supply chain and ensures workers are paid a living wage. Find most products in EU sizes 36 to 46.

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Tuckerman & Co

Rated: Great
pink sustainable Oxford shirt by Tuckerman

Salmon Pink Oxford Button Down – Ships internationally from the US

We love a man who wears pink. This modern take on a classic style is wonderfully done in 100% GOTS-certified cotton and woven in one of Europe’s finest mills. Tuckerman & Co makes premium dress shirts using the finest organic cotton, Italian fabric, and expert New England craftsmanship. It does not use any animal-derived products and is rated ‘Great’ for both Labour and Environment. Find the collection in sizes 15 to 17.

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ISTO.

Rated: Good
woman wearing black linen shirt ethically made by ISTO.

Women’s Linen Shirt – Ships internationally from Portugal

Comfortable, breathable, and perfectly suitable for at home or in office work. ISTO’s linen shirt is this + all the ethics. The brand uses organic and natural materials, and is incredibly transparent in showing you the true cost of your clothes when you go to purchase a piece for your wardrobe. The range is available in XS-XL.

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Citizen Wolf

Rated: Great
woman wearing black boatneck tee sustainably made by Citizen Wolf

The Three-Quarter Boat Tee – Ships internationally from Australia

Citizen Wolf is bringing all the at-home professionalism (and comfort) you need. The brand uses revolutionary technology to give you high-quality custom fit t-shirts. Citizen Wolf is 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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Minimalist

Rated: Good
front and back view of person in black wide-leg palazzo pants by Minimalist

Wide-Leg Palazzo Pants – Ships internationally from the US

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. With a modern and polish look, their Palazzo Pants are the perfect addition to your workwear favourites. Designed with circularity and sustainability in mind, they are made of fine Italian recycled jersey making them ultra-comfortable and breathable. Find them in sizes XS-L.

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ASKET

Rated: Good
woman wearing white dress shirt as sustainable workwear by ASKET

The Shirt – Ships internationally from Sweden

ASKET has been creating timeless wardrobe essentials since 2015 with revolutionary sizing and fair pricing. The Shirt is the perfect in between, balancing standard professionalism and more modern casual. 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. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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AndAll

Rated: Good
man wearing genderless oxford shirt ethically made by AndAll

The Digital Oxford Shirt – Ships internationally from Hong Kong

Take it from bed to Zoom (and maybe even outside). The Digital Oxford Shirt can really do it all. Based in Hong Kong, AndAll is a size and gender inclusive shirt brand featuring modern prints made for all. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including TENCEL™ Lyocell, and reduces its climate impact by using renewable energy in its supply chain. It is inclusively sized from 1-7, with instructions on measuring yourself for the perfect fit.

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Opera Campi

Rated: Good
man wearing black Herotex hemp blazer sustainable wardrobe essential by Opera Campi

H-BLAZER – Ships internationally from Italy

Sleek and innovative, Opera Campi’s unisex H-BLAZER is paving the way when it comes to modern workwear. 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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Mother of Pearl

Rated: Good
Asian modal wearing beige sustainable workwear cardigan by Mother of Pearl

Charlotte Tan Cardigan – Ships internationally from the UK

Whether it be a cold office or cold home, cardigans are here to stay, especially during the workday. Mother of Pearl has got you covered, with a variety of gorgeous colours to choose from. 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. Find most products in UK sizes 6 to 16.

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COS (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Loved COS Dresses – Ships internationally from Sweden

As always, we recommend purchasing second hand if possible. COS is a Swedish brand that creates timeless and innovative wardrobe-essentials. It uses some eco-friendly materials and received a score of 71-80% in the Fashion Transparency Index.

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Shop COS Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Accessories

Conscious Step

Rated: Good
Conscious Step red HIV charity socks

Socks that Treat HIV – Ships internationally from the US

Offers

A bundle of colourful consciously created Conscious Step socks.

Conscious Step – Site-wide

Not only is each pair of Conscious Step socks certified organic and fair trade, but every purchase supports one of the brand's partner organisations and the communities they serve. 15% off site-wide with code MYFIRSTSTEP. (Ends: 17 SEP)

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A bundle of colourful boxed consciously created Conscious Step socks.

Conscious Step – Bundle and Save Collection

Stock up on organic cotton essentials. Save when you buy any five pairs in the collection and get 20% off. Buy five get 20% off the Bundle and Save Collection. (Ends: 17 SEP)

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Need a conversation starter? Wear your morals at work. 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 XS-XL.

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Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
black sustainable tote by Stella McCartney

Stella Logo Crossbody Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

If you’re looking for a luxury, vegan work bag, stop right here. A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. This branded tote has a convenient adjustable strap and comes in a gorgeous array of colours. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain.

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Raven + Lily

Rated: Good
brown backpack by Raven + Lily

Addis Backpack – Ships internationally from the US

Reliable and easygoing, Addis is a loyal companion. Made by hand to last, the Addis Backpack is hand-cut from sustainable Ethiopian leather and natural materials. Raven + Lily supports local female artisans to create handmade jewellery, bags, and homewares. This US brand’s products are eco-friendly and empower communities through fair wages, healthcare, and education.

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Shop Raven + Lily @ Cerqular.

BEEN London

Rated: Good
brown laptop case by BEEN London

Dalston Laptop Case – Ships internationally from the UK

Classic and sleek, BEEN London’s laptop case is made entirely from recycled materials. This London-based brand is turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All its products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.

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Shop BEEN London @ Cerqular.

A_C

Rated: Good
brown handbag as sustainable workwear made vegan by A_C

On Demand | Claudia Shopper in Tan – Ships internationally from Australia

PETA-approved vegan and absolutely gorgeous, this on-the-go, everyday tote is a must-have purchase. Whether you’re running out the door for a meeting or just going about your day, the Claudia Shopper is functional, crafted with a deep outer slip pocket, internal neoprene laptop slip, and mobile pocket. The Australian brand uses an amazing eco-fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production.

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Svala

Rated: Good
black vegan sustainable workwear handbag backpack by Svala

Gemma Backpack Purse in Black – Ships internationally from the US

A backpack and a handbag all wrapped up in one—and it’s vegan. The Gemma Backpack is the perfect fix for both your needs. Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags, and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork, and Piñatex.

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We hope this guide provided some guidance on how to nail your ideal professional look without needing to sacrifice your morals or comfort in the process.

Editor's note

Feature image via Mother of Pearl, 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 with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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