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A black puffer jacket made with vegan plastic-free material flower down FLWRDWN as insulation by PANGAIA.
03 Nov
A black puffer jacket made with vegan plastic-free material flower down FLWRDWN as insulation by PANGAIA.

Top Rated Fashion Brands Using Vegan Plastic-Free Materials

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There’s a misconception that vegan fashion means a reliance on plastic-based materials like polyester, but that’s no longer the case in a world of innovative plastic-free materials. Discover some top rated fashion brands using vegan plastic-free materials in their stylish designs, leaving a lighter impact on people, the planet, and animals.


The evolution of vegan fashion

The journey of vegan fashion is an exciting one infused with many people who care deeply about their impact on not only the planet but also the human and non-human animals we all share it with.

In its infancy in the mid-20th century, vegan fashion primarily responded to ethical concerns about using animal-derived materials such as leather, wool, and fur. In the early days, options were limited, and styles often lacked the sophistication of conventional fashion. Think beige shift dresses and hemp socks.

However, the movement has gained momentum over the decades as consumers, designers, and brands recognise the importance of cruelty-free and eco-conscious fashion. Today, vegan fashion has blossomed into a thriving industry. Lyst reported a 178% page view increase for “vegan leather” in 2021, and trends across the board indicate increases in searches around terms like “vegan” and “cruelty-free” alongside “organic” and “second hand”, speaking to the ever-increasing consumer awareness of reducing their wardrobe’s impact.

With innovative materials like plant-based leather alternatives, organic fabrics, and more sustainable production methods becoming increasingly mainstream, not only is vegan fashion more accessible and stylish than ever, but it also reflects this growing awareness of the interconnectedness of fashion, ethics, and sustainability. The evolution of vegan fashion serves as a testament to the power of conscious consumer choices and the capacity of the fashion industry to adapt to changing values and preferences.

But isn’t vegan fashion just plastic?

A common misconception is that vegan fashion equates to plastic fashion, but this is far from the truth. While much of the technically “cruelty-free” fashion you can find lining the racks of fast fashion stores is made completely from harmful plastic-based materials like polyester, nylon, and PVC, vegan fashion by better brands today often takes a more holistic approach, ensuring the materials they use aren’t just free from animals, but from unnecessary harm to the environment and workers, too.

Many (vegan) fashion brands are adopting innovative non-plastic materials that align with the principles of circular fashion, such as recyclability and biodegradability. More common materials like TENCEL Lyocell, hemp, and organic cotton often take centre stage, but more and more innovative options are also becoming available. It’s important to note that some of these products may contain small amounts of materials like recycled polyester, but that doesn’t discount the reduced impact of the items overall. Some of the brands listed are not entirely vegan, but all products mentioned are.

Vegan plastic-free materials and the brands incorporating them


MIRUM is a 100% USDA Certified Biobased Product made from a combination of virgin natural materials such as natural rubber, plant oils, and cork. In addition to having an extremely low carbon footprint, MIRUM requires no water during manufacturing and dyeing.


Rated: Good
A brown vegan tote handbag by Svala made with Mirum.

Simma Tote – Ships internationally from the US

Svala creates luxury vegan handbags, purses, bags, and totes. Each bag is handcrafted responsibly in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather, cork, and Piñatex.

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Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
A black mini handbag by Stella McCartney made with Mirum.

Falabella MIRUM Tiny Tote Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some lower-impact materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

Find most items in sizes 34-52.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.


Cork is an incredibly versatile, renewable, and lower-impact material made from cork trees. It’s used for bags, shoes, and even fashion accessories.


Rated: Good
A pair of cork heeled sandals made responsibly by NAE.

CORA Cork Sandals – Ships internationally from Portugal

NAE is a Portuguese footwear, bags, and accessories brand using innovative materials to create goods with “No Animal Exploitation”. Its lower-impact materials include recycled PET from bottles, OEKO-TEX® certified microfibres, recycled car tyres, natural cork, recycled thermoplastic, and even pineapple leaf fibre.

Find most of the shoes in sizes 36-46.

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Shop NAE.

Shop NAE @ Urbankissed.

Shop NAE @ Immaculate Vegan.


Rated: Good
white Desserto leather and cork handbag designed by eco brand Mashu

Cassiopeia Cork and White – Ships internationally from the UK

Mashu is a British more sustainable vegan accessories label specialising in handbags. Mashu’s environmental rating is "Good", crafting its exterior with vegan leather alternatives while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again.

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Shop Mashu.


Rated: Good
Cream and white speckled cork and cotton flat shoes by NIKIN.

TreeShoe SlipOn Women – Ships internationally from Switzerland

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further than Swiss brand NIKIN. 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-2XL.

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TENCEL Lyocell

Derived from responsibly-managed eucalyptus trees, TENCEL Lyocell offers a silky-smooth fabric that’s breathable and biodegradable.

Iron Roots

Rated: Great
A black TENCEL Lyocell activewear singlet made by Iron Roots.

Black Singlet – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Iron Roots is a Dutch sportswear brand that makes all its apparel from plant-based fabrics. Its pieces effortlessly combine more responsible design and functionality.

Find most items in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Iron Roots.


Rated: Good
A pair of moss green silky trousers made from TENCEL Lyocell by Tasi Travels.

The Lost Pant Moss – Ships internationally from Australia

For travelwear designed for adventures, look no further than Australian brand TALI & TASI (formerly Tasi Travels). Boasting a stunning collection of handmade garments in lower-impact materials that are made-to-order, you can feel good out in the world knowing you are leaving a light footprint behind.

Garments come in sizes XS/S, S/M, and M/L.

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Rated: Great
A powder blue silky TENCEL Lyocell spaghetti strap slip dress by Mila.Vert.

Tencel Sateen Slip Dress – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Mila.Vert makes chic, minimalist clothes that have a distinctly modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand produces clothes in small batches based on a pre-order system to minimise waste and help to avoid the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents.

Find the garments in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Mila.Vert.

Shop Mila.Vert @ Immaculate Vegan.

The Very Good Bra

Rated: Good
A black V cut bra by The Very Good Bra, made from TENCEL Lyocell.

V for Victory Bra – Ships internationally from Australia

The Very Good Bra is an Australian womenswear label that houses lingerie and other basics for the modern woman.

Find most bras in cup sizes A-E, and clothes in S-L.

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Shop The Very Good Bra.


Hemp is one of the oldest textile fibres in the world and is known for its durability and lower environmental impact. Organic hemp is your best bet.


Rated: Good
A colourful hemp based bucket hat by Afends.

KALI Wide Brim Hat – Ships internationally from Australia

Born in Byron Bay, Australia, Afends is a more responsible brand leading the way in hemp fashion. Drawing inspiration from the environment, streetwear, and surf culture, Afends’ mission is to create more sustainable clothing through innovation, action, and positive change. As true hemp advocates, it purchased 100 acres of farmland called Sleepy Hollow to grow its own hemp crops and ignite the hemp revolution.

Find most of the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Afends.

Opera Campi

Rated: Good
A deep blue hemp based hoodie by Opera Campi.

Active Butter Hemp Luke Sweatshirt – 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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Shop Opera Campi.


Rated: Good
Black boy shorts underwear made with hemp by WAMA.

Hemp Boy Shorts – Ships internationally from the US

WAMA is pioneering the hemp clothing industry with premium hemp underwear. It uses a high proportion of more responsible materials including organic cotton and hemp, and is a PETA approved vegan company.

Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-4XL.

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Shop WAMA.


Linen is made from the flax plant. It gets softer with every wash and is perfect for summery garments that keep you cool. Opt for organic linen wherever possible.

Artknit Studios

Rated: Good
A lightweight organic cotton and linen overshirt by Artknit Studios in navy blue.

The Linen Cotton Lightweight Overshirt – Ships internationally from Italy

Artknit Studios creates timeless knitwear in 100% lower-impact materials, made responsibly by Italian makers. Its partners are committed to anti-waste practices using only certified and locally-sourced fibres, true to the brand's motto of "buy less, buy better".

Find items offered in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Artknit Studios.

Shop Artknit Studios @ Urbankissed.

Luna + Sun

Rated: Good
A peach and beige linen breastfeeding scarf by Luna + Sun.

Luxury Multi-Purpose Breastfeeding Scarves –  Ships internationally from Australia

Luna + Sun is an Australian, cruelty-free fashion line creating gorgeous feminine designs. Its factory is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia, and its products are OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certified.

Find the clothes in AU sizes 6-18.

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Shop Luna + Sun.

Neu Nomads

Rated: Good
A blue linen top by Neu Nomads.

Berkeley Blouse – Ships internationally from the US

Neu Nomads is a Brooklyn-based more 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 that leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Find the clothes in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Neu Nomads.

Responsibly-sourced cotton

Many vegan fashion brands use cotton from more ethical and sustainable sources to ensure both people and the planet are treated right. This includes GOTS certified, recycled, and Fairtrade cotton options.

LA Relaxed

Rated: Great
A white long sleeve mock neck top made from organic cotton by LA Relaxed.

‘90s Long Sleeve Mock – Ships internationally from the US

"Simplicity, sustainability, style" is LA Relaxed's motto. The brand reduces its climate impact by using renewable energy in its supply chain. It also uses some lower-impact materials, including organic cotton and TENCEL Lyocell.

Find the collection in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop LA Relaxed.

Shop LA Relaxed @ Cerqular.

Conscious Step

Rated: Good
Sock bundle and someone wearing socks by Conscious Step.

Protect the Planet Gift Box – 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 lower-impact materials.

The socks come in S-L sizes, and the clothes in 2XS-2XL.

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Shop Conscious Step.

Seek Collective

Rated: Good
A recycled cotton grey coat by Seek Collective.

Unisex Monty Coat – Ships internationally from the US

Seek Collective is a US brand of thoughtfully made items with a dedication to transparency, authenticity, craft, and sustainability. Seek is focused on establishing connections between art, product, consumers, process, and makers. Its items are made in India through partnerships with like-minded communities and people.

Find most products in XS-L, with an extended sizing range up to 4XL.

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Shop Seek Collective.

Flower down (FLWRDWN)

This innovative material is made from the byproducts of the flower industry, offering an up-and-coming cruelty-free alternative to traditional feather down.


Rated: Good
A black puffer jacket made with vegan plastic-free material flower down FLWRDWN as insulation by PANGAIA.

FLWRDWN Bomber Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

PANGAIA designs products for living in any situation, sustaining your basic needs with smart technology and utilizing recyclable elements wherever possible.

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Shop PANGAIA Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.


Washable paper

Washable paper is a vegan material that’s both durable and more sustainable, perfect for creating bags, accessories, and those brand labels on the back of jeans. It’s made from FSC-certified cellulose fibres and acrylic polymers.


Rated: Good
Ecru straight leg jeans made with organic cotton and a washable paper Jacron patch on the back by HNST.

ISOLDE High Rise Loose Jeans – Ships internationally from Belgium

HNST is an Antwerp-based denim brand that doesn't compromise on style or quality. HNST jeans contain 56% recycled cotton, 23% Greek cotton, and 21% Tencel. As a result, they only require 361 litres of water per pair, which means this Belgian brand is reducing water consumption by 95% compared to industry standards.

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Shop HNST.

Nudie Jeans

Rated: Great
Black straight leg jeans made with organic cotton and a washable paper Jacron patch on the back by Nudie Jeans.

Tuff Tony Black Hole Jeans – Ships internationally 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, and even recycles worn out items.

Find the perfect fit with the Virtual Size Guide on the product pages.

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Shop Nudie Jeans.

Shop Nudie Jeans @ Farfetch.

Shop Nudie Jeans Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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