Which are the ethical men’s clothing brands? Fair trade fashion for men may be less well known than for women, but it’s obviously just as important. For all the dudes out there who care about their impact on the environment, this post lists all the sustainable clothing brands you should check out for your eco-friendly wardrobe!
Which men’s clothing brands are ethical? As usual, we have listed brands that follow fair trade principles, use eco-friendly materials, and create high-quality products that will last for a long time. The brands are also segregated by location, so you can check out the ones closest to you and minimize shipping impacts.
What Are The Most Ethical Clothing Companies?
How can one tell? Well, it does take a bit of research on our part as the consumer. First, take a look at their website and see whether the company has clearly stated commitments towards the environment and the planet (offsetting carbon emissions, for example). Then, look at the materials they use (eco-friendly, sustainably sourced), and their view on fair trade and community welfare. Look for certifications such as bluesign, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, fair trade, certified organic, B Corp, etc. Check out their stated responsibilities towards the local communities – how involved they are with various organizations and groups.
Finally, beware of greenwashing, which seems to be quite ubiquitous nowadays! Do not buy from anyone unless you are completely assured of their intentions and the quality of their products. The list below, of sustainable and ethical men’s clothing brands, will help you, but please do your own research as well to be extra sure.
Ethical Men’s Clothing Brands USA
1 // Ably
Price: $12 –$275
Ably items are made with Filium, a technology for natural fabrics that renders them waterproof, odor-proof, stain-resistant, and generally preserves the fabric for a longer period of time. Which makes them very eco-friendly!
2 // Allbirds
Price: $12 –$250
Allbirds use natural materials: wood pulp-derived Tencel Lyocell and responsibly sourced Merino wool (and crab shell buttons instead of plastic). Allbirds is a B Corp and makes clothing that’s durable and long-lasting.They are carbon-neutral (and very upfront about their interest in the climate), work with communities in need, and use recycled items for their packaging. They’ve also committed to sourcing more of their wool from sustainable agriculture farms.
3 // Buck Mason
Price: $35 –$595
Buck Mason garments look divine! They use natural fabrics and organic dyes to create stylish, classic cuts and pieces in soothing, earthy colors.
Price: $35 –$75
Columbia’s association with nature is very well known, but this has also led to their collection of organic clothing: the Clarkwall Collection. This collection includes shirts, pants and shorts. While Columbia’s larger collection of garments are not specifically made from organic materials, the company is heading in the right direction. Importantly, Columbia has been associated with numerous conservation and community endeavors.
5 // Faherty
Faherty is all about sustainably sourced cotton, organic cotton, ethically-sourced cashmere, recycled polyester, linen, and hemp – and they use non-toxic dyes and water-efficient processes. There’s a breezy, sea-faring man’s tone to the garments. Faherty is a family-run business with a firm focus on high-quality, sustainably made clothing.
Faherty composts, recycles, and donates all remnant fabrics to FABSCRAP, a recycling program that keeps cloth and clothing out of landfills. They’re working on transitioning to eco-friendly packaging.
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6 // Harvest & Mill
A brand with a focus on supporting local structures!Harvest & Mill’s aim is to support American organic cotton farmers, American heritage mills and local sewing communities. They use natural, undyed and unbleached fabric, and the dyed items are all naturally dyed by local dye artists. (and the colors are gorgeous!)
All their materials, from products to packaging, are compostable or recyclable.
7 // Nau
Nau calls their collection “the world’s most sustainable performance wear.” And they’ve designed it to last a long, long time. They stick to just ten sustainable fabrics that they use over and over in their designs.
Nau donates 2 per cent of every revenue dollar directly to grassroots environmentalist causes.
8 // Oil/Lumber
Oil/Lumber’s garments are gender-neutral. They run on a made-to-order production style, using natural fibers, recycled material, and certified organic textiles. Their “seasonless” clothing, coupled with an emphasis on slow production and handmade attention to detail, results in styles that are timeless and quality that lasts.
9 // Organic Basics
Price: $39 – $165
Organic Basics hand picks every fabric, choosing only natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles for their garments. The brand offers the entire gamut of menswear, from underwear to jeans and sweatpants. The items are well made and long-lasting, and you can also find out the impact index of each item you choose to put in your cart for checkout. Their circular denim collection is worth a look!
10 // Outerknown
Price: $48 –$248
Outerknown is a sustainable clothing pioneer, and is as obsessed with the environment as you’d expect the surfing pro founders to be. Upset at the extent of pollution he witnessed, surfer Kelly Slater, along with designer John Moore, created Outerknown to give a leg up to fairtrade, eco-friendly clothing that can help protect the natural world, instead of destroying it. Their fibers are organic, recycled or regenerated (ECONYL®), and their jeans are guaranteed for life. The result is a stylish, sustainable collection that stands the test of time.
11 // Pact
Price: $8 –$95
Pact has all the “head to toe” basics of a complete wardrobe, and uses organic cotton as fabric. Their emphasis on fit and functionality is on par with their adherence to using environmentally friendly materials and fair trade practices.
They offset their shipping carbon, have sustainable packaging, and have a donation program where you send them your old clothes and they reroute the clothes to non-profits.
12 // Patagonia
Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard had the right idea about how businesses should be run. Mix fair trade practices and an eco-friendly outlook, together with a love for the outdoors and conservation, and you have a beautiful business with a ‘do no harm’ philosophy. Patagonia makes robust outdoor clothing, and the garments’ Footprint on the planet is outlined pretty clearly. Their Worn Wear section takes in old clothes and also recrafts garments into new pieces.
Patagonia is a member of 1% for the Planet, their mission is to battle fast fashion and the climate crisis, and they’re doing a stellar job so far. This season, 64% of their products were made from recycled fibers.
13 // Taylor Stitch
Price: $20 –$298
California cool, with a touch of rugged, earthy outdoors – that just about sums up the aesthetic of Taylor Stitch. They offer innerwear, outerwear, shoes and accessories. They ensure responsible sourcing of materials, fair trade supply chains, and their ReStitch program offers a circular repair-and-reuse utilization of clothing. They track and offset all their carbon emissions, and they use 100% post-consumer recycled fibres for their packaging.
And, did we mention their clothes are super stylish?
14 // tentree
What’s up with this name? Well, every time you make a purchase, tentree will plant ten trees. Nice! Tentree is a Canadian brand that makes outdoor men’s clothing and everyday essentials that are sustainable and comfortable. They follow ethical manufacturing processes (including maintaining a small environmental footprint).
Most excitingly, they partner with several charitable organizations to help plant trees and rehabilitate natural ecosystems.
Price: $54 –$58
The t-shirt specialist that makes ethical, luxury t-shirts using GOTS-certified organic cotton. The Classic T-Shirt Company’s t-shirts are more expensive than regular t-shirts, but that’s because, as they say, you are “investing in a high quality T-shirt that can be worn again and again and reduce your cost-per-wear.”
16 // Todd Shelton
Price: $85 –$275
Todd Shelton’s specialty is their made-to-order, handmade garments. Their cool, urban collection of jeans, linen shirts, khakis and shorts have timeless style, and are made to last for a long time.
17 // United By Blue
United By Blue is an outdoor brand as well as a marketplace that offers the entire gamut of sustainable menswear clothing (innerwear, outerwear, loungewear, activewear…) by various brands. They fight hard especially against ocean pollution and conduct several beach and water cleanups. With every product sold, they remove one pound of trash from the world’s waterways.
United by Blue uses sustainable materials for their products and ethical manufacturing processes.
18 // unspun
unspun makes custom-built jeans, giving rise to a zero-inventory system and low waste. They have an “automated, localized, and intentional manufacturing” process, and intend to make the perfectly fitted pair of jeans for you. Knowing how challenging it is to find a good fitting pair of jeans, this is a fantastic offer.
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