It’s summer, and the perfect weather for ethical shorts! These are shorts made responsibly, with sustainably sourced materials. We have an awesome list of some of the best brands that offer sustainable shorts.
- Sustainable Shorts for Women
- Sustainable Denim Shorts
- 1 // ABLE Sustainable Denim Shorts | $65
- 2 // Oliver Logan | $74
- 3 // Nobody Denim | From AUD $139
- 4 // MUD Jeans | Buy at €99.95; lease at €8.25 per month
- 5 // Nudie Jeans | From $185
- 6 // Boyish | From $108
- 7 // Sézane Rome Shorts | $130
- 8 // Toad & Co | From $45
- 9 // Outland Denim | From AUD $179
- 10 // DL1961 | $129
- 11 // Triarchy Josephine Denim Shorts | $113
- Linen Shorts
- Organic Cotton Shorts
- Tencel Shorts
- Upcycled Shorts
Sustainable Shorts for Women
The ethical shorts listed below are eco-friendly, responsibly made, and ready to be worn all summer long – for years to come. Yes, that’s right. Our top picks are long-lasting slow fashion shorts made from quality materials and built to last.
Price: From $35
Certified B Corp | fair trade certified
KNOWN SUPPLY’s Carine short is cool, and may become your summer go-to shorts. Check out Known Supply’s fun range of shorts (you’ll have to scroll down, they haven’t segregated shorts separately…). The coolest part, though? Each piece is hand-signed and invites you to learn more about the maker of your item. Building community is something we can all support!
Price: From $48
ethical manufacturing | eco-friendly dyes | 100% recycled and recyclable packaging
Girlfriend Collective’s size inclusive range of shorts has something for everyone. The shorts are made from recycled materials (old bottles and fishing nets!), and fall mostly under the category of activewear. But add in comfort, and these shorts are perfect!
Climate Neutral Certified | zero waste production technique | recycled and bio-based fabrics
Ministry of Supply’s recycled chino shorts are a sustainable and stylish choice for any wardrobe. Made from recycled polyester and organic cotton, these shorts are eco-friendly and durable, and thus perfect!
Ministry of Supply Recycled Shorts Review: “So I’m a cyclist and therefore have, uh, substantial thighs. Yes, let’s call them that. I have a really hard time finding shorts that fit a smaller waist and bigger thighs and these shorts are it!!! So comfortable! Will definitely get more.”
Price: From $43
Recycled materials | carbon offsetting |
Wolven’s bike shorts look super comfortable! This female-founded brand has many unique styles, all of which are made from BPA-free recycled bottles. How about that! Check out their high waisted shorts, biker shorts, joggers, and more.
Wolven Athletic Shorts Review: “I love these shorts so much. I got them with the matching top and I wear both of them maybe waaaay too frequently. They are so comfy, like butttttah when you put them on. Not tight or constricting, like a lot of other fitness shorts, but they still stay in place. Truly a dream for yoga practice, bed time, hangin out and everything in between.”
5 // Patagonia Shorts
6 // Tentree Sustainable Shorts | From $23
7 // Amour Vert Sustainable Shorts | $39
8 // Nordstrom Women’s Shorts | From $25
Sustainable Denim Shorts
For many of us, denim is the go-to material for every occasion. Well, there are sustainable denim shorts as well that you can try out:
1 // ABLE Sustainable Denim Shorts | $65
2 // Oliver Logan | $74
3 // Nobody Denim | From AUD $139
4 // MUD Jeans | Buy at €99.95; lease at €8.25 per month
5 // Nudie Jeans | From $185
6 // Boyish | From $108
7 // Sézane Rome Shorts | $130
8 // Toad & Co | From $45
9 // Outland Denim | From AUD $179
10 // DL1961 | $129
11 // Triarchy Josephine Denim Shorts | $113
Linen is perfect for summer. Its cooling effect, hypoallergenic and antibacterial properties, and ease of maintenance, all lend to an elegant fabric that can look earthy and modern all at once. Linen jumpsuits and linen dresses are also AH-mazzinngg for summer! Anyway, these brands carry long linen shorts, high waisted linen shorts, and more, in gorgeous designs and colors:
1 // Linen Shorts on Etsy
2 // OhSevenDays
3 // Whimsy + Row | From $48
4 // Toad&Co | From $55
Organic Cotton Shorts
Most cotton farming makes use of pesticides and fertilizers that end up contaminating everything. Organic cotton farming, in contrast, does not do that, and also ends up using less water and less energy than conventional cotton.
Besides, cotton is ideal for summer, and organic cotton shorts are what you need to be looking at! And if you want other types of clothing, check out our post on organic clothing brands.
Price: From $40
Fair trade | block print | artisan-crafted
These gorgeously patterned organic cotton shorts by Passion Lilie will add a pop of color to your wardrobe. Passion Lilie is a relatively new brand founded by Katie Schmidt to offer a fair trade garment option that was sustainable and affordable.
Passion Lilie works with artisans in India to produce their lovely clothing.
Certified fair trade | organic cotton | carbon offset |
PACT’s clothing is made with organic cotton, and includes affordable basics that last a long time. Their clothing is manufactured in a GOTS Certified and Fair Trade Factory based in India.
3 // Colorful Standard | From €60
Tencel is produced from wood, and is sustainably sourced, while having a lower carbon and environmental impact than cotton and other natural fibers. So, tencel shorts are a good option, too!
Price: From $89.99
sustainable fabrics | made to last | pre-loved section | cost-per-wear promise
Tradlands’s stylish shorts come in earthy colors and cozy material (linen and Tencel). They can go from slouchy casual to glamorous chic instantly! Tradlands also has a pre-l;oved section you must check out.
Tradlands Shorts Review: “This is by far the best short I have. Very comfortable and the fit was awesome. I already purchased different colors and plan to purchase more in the future.”
2 // Allbirds Women’s R&R Sweat Short | $68
3 // Mila.Vert
4 // A.BCH
5 // Armedangels
1 // Deadwood
Transparent supply chain | upcycled | responsible leather fashion brand | handmade
Swedish brand Deadwood’s upcycled shorts are a perfect combination of style and sustainability. Made from upcycled leather, these shorts are not only eco-friendly, but also unique and one-of-a-kind. They feature a modern, edgy design, are super comfortable and lightweight, and durable. (Plus, leather is biodegradable.)
2 // RÆBURN
Upcycled | free repairs | supports local manufacturing & jobs
RÆBURN is a British streetwear brand that focuses on sustainable and ethical fashion. One of their most popular products is their upcycled parachute shorts, which are made from repurposed military surplus parachute fabric (which is both durable and lightweight). The brand’s focus on upcycling and repurposing materials helps to reduce textile waste. (The women’s shorts were out of stock when we checked, so we’ve linked to the men’s shorts. Make sure to check on them for updated products!)
Well-fitting shorts give a sleek look with minimalist design. Plus, there’s always a variety of colors to choose from. They are perfect for on-the-go wear, and are a must-have for any eco-conscious fashionista. They are perfect for summer days, weekend outings, or for your daily wear. Get yours today and make a statement in sustainable fashion!
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