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Ethical Coats & Jackets for Autumn and Beyond

ethical padded jacket

In the market for a new coat for autumn or winter?  The good news is I have been doing some research and I have eight ethical coats and jackets for your perusal today, for both men and women.

The bad news is that, much like the ethical clothing market, the ethical coat and jacket market is small. Teeny tiny small.  The other bad news is that ethical coats don’t come cheap.  If you get change from £200 then you are doing well, however there are a couple of brands doing great things at lower price points, so don’t despair too much.

With ethical fashion, the goal of course isn’t to replace clothing every year as fast fashion would dictate.  Instead, invest in quality items that you would be happy to wear year after year.  Think cost per wear!   I appreciate this isn’t great news when your current coat or jacket is on its last legs and you don’t have £200 spare.  However, we’ll come on to more affordable ethical options too.

Quick Links for Ethical Jackets and Coats

If you are in a hurry, here are the quick links to the coats and jackets we’ve deemed most ethical. If you have time, then read on to find out why these brands are the ones to consider.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Guide to Ethical Coats and Jackets

The price range key for this guide is:

 £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+

If you’re confused by any of the terminology, such as GOTS Certified, do see my handy guide on what to look for when shopping for ethical clothing.  It covers topics such as what fabrics to look for and explains what all the different eco-labels mean.

BAM

Caters for: men and women

Budget: £££

Size range: 6 – 18 for women; S – XXL for men

BAM has a great selection of ethical coats for both men* and women* that are well worth checking out. In particular, these ’73 Zero’ insulated coats are made from recycled materials and are filled with recycled polyester insulation, making them vegan-friendly. They’re quick-dry and will keep you cosy on even the coldest of days, and are available in a variety of colours.

What’s more, BAM has collaborated with an organisation called Project Plan B. Here, ground-breaking technology recaptures the polyester from a garment so this jacket is 100% recyclable. In fact, it’s called the 73 Zero jacket because 73% of clothing ends up in landfill or incinerated, and BAM wants to get that to zero.

Finally, its PFC-free finish offers water repellency, without the chemical cocktail that’s damaging to the environment.

If you’re new to the issues of PFC then PFC stands for per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals. These are waterproofing chemicals that are used to weatherproof clothing and shoes. For some PFCs there is evidence that they cause harm to both the hormonal and reproductive systems in both humans and animals, as well as being carcinogenic. What’s more, these chemicals accumulate in the environment. As such, they’re often referred to as forever chemicals, because of how persistent they are in the environment. Greenpeace has written more on the issues of PFCs if you wish to find out more.

Finisterre

ethical padded jacket

Caters for: men and women

Size range: 8 – 16 for women, and XS – XXL for men

Budget: £££

If your style is outdoorsy then Finisterre offers classic outdoor wear.  This Alto jacket (£195) has a recycled polyester outer shell and is insulated with recycled fabrics.  It’s wind and water-resistant and will keep you cosy well into winter.

In terms of ethics, Finisterre’s waterproof jackets and coats are made from fully recycled materials.  They have also completely eradicated harmful fluorocarbons from our water repellent and waterproofing fabrics. That means that you can expect the highest level of downpour protection without compromising the environment.

Finisterre ensures similarly high sustainability standards with their insulated jackets. These are down-free, and instead of feathers use recycled synthetic fills to ensure high insulating performance even when wet.

Gudrun Sjödén

gudrun sjoden ethical coat

Caters for: women

Size range: 6 – 24

Budget: £££

If you are looking for something cosy and colourful, then do have a browse at Gudrun Sjödén.  Their jackets are ethically made from both recycled polyester and recycled down for a super sustainable and incredibly warm coat.  There are different colour options available if bright isn’t your thing.  And all of their ethical coats are PFC-free.

Komodo

komodo ethical coats

Caters for: women

Size range: S – L

Budget: £££

Like People Tree and Seasalt, Komodo* are one of the longest-running ethical retailers going.  Their ethical coat range is again stylish, rather than outdoorsy. 

If style over performance is what you are looking for, then good news. Komodo is committed to the use of premium quality certified organic, natural, and eco fibres.  They have also expanded into innovative fabrics, such as green PU coating and recycled PET, from plastic bottles, to give performance without comprising the environment.  What’s more, most of their products are vegan and all are cruelty-free.

Nomads

nomads ethical coat

Caters for: women

Size range: 8 – 20

Budget: £££

Again, if style rather than technical perfomance is key, then Nomads* is another place to check out.  Nomads follow the guidelines and ideals of Fair Trade throughout all of its business relations with suppliers in India, and with its customers back home. It forms long-term trading relationships and buys direct from the producers themselves, ensuring that profit goes directly to the primary source and is not gained by middlemen or contractors.

This beautiful diamond hand-loomed coat (£145) looks stylishly cozy.  It also reminds me so much of that Zara coat everyone seemed to be wearing a few years ago!  

Patagonia

patagonia ethical jacket

Caters for: men and women

Size range: XS – XL (womens) and XS – XXL (mens)

Budget: £££

Patagonia* also has a solid reputation as an ethical retailer. Where to start?  Firstly, Patagonia rejects fast fashion by creating high-quality, long-lasting products, and offers a repair and reuse program.

Secondly, all of their cotton is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and it is bluesign® certified for some of its fabrics. What this means is that Patagonia uses only approved chemicals and components according to bluesign certification. 

What’s more, a high proportion of Patagonia’s materials are made from recycled fabrics, including polyester, nylon, and wool.  Patagonia also belongs to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet.

As such, this Radalie Parka (£160) is another good bet for the colder weather ahead.  Water repellent, with a 100% recycled nylon outer shell, it’s insulated with 92% recycled polyester.

People Tree
people tree ethical coat

Caters for: women

Size range: 8 – 16

Budget: £££

If your style is less outdoorsy, then People Tree* always has great ethical offerings.  This Yvette fleece coat (£119) for example makes for a good choice.  This is a transitional piece for autumn and spring, and the snuggly fleece nature of it would be like a perpetual hug.

People Tree is one of the original ethical clothing retailers, and their ethical standards are second to none.  They were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organisation product label. These certifications guarantee People Tree’s dedication and compliance to the principles of fair trade, covering fair wages, good working conditions, transparency, environmental best practice, and gender equality. 

Seasalt Ethical Coats

Seasalt jackets

Caters for: men and women

Size range: 8 – 28 for women and S – XXL for men

Budget: ££ – £££

If you’re looking for solid wet weather coats, then Seasalt* is well worth a look. As one of the original ethical retailers – and the first to achieve Soil Association Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification back in 2005 – it has since branched out into having a high street presence. Whilst I don’t consider Seasalt as the pinnacle of ethical clothing, their lower pricing and more inclusive sizing, combined with the use of innovative waterproof fabrics on their coats makes them a great choice.

These fabrics include Tide Cycle® – a fabric woven from recycled polyester fibres made with plastic bottles. It’s waterproof, breathable, hardwearing, easy to care for, and extremely soft to the touch. Production requires less energy than virgin polyester and it helps reduce the amount of plastic heading for landfill and the oceans.

Meanwhile, their unique Tin Cloth® fabric is inspired by traditional oilskins. Here coats and jackets are crafted from natural fabrics like hard-wearing organic cotton canvas, linen, and ripstop cotton, for a more natural choice. 

Thought Clothing

thought ethical autumn coat

Caters for: women

Size range: 6 – 18

Budget: £££

Finally, Thought* is another great place to look for stylish non-outdoorsy ethical coat options.  They source natural, sustainable yarns that use less water, fewer pesticides, and create less CO2.  And then they upcycle their leftover fabric at the source so to reduce waste and create new products.

This Hartley organic jacket (£79.90) is another autumn and spring coat, but it is pretty darned stylish.  Also look out for water-resistant jackets, made from recycled PET plastic (the kind of plastic drinks bottles are made from).  These make great options for keeping folded up in your bag for any wet weather emergencies.

What if your coat budget doesn’t allow for an ethical purchase?

Your budget might not stretch as far as one of these coats.  I would therefore recommend opting out of the fast fashion model that dictates that you should buy a new coat every year.  Instead, find the best quality coat you love at a price you can afford.  Look for a style that won’t date, in a dark shade (light coloured coats are stain magnets, trust me!). And then commit to wearing it for as long as possible.

I have used outdoor retailers before to buy coats. The trouble with outdoor retailers is that ethical ones are few and far between.  Whilst I can’t endorse any particular retailers, I have noticed that some coats and jackets from these retailers do come with a lifetime warranty. This gives you some reassurance that if your coat develops a fault then the company will fix or replace the coat. 

Alternatively, if you want to stay resolutely ethical on a small budget then eBay is also a great place to look.  My previous coat was one that I’d picked up secondhand on eBay seven years ago.  I then wore it for seven consecutive winters.  I was quite sad when it came to an irreparable end.  It felt like a part of me!  See my top eBay buying tips if you’re not sure where to start.

I have less luck with charity shops when it comes to coats, but perhaps you might have better luck than me!  Alternatively, try these eight places to shop secondhand online.

What Else Can I Do?

To make the ethical fashion movement more inclusive to all, then it’s important to take action beyond your wallet.

Sustainable fashion lacks diverse representation.  Particularly in terms of race and of the LGBTQ+ community.  However, there is also a lack of a range of sizes, and a lack of variety of styles, as well as issues of affordability.  These issues are leaving a large swath of potential would-be customers behind.

Things that you can do to help engender change include asking High St brands who make their clothes (see Fashion Revolution for their great resources).  This will help press for transparency and sustainability on the High Street.  You can also support brands that align with your values.  This means purchasing from them if you are able to, but can also mean liking, commenting, and sharing their social media posts to help boost their exposure.

Hope you found this guide useful. Do also check out my guides to ethical rucksacks and ethical hats, which might come in handy!

Main image used c/o Finisterre

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45+ Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands for 2021

Looking for the best ethical clothing brands for women? I’ve got over forty-five brands here for you today, with some exclusive discount codes for Moral Fibres readers. I also update this list frequently (last updated November 2021) so do check back whenever you need to buy new sustainable, eco-friendly, or ethical clothing.

The ethical fashion market is growing.  In fact, it’s never been bigger thanks to increasing demands from customers wanting more ethical and fair clothing in response to increasing knowledge on the impact of fast fashion on the environment and on fast fashion garment workers. Especially with increasing knowledge that poorly regulated sweatshops aren’t just found abroad, but in the UK too.

I always say that the most sustainable clothing is the clothing you already have. Therefore, wearing our clothes for as long as possible, and repairing them when need be is key in building an ethical wardrobe. The next most sustainable option is to shop secondhand. If you need any help with that, then here’s my guide on where to buy secondhand clothes online.

However, sometimes our clothes do wear out, and you can’t always find what you need secondhand. It can be daunting knowing where to start looking for new ethically conscious clothing. To help you out, I’ve listed the UK ethical clothing brands I know that cater to women.  

I’ve also included sizing information for each brand.  The ethical fashion world is notorious for not being particularly size-inclusive.  While many brands aren’t, some brands are making steps in providing plus-size ethical fashion. I, therefore, want this guide to be helpful for those looking for specific sizes.

where to buy ethical clothing uk

First off, here are the quick links for women’s ethical clothing brands in case you just want to visit the site of a particular brand. Scroll down past this section if you want more information about each ethical clothing brand, including a price key. Some ethical brands have also offered exclusive discount codes for Moral Fibres readers, so keep reading for these too.

In order to help support the running costs of Moral Fibres, this post contains affiliate links, denoted by *. Moral Fibres may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to readers, on items that have been purchased through those links. This income helps keep this site running.

Antiform (size 8 – 18)

Asquith* (size 8 – 16)

BAM* (size 8 -16)

Baukjen* (size 6 -18)

Beaumont Organic* (size 8 – 20)

Bibico (size 8 -16)

Birdsong* (size XS – XL)

Boody* (size 6 – 16)

Celtic & Co (size 6 – 18)

Christy Dawn (sizes XS – XL)

Earth Kind Originals (size 8 – 22)

Ecoalf* (size XS – XL)

Finisterre (size 8 – 16)

Frugi* (size 8 – 18)

Girlfriend Collective* (size XS – XXL)

Greenfibres (size 8 – 18)

Gudrun Sjoden (size 6 – 24)

Hiut (size 6 – 18)

Howies (size 8 – 16)

Joha* (sizes XS – XXL)

Kemi Telford (custom sizing)

Kitty Ferreira (size 6 – 26)

Know the Origin* (size 8 – 16)

Komodo* (size 8 – 16)

Kowtow* (size 8 – 14)

Lost Shapes* (size S – XL)

Lowie (size S – L)

Madia & Matilda (size 6 – 18)

Mayamiko (size 8 -14)

Monkee Genes* (size 24″-36)

Morcant* (size S – XL)

MUD Jeans* (size 26″ – 36″)

Nancy Dee (size 6 – 18)

Noctu (size S – L)

Nomads* (size 8 – 18)

Nudie Jeans (24″ to 38″)

Origin Africa* (size XS – XL)

Outsider Clothing (size 8 – 16)

Palava (size 6 – 28)

Patagonia* (size XS – XL)

People Tree* (size 6 – 18)

Riyka* (size 8 – 18)

Seasalt* (size 6 – 28)

Thought* (size 6 – 20)

 THTC (size 8 – 18)

 Totty Rocks (size 6 – 16)

The White T-Shirt Co (size 8 – 18)

The Best Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands for 2021

guide to women's ethical clothing brands

Here’s more detail about each of the ethical clothing brands listed above.

The price range key for this guide is:

 £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+

On to the brands!

Antiform

Budget – ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Fashion-forward Antiform sources all of its materials and workmanship within the UK, and local to their Bristol-based studio if possible.  They are also big on the use of reclaimed materials, with many items made from 100% reclaimed fabrics.


Asquith Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes: 8 – 16

Asquith* produces stylish and ethically made yoga wear and loungewear in the finest quality organic cotton and bamboo fabrics.  Their ethos is sportswear without the “sporty” look, so their pieces make for great, comfortable working from home or weekend wear. 

Read more about Asquith in my post here.


Bam: Bamboo Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes: 8 – 16

Bam: Bamboo* sells sustainably sourced activewear made from bamboo.  They have also recently started selling low impact jeans.  It takes around 7600l of water to make a conventional pair of jeans. Bam: Bamboo instead says their jeans require less water to make.

Rather than just stopping there, Bam: Bamboo is also seeking to be impact positive.  As such, they are making great steps to minimise their impacts on climate, waste, water, chemicals, humans, and land use. You can find out more about BAM’s work here.


Baukjen

Caters for: sizes 6 – 18

Price range: ££

Baukjen*, a certified B Corp, offers a wide selection of stylish women’s ethical clothing. Ethically manufactured in Europe, these include the use of more environmentally friendly fabrics, such as Lenzing EcoVero, organic cotton, and Tencel.

Use the exclusive discount code MORALFIBRES15 to take 15% off full-price orders.


Beaumont Organic

ethical clothing brands - beaumont organic

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for: sizes 8 – 20

Working only with factories that are within the EU, pay fair wages, and provide good working conditions, Beaumont Organic’s range of GOTS-certified clothing* is perfect for casual wear.


Bibico

Budget: ££

Caters for: sizes 8 – 16

I would describe Bibico as laidback fairtrade fashion that’s simple yet stylish, and very wearable.  What’s more, all of Bibico’s items are made from natural materials.  As such, you won’t find any synthetics in their range.

Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll even get 10% off your first order.  They also run regular sales which are worth keeping your eye out for.


Birdsong

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Birdsong* produces ethically made organic cotton unisex slogan t-shirts.  All of their clothing is made in East London by talented women paid a fair wage.


Boody Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££

Cater for sizes 6 – 16

Boody* produces high-quality basics, with a stringent focus on sustainable materials and ethical and planet-friendly practices.  They’re a great go-to for staples such as leggings, activewear, and loungewear.  Sign up for the Boody newsletter for 10% off your first order.


Celtic & Co

Budget: ££-£££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Based in Great Britain, Celtic & Co specialise in shoes and clothing made from ethically sourced natural fibres.  Focusing on quality and design, rather than seasonal trends, Celtic & Co pieces are designed to last a long time.


Christy Dawn

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes S – XL

When it comes to high-end women’s ethical clothing, look no further than Christy Dawn. The Christy Dawn team shun new fabrics. Instead, they spend their time rummaging through piles of leftover and discontinued fabric – what’s known as deadstock. When they find the fabric they love, their team of artisans cuts, sews, and finishes each piece in their Los Angeles factory. Making limited-edition runs from existing fabric means each version of a style has a very limited number. This means there’s little chance of being seen in the same dress as anyone else.

Find Christy Dawn in the UK via Content Beauty*.


Earth Kind Originals

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 22

Earth Kind Originals is a women’s ethical clothing brand that specialises in fairly made laid-back leisure ware.


Ecoalf

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

A certified B Corp, Ecoalf* produces sustainable and ethically made clothing, designed to last.  They don’t follow trends and focus on longevity, meaning your purchase won’t look dated in one year’s time.


Fever Few Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

The Fever Few Clothing* make beautiful jacket style tops to order. Each piece is designed, cut, and sewn in their Bristol studio. Their aim is to create pieces that will become wardrobe favourites, that will be long lasting and well worn, encouraging a connection with your garment as it is worn through the seasons.


Finisterre Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Finisterre is an ethically made and sustainable outdoor clothing brand, which even offers a repair service.  New for autumn 2021 is a trade-in service, where you can trade in your old Finisterre clothing for money off new online purchases. They’ll revive and re-home them, or recycle the materials. Finisterre is also a great choice for swimwear.  Find my full guide to ethical swimwear here.


Frugi

ethical dress from frugi

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Yup, Frugi*, the ethical kidswear brand, is now making ethical clothing for women! Their focus is mainly on maternity wear, however, they do offer a small non-maternity range that is bright and fun. Their clothes are made from 95% GOTS certified and Soil Association certified organic cotton jersey fabric.


Girlfriend Collective

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XXL

Girlfriend Collective* is an ethical clothing brand that makes ethically made activewear from recycled materials, which are dyed using eco-friendly dyes.  What’s more, in true circularity, they take back your old Girlfriend pieces to turn them into brand new Girlfriend pieces.


Greenfibres

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Greenfibres produce ethically sourced and responsibly made organic cotton basics. Think t-shirts, vests, and other wardrobe staples.


Gudrun Sjoden’s Women’s Ethical Clothing

eco friendly fashion brands

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 24

Gudrun Sjoden makes colourful eclectic clothing made ethically, and often organically.  I also appreciate their use of diverse models.  It’s such a refreshing change.  What’s also refreshing is their more comparatively inclusive sizing.


Hiut Denim

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Hiut ethically makes beautiful bespoke jeans, handmade in Cardigan.  These are expensive jeans, but whilst the initial outlay might be high, expect a pair to last forever.  Hiut stands by their jeans even when they fail you. As such they offer free repairs for the life of your jeans, with just one rule. You have to send them back washed.

They cater for waist sizes from 28″ to 40″, and offer a range of leg sizes.  


Howies Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Howies is a West Wales-based brand that makes high-quality outdoor women’s ethical clothing designed to last. Their clothes are ethically produced using organic, recycled, or natural fabrics wherever possible. For instance; all of their t-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, and jogging bottoms are made from Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton.  The company is also uniquely owned and run by its employees.


Joha

Budget: £

Caters for sizes XS – XXL

If you are looking specifically for cosy ethical baselayers, then try Joha, a Scandinavian brand that’s been going for over 50 years. All of their products are made from wool and/or organic cotton – no synthetics fibres here. What’s more, all of their products have Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. This means that every component – right down to the thread – has been tested for harmful substances.  For extra peace of mind, Joha also holds Scandinavian independent certification for the responsible sourcing of wool.

Shop Joha clothes in the UK via Alpinetrek*.

Kemi Telford

black ethical clothing brands uk

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for: see website for details on their sizing

Black-owned brand, Kemi Telford, designs and sells beautifully bold Nigerian-influenced clothing, with a western twist.  Sustainability lies at the heart of the brand.  What’s more, conscious of waste, remnants from the clothing are made into colourful hair bows or gift bags.

Check out my full guide to Black-owned ethical fashion brands here.


Kitty Ferreira

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 26

Another Black-owned brand, Kitty Ferreira makes stylish sustainable clothes perfect for work or special occasions. 

All of their clothing is made in London using upcycled and hand-dyed fabrics. Here, they use natural dyes, created using pomegranate and onions skins for a low environmental fooprint.  And in a very welcome move, the clothes go up to a size 26 – which is good news for customers looking for plus size ethical clothing.


Know The Origin

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Know the Origin* make ethical basics.  Think soft and comfortable cotton t-shirts, jumpers, and dresses. These are ethically made from 100% organic fairtrade cotton sourced from fairtrade producers.


Komodo

komodo fashion

Budget: ££

Cater for sizes 8 – 16

Komodo* sell ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical.


Kowtow

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 14

Kowtow* was one of the earliest starters in the sustainable and ethical fashion movement – founded in 2007. They are committed to creating positive change by using only renewable and sustainable fibres, as well as ethical manufacturing. What’s more, Kowtow has also recently earned an A+ in the Tearfund / Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Survey.  This New Zealand women’s ethical clothing brand sells in the UK via Content Beauty.


Lost Shapes

Budget: £

Caters for sizes S – XL

Lost Shapes* sells organic cotton Earth Positive t-shirts hand-printed with water-based inks. The quality is second to none and from experience, I can personally attest that each item washes really well.


Lowie Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes S – L

Lowie makes stylish heritage-inspired clothing for women, fairly made from organic cotton, recycled cotton, or ethically sourced wool.  They even offer a free repair service for life on all items from their current and past seasons.


Madia & Matilda

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Madia & Matilda make stylish ethical clothing, that’s made in the Cotswolds.  They specialise in upcycled and sustainable fabrics, and they say minimising wastage is at their core.  Madia & Matilda also say they create clothing that is high quality and timeless.  As they are not trend-focused, their pieces are ones you can truly invest in.  Whilst their clothing range generally extends to a size 18, they do say for more sizes to email them. 

As a bonus, if you sign up for their newsletter you can receive 25% off your first order.  


Mayamiko

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 14

Mayamiko clothing is ethically made in Malawi and combines contemporary design with traditional African techniques.  Part of their profits also goes towards the Mayakiko Trust.  This helps some of the most disadvantaged people in Malawi by providing skills training, education, nutrition, sanitation, and promoting fairer trade practices.  

Prices range from £19 upwards for tops, and £35 upwards for dresses.  As well as being at the more affordable end of the scale, you can also receive 10% off your first order by signing up for their newsletter.


Monkee Genes

Budget: ££

Caters for: tops size XS-L; jeans waist sizes 24″-36″

Monkee Genes* are purveyors of organic bamboo jeans, made in England, that are beautifully soft.  My only gripe is that Monkee Genes only come in two leg lengths – regular and long.  The regular leg length is 31″, so if you’re on the shorter side you may struggle with the fit.


Morcant

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes S – XL

Morcant* is a gender-neutral essentials label founded in Sheffield. Their aim is to make functional everyday clothing using high-quality & long-lasting premium fabrics. With sustainability at the core of the brand, each piece of their organic collection is crafted using certified eco-friendly materials and ethically manufactured in Bangladesh.  


MUD Jeans

Budget: £££

Caters for waist sizes 26″ – 36″

MUD Jeans* make jeans from recycled denim, avoiding waste and cutting down on water and CO2 use.  At the moment their jeans contain 40% recycled denim.  However, keep an eye out as MUD aim to launch the first jeans made from 100% post-consumer recycled denim.  The other good news is that once your jeans are worn out send them back to MUD for recycling.


Nancy Dee Womens Ethical Clothing

ethical fashion brands for women

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

Nancy Dee offers British-made fashionable ethical clothing for every occasion.  Their pieces are made ethically with sustainable eco-friendly fabrics.  What’s more, join their mailing list to get a generous 15% off your first order.


Noctu

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes S – L

Noctu make ethically made sleepwear and loungewear that’s both fairtrade and made using 100% GOTS certified cotton.  Specifically interested in loungewear and sleepwear?  See my guide to ethical pyjamas for more brands.  


Nomads Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Nomads* make bohemian-inspired stylish ethical clothing for women.  All their pieces are designed in the UK and fairly made in India using GOTS-certified cotton.


Nudie Jeans

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes 24″ to 38″

Nudie Jeans make 100% organic jeans made with sustainability in mind.  And if your Nudie jeans need mending you can pop into their London shop for a free repair service.  Don’t worry if you are not London-based, they can send you a repair kit free of charge.  And once your jeans are finally worn out, you can send them back to Nudie and they’ll recycle them into new jeans.


Origin Africa

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Origin Africa* is the UK’s first 100% not-for-profit fashion brand, making contemporary ethical and sustainable unisex garments.  These are produced using 100% organic cotton and vegan-approved water-based dyes.  What’s more, profits are used to fund social enterprises in Africa.  These include projects around improving child health through proper sanitation, and female empowerment through skills training and education.


Outsider Clothing

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Outsider Clothing makes beautiful, timeless clothes ethically made by this ethical clothing brand using sustainable materials, such as hemp, hemp silk, organic cotton, naturally coloured cotton, peace silk, and more.


Palava Women’s Ethical Clothing

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Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 6 – 28

Palava’s uniquely printed dresses and skirts are made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK. These seriously beautiful ethical clothes are high up on my wishlist!  Keep your eye out for sample sales.  As a bonus, take 10% off your first order by signing up for their newsletter.


Patagonia

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes XS – XL

Patagonia* makes responsibly-made outdoor clothing designed to last and to be repairable.  Their website also gives advice on how to repair all Patagonia items, which is seriously useful.  And for any clothing that can’t be repaired then you can drop it off at a Patagonia store for recycling or repurposing. 

I’ve included Patagonia in my guide to ethical coats, in case you want to browse other coat retailers.  


People Tree Womens’ Ethical Clothing

Budget: ££-£££

Caters for sizes 6 – 18

People Tree* sells fairtrade basics, leisurewear, workwear, and occasion wear, often in 100% organic cotton.  They often work in collaboration with designers, such as Orla Kiely and Zandra Rhodes, to produce some original prints.  As such this ethical clothing brand is one of my first stops when looking for ethical clothing.  Do keep an eye out for regular sales if you’re shopping on a tight budget.


Riyka

Budget: ££ – £££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Riyka* is an ethical clothing brand that sells a small collection of fun and colourful wardrobe basics.  All of these are designed in the UK and made in a fair-wage, sustainable atelier in Bulgaria.  Riyka says they use reclaimed, organic, and/or British-made fabrics where possible.  What’s more, all of the organic cotton they use is GOTS certified.


Seasalt Cornwall

sustainable clothing brands Seasalt Cornwall

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 28

Seasalt* specialises in beautiful timeless clothing and stunning prints.  Through their Locally Made project, they are actively increasing the number of products they manufacture locally in the South West, Guernsey, and across the UK.  In particular, look out for GOTS-certified organic cotton products and waterproof fabrics made from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles.


Thought Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: £ – ££

Caters for sizes 6 – 20

Thought* makes easy-to-wear fairtrade clothing made from bamboo, hemp, and/or organic cotton, often in beautiful prints.  Keep your eye out for regular sales.


THTC Clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

Short for The Hemp Trading Company, THTC is an ethical clothing brand.  In particular, they specialise in eco-friendly organic and ethically sourced and produced politically-conscious streetwear.


Totty Rocks

Budget: £££

Cater for sizes 6 – 16

Edinburgh-based Totty Rocks produce stylish retro-inspired clothing, all of which are designed and hand-made in Scotland. Shop from their online selection of ready-to-wear pieces, or visit their Edinburgh studio to commission a bespoke item.


The White T-Shirt Co

Budget: £

Caters for sizes 8 – 18

The White T-Shirt Co produces simple wardrobe basics in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.  As such, if you’re looking for the perfect ethical white t-shirt then step this way.  And take 10% off your first order if you sign up for their newsletter.

Looking For Specific Types of Ethical Clothing for Women?

If you have a specific item that you have in mind, then I’ve put together lots of separate guides, which have all been updated for 2021:

I also have a handy guide on what to look for when shopping for ethical clothing.  It covers topics such as what fabrics to look for and explains what all the different eco-labels mean if the ethical fashion jargon bamboozles you.

What Can I Do To Make Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands More Accessible?

To make the ethical fashion movement more inclusive to all, then it’s important to take action beyond your wallet.

To help make ethical fashion more affordable, things that you can do to help engender change include asking High St brands who make their clothes (see Fashion Revolution for their great resources).  This will help press for transparency and sustainability on the High Street, making ethical clothing much more accessible for all.

You can also support Clean Clothes Campaign’s Pay Up drive, whereby they are pressing the global fashion brands that have refused to pay for over $16 billion worth of goods ordered since the outbreak of COVID-19. Big brands cancelled all orders placed before the crisis – some of which had already been shipped. This financially devastated factories since they had already had to pay for fabric and other production costs for these orders. Many were left with no money to pay workers’ wages.

Here are also some other ideas on how to support the ethical fashion movement from the bottom up.

Representation in Ethical Clothing

Sustainable fashion also lacks diverse representation.  Particularly in terms of race, and of the LGBTQ+ community.  However, there is also a lack of a range of sizes which leaves a large swath of potential would-be customers behind. Asking your favourite ethical clothing brands to make their clothes in a wider range of sizes is a great first step, as brands won’t consider making their clothes in wider size ranges until there is consumer demand. Asking brands to use more diverse models, beyond a size 8 able-bodied 20 something white woman) is another way to help broaden the appeal of ethical fashion.

Have I missed any brands?  Do let me know!  And have you found this guide to women’s ethical clothing brands useful?  Then why not pin it for later?

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