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Let’s chat ethical clothing brands.
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 saying that though, it can be daunting knowing where to start looking for clothing.
To help you out, I’ve listed some UK ethical clothing brands catering to women. Some you might know, others you may not. All adhere to the Moral Fibres ethos of hip, not hippie!
I’ve stuck to UK based women’s ethical clothing brands because I’m UK based and that’s what I know. With over 30 ethical clothing brands listed here, I also had to draw the line somewhere, and geographical boundaries seemed like the most practical place to start! I’ve updated this article for 2020, so it’s bang up to date.
I also have guides to ethical underwear and ethical socks and tights (both updated for 2020), if you are just looking for the basics. And if you’re after men’s ethical clothing then do click here for that as I’ve got you covered!
Ethical Clothing Brands Directory 2020
Antiform – ££
Fashion-forward Antiform source all of their materials and workmanship within the UK, and local to their Bristol-based studio if possible. They are big on the use of reclaimed materials with many items made from 100% reclaimed material.
Bam: Bamboo Clothing – ££
Bam: Bamboo sell sustainably sourced activewear made from bamboo, and new for Autumn 2020: low impact jeans. It takes around 7600l of water to make a conventional pair of jeans – and Bam: Bamboo says their jeans require less water to make.
Bam: Bamboo is seeking to be impact positive, and are making great steps to minimise their impacts on climate, waste, water, chemicals, humans, and land use.
Beaumont Organic – ££ – £££
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 – ££
Laidback fairtrade fashion that’s simple yet stylish, and very wearable. All of Bibico’s items are made from natural materials so you won’t find any synthetics in their online shop, or in their bricks and mortar shop in Bath. They even have a lovely range of organic cotton clothing. Sign up to 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.
Celtic & Co – ££-£££
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.
Earth Kind Originals – ££
This ethical clothing brand specialises in fairly made laid back leisure ware.
Finisterre – ££ – £££
An ethically made and sustainable outdoor clothing, which even offers a repair service for your Finisterre jacket.
Greenfibres – ££
Ethically sourced and responsibly made organic cotton basics
Gudrun Sjoden – ££
Colourful eclectic clothing made ethically, and often organically. I also appreciate their use of older models – it’s such a refreshing change.
Howies – ££
High quality organic and recycled outdoor clothing designed to last.
Kemi Telford – ££ – £££
Kemi Telford design and sell beautifully bold Nigerian influenced clothing, with a western twist, with sustainability at the heard of the brand.
Kitty Ferreira – £££
The Kitty Ferreira brand makes stylish sustainable clothes perfect for work or special occasions, all of which are made in London. Clothes are dyed using natural dyes, the silk they use is organic and cruelty-free, and where possible they use British made upcycled fabrics. 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.
Komodo – ££
Ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical.
Lost Shapes – ££
Lost Shapes sell 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 – ££ – £££
Lowie’s exceptionally stylish clothes are fairly made from organic cotton, recycled cotton, or ethically sourced wool, and they even offer a free repair service on all items from their current and past seasons.
Madia & Matilda – ££
Cotswolds made stylish ethical clothing in sizes 8 – 18. Items are produced from sustainable fibres, and minimising wastage is at their core. Madia & Matilda say they create clothing that is timeless, great quality, classic, and not trend-focused, so their pieces are ones you can truly invest in.
Mayamiko – ££
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, which 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.
Monkee Genes – ££
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.
Nancy Dee Clothing – ££
British made fashionable ethical clothing for every occasion that’s made with sustainable eco-friendly fabrics. Join their mailing list to get 20% off your first order.
Noctu – ££
Ethically made sleepwear and loungewear that’s both fairtrade and made using 100% GOTS certified cotton.
Nomads – ££
Bohemian-inspired ethical clothing in size 8-18 that’s designed in the UK and fairly made in India using GOTS certified cotton. Use discount code WENDY10 for 10% off your order.
Organic Basics – ££
Organic Basics sell womens (and mens) underwear, activewear, and everyday essentials – think t-shirts, tops, and leggings – made from organic and recycled materials. Organic Basics say “The fashion industry is dirty – but it can be better. We constantly search for better innovation, we have a visionary use of sustainable materials – and a continued focus on ethical production” and I have to say I’m a big fan. Use discount code WENDYOBC for 10% off your order.
Outsider Clothing – ££ – £££
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 Clothing – ££ – £££
Uniquely printed dresses and skirts made from organic cotton in Europe and the UK. The prints are hand-drawn in their London studio. These seriously beautiful clothes are high up on my wishlist! Keep your eye out for sample sales.
Responsibly made outdoor clothing designed to last, and to be repairable. The website 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.
People Tree – ££
People Tree sell 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. Quite often this ethical clothing brand is my first stop when looking for ethical clothing. Keep an eye out for regular sales if you’re shopping on a tight budget.
Riyka – ££ – £££
This ethical clothing brand sells a small collection of fun and colourful wardrobe basics, all 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, and all of the organic cotton they use is GOTS certified.
Seasalt Cornwall – ££
Seasalt specialises in beautiful timeless clothing and stunning prints and is actively increasing the number of products they manufacture locally in the South West, Guernsey and across the UK, through their Locally Made project.
THTC Clothing – ££
Short for The Hemp Trading Company, THTC is an ethical clothing brand that specialises in eco-friendly organic and ethically sourced and produced politically-conscious street-wear.
Totty Rocks – £££
Edinburgh based Totty Rocks produce stylish retro-inspired clothing, all of which are designed and made in Scotland.
The White T-Shirt Co – ££
The White T-Shirt Co produces simple wardrobe basics in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. If you’re looking for the perfect ethical white t-shirt then step this way.
Have I missed any? Please pop your favourite ethical clothing brands in the comments below.
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