Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Where To Buy The Best Ethical Hoodies

Wondering where to buy the best sustainable and ethical hoodies to keep you comfortable and warm? Read on for the Moral Fibres top recommendations – from organic cotton hoodies and more.

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Many of us have faced up to the problems caused by fast fashion, and are instead trying to shop more ethically.

However, there are some areas of the ethical clothing market where it’s near impossible to find what you are looking for. Ethically made underwired bras. Men’s shirts. Smart trousers, or smart jackets for example. These are almost impossible to buy, save for shopping secondhand.

On the opposite end of the scale, we’ve got the ethical hoodie market. Ethical consumers are entirely spoiled for choice when it comes to finding organic, Fairtrade and ethically produced hoodies. But where to begin finding the best hoodies according to our budget and personal ethics? To help you out, I’ve rounded up my favourites to keep you sustainably cosy.

The Best Ethical Hoodies

Person wearing a green hoodie with a blue text box that says the best ethical and organic hoodies to keep you cosy.

Let me show you some of my favourite places to buy ethical hoodies.

The price range key for this guide is £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – £100 | £££ = £100+

I’m mindful that everyone has different ethics when it comes to clothing. As such, this guide has been designed to be a starting-off point for you to research the most sustainable option for your own particular set of ethics.

Colorful Standard’s Organic Hoodies

Person wearing yellow Colorful Standard hooded jumper

Price: ££

FitsXS – XXL

Gender: Unisex

Looking for a unisex ethical hoodie in every colour of the rainbow? Head straight to Colorful Standard*. This sustainable essentials brand specialises in high-quality unisex clothing in almost every colour you could ever imagine.

Sounds like hyperbole? Hyperbole it is not. Their hoodies come in an amazing 55 different colours – ranging from muted neutrals to bold and vibrant tones. If you can’t find the colour of hoodie you want at Colorful Standard then it probably doesn’t exist!

The best part is that you don’t have to compromise your ethics. All of their hoodies are ethically made in Portugal using 100% organic cotton. Colorful Standard also plants one tree for every order placed.

And whilst you might be worried about the environmental impact of their dyes, you can breathe easy.  Colorful Standard says all of the dyes we use to develop their various shades are all Oeko-Tex Certified. This is an independent verification scheme where their dyes have been thoroughly tested for harmful chemicals.

What’s more, their products are garment dyed. This means that the items are first produced, and then dyed according to demand only. This way, Colorful Standard can produce their products without wasting large quantities of dye.

Browse the selection of hoodies directly via the Colorful Standard website*.


TenTree’s Ethical Hoodies

Person wearing green TenTree ethical hoodie

Price: £ – ££

Fits: XS – XXL

Gender: Male and female styles available

TenTree*, a Canadian ethical clothing company is another company to have on your ethical clothing radar. As well as making stylish ethically and sustainably produced outdoors and casual wear, they plant 10 trees for every item you purchase – hence the name!

Trees are planted in different countries – mainly Madagascar, and Indonesia – in partnership with various reforestation charities, such as Trees for the Future. It is this partnership that ensures meaningful and sustainable replanting. 

Of course, it’s not just about the trees (although it’s a good place to start).  As a certified B-Corp, every TenTree item is ethically made using only sustainable fabrics.  When it comes to their hoodies, that means these are made from organic cotton.

Check out the TenTree hoodie range in the UK at Alpinetrek*.


Silverstick’s Ethical Hoodies

person wearing a blue silverstick hoodie

Price: ££

FitsUK women’s sizes 8 – 16 / men’s sizes S – XXL

Gender: Male, female and unisex styles available

Looking for outdoors clothing made by people that understand the meaning of outdoors performance wear? Try Silverstick*.

Silverstick says they are on a mission to get people outdoors. They describe themselves as outdoor people making sustainable clothes purpose-built for outdoor adventures. Each garment is stress-tested against anything the outdoors can throw at it, so you can be certain of its quality and longevity.

Their cosy ethical hoodies are made using 100% organic cotton, which is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This certification ensures that no harmful chemicals have been used in the cotton-growing process.

Their hoodies are then ethically manufactured in a GOTS accredited Turkish factory that meets the highest social and environmental standards. Every year their factory is independently inspected and certified by the Global Textile Organic Standard (GOTS) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI). This ensures ethical standards are upheld.

Silverstick also uses low-impact dyes that are independently certified as non-toxic. This means their clothes are free from nasties like heavy metals, ammonia treatments, azo dyes, bleaches, chlorine, phthalates and formaldehyde.

Explore the Silverstick range at Ethical Superstore*.


Ninety Percent

Ninety percent black hooded jumper

Price: ££ – £££

FitsXXS – XXL

Gender: Male and female styles available

Ninety Percent* is a London-based sustainable womenswear and menswear clothing label. They produce luxury ethical basics, such as organic cotton hoodies, and stylish tops crafted from supersoft Tencel. And not only that, but they have created a pioneering profit-sharing business model too.

This approach sees Ninety Percent sharing 90% of their distributed profits between five charitable causes close to their hearts, and those who make their clothes.

You can get involved too. When you buy an item of clothing from Ninety Percent, you can choose which charity you’d like to support with your purchase. Charities include War Child UK, Wild Aid, Big Life, and more. If you can’t choose, you can select to support all causes. Here, the distributed profits will be shared equally between all of the causes.

It’s not just the materials and the profit-sharing that make Ninety Percent a top choice for ethical hoodies. Every aspect of their operations is carefully considered. Ninety Percent shy away from short-lived trends, so you won’t find any fast fashion here. Instead, you’ll only find clothes built to last, and love.

In terms of manufacturing, all of Ninety Percent’s clothing is made in Bangladesh. Whilst at first glance that might not sound so ethical, their factory is an industry-leading garment manufacturing facility that puts people, planet and product first. From fair wages, health insurance and childcare, to a free hot lunch every day, they’re dedicated to setting the very best standard.

Shop Ninety Percent* directly via their website. Sign up to the Ninety Percent mailing list and get 20% off your first order.


Finisterre

Person on a beach wearing a navy blue Finisterre ethical hoodie

Price: ££ – £££

FitsUK women’s sizes 8 – 16 / Men’s sizes XS – XXL

Gender: Male and female styles available

If functional, durable, and sustainable are qualities high up on your hoodie wishlist, then try Finisterre*. With a wide range of ethical hoodies, made from organic cotton and other natural fibres, Finisterre’s clothes are designed for the needs of British surfers. The good news is that you don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate their well-made hoodies.

In terms of ethical credentials, Finisterre is the real deal. Since its inception in 2003, sustainability has been at the heart of everything they do. From their commitment to using plastic-free packaging to their commitment to using the most sustainable fabrics possible, Finistere has carefully considered all aspects of its business.

Finisterre will also help you to repair your Finisterre clothes, or they will repair them for you if you can’t. And when your clothes wear out, they offer a handy takeback scheme. Here they will either upcycle your old clothes into new products or fully recycle them. 

And in 2018, Finisterre became B Corp Certified. This means that Finisterre has been independently certified as a business that is committed to prioritising the environment and society in every aspect of its activities.

Browse Finisterre’s range of ethical hoodies* directly via their website. What’s more, sign up to their mailing list and get 10% off your first order.


Organic Basics

Person wearing a navy blue Organic Basics ethical hoodie.

Price: ££ – £££

FitsXS – XL

Gender: Male and female styles available

Danish-based Organic Basics* make stylish hoodies made from 100% organic cotton, in a range of colourways and weights.

As well as avoiding synthetic blends, Organic Basics takes its environmental and social impact seriously. In fact, sustainable thinking is placed at the centre of everything at Organic Basics.

For a start, their hoodies are ethically made in factories where they commit to fair wages and good working conditions. This means their factories are free of child labour and forced labour. It also means that their workers are given a safe working space, paid a living wage, offered employee perks like free lunch and childcare, and are treated with respect at all times.

However, their environmental and social thinking doesn’t stop there. Their factories are powered by solar power for a lower impact. And Organic Basics also operates zero-waste production methods to reduce textile waste.

When it comes to your clothing, Organic Basics design their clothing to last. And your items are even shipped to you plastic-free. In short, there’s a lot to love about Organic Basics.

Browse the selection directly via the Organic Basics website*. And use the exclusive discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout for 10% off your order.


Patagonia

Person wearing Patagonia organic hoodie

Price: ££ – £££

FitsXS – XXL

Gender: Male and female and styles available

Patagonia’s ethical hoodies* are Fairtrade certified. This means that as well as paying the Fairtrade premium, to ensure producers are paid a fair price, Patagonia pays an additional premium for every Patagonia item that carries the Fair Trade Certified™ sewn label. That extra money then goes directly to the workers at the factory, and they decide how to spend it.

Here workers have chosen to use the premiums to fund community projects. These have included health-care programmes or a child-care centre. In other cases, workers have chosen to purchase products they could not otherwise afford, like a laptop computer or a stove. Whilst in other cases, workers have opted to take a cash bonus. 

What’s more, Patagonia’s hoodies are designed to last and be repairable.  Their website also advises 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. 

Browse the selection of Patagonia hoodies in the UK via Alpinetrek*.


Here’s hoping you can find your dream ethical hoodie to cosy up to for years to come. And looking for more ethical clothing inspiration? Do check out my guide to women’s ethical clothing and men’s ethical clothing.

Main image used c/o Finisterre.

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The Beagle Button – The Easy Way to Shop Sustainably | AD

This post on The Beagle Button is paid-for content in association with Beagle.

Worried about climate change, and the environment? You are not alone. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), three-quarters of adults in Great Britain are concerned about climate change. Meanwhile, other studies show that concern for the environment and wildlife is also at record high levels.

Most of us are concerned about the environment in some way. However, when it comes to quickly popping online to pick up the essentials that we need, then it is easy to forget these concerns. Whether it’s simply the convenience that big online stores such as Amazon offer, or perhaps the lack of time to research ethical alternatives, it is easy to opt for the most convenient option rather than the more sustainable option.

Thankfully, Beagle has stepped in to offer some gentle encouragement and product suggestions via their free The Beagle Button browser extension to help you on your sustainability journey.

What Is The Beagle Button?

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The Beagle Button is a clever browser extension that you can install free of charge on your computer’s web browser – such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge – in just two simple clicks.

You’ll know it’s installed successfully, as a small beagle icon will appear at the top of your browser to let you know it’s there. This is reassuring, as when you are browsing non-shopping sites, then you wouldn’t even know that The Beagle Button was there – it does not interfere with your browsing experience in any way.

Once installed, The Beagle Button then beavers away in the background, doing all the hard work for you by sniffing out sustainable alternatives. This means when you are shopping online for a particular product or service, then if The Beagle Button thinks it has a better alternative, it will pop up and tell you it’s found something sustainable that you might like. You can then click through to view the product, or dismiss it and carry on with what you were doing – guilt-free.

The best bit? As sustainability means different things to different people, within your account you can pick specific sustainability preferences, that The Beagle Button will prioritise when it offers alternatives to you. These include:

  • Organic
  • Plastic-Free
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Long-Lasting
  • Ethically Made
  • Low-Carbon
  • Reusable
  • From Minority-Owned Organisations
  • From Female-Owned Organisations
  • Locally Made
  • Palm Oil Free
  • Saves You Money
  • Gives Back

For that extra sustainable edge, Beagle plants one tree for each new user that installs The Beagle Button. Beagle also plants one tree for each purchase made through The Beagle Button too.

How The Beagle Button Works

The alternatives that are displayed to you are not random. Instead, each product goes through a methodical research process. This ensures that the suggestions displayed are a good match for you. It also makes it as easy as possible for you to cut through greenwashing and shop sustainably.

To achieve this, first, Beagle’s dedicated team scours the internet for mission-driven brands that are committed to producing sustainable products. They then look for products that match their sustainability tags, such as the ones listed above.

Beagle then look at how sustainable these products really are. To do that, they give each product a score against their 5 sustainability pillars. These pillars are: Minimising Emissions, Reducing Waste, Supporting Workers, Protecting Animals, and Avoiding Chemicals. All of their products contribute to one or more of these pillars, with priority given to those products with low carbon emissions. Where relevant they also work with certifying bodies to test the claims that brands make.

As well as being sustainable, Beagle wants to make sure that the products they suggest are great to use. So they also look for reviews from customers who have bought the product and tried it out.

Products that pass these tests are added to their database alongside their sustainability score. When you’re browsing online, The Beagle Button quickly digs into this database to find the products that best match what you are looking at, as well as your sustainability preferences – before popping up at the side with their sustainable suggestions.

Reassuringly, their database isn’t static. Beagle is constantly re-assessing all of the products listed in their database. The team are also always searching for new products to make sure they only suggest the best alternatives they can find.

How Can It Be Free to Users – What’s The Catch?

With The Beagle Button, there’s no catch to using this free service. Rather than charging users to use the browser extension, or selling customer data, instead, Beagle takes a small commission from the sustainable retailer when you buy a suggested product. This allows them to generate income sustainably and ethically, whilst maintaining a free service for users.

This commission payment doesn’t influence the products you are shown. Beagle doesn’t accept payment from retailers who want to be listed or to be prioritised in listings. This is because their research process to find the best, most sustainable products in each category are completely independent. This means you only get results that you can trust.

Give It A Go Today

Want to make sustainable shopping easy? Download the free The Beagle Button extension today, and see how your buying power can be used for good.

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