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Babies, Families

Best Sustainable Baby Clothes To Know Now

Are you looking for the best sustainable baby clothes? Try these eco-conscious and ethical brands that focus on GOTS-certified organic cotton, organic bamboo, and other eco-friendly materials.

Buying baby clothes can be tricky – especially if you want to balance what’s best for you and your baby and what’s best for the planet. Particularly in the babywear market, many retailers are making sustainability claims. But are they really green?

There is greenwashing abound. BCI Cotton labeling, for example, is one used by major retailers to claim they are sustainable. But what I found is that BCI Cotton isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

To help you navigate the murky waters of greenwashing, I’ve picked out the best sustainable baby brands. I’ve focused on retailers for whom sustainability is very much part of their business ethos. From organic materials to ethical production, to considerations on durability. I’ve even found sustainable baby clothes brands embracing circularity, through repair and reuse schees.

What Are the Most Sustainable Baby Clothes?

As with anything, the most sustainable baby clothes are ones that you have been able to source secondhand. Some of my favourite places to source baby clothes secondhand include Gumtree, Facebook, and charity shops.

I’m also a fan of using eBay for secondhand baby clothes. I’ve had some real successes over the years on eBay – particularly when it comes to buying bundles of baby clothing. Pop something like “3 6 months bundle” into the search bar, to find people selling aged 3 -6 month baby clothes in bundles. It can be an incredibly affordable way of shopping sustainably. Check out some of my other secondhand clothes shops online if you are looking for more ideas.

The Best Sustainable Baby Clothes

An image of a yellow baby suit on a cream background with a blue text box that says the best sustainable baby clothes to know now.

Sometimes, however, you can’t always find what you are looking for secondhand. Or you might want to buy a special gift for a new baby. Therefore, I’ve rounded up some of my favourite places to shop for sustainable baby clothes, from brands that prioritise both people and the planet.

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.

Boody Baby

Boody's sustainable organic bamboo baby clothes

If you are looking for sustainable and organic basics for your baby then Boody Baby* is a great place to look. Every item in their Eco Baby collection is made from organic bamboo, that’s spun into supersoft fibres. From sleeveless bodysuits, to baby vests, bibs, and t-shirts you’ll find a host of eco-friendly basics in white, pink, or blue.

All of Boody’s items are produced adhering to the highest standards for both the planet and its workers. For peace of mind, Boody Baby carries Oeko-Tex’s “Confidence in Textiles” label. This is an independent certification that shows that all of Boody’s sustainable baby clothes are free from both pesticides and harmful chemicals. 

Boody Baby* is priced from £5 upwards. Sign up to the Boody mailing list, and get 15% off your first order.

The Bright Company

Baby wearing an ethical sleepsuit from The Bright Company

Fitting babies between 0 to 18 months, The Bright Company* creates gorgeous organic sleepsuits for babies. Ethically made in Portugal, from super-soft organic cotton jersey, and built to last, these are really special pieces. Slim-fitting, The Bright Company says that avoiding the baggy excessive fabric so common in sleepsuit designs today makes the first tentative crawls, steps, and runs much easier.

In terms of sizing, The Bright Company babywear fits true to size. However, they suggest that if your child is in-between sizes then you should go up a size. Simply roll up the sleeves and ankles so you get maximum wear out of the item.

Buy The Bright Company sleepsuits* for £26.

Frugi Sustainable Baby Clothes

Organic baby romper suit from Frugi

Frugi* makes wonderfully colourful and fun sustainable baby clothes and sleeping sacks. Their collection is made from GOTS certified organic cotton. This means that their clothing is independently certified to guarantee that the harvesting of the raw cotton, right the way through to the manufacturing and labelling has all been carried out in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

What I love is that a lot of thought has gone into the making of Frugi’s baby clothes. The clever two-way zip design on their suits means that you do not need to remove the whole suit when changing their nappy. What’s more, some of their clothing features clever extendable cuffs that unfold. This allows the all-in-one to grow with your baby, and means you can get a longer lifespan out of their baby clothes.

Meanwhile, many of their baby clothes have been designed to fit over fluffy cloth nappies. Many baby clothes manufacturers design with disposable nappies in mind, so it’s always great to find baby clothes that are designed to accommodate reusable nappies.

The average price of an item at Frugi* is around £25.

Little Green Radicals

Little Green Radicals snow suit

Little Green Radicals* make sustainable and Fairtrade baby clothes that are made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. What’s more the bags Little Green Radicals use to protect their clothes are 100% compostable, made from non-genetically modified corn starch.

Find basics, such as baby grows, bodysuits and pyjamas, stylish outfits, and baby outwear. Romper suits cost around £22.

Organic Zoo

Two twin babies wearing sustainable baby clothes from Organic Zoo.

Organic Zoo* makes timeless 100% organic clothing for babies. What’s more, their organic raw cotton comes from certified fair trade suppliers. This means that the cotton farmers get a fairer price for their crop. All of their baby clothes are then designed in Brighton, and then ethically made in Europe. Keen to reduce wastage, here any leftover fabric is cleverly used for mattress filling.

All of Organic Zoo’s sustainable baby clothes are soft and gentle on your baby’s skin. What’s more, all of their clothing is unisex and well-made so that it’s outgrown, not worn out, so that clothes to be handed on and enjoyed by other little ones. 

Prices start from £32* for separates.

Polarn O. Pyret

Babies wearing Polarn O Pyrets sustainable baby clothes

As well as selling pre-term clothes for premature babies (the only ethical retailer I’ve found offering this), Polarn O. Pyret* has the largest collection of eco-friendly baby clothes going. From GOTS certified organic cotton to organic wool and other sustainable materials, you’ll find every item of sustainable baby clothes you could ever need here.

Every garment is made to last at least 3 children, if not many more. What’s more, many of their styles are designed to grow with your little one. From roll-down cuffs to adjustable waists and extendable bodysuits, everything has been carefully considered.

Polarn O. Pyret has many great sustainability measures in place too.  They offer a free repairs service to fix zips and replace broken poppers on all of their outerwear garments. This is regardless of when they were purchased.

They have also recently introduced a buy-back scheme. Here, when your child grows out of their Polarn O. Pyret clothes, they will help you find a new owner for it. In return, you’ll receive a voucher to use on new items online. At the moment, this only applies to outerwear, such as jackets and rain trousers. Hopefully, this may expand in the future to all of their clothes. I’ll keep you updated here.

Prices at Polarn O. Pyret* start from £12 for organic baby leggings, through to £22 for sleepsuits.

Toby Tiger

A baby wearing one of Toby Tiger's bright ethical babygrows.

Toby Tiger* makes fun sustainable baby clothes in a riot of colour and pattern. These are all ethically made from GOTS certified organic cotton.

Their bold and bright clothes feature clever components to make for fuss-free changing. This includes envelope necklines and leg poppers. What’s more, you’ll find extra room to fit cloth nappies comfortably.

From sleepsuits to pyjamas, separates, bibs, and outwear, they have almost all of your ethical baby needs covered.

Organic cotton bodysuits start from £8.99, to £40 for cosy fleece hoodies.

If you are looking for clothes for older kids, do try my guide to ethical kid’s clothing. Here I cover everything, from tots to teens.

Fashion, Life & Style

45+ Women’s Ethical Clothing Brands for 2022

Looking for the best women’s ethical clothing brands? I’ve got over forty-five sustainable brands here for you today, with some exclusive discount codes for Moral Fibres readers. I also update this list frequently (last updated January 2022) 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.

Change Happens

However, sometimes our clothes do wear out, our size changes, or our lifestyle changes. You might not 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 women's 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 2022

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

women's 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: ££

Caters 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.


Boyish Jeans

Budget: £££

Caters for sizes: XS – XL

Boyish Jeans* work exclusively with recycled fabrics and materials to create their stylish denim products. This means that their ethical clothing has a much smaller impact, particularly in terms of water usage. As well as using recycled fabrics, Boyish Jeans also employ ethical and sustainable practices when developing and manufacturing their products.


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.  They have also recently introduced 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. If you are local to Totnes, you can also visit their shop to see their pieces up close.


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 for women 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 footprint.  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 women's ethical clothing

Budget: ££

Caters for sizes 8 – 16

Komodo* sell ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as ethical. As one of the first ethical clothing brands, running since 1988, they’ve taken sustainable fashion seriously.

Komodo uses premium quality organic, natural, and eco fibres, and they are both GOTS certified and a member of the Soil Association. What’s more, most of Komodo’s products are vegan and all are cruelty-free. They also no longer have single-use plastic in their supply chain. And as a member of 1% for the Planet, Komodo donates to the Sumatran Orangutan Society who is restoring natural rainforests and ecosystems, through the purchase and repurposing of palm oil plantations.


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?  Do 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

sustainable clothing brands

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.  And, 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

women's sustainable and ethical 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 Women’s Ethical Clothing

Budget: £££

Caters 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

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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 2022:

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. This is because 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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