Looking to green your wardrobe? Try our guide to the best UK hemp clothing brands for men and women.
In our quest to find the best ethical clothing brands, it’s been refreshing to find more and more brands offering sustainable clothing made from hemp.
Hemp is a sustainability superhero. Naturally pest-resistant, and drought-tolerant, hemp is incredibly fast-growing and can grow on land that isn’t suitable for food production. This means your clothing isn’t displacing space on farmland that could otherwise be used for growing food.
Growing hemp can also restore nutrients to the soil. So much so, that hemp is often grown by farmers to help restore poor soil, before planting food crops.
And that’s not the only environmental benefit – hemp absorbs huge amounts of carbon whilst it grows. Researchers have found that hemp is twice as effective as trees at absorbing carbon.
In short, growing hemp is great for the planet, but is hemp something you actually want to wear?
The good news is that this once much-maligned fabric has had a style makeover. Once the preserve of festival fashion, hemp is now one of the hottest fabrics in the sustainable fashion world.
Some brands offer clothing made from pure hemp, for that lux linen-like look. Others blend their hemp with organic cotton, to make super soft yet durable clothing that feels good and does good for the planet.
Guide To The Best Hemp Clothing Brands In The UK
But where to find these stylish yet sustainable hemp clothing brands? Worry not. I’ve done all the legwork for you to bring you the ethical brands giving hemp a modern makeover.
I’ve categorised these brands by size range and by budget, to help you find the pieces that fit your preferences with ease.
The price range key for this guide is:
£ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+
Use these quick links to jump to information about each clothing brand, or keep scrolling for the full post:
Budget: £ – £££
Caters for: Men (sizes XS – 3XL) and Women (UK sizes 6 – 20)
Available from John Lewis
Thought isn’t exclusively a hemp clothing brand. Yet with more than 40 items of men’s and women’s ethical hemp clothing at the time of writing, it’s definitely one of the largest hemp clothing collections I’ve found.
Thought’s approach to ethical fashion is one to be commended. The brand uses only certified natural and recycled fibres and fabrics and makes its clothes ethically.
Thought also makes its clothes from start to finish in the same country. This prevents them from being shipped from country to country, for example, to add buttons or zips, which is a common practice within the fashion industry.
Its stylish hemp clothing is available in a wide range of styles – from dresses to men’s shirts, as well as dungarees and trousers. You can even find hemp socks for sustainably cosy toes.
Budget: ££ – £££
Caters for: Men (sizes XS – XL) and Women (UK sizes 6 -14)
Available from Afends
Originally formed to print brand merchandise for punk and hardcore bands, Afends has always been driven by environmental and social impacts.
As such, Afends strives to do what’s best for people and the planet; and to design and deliver durable, eco-friendly and timeless apparel that will last a lifetime.
Afends only uses sustainable fibres to make its clothing. Whilst not exclusively a hemp clothing brand, you can find jeans made from hemp denim. Crafted from an all-natural blend of hemp and organic cotton, this denim is softer, more durable and kinder to the planet than conventional denim.
Also look out for shorts, trousers, dungarees, shirts, t-shirts, dresses, bags, hats, fleece jackets and socks – all made from hemp.
The Hemp Shop Co
Budget: £ – £££
Caters for: men and women (sizes vary – check each item)
Available from The Hemp Shop Co.
If you are looking for a brand that only offers clothing made from hemp, then check out The Hemp Shop Co.
This online shop is dedicated to bringing you all things hemp – bringing together many niche hemp brands under one online roof.
Since its origins in 1995, The Hemp Shop Co says it has pushed for good working conditions in its production and supply chains.
The Hemp Shop Co ask its suppliers to provide assurance that their production facilities and supply chains are adhering to environmental standards, fair working conditions, fair wages and ethical treatment of workers as far as is reasonably possible.
Whilst its website is straight out of 1995, don’t let that put you off. You can find hemp clothing for almost every occasion. The selection here is vast. From activewear to underwear, and everything in between. In fact, if you can’t the hemp item that you are looking for here, you probably won’t ever find it!
7319 Maison Chanvre
Budget: ££ – £££
Caters for: Men and women (sizes XS – XL)
Available from Veo
Looking for sustainable streetwear made from hemp? Try 7319 Maison Chanvre – available in the UK at Veo.
This gender-neutral hemp clothing brand seeks to champion change in the fashion industry by creating more sustainable and more durable everyday clothing essentials without cutting corners on quality.
All of 7319 Maison Chanvre’s clothing is made ethically in Portugal, from a blend of 67% hemp and 33% organic cotton. The resultant fabric is breathable, durable and softens with a firm and luxurious feel, wash after wash.
Sustainability is key to Maison Chanvre. Every part of the manufacturing process has been carefully considered to be as kind to the planet as possible. This ethos flows right down to its labels – all made from hemp – and its plastic-free packaging.
Budget: £ – £££
Caters for: Men and women (sizes XXS – XXL)
Available from Wildbounds
TenTree is a Canadian ethical clothing company, available in the UK via Wildbounds, that makes stylish ethically and sustainably produced outdoor and casual wear.
TenTree also plants 10 trees for every item you purchase – hence the name!
Trees are planted in different countries – mainly Madagascar and Indonesia. This is carried out in partnership with various charities that plant trees, such as Trees for the Future, to ensure 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, tree planting is just one part of TenTree’s commitment to sustainability. Whilst TenTree isn’t exclusively a hemp clothing brand, every TenTree item is also ethically made using only sustainable and responsibly sourced fabrics such as cork, coconut and hemp.
Find stylish clothing made from hemp including t-shirts and shorts that you’ll want to wear time and time again.
Budget: ££ – £££
Caters for: Men and women (sizes XXS to 4XL)
Available from Alpinetrek
Patagonia – the ethical outdoor clothing stalwarts – makes inclusively-sized and responsibly-made clothing that is designed to last and be repairable.
If you don’t know your way around a sewing box, then don’t worry. Its website advises on how to repair all Patagonia items, which is very useful.
And for any clothing that can’t be repaired then you can drop it off at a Patagonia store for recycling or repurposing.
Patagonia uses many sustainable, recycled, and vegan-friendly fabrics and materials in its collection. This includes hemp, which pops up in more than a few of its sustainable outdoor gear pieces. Plus all of its clothing is finished with PVC-free inks, toxin-free dyes, and environmentally-friendly waterproof finishes for extra peace of mind.
Caters for: men (size S – XL) and women (UK sizes 8 – 16)
Available from Immaculate Vegan
Komodo sells ethically sourced, organic, and natural fibre fashion that’s every bit as stylish as it is ethical.
As one of the first ethical clothing brands – running since 1988 – the majority of Komodo’s products are vegan and cruelty-free.
Komodo also uses premium quality organic, natural, and eco-friendly fibres to make its clothes. As such, hemp makes more than a passing appearance in Komodo’s men’s and women’s clothing collections.
From vegan jeans blended with hemp to tops and tees made from a blend of hemp and GOTS-certified organic cotton, there’s a fair bit of choice when it comes to adding hemp to your wardrobe.
And as a member of 1% for the Planet, Komodo donates to the Sumatran Orangutan Society. This charity is restoring natural rainforests and ecosystems, through the purchase and repurposing of palm oil plantations.
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Immaculate Vegan mailing list.
Budget: £ – ££
Caters for: Women (UK sizes 6 – 20)
Available from John Lewis
British outdoors brand Passenger makes eco-conscious clothing for all of life’s adventures.
Over 80% of its range is made using responsible materials. This includes recycled cotton, recycled polyester, hemp and organic cotton.
Its hemp collection included sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, shorts, vests and casual shirts.
Here the hemp is blended with organic cotton to produce a fabric this is durable yet super soft.
With water-based inks, even the prints are kind to the environment.
What’s also to love is that Passenger plants a tree with every order placed. Passenger additionally donates each month to The Rainforest Trust, to protect existing trees and soils all over the world. Each month Passenger protects a minimum of 65 acres with each donation.
As you can see, these pioneering ethical and sustainable brands really are helping to shake off hemp’s negative preconceptions and bring hemp to a whole new audience.
As I find more brands, I’ll be sure to add them here, so do check back later for more hemp inspiration!