Top 10 Ethical Clothing Companies

We have researched 87 clothing brands to find the most ethical clothing companies. The companies below all score well on our ratings system, with many showing commitment to the environment and workers rights.

All the companies here score our best rating for supply chain management and sell apparel that is often organic, fairtrade, or made from recycled materials.

All the brands below are featured in our guides to ethical fashion or jeans.

1. Know The Origin

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Ethical score: 15

Clothing type: t-shirts, shirts, trousers, hoodies, underwear

Why shop here: Know the Origin specialises in supply chain transparency, tracing all products back to origin. It uses 100% organic cotton, and three quarters of this is also Fairtrade. The company uses low impact dyes that don’t contain toxic chemicals and are azo-free.

Know the Origin’s materials are sourced from suppliers that use cooperative structures – it even provides the names and addresses of these and is fully transparent. They visit producers every four months, conduct their own audits, and work with local trade unions. In an interview with Ethical Consumer in 2018 the company said “Often the suppliers and producers are an afterthought for a lot of brands… it’s not enough.” Know the Origin is an ethical leader in the clothing industry.

View our full Company Profile for Know The Origin.

2. Earthmonk

image: earthmonk clothing ethical consumer sustainable fashion brand

Ethical score: 15

Clothing type: t-shirts and beanies, men's hoodies

Why shop here: Earthmonk is an ethical leader because it uses 100% organic cotton, water-based printing inks, and posts its products out to consumers using biodegradable Biothene mail bags. In an interview with Ethical Consumer Earthmonk said “Once the bales of organic cotton arrive the whole production is done under one roof, from the making of the fabric to the finished garment, even the embroidery on the edging of our hoodies!” To top it off, Earthmonk donates 10% of the price of each garment to projects in the Peruvian Amazon.

View our full Company Profile for Earthmonk.

3. MUD Jeans

image: mud jeans denim skirt sustainable fashion ethical

Ethical score: 15

Clothing type: jeans, shorts, skirts, shirts, t-shirts, jackets, all largely denim

Why shop here: MUD only uses organic or recycled materials. It got a Best Ethical Consumer rating for Supply Chain Management, with a very detailed policy considering it’s a small company. It’s also taken extra steps to ensure workers are protected - for example, by banning sandblasting in its supply. Sandblasting has been heavily criticised for its health risks, including exposing workers to deadly lung disease silicosis. As a registered B-Corporation, this is an ethical company that stands out from the crowd.

To find out more about MUD and the technologies that they use to make their recycled jeans, listen to our podcast on ditching high street fashion brands.

View our full Company Profile for MUD

4. Where Does It Come From?

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Ethical score: 15

Clothing type: shirts and African tunics

Why shop here: Where Does It Come From? makes clothing using khadi, a cotton fabric that’s handwoven and handspun in co-operatives in India. This process uses virtually no carbon. The company’s fabrics are dyed by hand in large water vats, which uses just a fifth of the water needed in more standard dying processes. The dyes are a mix of Azo-free and natural dyes. The company received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for Supply Chain management, and said “We only work with production partners whose ethos aligns with our own – that is that they have social and environmental goals as their key motivation.” Read the founder’s article about the Ethical Fashion Revolution.

View our full Company Profile for Where Does It Come From?

 

Beyond Retro

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Ethical score: 14.5

Clothing type: everything incl sportswear and jeans. Vintage (i.e. second hand) and reworked

Why shop here: Buying second-hand is always best – step forward Beyond Retro, our most recommended second-hand option. Its own label is made from reclaimed materials: "Beyond Retro LABEL is made entirely from secondhand fabrics, and trims and hardware are re-used when possible." 

The company fully operates the factory in India where its Beyond Retro LABEL clothes are produced, and it is in daily communication with the factory via Skype. As the company only uses reclaimed materials, the company is a good option for those who want to avoid the animal exploitation involved in buying from companies that source leather as a coproduct of the meat industry.

View our full Company Profile for Beyond Retro.

6. Greenfibres

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Ethical score: 14.5

Clothing type: t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, jogging pants, underwear

Why shop here: Greenfibres is aptly named – it got Ethical Consumer’s best rating for environmental reporting. The company uses organic and natural textiles and seeks to “re-establish and support local textile production and manufacture in the UK”. 

Greenfibres has taken steps to ensure workers’ rights, too. The company says "There is no point in selling a product made with organic materials if it has been made under compromised working conditions.” 90% of Greenfibres’ produce is certified by GOTS which assures a certain level of workers’ rights. The company has worked with over half its suppliers for over 15 years, and is involved in a range of environmental and workers rights initiatives.

View our full Company Profile for Greenfibres.

7. Rapanui

image: rapanui ethical clothing brand polar bear tshirt

Ethical score: 14.5

Clothing type: t-shirts, hoodies, socks, men's boxers

Why shop here: Rapanui received Ethical Consumer’s best rating for several categories, including Environmental Reporting. The factories where its products are made are powered by renewable energy. All of its products are GOTS compliant, which helped the company get best ratings for Pollution and Toxics and Supply Chain Management.

View our full Company Profile for Rapanui.

8. Kuyichi

image: kuyichi sustainable ethical fashion brand  stripy jumper

Ethical score: 14

Clothing type: t-shirts, shirts, jackets, sweaters, jeans, men's chinos, shorts

Why shop here: All Kuyichi products are made from organic, recycled, or other sustainable materials – making it a great option for those seeking to reduce their impact on the planet. Kuyichi’s cotton is GOTS certified, and the company got Ethical Consumer’s best rating for Supply Chain Management.

View our full Company Profile for Kuyichi.

9. People Tree

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Ethical score: 13

Clothing type: leggings, activewear, tops, trousers, underwear, dresses, skirts, jeans

Why shop here: People Tree sells organic and Fairtrade clothing and got Ethical Consumer’s best rating for environmental reporting. The company uses organic cotton and other low impact materials like TENCEL in its clothing range, and is committed to using Azo-free dyes. People Tree is accredited by the World Fair Trade Organization, Fairtrade Foundation and the Soil Association. What’s more, the People Tree Fair Trade Group Ltd, that owns the People Tree brand, is 25% owned by Oikocredit: which is a micro financing cooperative. 

View our full Company Profile for People Tree.

10. Living Crafts

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Ethical score: 13

Clothing type: full range including underwear and t-shirts, jeans. Also retails Kidswear.

Why shop here: Living Crafts is a great option for childrenswear. Its website has infographics showing the environmental impacts of conventional clothes manufacture in comparison with its own supply chain.

Most of its clothes are organic (GOTS certified), made using thermo-mechanic equipment only. Some items were made using 100% wind power. In terms of workers’ rights, the company says “Fair trade is a matter that is close to our heart. This includes adequate wages, fair working conditions and long-term partnership contracts with our producers.” Living Crafts has been a member of non-profit Fair Wear Foundation since 2016, which works to improve working conditions in the textile and clothing industry. 

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