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Are you looking for zero waste clothing brands that won’t break the bank?
Below you can find a list of 15 great options!
These zero waste fashion brands focus on sustainable fabrics and the well-being of their employees & the planet.
Additionally, they offer amazing ethical clothing pieces, some of them for under $100.
For each brand, you can find – ethics, product range, price range, pros & cons, and personal picks (clothing items preview).
For the purpose of this article, I’ll use the following pricing scale:
In the end, you can also find the difference between fast fashion & slow fashion, and two tips, when shopping for sustainable clothes.
Now let’s begin!
15 Zero Waste Clothing & Fashion Brands:
Ethics: Sweatshop-free. “We only work with makers we can meet, greet, and share honest to goodness relationships with.”
Product Range: Simple staples. Classic apparel for men and women.
Price Range: $40 – $60
Theo The Label is an independent Australian clothing brand that produces staple clothing items for both men and women.
Their designs are simple, and their priorities are comfort and quality.
The collections are universal and designed for anyone to wear and enjoy.
- They have a section with each creator of the clothing.
So, if you want to learn more about who made your clothes, you can find the list on their website and read more about them.
- They make a few pieces per clothing, to keep things unique, special, and sustainable.
- Because the company is quite small, they still don’t have any third-party certifications* (or I couldn’t find one on the website).
*Third–party certification – It means that an independent organization has reviewed the manufacturing process of a product/brand and has independently determined that the final product complies with specific standards on its workers, customers, community, and environment.
Ethics: Eco-restorative, 100% biodegradable, sustainable, tested for harmful substances.
Product Range: Dresses, tops, and bottoms for women. All-year-round luxury basics and essentials.
Price Range: $40 – $60
The Great Beyond is an ethical clothing brand, using bamboo fabric, which is 100% biodegradable and eco-restorative.
The lightweight material is breathable and thermo-regulating.
The Great Beyond has moisture-wicking features, so the clothing is easy to care for, plus kind to your skin.
The Great Beyond is OEKO Tex certified, meaning that their fabrics are certified free of harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.
- They use recycled PET (Polyester), made from plastic water bottles, which prevents the plastics of going into landfill.
- Not sharing about their manufacturing process.
- Not having a lot of information about their ethical suppliers, or how they ensure a healthy and positive environment for their workers.
Ethics: Organic, vegan, eco-friendly, and sustainable.
Product Range: Eco-conscious female intimates and swimwear, and effortless everyday essentials.
Price Range: $40 – $60
Le Buns is offering a simple but beautiful collection of intimates and swimwear.
Their fresh designs flatter the female form so that you can look and feel your best both in the sea and on the land.
The luxurious fibers used are natural, organic, and regenerated. The designs are classic and timeless.
LE BUNS uses plant-based fabrics that are cruelty-free & vegan. Furthermore, they ship in recycled paper, or home compost grade mailer bags, without any unnecessary wrapping paper.
- For every one pair of Organic Cotton Underwear sold, LE BUNS donates a pair to their charity partner, Share The Dignity, to a woman in need throughout Australia.
- Vegan & cruelty-free fabrics.
- Not sharing too much information about the manufacturing process.
- Not being certified by third parties.
4. Armed Angels
Ethics: Organic, eco-friendly, and Fair-trade – “We believe fairness is never out of fashion.”
Product Range: Contemporary apparel for men and women, including denim, knitwear, and accessories.
Price Range: $60 – $80
Armed Angels is a zero waste clothing brand that only uses sustainable materials such as organic cotton, organic linen, organic wool, recycled polyester, Lenzing Modal®, and Tencel®.
They show that these are not just empty words by being GOTS certified since 2011.
They offer contemporary designs and a modern collection that will stand the test of time.
When you shop with this brand, you know that you are supporting fair working conditions. This is a brand that believes in fair fashion over fast fashion.
- 90% vegan – animal-free products are marked with the PETA-Approved Vegan certificate.
- Armed Angels work with The Fair Wear Foundation, an international initiative that aims to improve working conditions across the globe
- Fairtrade members, which goal is to improve the life of farmers and paying fair wages.
- Transparent about their manufacturing process. You can find each step described on their website here.
Ethics: Eco-friendly materials.
Product Range: Homeware and women’s clothing. Includes a yoga range, essentials, underwear, and accessories.
Price Range: $40 – $60
Beaumont Organic is an eco-friendly homeware and women’s clothing and accessories brand.
There are no pesticides, chemicals, or GMO seeds present during production. The company also claims that supports fair wages and working conditions.
They believe in paying reasonable prices for their materials. Beaumont Organic has a contemporary British style.
- Beaumont Organic works with factories in the EU (Portugal) that pay fair wages.
- They claim that their cotton is GOTS certified.
- For SS20 they are working to bring full traceability for their customers, for every product.
- Not sharing too much on their website about their processes. However their goals are:
“We are working to bring our customers full traceability of every product, from the farm where the raw materials are grown, to the factory that cut and stitched the garment.”
Ethics: Contemporary, ethical & sustainable brand.
Product Range: Apparel for men and women, including nightwear, socks, accessories, and knitwear.
Price Range: $40 – $60
Thought clothing is a UK brand that ships worldwide. They use bamboo, organic cotton, and hemp fabrics. Their collections are sustainably sourced and crafted with natural materials.
The designs are contemporary, and the original styles will make you stand out from the crowd while providing an authentic vibe.
While Thought is not a vegan brand, they have a vegan section on their website, which has been certified vegan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
They claim that their employees are entitled to fair wages, decent working conditions, and the fundamental standards set out by the International Labour Organisation.
- Thought partners with Smart Works – a charity that supports out-of-work women through interview training and head-to-toe dressing. They donate their unworn production samples every season.
- The company donates clothing to Triad – a charity that stops over 3,000 tonnes of clothing going to landfill every year.
- In Kind Direct is another partner of the company, which redistributes products from companies to charities, social enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.
- Their environmental policy is not very straightforward, as they don’t give specific information, and they write:
- “Materials are sourced from natural, organic, renewable and recycled sources wherever possible.”
- …Best available practice will be sought in the selection of chemicals and manufacturing processes, wherever possible.“
- “… All factory discharges to the atmosphere, water, and land are within legal limits and have as minimal an impact on the local environment, people, and ecosystems as possible.”
It would be nice if they describe what “wherever possible” means.
Ethics: Supports body-positivity, anti-sweatshop, and sustainability. “Life fluctuates. Your clothing doesn’t have to.“
Product Range: Wardrobe staples for women, including tops, bottoms, dresses, jumpsuits, and outerwear.
Price Range: $80 – $100
Based out of LA, Sotela is a sustainable clothing brand for women. They believe that well-designed clothing doesn’t have to compromise people or the planet.
They don’t believe in using sweatshop labor. They also use eco-friendly fabrics, such as linen, Tencel, and modal. Recycled paper is used for marketing products.
Their pieces are hand-made from start to finish at their studio in California.
Sotela is on the pricier side, but they also have a “Sale” section, with some amazing & affordable pieces.
- Sotela uses sustainable materials such as Tencel Twill, Tencel, Modal, and Linen.
- There is no further information/proof on some of their claims, like:
“We believe there’s a responsible way to create products that doesn’t harm the planet.”
- Sotela uses spandex, which is a synthetic fiber, with a plastic base, known for its elasticity.
8. Ten Tree
Ethics: “Inspired By Nature, Made From Nature.”
Product Range: Sustainable apparel for men and women, including accessories.
Price Range: $60 – $80
Designed in Canada, ethically manufactured around the world. The brand plants 10 trees with every single order from their website.
Ten Tree is committed to minimizing its environmental impact while focusing on the well-being of its employees with ethical labor rights, and safe workplaces.
They also claim that their goal is to become the most progressive brand on the planet.
The brand is focused on keeping its business practices as transparent as possible.
Ten Tree uses the following materials:
- Tencel – wood pulp fiber
- Recycled Polyester – discarded plastic bottles
- Organic Cotton – made sustainably
- Hemp – natural, durable and anti-microbial
Their apparel is comfortable, cozy and casual, but includes an unusual and subtle touch of style. Find my picks below!
- 34,125,980 trees planted to date – Wow! Their goal is to plant 5 billion trees by 2030.
- They have new Climate+ packages, that plant trees to offset daily actions, like long showers, daily driving, plastic bags, even toilet paper or avocados! The Climate+ rehabilitates ecosystems and provides jobs across the globe.
- Tentree analyzed their current production lines to identify their impact. If you are interested in finding the environmental footprint of Tentree’s products, see the analysis here. (UPDATE: I can’t seem to access this page anymore. )
Ethics: Sustainable materials and production processes and supporting in-need communities around the world.
Product Range: More sporty & activewear for men, women, and kids. Including essentials, sports bras, and shoes.
Price Range: $60 – $80
Threads 4 Thought is an eco-friendly brand, using materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing modal.
They focus on leaving a smaller impact on today’s environment.
T4T shows dedication to supporting in-need communities around the world, which is a great aspect of the company.
They have a long-lasting relationship with The International Rescue Committee, which helps refugee communities the opportunity for a better life.
- They support different communities in-need around the world.
- They use spandex, which is not the most environmentally friendly material.
- No further information about some of their claims, such as: “Threads 4 Thought is committed to working exclusively with factories that hold the highest industrial certifications.”
Ethics: Ethical manufacturing and sustainable materials.
Product Range: Simple and affordable quality essentials for men and women.
Price Range: $60 – $80
Kotn’s clothing collection uses 100% Egyptian cotton. The brand works directly with 690 smallholder cotton farms in Egypt.
This helps to rebuild the cotton industry from the inside by buying raw cotton from the farmers.
The company then makes its own fabrics. By scrapping the middle man, they can provide fair wages and affordable prices.
The company offset 100% of each order – you can find more details in your “bag”. Upon completion of the order, the offset will be purchased to green your transaction:
- Kotn funded 5 schools in Nile Delta, Egypt, where half a million children are without access to education. Also, 2 are currently under construction!
- They are trying to be transparent, by showing their process, that you can “trace” here.
- They are certified by a third party – The B Corp movement.
Ethics: Organic & Fairtrade.
Product Range: Women, men & baby clothing. Intimates essentials, sleepwear. Bedding & Bath.
Ethics: Organic & Fairtrade
Product Range: Women, men & baby clothing. Intimates essentials, sleepwear. Bedding & Bath
Price Range: $40 – $60
PACT offers comfy clothing made with organic cotton.
The brand uses 100% organic cotton, grown without fertilizers, or any other harmful chemicals while saving gallons of water on every item they make.
Organic cotton uses up to 95% less water than conventional cotton during the wash phase.
Plus, it doesn’t contain the harsh chemicals, bleaches, or dyes that regular cotton uses.
Their clothing is manufactured in safe facilities, and it’s sweatshop-free and child-labor-free.
Some of their items are Fair Trade, so with a purchase of it, you support better conditions for cotton farmers.
- Pact has GOTS Certification (The Global Organic Textile Standard).
- They use organic cotton for most of their clothing.
- Some of their products are Fair Trade Certified.
- “All our clothing is manufactured in safe facilities” – Great claim, we would love to know more about it, since there is no further information on “how” they do it.
- They use Elastane, which is a variant of Spandex – synthetic fiber known for its elasticity. This makes it not the most environmental material.
12. LUCY & YAK
Ethics: Ethical, independent, and handmade
Product Range: UNISEX apparel for men and women
Price Range: $40 – $80
LUCY & YAK are “the leaders of the comfort movement.” Their apparel is extremely comfy, and honestly, one of my favorite from the whole list.
The new-born, small company has 13 employees in the UK and a factory with about 30 people in India.
Most of their clothing is made in India, and they personally know everyone who makes their dungarees.
They always pay the ‘Living wage’, and they claim that their tailors are paid four times the state minimum wage.
One of their values is to treat their staff with respect – “no matter how big or small their role is”.
In their new factories, they have solar panels installed on the roof, so the goal is to power the factory 100% of the time.
They have great environmental goals, and one of them is to start using new fabrics, made from recycled plastic bottles.
Their current materials are organic cotton, and low-impact dyes, for their colorful & funky apparel!
- They admit that they aren’t perfect, but they aim to always work towards a positive environmental impact.
Ethics: 100% organic textile, eco-friendly dyes, locally sourced ingredients, fair-trade.
Product Range: Cute Organic Female Clothing, Accessories & Yoga Apparel.
Rice Range: $60 – $80
MAYAMIKO has a “zero waste policy” that ensures ALL scrap fabric gets turned into something – pretty cool if you ask me!
Furthermore, they use solar power, and their materials are locally sourced. This results in a smaller footprint, and it supports the local community.
MAYAMIKO are continually trying to find new ways of reducing their impact.
The brand uses GOTS certified cotton wherever possible, which saves water, electricity, and it reduces toxic chemicals.
They partner with the non-profit organization One Tree Planted. So, every purchase equals one planted tree.
- MAYAMIKO up-cycles scrab fabrics.
- They have an initiative to donate recyclable sanitary pads to girls in refugee camps, alongside feminine hygiene programs.
- They try to minimize any waste at the point of cutting by using a zero-waste pattern cutting technique.
- MAYAMIKO is a member of the Iprefer30 campaign, which promotes an easy way to lower CO2 emissions, save energy, and help the environment, by just making a few small changes in our washing habits.
14. Made Trade
Ethics: Sustainable & fair trade, Vegan, Upcycled & Reclaimed materials.
Product Range: Male & Female Clothing, Shoes, Accessories. Products for the home & Furniture.
Price Range: $60 – $100
Made Trade focuses on sustainability by collecting raw materials in the most earth-friendly ways.
They work the most exceptionally designed, ethically sourced goods from artisans and makers around the world. Their goals are:
- to work with brands who are fair trade certified
- to provide safe working conditions and anti-poverty wages
Made Trade is focused on upcycled plastics, reclaimed materials, natural and local materials such as plant and mineral-based dyes.
They offer a variety of vegan products, which are made with earth-friendly materials that are entirely animal-free.
- They fund the ADPML project in Pará, Brazil, dedicated to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.
- They are part from 1% for the Planet – a program founded by Patagonia where businesses commit to donating 1% of sales to environmentally-focused non-profits.
Ethics: Sustainable & high-quality brand
Product Range: Female clothing, shoes
Price Range: $80 – $100
Reformation stands on the edge of affordable, since it is, in fact, a bit more pricey. However, you can find amazing clothing pieces for under $100. (especially if you catch a Sale!)
The brand invests in green building infrastructure to minimize its waste, water, and energy footprints.
The very cool thing about Reformation is that they calculate their overall environmental footprint, based:
- carbon dioxide emissions
- water usage
- total waste production
Reformation also shared their fiber standards, which includes five categories that you can find here.
About their designs, I’ll share something from their website, that, I think, it describes their style perfectly:
“Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure.”
If you dig on their website for a bit longer, you can find all of the sustainable practices they are focusing on. Some things I found worth mentioning are:
- REFORMATION is a partner with the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation Project and the BEF Water Restoration Program to help put back some of the resources they used.
- They are focused on low impact fabrics
- Third-party certifications (Bluesign, Oeko-Tex) for low-impact and safe dye practices
- REF source electricity offsets from 100% wind power supplies. The brand uses LEd lighting and Energy Star-rated appliances in their offices. They recycle, compost, and donate textile scraps, whenever possible.
FAQ – Slow fashion VS Fast fashion:
What does fast fashion mean?
The modern world exposes us most to fast fashion.
Fast fashion products fill retail stores on the high street and online.
Most of our wardrobes contain clothing items that are from fast fashion brands. This is because they are so affordable!
These are familiar brands available on the high street, making shopping convenient. They make it easy to follow current style trends.
The problem with fast fashion is low price tags, which result in lower quality clothing, and it means less value for money.
Low pricing results in a harsher impact on the environment, and the employees.
Related post: What Are The Disadvantages Of Fast Fashion?
What does slow fashion mean?
Sustainable fashion is a movement that involves using recycled textiles and fabrics made from sustainable fibers. Brands place a high emphasis on production processes.
Their main goal is to reduce the environmental impact as a whole.
Ethical fashion brands focus on quality over quantity and increased longevity. This means that we can invest in products that don’t need to be replaced often.
Slower production schedules also result in fair wages and better working conditions for the employees.
Ethical fashion brands are usually more transparent.
They educate customers about their ethical values and provide insight into production processes. This openness has the positive effect of creating loyal consumer relationships.
We can have a better understanding and appreciation of what goes into making the products we buy.
Ethical clothing brands offer us a step in the right direction. When we wear sustainable clothing, we show people that it’s easy to be part of a positive change in the world.
Tips & Sum up
We live in times where the fashion industry is becoming a large trash generator.
So, companies that are trying to be different and to make better choices should be encouraged and known.
Even though these are more affordable ethical brands, they can still be quite pricey for some.
That’s why I have two final tips for you:
- I made a deeper research, and tried to find even more affordable & ethical brands. You can find a list with 26 CHEAP & sustainable clothing brands that I found worldwide, and are cheaper than the brands from this article.
- To find some of these brands for a much lower price, go to my article with a list of 39 online thrift stores. In some of the second-hand stores you can find these ethical brands at even more affordable prices. Just write the brand you are looking for in the search bar, and see what will appear.
Are there any affordable & ethical clothing brands you love that I have missed?
If so, please share them in the comments below and tell me what you love about them!