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9 Sustainable T-Shirts That Are Tee-Rifficly Eco-Friendly

Jenny Bell


Slow fashion is all about dotting your ethical i’s and crossing your eco tees—so what better place to begin than sustainable t-shirts?

T-shirts are the most basic and ubiquitous of clothing, which is exactly why it’s critical to buy those that are ethically and sustainably made. After all, you can’t spell “planet Earth” without a few green tees!

While sourcing used via second hand stores always makes for the most eco-friendly t-shirts, we’re here to help when a used crew just won’t cut it.

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The Best Sustainable T-Shirts For A Pro-Planet Look

Sustainability is standard with Colorful Standard’s selection of eco tees, made in their own manufacturing center in Portugal, which everyone is welcome to visit.

Outerknown offers a large selection for those specifically seeking organic sustainable t-shirts. Better still, most are made with 100% Regenerative Organic Certified® cotton, which is also incredibly soft.

1. The Classic T-Shirt Company

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About The Classic T-Shirt Company

Price Range: $70—$150

The Classic T-Shirt Company specializes in minimalist, luxury t-shirts that are super soft, sustainable, and built to last. With solid colors and a handful of styles including crew neck, V-neck, raglan, pocket, and box tee, they provide enough choice to suit personal style without being superfluous.

We own the Unisex French Terry Box Tee and adore how soft and snuggly the french terrry sweatshirt-type fabric is. It’s raw edges and boxy cut give it a relaxed vibe and it’s easy to wear with pretty much anything, from jeans to sweats.

The Classic T-Shirt Company’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All tees are made with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton (in classic or french terry textures), dyed with sustainable dyes free from harsh chemicals.

The cotton is combed (for softness), ring-spun, and pre-shrunk, so the final product is designed to maintain color and shape over time. Resistant to stretching out and getting those dreaded pit stains, these sustainable tees will last much longer than normal and we can confirm ours are holding up super well after a year of really regular wear.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The GOTS-certified organic cotton is sourced from farms in India. Knitting, handcrafting, and embroidering take place at a vertically integrated state-of-the-art facility in L.A. that ensures fair wages, reasonable hours, and excellent working conditions.

Carbon commitments & green practices: 

Product are designed to last, which they assure by putting every garment through multiple shrink tests and quality control assurances. They also use only recycled, plastic-free, eco-friendly materials for packaging.

Inclusivity:

General sizing for men and women runs XS to XXL, but some styles only run S-XL. XXS is available in some women’s styles and XXXL in some men’s styles.

Community & charitable giving: 

The Classic T-Shirt Company is a member of Pledge 1%. They donate 1% of their equity, profit, and time to one of three causes: providing safe water to communities in need, planting trees, and ocean cleanup.


2. Outerknown

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About Outerknown 

Price Range: $48—$98

Outerknown was founded by 11-time World Surf League Champion, Kelly Slater and acclaimed designer, John Moore. Joining their range of sustainable basics, you’ll find eco-friendly t-shirts in a wide variety of styles, colors, and prints.

The extensive options in the Sojourn series are all so soft, and those made from Regenerative Organic Certified® Bronze Pima Cotton may be the softest ethical t-shirts on our list. We love pairing them with OK’s all-time best-selling Blanket Shirt, which is the perfect cozy shirt jacket to throw on when temps are a little chilly for just the tee alone.

Outerknown’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Most of Outerknown’s sustainable cotton t-shirts are made of 100% Regenerative Organic Certified® cotton from Peru. Those in the Soujorn series are made from Regenerative Organic Certified® Bronze Pima Cotton, some of the softest cotton in the world.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Outerknown’s ethical t-shirts are sewn in Fair Trade certified factories, where the makers are been paid a premium for their work. Their suppliers abide by the strict guidelines of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), bluesign®, and Fair Trade.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

Outerknown supports regenerative agriculture. In partnership with Bergman Rivera, they have converted 28 acres of farmland to Regenerative Organic Certified.

Their 2030 Sustainability Strategy outlines how they aim to be more sustainable, like transitioning to renewable energy and switching to circular models. In an effort towards the latter, Outerworn is their key circularity initiative, allowing customers to buy and sell pre-loved OK garments.

Inclusivity: 

Outerknown’s tees range from XS-XXL for women and XS-XXXL for men.

Community & charitable giving:

100% of the profits from regular rotating campaigns and product collaborations go to supporting ocean health through nonprofits like The Ocean Conservancy.


3. Patagonia

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About Patagonia 

Price Range: $45—$99

When you need your tees to have a little more technical proficiency, it’s time to turn to Patagonia. While t-shirts are only one tiny fraction of their vast range of sustainable outdoor clothing, it’s one of the most sustainable fractions.

They carry long-sleeve t-shirts, short-sleeve t-shirts, sustainable graphic t-shirts, and tanks for the whole family. We tried the Responsibili-Tee®, Patagonia’s lowest carbon footprint T-shirt made from 50% recycled cotton and 50% post-consumer recycled polyester. At 5.4 oz, the material is a little thicker than other tees, so it handles even tough wear-and-tear situations, like sports or even backpacking, where the straps are notorious for wearing down the shoulders of shirts.

Patagonia’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Materials in Patagonia’s tees include Regenerative Organic Certified® cotton, US-grown organic cotton, RWS-certified merino wool, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, and hemp.

Their Capilene® Cool Daily series is made from polyester, 50-100% of which is recycled. While the heathers and cross dyes look fun, these patterns typically have a higher virgin synthetic content.

All tees are bluesign® approved and screen-printed using PVC-free and phthalate-free non-toxic dyes.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Patagonia shares every step of its manufacturing spiderweb through The Footprint Chronicles. 85% of products are Fair Trade Certified™ sewn and executive staff members regularly visit their mills and factories. Patagonia is a Certified B Corp and a member of the of the Fair Labor Association.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

Patagonia has numerous green initiatives, including ambitious climate goals, a key role in launching the Regenerative Organic Certified® program, lifetime repair or replacement guarantees on all products, and the Worn Wear resale platform.

Inclusivity: 

Their XS-XXL size range is among the most inclusive of outdoor clothing companies. 

Community & charitable giving: 

Patagonia co-founded 1% for the Planet, so suffice it to say they do their best to give back. Patagonia Action Works makes it easy for you to find local initiatives to get involved, too. They aren’t afraid to take political action when it comes to environmental conservation and in 2022, founder Yvon Chouinard divested company stocks to fighting climate change via the Holdfast Collective so that “Earth is now our only shareholder.


4. Colorful Standard

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About Colorful Standard

Price Range: $38—$50

Maintain your T-shirt collection to a colorful and sustainable standard with Colorful Standard’s ethical tees, available in every color under the sun. They offer boxy crop tees, classic-fit tees, oversized t-shirts, and sustainable long-sleeved t-shirts in an enormous varie-tee of colors—no less than 67, for their classic-fit tees!

We love the Organic Boxy Crop Tee’s modern look and flattering fit. It sits just on the hip, making it ideal for pairing with skirts, shorts, jeans, work trousers, in other words, anything! Especially if you get a couple different colors…though as tempting as it is, remember you don’t NEED every color.

Plus, we think these tees are incredibly soft and they’ve somehow only gotten soften with wear and washes and the color has held incredibly well. No signs of fading so far.

Colorful Standards’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All of their eco tees are made from 100% organic cotton, apart from the rib tops, which also contain 5% elastane. They use environmentally friendly dyes that have an OEKO-TEX certification.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Colorful Standard has its own manufacturing center in Portugal that follows strict EU labor standards, and anyone is welcome to drop by for a visit.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

CS uses precise laser cutting to minimize fabric waste and items are garment-dyed to save water (which also means they’ve been pre-washed, so there’s no shrinkage suprise!). Any scraps created are recycled into furniture filling and they prioritize recycled polyester for labels, and shipping boxes are FSC-certified.

Inclusivity: 

General sizing from women runs XS-XL and XS-2XL for some styles. Men’s sizing runs XS-2XL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Colorful Standard helped build FC Masi Manimba, an all-purpose youth center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


5. Frank And Oak

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About Frank And Oak 

Price Range: $40—$70

Frank And Oak makes durable tees for men and women with sustainable materials and without fast fashion issues. Their eco-friendly tees include baby tees, boxy tees, relaxed-fit tees, timeless crews, ribbed tops, sleeveless tees, and more.

We tried their Hemp Relaxed T-Shirt and loved the folded sleeves and comfortable cozy material that’s a little textured, which adds a nice dimension to its appearance. It washes well, seems super durable, and is smart enough for work making it a stylish versatile piece for plenty of different occasions.

Frank And Oak’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Organic cotton, TENCEL™ Modal, hemp, and linen are Frank and Oak’s materials of choice for their t-shirt collection.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

A Certified B Corp, Frank And Oak partners with 25 factories in China, Bangladesh, and the UAE that adhere to its Supplier Code of Conduct and hold various third-party certifications, including Sedex, WRAP, BSCI, and SA8000.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

From “hydro-less denim” to compostable and recycled packaging, Frank And Oak is frankly serious about reducing their impact. If you’ve been wondering what to do with old jeans, you can drop them off at your nearest Frank and Oak store to be recycled via the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program.

Inclusivity: 

Women’s sizing runs XXS-XL and men’s XS-XXL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Big on community, Frank and Oak partners with local artists, raises funds for charity via brand collabs, and sponsors local community events.


6. MATE the Label

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About MATE the Label

Price Range: $46—$78

As one of our favorite basics brands, it’s no suprise that MATE the Label is also one of our besties when it comes to sustainable tees.

The Certified B Corp has a dedicated Tee shop where you’ll find plenty of cuts and styles for women, two styles for men, and a Classic Tee for kids.

We own their Organic Cotton Classic Tee. Pure, clean, and simple with a relaxed, easy fit, this is one wardrobe essential we wouldn’t be without. It’s so incredibly soft and lightweight, that is a favorite for layering under other garments or just wearing when it’s really hot out. Plus, you know us; we love us some earthy colors!

MATE the Labels’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

MATE’S tees are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton and nothing but. All garments are dyed with non-toxic dyes.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

MATE works with fair factories in the local Los Angeles area, a GOTS-certified factory in India, and a Fair Trade facility in Peru.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

They’re proud to be a Climate Neutral Certified brand and have removed all plastic from their labels and packaging. MATE embraces a circular fashion model by recycling old clothing (from any brand) through the Detox Your Closet Program.

Inclusivity:

General sizing for women runs XS-XL with XXS–3X available in some styles. Men’s tees are available in sizes S-XXL.

Community & charitable giving:

MATE supports several nonprofits via its 1% for the Planet membership.


7. Pact

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About Pact

Price Range: $24—$58

How do you make an imPact on the world of sustainable and ethical fashion?

You make it accessible to more people, which is exactly what Pact does with its range of affordable ethical clothing—including sustainable t-shirts.

They’re available for men and women in various styles, such as crew necks, v necks, slubs, and henleys. Stay consciously cool in the Featherweight Slub Muscle Tee, a light and airy cap-sleeved tee made from 100% organic cotton. Available in six colors, this versatile tee is an ideal summer staple.

Pact’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Most of Pact’s fair trade t-shirts are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. The occasional style also has 5% elastane for added stretch.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Pact partners with Fair Trade-certified factories in India that ensure fair wages and safe working conditions.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

Aside from saving massive amounts of water by using organic cotton (which uses 95% less water than traditional cotton), Pact also uses water-saving and recycling production methods and energy conservation techniques. Orders ship plastic-free in FSC™ certified, 100% recyclable paper bags.

Inclusivity: 

The sustainable women’s t-shirts come in XS-3XL, and men’s in S-XL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Pact’s Give Back. Wear Forward clothing donation program takes gently used clothes of any brand and donates them to various non-profits, which give them to people in need.


8. Toad&Co.

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About Toad&Co.

Price Range: $45—$60

For some toad-ally sustainable, adventure-ready tees, you can rely on women-founded brand Toad&Co. You’ll find short sleeve and long-sleeve styles in various classic cuts, including crews, henleys, polos, v-necks, ruffled cap-sleeved tees, and tanks.

We own the Marley II Long Sleeve Tee, a solid, sustainable staple featuring a gentle v-neck and super soft organic cotton/TENCEL blend fabric. It’s ideal for layering in cooler months or wearing on its own in warmer weather, earning it a place in our sustainable backpack for all sorts of adventures. Plus, it’s elegant V-neck means you can wear it casually and professionally, not just when out in the wild.

Toad&Co.’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Toad&Co. uses several sustainable materials for its environmentally friendly t-shirts, including organic cotton, TENCEL™ Lyocell, hemp, and recycled polyester. Some styles are blended with 5-12% elastane for added stretch and many fabrics are OEKO-TEX-certified and bluesign® approved.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Toad&Co.’s manufacturing partners must adhere to its Code of Conduct, and the brand carries out annual visits to ensure standards are upheld. Factories are carefully chosen for their environmental and social practices; e.g., their partner in Turkey has recently converted nearly the whole factory to renewable energy.

Toad&Co. also co-founded the Planet Access Company, a nonprofit that provides employment opportunties to individuals with disabilities.

Carbon commitments & green practices:

The brand aims to reach net zero GHG emissions by 2050. It currrently offsets the emissions for its direct operations and uses LED lighting at its headquarters. They use recycled and recyclable packaging, are transitioning to recyclable paper garment bags, and offer resuable shipping mailers at checkout.

The ToadAgain resale platform helps keep clothing out of landfill.

Inclusivity: 

The brand offers it’s eco t-shirts in sizes XS-XL for women and S-XXL for men.

Community & charitable giving: 

Toad&Co. supports environmental and social nonprofits via it’s 1% for the Planet membership. They also regularly take part in volunteer work days, and their Search for Adventure program provides travel opportunities for adults with disabilities.


9. Allbirds

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About Allbirds

Price Range: $25—$50

We are all about Allbirds. The active-oriented ethical brand is one of our go-to’s for sustainable running shoes, sustainable socks, and functional basics like short and long-sleeve tees.

For its sustainable softness and simplicity, their Women’s Organic Cotton Tee is a wardrobe essential. It features a crew neck and classic fit and comes in Natural Black, Blizzard (white), or limited edition Deep Navy.

Allbirds’ Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

In addition to those made of 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, Allbird also offers long and short-sleeve tees made from a 50% Organic Cotton, 30% Merino Wool, and 20% Tencel™ Lyocell blend.

Their Recycled Tees are made from 50% recycled cotton and 50% recycled polyester.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Allbirds ethically sources wool from non-mulesed sheep in New Zealand. Note, however, that while the product description for their shoes states that ZQ-certified wool is used, the product description for their tees doesn’t, so we’re unsure where this wool is sourced from.

The Certified B Corp’s ethical t-shirts are made in Peru, Guatemala, and Mexico. Manufacturing partners are committed to their Code of Conduct, ensuring workers are treated fairly and with dignity. 

Carbon commitments & green practices:

Allbirds is a Carbon Neutral company and every product description includes the accounted-for carbon footprint of the garment. They use recyclable packaging made from 90% post-consumer recycled cardboard. 

Inclusivity: 

Both women’s and men’s tees run from XS to XXXL, except for the graphic tees, which run from XS to XL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Partnering with Soles4Souls allows you to ethically return your sustainable shirt (although you probably won’t want to). They’ll distribute it and any other gently-used garments to those who need them most.


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  2. What a great article! I also recommend the The Conscious Fashion (https://theconsciousfashion.com/). They use organic cotton in a factory using solar and wind energy, the inks on the t-shirts are water based (no plastisol or nasty plastics).
    On top of that they plant a tree for every purchase and are very sensitive for social causes. We worked with them for a collection and they have a rebate system that when you get tired of the t shirts, you can send them back for recycling and get some store credit. Really cool!

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