Sustainable Accessories: 20 Brands Helping You Style Up (Consciously)
Who doesn’t love accessories?! They just make everything better.
Unless they’re made from polluting materials—then they have the potential to make everything worse, especially for our planet.
Between cheap toxic jewelry, plastic sunglasses, and handbags and wallets made with chemical-soaked leather, there’s a need for more sustainable accessories.
Let’s wrap, adorn, accessorize, and tie on our way to a greener world with these sustainable accessories brands.
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QUICK LINKS FOR SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES BRANDS
For sustainable summertime accessories, what could be more essential than sustainable sunglasses?
Look no further than San Francisco brand Sunski.
In lifestyle, alpine, and sport collections, Sunski’s sunnies are made for guys, gals, and kids alike.
For indoor eye protection, they also have blue light glasses.
Sunski’s Sustainability Practices
Consisting of SuperLight frame resin made of recycled plastic otherwise destined for landfills, these sunglasses take away plastic waste rather than add to it.
A lens replacement service and forever warranty keep the plastic out of landfills even longer.
Sunski is a member of 1% for the Planet but actually donates 12% to environmental causes.
Stay tuned for their eventual status as a Certified Carbon Neutral company.
2. PELA VISION
About Pela Vision
Bye bye BPA and hello biobased materials.
They carry men’s and women’s sunglasses and blue light glasses, all made of a phthalate-free material called Flaxetate (acetate mixed with flax plant).
They complete the flax trifecta with a linen case and cleaning cloth.
Pela Vision’s Sustainability Practices
Pela is Climate Neutral Certified, a Certified B Corp, and a member of 1% For the Planet.
Because the sunglasses aren’t yet backyard compostable, they offer recycling options via their Pela 360 program.
Available: Pela Vision
The UK’s Waterhaul makes sunglasses from discarded ocean plastics.
Specifically, they use what Seaspiracy drew a lot of attention to: “ghost nets,” or abandoned fishing nets that contribute to a significant proportion of ocean plastic waste.
Fun fact: You’ll also find these discarded nets in ethical swimwear these days.
They also use recycled mineral glass instead of polycarbonate lenses.
Clean up the oceans with men’s and women’s sunglasses, as well blue-light blocking computer glasses.
Waterhaul’s Sustainability Practices
A lifetime warranty covers every pair, and they’ll even buy back your old sunglasses to be recycled into new pairs.
Taking sustainability one step further, they utilize Europe’s plastic ocean waste and create net amnesty programs to reduce the number of nets abandoned.
All packaging is of course plastic-free.
4. ORGANIC BASICS
About Organic Basics
Sustainable scarves can keep you warm with less impact on our planet.
At least those by Organic Basics can.
Their men’s and women’s scarves are made from 100% recycled wool or 85% recycled cashmere (link).
Order alone or in a set with a matching beanie.
Organic Basics’ Sustainability Practices
Regular readers will know Organic Basics is one of our favorite sustainable clothing brands—which goes for accessories, too!
Part of your purchase will contribute to the Organic Basics Fund to support European activists and organizations that are addressing Earth’s environmental crises.
Available: Organic Basics
5. ZESTT ORGANICS
About Zestt Organics
Like chili flakes in a garden-fresh stir fry, Zestt Organics adds a bit of zest in the world of soft, cozy, and socially conscious sustainable fashion accessories.
The women-founded brand only works with manufacturing partners who support the health and wellbeing of their workers.
Their Lot No. program allows customers to check to see where and who was responsible for making each of their women’s scarves.
Zestt Organics’ Sustainability Practices
Every product they sell is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton.
This means the scarves are free of more than 100 harmful chemicals and don’t require chemical softeners.
The GOTS certification also supports a more ethical supply chain.
Available: Zestt Organics
6. AMOUR VERT
About Amour Vert
Think back to your high school French class…
Drawing a blank?
That’s okay because all you need to know is that Amour Vert means “green love.”
True to their name, the brand makes eco-friendly scarves out of natural materials, either 100% ethical wool or organic cotton.
Either will keep you warm without any chemicals or toxic dyes.
Amour Vert’s Sustainability Practices
Amour Vert believes in green love, green fabrics, AND green packaging.
Recycled materials, compostable bags, and soy-based inks make up the shipping materials.
Since 2018, they’ve replaced more than 259,668 plastic poly bags.
Available: Amour Vert
Sustainable HANDBAGS & WALLETS
7. CARRY COURAGE
About Carry Courage
With the current environmental crisis, we could all do well to Carry Courage.
This appropriately-named brand’s sustainable handbags are produced in a Portland, Oregon-based fair labor studio.
Clutch bags, cosmetics bags, cross-body bags, essential oil bags, tablet bags, tote bags, wallets, and zipper pouches are all available.
Carry Courage’s Sustainability Practices
The “heirloom quality” and PETA-approved vegan handbags make use of two of Earth’s finest materials: Portuguese cork and organically-grown American linen.
The recyclable hardware is consciously sourced from a woman-owned company in the US.
The small, made-to-order batches are hand-sewn and ensure you get a one-of-a-kind sustainable accessory.
Available: Carry Courage
8. MATT AND NAT
About Matt & Nat
Men’s and women’s wallets come in bifold, crossbody, zippered, and minimal card holder designs.
To keep your wallet safe and easily located, they also have handbags, tote bags, briefcases, sling bags, coin purses, weekender bags, and eco friendly luggage.
Matt & Nat’s Sustainability Practices
This vegan brand appreciates natural materials like cork, rubber, and recycled nylon.
For the linings, they use 100% rPET from plastic bottles.
Since 2007, they’ve been recycling more than nine million plastic bottles every single year.
Available: Matt & Nat
9. HYER GOODS
About Hyer Goods
Hyer Goods is all about sustainable clothing accessories for the conscious consumer.
Their accessories range is of Hyer quality and includes phone wallets, card wallets, zip wallets, trifold wallets, and passport wallets.
They also have several types of bags: belt, bucket, camera, convertible purses, croc, crossbody, tote, python, and shoulder bags.
Hyer Goods’ Sustainability Practices
Female founder Dana Cohen spent ten years too long in the corporate fashion world—enough to know that upcycling was necessary.
Their Better Leather is sourced as leftovers from the fashion industry and is chosen for its biodegradability.
This brand ticks all the boxes. They reduce waste, curb carbon, ship sustainably, manufacture ethically, and give back.
Available: Hyer Goods
Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry
10. TINY SPARKLE STUDIO
About Tiny Sparkle Studio
Etsy is an excellent place to look for sustainable accessories brands—like Tiny Sparkle Studio.
The simple classic jewelry range includes rings, bracelets, earrings, nose rings, necklaces, and men’s gifts.
Tiny Sparkle Studio’s Sustainability Practices
Mother and metalsmith Katrina handmakes all pieces in her California home studio.
Every item is made with LOVE—and recycled or sustainably sourced metals and gems.
All items are sent in a 100% recycled paper box with a paper raffia bow.
Plus, Etsy will carbon offset the shipping of all orders made on the platform.
Available: Tiny Sparkle Studio
11. OMI WOODS
About Omi Woods
The stunning metal pieces feature designs conveying the beauty of Africa and her diaspora. Every piece tells a story.
You’ll see designs like gold-shaped cowrie shells, Egyptian coins, and more in the earrings, necklaces, pendants, and cufflinks.
Omi Woods’ Sustainability Practices
Platinum, sterling silver, and solid yellow, white, and rose gold are Omi Woods’ metals of choice. The gold is 100% fair trade and sourced from Africa and all others are conflict-free.
A portion of sales is donated to organizations like 8 Billion Trees.
Available: Omi Woods
It’s about time we started styling with eco friendly accessories and Solios agreed. Hence their classy and minimalist men’s and women’s watches.
The brand was founded by two university friends who traded B’s in college for a Certified B Corp.
Solios’ Sustainability Practices
What makes for some of the best eco friendly watches?
In Solios’ case, it’s the fact that they’re made of sustainable vegan leather (no toxic chemicals, PU, or PVC) and various other thoughtful and sustainable materials.
Want to know more?
Check out our podcast with one of the founders, Samuel Leroux where we cover their next level use of materials in detail.
Oh, AND importantly, the watches run on solar power and Solios now offers a watch recycling program.
Sustainable Hair Ties & Clips
KOOSHOO translates from Norfuk to “feeling good” and the brand’s ethical supply chain and use of natural, organic, and non-toxic materials certainly make us feel good.
This husband-wife team was the first to create a biodegradable hair tie!
Their product line now includes several different colors of hair ties, scrunchies, and headbands in a rainbow of colors.
KOOSHOO’s Sustainability Practices
KOOSHOO’s plastic-free hair products are made of 70% GOTS and Fair Trade organic cotton and 30% natural rubber.
The cotton is dyed with AZO-free, low-impact dyes in a solar-powered L.A. dyehouse.
They also partner with a Fair Trade manufacturer/social enterprise in India that supports community programs and pays a living wage.
14. TERRA TIES
About Terra Ties
Terra Ties doesn’t want us to have to sacrifice anything to get the hair out of our faces.
Their organic hair ties provide a worry-free up-do.
That includes worry about the damage it might do to your hair or the damage that hair tie will have at the end of its life (especially a premature one when it’s one of the many that get lost).
Terra Ties’ Sustainability Practices
Terra Ties are made from biodegradable elastic made from natural rubber, wrapped in organic cotton (not polyester) to keep it comfortable and reduce breakage.
The hair ties are long-lasting and strong, colored with natural dyes, and sent in 100% recycled/recyclable packaging.
In addition to leggings and shorts, Reprise has a small selection of all-organic hair ties and scrunchies.
Reprise’s Sustainability Practices
Once again, these hair accessories are made from GOTS & Fairtrade certified organic cotton, Fair Trade natural rubber, and are dyed with GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified organic dyes.
Thanks to carbon offsets, their products are all carbon neutral.
Their range of bucket hats, festival hats, and baseball caps are made for men, women, and kids.
Just don’t forget the zero waste sunscreen on your next hike to protect where the hat doesn’t!
tentree’s Sustainability Practices
They’re on track to plant a billion trees by 2030.
17. STORIED HATS
About Storied Hats
Combine top quality, great styles, and sustainable fabrics and you get Storied Hats.
What you won’t get? A logo.
The hat is about you, not the brand.
Offered in multiple sizes for kids and adults, they come in both classic and funky designs so your personal style always comes (head)first.
For all you Spice Girls “Wannabe” and Fresh Prince 90s kids out there, check out their “fly as hell” 90s collection.
Storied Hats’ Sustainability Practices
90% of the fabrics used are sustainable, the main ones being recycled polyester and wool, organic cotton, and hemp.
The brand partners with ethically managed facilities and is a member of 1% for the Planet.
Available: Storied Hats
18. KIN THE LABEL
About Kin the Label
In fact, it’s all they make.
The woman-owned and operated company provides quality headwear while keeping things affordable.
Their range is large and includes straw hats, wool hats, packable hats, long brim hats, caps, and visors.
Kin the Label’s Sustainability Practices
Kin the Label uses various types of straw (toquilla, paper, palm tree, Japanese, raffia, and seagrass), wool felt, vegetable leather, and stonewashed linen.
They try to process these materials as close to the source as possible to keep shipping emissions down.
Available: Kin the Label
Nisolo is all about sustainable fashion accessories.
Whether woven, braided, or smooth makes you feel hip and happening, they have beautiful, earthy options to suit.
Nisolo’s Sustainability Practices
The belts are made from natural leather sourced as a meat industry byproduct and certified by the Leather Working Group.
Nisolo is a Certified B Corporation, and one of the very few brands that provide a living wage to 100% of the people in their factory. They’re on their way to providing it to the rest of the people in their supply chain, too.
They also offset 100% of their carbon emissions, making them a certified Climate Neutral company.
ASKET is in the pursuit of less—because sometimes (most times), less is more.
That philosophy applies to their sustainable fashion accessories like men’s belts, available in both vegan leather and vegetable-tanned full-grain Italian leather.
With the brand’s commitment to Full Transparency, you can see every cent, every ounce of CO2, and the process behind each of their garments and accessories (which includes hats and scarves as well as belts).
ASKET’s Sustainability Practices
The slow fashion brand doesn’t design for seasons; they create for forever. Between craftsmanship and mending, they want everyone to reduce their wardrobes to pieces that last.
To keep an ASKET belt holding up your pants as long as possible, they provide a Care Program to help you take care of it, a Repair Program when you need an extra hand, and a Revival Program, to re-sell or recycle when it’s no longer wanted.
HOW WE FOUND THESE SUSTAINABLE FASHION ACCESSORIES
Accessorizing might feel like all fun and games but practicing sustainable and ethical fashion requires us to find the diamonds in a sea of rhinestone-studded belts.
Here’s a quick summary of all the points we consider before picking a purse.
The focus for this article was sustainability (general, to say the least), so we especially looked at the sustainable fabrics that went into these accessories.
Fortunately, with these brands, nearly all of the materials used are those we consider to be sustainable.
They include deadstock leather and other recycled materials like plastic, glass, wool, cashmere, polyester, and metals.
Several brands also prioritize biodegradable natural materials like organic cashmere, organic linen, organic cotton, rubber, hemp, straw, and semi-synthetic lyocell.
Supply chain and labor practices:
Green business practices:
Making those sustainable accessories even more sustainable, many brands are certified carbon neutral, work to keep supply chains small, offer lifetime warranties, or have programs to responsibly repair, recycle, or donate old accessories.
Size inclusivity isn’t as pressing of an issue when it comes to eco friendly accessories, but several woman-founded and/or Black-owned brands are represented here.
Community & charitable giving:
Giving back isn’t necessary, but then again, neither are accessories. They’re just the glowing finish to an already stunning outfit!
Many brands here are members of 1% for the Planet, plant trees, or have programs to support our environment by donating to relevant organizations.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES
Ever feel naked when you forget to throw on that scarf, grab that handbag, or put on your rings?
No, these brands can’t help with your memory, but they can help you feel better about wearing your accessories the next time you do remember to put them on.
Here’s a confession: we forgot one of the best brands for sustainable jewelry accessories as well as hats, scarves, belts, and more.
Local and online thrift stores are a veritable paradise of unique, one-of-a-kind accessories. Scoring secondhand accessories is the best way to save money and save our planet.
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