For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy sustainable scarf (almost) completes the picture. Fair trade scarves however, really tick all the boxes... Image by Studio Variously #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
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For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy sustainable scarf (almost) completes the picture. Fair trade scarves however, really tick all the boxes... Image by Anchal #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
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For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. Fair trade scarves, however, really tick all the boxes. Image by Organic Basics #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
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8 Sustainable & Fair Trade Scarves for Wrapping Up


For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture.

An ethically made fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. From sealing off the elements, to protecting our planet, too. 

As temperatures begin to drop, we’ve been digging out our winter coats and eco friendly boots. So, in the continuation of our sustainable fashion exploration for all seasons, we’re setting our sights on sustainable scarves

Head to the fringe to see how we chose these brands, or wrap it up before that cold front hits with a few of our faves:

We’d let Organic Basics protect our neck in their recycled cashmere scarves any day.

Anchal offers a colorful selection of sustainable organic scarves that are ethically made.

We’re also sort of obsessed with Passion Lilie’s soft fair trade scarves, especially considering their transparent supply chain.

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1. ANCHAL

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. A fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. Image by Anchal #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
Image by Anchal
About Anchal

Anchal isn’t just a sustainable fashion and homewares brand; they’re a nonprofit social enterprise. 

Just as you can wrap one of their eco friendly aprons around you to protect you from messes, you can wrap up in one of their sustainable scarves and help protect an artisan from exploitative work.

The selection includes a unique and fun range of color block scarves, tasseled scarves, shawls, and infinity scarves.

Since they’re all lightweight and fashion-forward, these look like they’d make for some of the most comfortable sustainable scarves for warmer weather.

Anchal’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All Anchal scarves are made of just one thing: pure GOTS certified organic cotton.

Supply chain & labor practices:

The fair trade scarves are handcrafted by artisans in Ajmer, India

A Fair Trade Federation certification ensures each one receives above-living wages, and Anchal provides additional access to skills training, health camps, workshops, and other resources.

Green business practices:

By selling their products on Made Trade, Anchal gives buyers the option to receive their order via carbon neutral shipping.

Community & charitable giving:

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, no wonder Anchal is one of the best brands that give back.

This charitable entity reinvests all profits into its two arms: Stitch x Stitch and dyeScape.

Most products are made through the holistic program, Stitch x Stitch which employs marginalized women in Ajmer, India.

Their naturally dyed collection comes from dyeScape. Located in Kentucky, this education program trains people on how to make plant-based dyes.

Available: Made Trade

2. ORGANIC BASICS

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About Organic Basics

This Danish company got its footing in the world of sustainable fashion with men’s undies. Now, Organic Basics takes care of what’s underneath our clothes as well as what’s on top.

How?

By combining the world’s best materials with transparent and superior ethical practices. 

Part of the proof is in their Certified B Corp status. 

As your one-stop-shop for everything head to toe—literally from sustainable socks to sustainable hats—you can fill your ethical wardrobe with simple pieces from Organic Basics.

For an ethical wool scarf, check out their simple range of unisex offerings, with sustainable gloves and hats to match. 

Organic Basics’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Organic Basics’ classic and conscious scarves are made with either recycled merino wool or recycled cashmere.

As ethical knit scarves go, these really can’t be beaten since they utilize post-consumer recycled material that would otherwise go to landfill. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Organic Basics is anything but basic when it comes to their commitment to ethically made products.

They support better working conditions, living wages, and freely chosen employment, meaning no child labor whatsoever. 

They’ve got the certifications to back up their claims, and are compliant with both GOTS and SA8000 standards.

Want even more transparency?

You can virtually check out their factories to see how many employees they’re working with and how they’re being treated. 

Green business practices: 

Let’s start with the fact that free carbon neutral shipping is included with every purchase. They also only use Class A and B fibers (those that are low-impact, renewable, recycled, and/or biodegradable). 

While plenty of brands do that, few are allowing users to shop sustainably on a low-impact website that requires 70% less electricity for data transfer.

Take a look at their Impact Report to see more ways they impress us.

Community & charitable giving: 

Through biannual grants, the Organic Basics Fund supports a range of European environmental organizations. In the past, these have included organizations fighting for communities in the Amazon and creating habitats for pollinators.

Available: Organic Basics

3. NAADAM

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy sustainable scarf (almost) completes the picture. Fair trade scarves however, really tick all the boxes. Image by Naadam #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
Image by Naadam
About Naadam

Naadam set out to produce “the world’s fairest cashmere.” 

Founders (and friends) Matthew Scanlan and Diederik Rijsemus traveled to a remote area of the Mongolian Gobi Desert, connected with some local herders, and decided right away that they wanted to change conventional cashmere trade. 

So, they cut out brokers and middlemen and started buying directly from traditional local herders. Soon after, Naadam was born. 

There’s nothing more [cash]mere-ly winter than a soft fair trade sweater and scarf—and Naadam has both. In fact, the have some of the best sustainable scarves we could find. 

From fringed to flat edges, their luxuriously long designs can be draped elegantly or coiled around and around to cover your neck, chin, and then some.

Naadam’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

100% Mongolian cashmere is the only material featured in all of Naadam’s scarves.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Paying it forward is one of Naadam’s first priorities, which they do by paying significantly more to herders for the world’s best cashmere. 

They also ensure the best for their essentially free-range goats. They use a traditional hand combing method (so no cutting of the skin ever) and provide veterinary care to ensure the best quality of life for the goats. 

Beyond the field, Naadam also has a strict Code of Conduct and they only work with suppliers who meet their environmental standards and pay their workers fairly.

Green business practices: 

All products used by Naadam are either recycled or renewable. Because they cut by hand, they can use longer cashmere fibers than most other brands, which ensures quality and longevity for the finished products. 

A problem that currently plagues the cashmere industry is overgrazing. Goats are feisty eaters. So, Naadam has reserved a huge area of land (the size of Manhattan) for their goats to graze in the winter to reduce the environmental impact.

It also helps that this region is less susceptible to goat-induced desertification than others in the Gobi desert of Mongolia.

Protecting nature is also a part of Naadam’s packaging. They only use FSC-certified recycled paper for their hangtags and 100% recycled plastic for their bags. 

Hoping to be carbon neutral by 2025, they currently offset shipping emissions through Carbon Fund, operate a localized supply chain, and use clean energy and closed-loop water dyeing systems. 

What’s more, they donate all damaged and returned items to the nonprofit Green Tree Textiles (giving back and taking away textile waste all in one).

Community & charitable giving: 

Giving back even more to the communities they work with, Naadam has a partnership with the nonprofit Gobi Revival Fund which has allowed them to further benefit Mongolian herding communities.

The funds go toward a variety of things like providing clean water, new local parks, protection against desertification, and a livestock insurance program for herders.  

Naadam is working to establish another Mongolian organization as well: the Tsagan Yama Cooperative which will work to secure fair cashmere prices for herders even beyond Naadam’s own partners.

Available: Naadam

4. STUDIO VARIOUSLY

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. A fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. Image by Studio Variously #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
Image by Studio Variously
About Studio Variously

Studio Variously specializes in textile products that are “slow made, artisanal, [and] sustainable”. 

This award-winning and woman-owned brand has a wide selection of scarves, from thinner, statement scarves to thicker fair trade wool scarves.

What they all have in common are their elegant looks and slow, intentional crafting.

Studio Variously’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Studio Variously is dedicated to only using fully biodegradable yarns and organic dyes (some of which are certified Eco Swiss dyes).

Their most sustainable scarves are those made of 100% Belgian linen.

They also offer scarves made of pure silk organza, Australian merino wool, or a blend of cashmere and merino. 

While they claim all materials are ethically sourced, we could find no mention of specific animal welfare policies and will be reaching out to ask.

Supply chain & labor practices:

All linen and wool scarves are woven on a handloom by artisans in Nepal.

Their silk creations are a product of India, created using traditional hand painting and shibori techniques.

Studio Variously believes in making one piece at a time, which is why they work with master artisans and 3rd or 4th generation weavers, 80% of whom are women.

They prioritize sourcing raw materials from small, local farmers.

Green business practices:

Instead of plastic poly bags, the scarves are mailed in protective, reusable cotton pouches.

Available: Made Trade

5. OCELOT MARKET

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy sustainable scarf (almost) completes the picture. Fair trade scarves however, really tick all the boxes. Image by Ocelot Market #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
Image by Ocelot Market
About Ocelot Market

What’s warmer than an ocelot in winter?

YOU, in a cozy fair trade scarf made by Ocelot Market.

Okay, well the scarves aren’t made by Ocelot Market per se.

But they are handmade by a select group of independent artisans and small brands which Ocelot sells on their platform, along with other ethically made clothes, sustainable rugs, shoes, homewares, and fair trade jewelry

For sheer variety of ethical online shopping options, few sites are better.

With scarves and shawls available from several makers (from thick to thin), you’ll have fall and winter well covered.

Ocelot Market’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The cream of the Ocelot crop as far as sustainable scarves go are those by Slate + Salt, who sell four scarves made of: organic cotton; 100% Hand Loomed Himalayan Cashmere; baby alpaca (which is cashmere’s more eco friendly cousin); polyamide (least sustainable); and merino wool.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Ocelot Market represents nearly 100 brands (so a lot of supply chains to consider!).

While not all are fair trade certified, OM only works with those who provide some sort of ethical manufacturing assurance, so you know the weavers of your scarf were treated and paid well.

Green business practices: 

Supporting small brands and artisans on their platform prevents mass production, one of the principal issues with fast fashion. Beyond that, Ocelot also has a Made-to-Order collection to eliminate potential deadstock.

Community & charitable giving: 

 99% of profits go directly toward sustaining their business models (and thus giving steady income to their artisan partners) and they donate a tree for all purchases.

Available: Ocelot Market

6. TENTREE

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. A fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. Image by Tentree #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
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About tentree

There are definitely more than ten reasons why tentree is one of our favorite sustainable clothing brands.

They use some of the most sustainable fabrics, have a transparent supply chain, and are one of the highest-rated Certified B-Corps. 

Then there’s the tiny added bonus for each product sold, that they plant, not one, not two, but …ten trees! 

We like their outdoor-targeted activewear as much as their indoor loungewear. Being a Canadian company, we can also trust they know a thing or two about cold weather wear. 

Just looking at their warm and sustainable scarves has us looking forward to winter…Okay maybe not, but they’ve at least got us as close as we’re going to get.

tentree’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Their current scarf collection is made with arguably the most sustainable material on the planet: 100% organic cotton.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Routine audits and a strict Code of Conduct help to ensure tentree’s ethical supply chain.

They cover all the basics (no harassment, no child labor, no discriminiation) and go beyond to ensure that their suppliers protect the environment, support better human conditions, and provide a safe and healthy environment for their workers. 

If you’re curious about these specific partners, take a look at their factory ledger.

You’ll see specific conditions as well as what certifications apply to each (i.e. WRAP, BSCI, SA800, Fair Trade, and Fair Wear Foundation).

Green business practices: 

tentree was started by environmentalists and they have some lofty goals. By 2030, they hope to plant one billion trees; currently they’re just under 50 million.

They encourage everyone to do what they can to make a difference, which is why they keep prices affordable so that more people can buy one, plant ten. 

Their positive impact continues.

Working with an environmental group, GreenStep, tentree calculates their environmental impact (water, waste, and carbon emissions) of each garment which allows them to make continual improvements.

Community & charitable giving: 

Helping them accomplish their tree planting goals, tentree partners with organizations like One Tree Planted, Trees for the Future, and Eden Projects. 

tentree chooses fast growing trees and planting locations based on those in need of soil and biodiversity reparation.

See here for the various locations in which they plant and to register your trees so you can actually track the impact of your specific purchase. They’ll even send coordinates upon request. How cool is that!?

Available: tentree

7. PASSION LILIE

For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. A fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. Image by Passion Lilie #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle
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About Passion Lilie

As their name might suggest, Passion Lilie is passionate about—sustainable clothing and fair conditions for the Indian artisans they partner with. 

In addition to t-shirts, fair trade dresses, and facemasks, Passion Lilie can take care of all your winter needs.

They’ve got a range of ethical winter coats and a gorgeous selection of unisex fair trade scarves, which being a little lighter are perfect for those frigid fall gusts.

Passion Lilie’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Let’s start out with their fair trade cotton scarves, made with (you guessed it) fair trade organic cotton. In fact, cotton (albeit not always organic) is the only material found in any of their several handwoven scarves. 

Most have been dyed using an ancient Indian ikat dyeing process and others are printed by hand with a block stamp. Regardless, you’ll only find eco dyes here.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

With every product on Passion Lilie’s site, you can see where it was made.

All of their partner artisans receive fair wages and a positive working environment, but you can look further to see the individual families or people who are responsible for Passion Lilie’s beautiful creations.

In addition, you can take a look at the additional benefits that go above and beyond fair wages. For instance, most artisans receive retirement payments, double pay for overtime, and health care. 

Green business practices: 

Passion Lilie is a Green America Certified Business that uses traditional hand manufacturing practices to keep their impact down.

For instance, they rinse their naturally-dyed products in the river (to reduce water consumption) before letting them dry in the sun (to reduce energy consumption).

Community & charitable giving: 

Over the years, the number of artisans employed by Passion Lilie has increased. Because of this, more people have benefitted from meaningful employment. They also provide additional skills training opportunities to other people in the community, particularly women.

Available: Passion Lilie

8. AMOUR VERT

Image by Amour Vert
About Amour Vert

We love all things green, and so does Amour Vert.

Which makes sense since the literal translation of their name means “green love”, epitomized in their sustainable fashion pieces.

They want to keep us looking good while simultaneously creating a healthier planet for future generations. And we think they’re doing a pretty good job. 

We love their sustainable jeans, winter coats, dresses, and more. If cooler temperatures have you looking for stylish ethical scarves made in the USA, your search is over. 

They’ve got fair trade wool scarves for those really cold days as well as lightweight cotton scarves that are more in-style than insulation. 

Amour Vert’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

 Amour Vert has a sizable range of scarves from a couple of designers. Though they keep their materials pretty simple: either 100% wool or organic cotton.

The entire range is dyed with natural dyes and free of all chemicals.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Transparency is trendy for Amour Vert, and they share the details of most of the factories they work with. Even better, most of the factories are located within blocks of the brand’s main office in San Francisco.

As for their scarves, the wool is handspun in India by Indigo Handloom artisans. The organic cotton scarves are designed by Dear Indigo and made in California.

Green business practices: 

For Amour Vert, sustainability is embedded in the full lifecycle of each market. Considerations start with the fabrics and production processes that are used, they’re applied to how workers are treated, then how products are shipped and recycled. 

For packaging, they use compostable bags, recycled materials, and soy-based inks.

Community & charitable giving: 

You can get a tree for a tee. With every t-shirt sold, Amour Vert collaborates with American Forests and donates the equivalent of one tree (they’ve already planted more than 300,000 trees).

Check out a map of all their North American planting locations here.

You were looking for the perfect tee to layer under your scarf anyway, right?

Available: Amour Vert

HOW WE FOUND THE BEST FAIR TRADE SCARVES

When it comes to the winter wrap up, a scarf is essential. 

And while the impending snow may be on our minds more than sustainability, it’s important to keep in mind that what’s keeping us warm and toasty doesn’t also need to keep the planet warm and toasty, too. 

Materials:

The most sustainable scarf, mostly comes down to what it’s been made with. Scarves, like most other articles of clothing, are typically made with synthetic, plastic-based fabrics.

We’re obviously not a fan of those so in this list of scarves, most of the synthetics have been recycled or are sustainably made semi-synthetics, like TENCEL modal fabric and lyocell

Natural materials like organic cotton (ideally certified by GOTS) is our favorite vegan-friendly way to stay warm.

If you’re okay with animal products, we’d recommend Merino wool (and only ever Cashmere where the brand has gone to great lengths to ensure it’s ethically and sustainably sourced, like Naadam has). Even better if it’s recycled.

Supply chain and labor practices:

You may want a scarf that’s thick and warm, but we want to see a supply chain that’s thin and transparent. That’s why these brands have been able to back up their claims of fair trade scarves with specific factory details or certifications that attest to their superior labor practices. 

The more you can find out about who and what made your sustainable scarf, the less likely you are to fall victim to greenwashing. Strict Codes of Conduct and certifications from organizations like Fair Trade, GOTS and SA8000 will keep you feeling extra toasty.

Green business practices:

Being “green” starts with the materials, but it continues with things like carbon neutral shipping, renewable energy, eco-friendly mailers, and sustainable manufacturing practices (like closed-loop dyeing systems and water recycling methods).

Brands get a big thumbs from us if they employ a combination of these. 

Community & charitable giving:

Brands warm our bodies and our hearts with their contributions to their community. We’re happy to see that every single brand here is doing something to give back to the communities they work with, or the planet at large. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ETHICAL SCARVES

That’s pretty much a wrap! 

And while dressing for winter weather may seem like no biggi, when you and your friends support brands like these, you’re supporting a world of normal winters, not those of melting ice caps. 

And on that note, the most sustainable scarf is the one already hanging in your cupboard, or in your local thrift shop or online vintage store.

But if none of those work out, then these scarves will help you stay warm while keeping the planet cool.

Who are we missing? What brand is keeping you warm as you brave the winter temperatures? Let us know your favorite.


For winter fashionistas, a warm and cozy scarf (almost) completes the picture. A fair trade scarf, however, really ticks all the boxes. Image by Studio Variously #fairtradescarves #sustainablescarves #ecofriendlyscarves #sustainablejungle

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