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14 Ethical And Sustainable Mens Clothing Companies


Some men care about their clothes… some men don’t. 

Regardless of which camp you fall into, there’s a good chance you care about the impact of your clothing, especially if you’re reading this article.

For many guys, shopping (at best) is tolerated without all the added pressure of finding legitimate sustainable mens clothing.

Well, we’ve done the hard work for you by seeking out the very best ethical men’s clothing brands. With this list, you won’t even have to leave your couch to get yourself looking and feeling like a brand-new (sustainable) man.

If you want to know how we chose these brands, have a read at the bottom of the article. 

And if you’re after the cheat-sheet, the best ethical and sustainable mens clothing brand we found in the USA is The Classic T-Shirt Company for simple, durable t-shirts.

And Outerknown for their relaxed and unique activewear.

For all basics from underwear to beanies, Organic Basics is our go-to. 

Just remember the most sustainable menswear is the menswear already hanging in your closet.

For things like suits, tuxedos, and other high end sustainable mens clothing that you will only wear once, The Mr. Collection offers ethical men’s rental clothing and a personalized styling service. 

*This post contains affiliate links

1. ORGANIC BASICS

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About Organic Basics 

Organic Basics is one of our favorites for minimalist basics.

We’ve covered many of their clothing items from organic underwear to eco friendly activewear. 

With well-made, durable and sustainable men’s clothing and accessories that can withstand the test of time and an impressive list of ethical criteria, OB’s are perfect for your everyday needs, morning to night.

Go from sporting one of their pairs of circularly-made 5-pocket jeans to kicking off your shoes and chilling in their organic cotton sweatpants.

While you’re at it, relax your mind and conscience by check out the impact index of each item where you can get a sense of the true cost (and a minimal one at that) of your purchase.

Organic Basics’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Organic Basics uses primarily 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, which is sourced from Europe where the garments are also made. They also use recycled nylon and TENCEL for some. 

Their newish Silver Tech active tees use organic cotton blended with trace amounts of sustainably-sourced silver.

Rated safe by the EPA, Reach Act-compliant, and Oeko-Tex 100-certified, the silver content adds to the durability, anti-odor properties, and greater heat regulating abilities. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Organic Basics is impressive when it comes to transparency.

On their website, you can find not just general locations and descriptions of their favorites, but an in depth breakdown of the employees workload there (including vacation days, hours worked, etc.).

While their BSCI-compliance and Sedex membership (a non-profit that empowers ethical supply chains) does a lot to ensure ethical manufacturing, they personally visit their factories on a regular basis and sit down with the employees to make sure they’re happy and satisfied. 

Green business practices: 

“Goodbye carbon!” is key to OB, they offer (free!) carbon neutral shipping worldwide.

They do this by purchasing carbon offsets through Chooose to fund the Koru Wind Farm in Canakkale, Turkey (which is a UN verified CO2 reducing project). 

They write, “For every order placed from now on we offset one hundred kilos of CO2 – which is actually a lot more than we need to – but that’s fine by us”. 

For exact numbers, check out their published Impact Report

Inclusivity: 

Sizes range a full S-XL with a good range of diverse models.

Community & charitable giving: 

Through the Organic Basics Fund, OB provides biannual grants to two environmental grassroots activists or organizations that submit proposals. See their past supported projects here.

Available: Organic Basics

2. ALLBIRDS

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About Allbirds

New Zealand’s Allbirds are for all boys (and girls and whatever else you might identify as!).

Making some of the most comfortable shoes we’ve ever personally had the pleasure of trying, Allbirds has your whole day covered, from eco friendly slippers in the morning to ethical running shoes when you run about your day (and are machine washable at the end of it). 

“[Billie Mayes voice] but wait there’s more!”

Allbirds isn’t just an ethical shoe brand. They also make t shirts, jackets, sweaters, underwear, and socks for men.

Allbirds’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Whether you’re a sheep or shrub guy, Allbirds provides. 

For sheep lovers, hop into their shoes made from ZQ-certified merino wool. This wool is Allbird’s main muse (they are from New Zealand after all, where sheep outnumber people!), but they also make vegan mens shoes out of FSC-certified TENCEL lyocell.

Both materials are then paired with sugarcane SweetFoam™ midsoles, recycled bottle laces, and castor bean oil insoles.

In their clothing, you’ll find nearly all sustainable materials like ZQ Merino wool, recycled polyester, TENCEL lyocell, and patented blends like TrinoXO™ (lyocell, merino wool, and chitosan made from upcycled shellfish skeletons).

A touch of spandex gives stretch their tees, socks, and underwear, which is as close to virgin synthetic fabrics as they get.

Supply chain & labor practices:

To begin, all wool is sourced from New Zealand (where the practice of mulesing is prohibited) and lyocell comes from trees sustainably grown in South Africa using 95% less water than cotton. 

From there, the shoes are manufactured in either a WRAP-certified factory in Shenzhen, China, or a LEED-certified factory in Hai Phong, Vietnam. As per the brand’s Certified B Corp status and Code of Conduct, we know both are annually audited to the strict ethical standards.

You can get sustainable men’s clothing made in the USA from Allbirds, too, as much of their apparel is made in North Carolina. The rest is made in Peru.

Green business practices:

Allbirds is Carbon Neutral and utilizes water/energy saving practices in their manufacturing facilities. 

All shoes come maile in a 90% post-consumer recycled cardboard all-in-one bag, box, and mailer.

Community & charitable giving:

Partnering with Soles4Souls, Allbirds donates any returned shoes to those in need. That means if you don’t love your Allbirds in 30 days, return them for a full refund and the knowledge that they won’t go to waste.

Available: Allbirds

3. TENTREE

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About tentree

tentree is a Canadian maker of outdoor sustainable mens clothing, aiming to “motivate and encourage environmental stewardship through earth-first apparel”.  

This includes earth-inspired graphic tees, tanks, button-ups, and hoodies (which looks so soft). 

They also make shorts, pants, jackets, winter jackets, and tons of sustainable accessories like wallets, fair trade hats, bags, and fair trade scarves.

Despite this huge selection, tentree knows the importance of small.

“We believe in the power of small acts, so by empowering everyone and anyone with easy access to sustainable solutions, those tiny seeds of change, can grow to change the world. #ItTakesAForest”

tentree’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

tentree has some of the highest percentages of purely sustainable fabrics that we’ve seen. 

They mostly use things like organic cotton, hemp, TENCEL, and REPREVE® recycled polyester. Only a small handful of products include a small % of elastane, and that is pretty rare in their range.

See this page and click on each fabric for links to shop each one. We love how they’ve made it so easy to shop sustainably!

Supply chain & labor practices: 

tentree “ensure[s] that all the people who work with tentree are respected, valued, and feel safe.” This B-corp is doing a pretty great job and scored a 124.6 on the 2019 audit. 

That puts them in the top 1% for manufacturing.

B-corp audits aside, they require all suppliers and partners to sign their code of conduct. 

Their website specifies where each product was made by including a comprehensive Factory Ledger. All factories bear one or more certifications by WRAP, BSCI, SA8000, Fair Trade, and Fair Wear Foundation.

Green business practices: 

Each product has an Eco Log, which compares the water, CO2, and waste saved in comparison to producing a similar garment in the conventional way. These impact assessments are compiled by GreenStep which they also use to assess the impact before even starting production. 

Inclusivity: 

One of tentree’s three main goals is to be accessible, in affordability and body inclusivity. 

While they are an outdoor brand (and one of the best slow fashion brands), they are not JUST that. Instead, they make products “for those who identify with the outdoors, but are not defined by them”.

Men’s tops are available in S-XXL, and bottoms in 30” to 40”.

Community & charitable giving: 

The name tentree comes from the company’s primary aim and giving model. 

For every item purchased, they plant TEN TREES in either Madagascar, Indonesia, Senegal, Nepal, Canada, Mexico, Peru, or Haiti. 

So far they’ve planted over 41 million trees, but aim to grow 1 billion by 2030. 

Available: tentree 

4. OUTERKNOWN

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About Outerknown

Surf inspired or adventure-ready? 

Outerknown makes fair trade mens clothing including sweatshirts, sustainable jeans, tees, henleys, polos, swim trunks, and outerwear that are rustic in appearance, rugged in build and soft to the touch. 

We personally love their 100% cotton plaid “blanket shirts” (pictured above). They are basically just eco-friendly and sustainable mens flannels.

And who doesn’t love a good flannel? 

In particular, look for their S.E.A. (Social and Environmental Accountability)-approved garments. This indicates they surpass the strictest sustainable and ethical manufacturing standards.

Eleven-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater founded Outerknown in collaboration with designer John Moore. They believe that “we have a responsibility to make clothing that respects the world around us.”  

For the adventure-driven readers, “Sustainability is the destination, Outerknown is the journey.” 

Outerknown’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Outerknown uses primarily natural fabrics like organic cotton, hemp, alpaca wool, and RDS-certified down. 

Their Selvedge jeans are one of our favorite natural garments, made of 100% organic cotton. Note that the Stretch Jeans have a 2% spandex addition so they might not be the best choice if you prefer 100% natural materials.

While mens outerwear and sustainable clothing brands aren’t always compatible notions, Outerknown is innovating the field. 

Here they use high or full percentage blends of recycled synthetics. 

Materials like recycled polyester, Econyl (for sustainable swimwear), and PFOA-free DWR are more sustainable. 

Need a rain jacket as the weather gets weirder year by year?

They’ve got you covered with one that’s 100% recycled polyester. 

As a Bluesign certified sustainable outdoor clothing brand, all garments are processed with minimal chemicals. Even their buttons are sustainable, made from either recycled polyester or natural corozo nuts.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Outerknown believes “sustainability starts with transparency,” so they publish their full list of suppliers

While manufacturing takes place in Peru, Mexico, and China, each Outerknown garment is Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

Every supplier and factory must abide by their Code of Conduct and Fair Labor Association (FLA) standards.  

Inclusivity: 

Despite their athletic and outdoorsy target audience, Outerknown’s sizes for their sustainable eco friendly men’s clothing are fully inclusive. Tops range from S-XXL, pant waists from 28”-38”, and inseam lengths from 30″ to 34″. 

Available: Outerknown

5. COLORFUL STANDARD

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About Colorful Standard

Colorful Standard deals in the “sustainable, colorful and uncomplicated”.

That refers to their entire line of organic basics and loungewear, including tees, oxford shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, boxers, socks, and accessories. All with a super-soft brushed interior.

We can personally attest to the comfort and quality of their apparel. So far, we’ve had the chance to try their crew sweatshirt on for size and we just love the balance between a soft inside and a really durable, tight-woven exterior. It’s become our go-to sweatshirt!

Plain and basic it may be, but boring it certainly is not. Choose from a veritable rainbow of colors, from optic white to paradise peach.

Colorful Standard’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Colorful Standards says, “We love colors and we love simplicity.”

That’s why their clothing is made of 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton dyed with OEKO-Tex® certified eco friendly dyes.

While the clothing is PETA Approved Vegan, the accessories are not, being made from 100% Italian extra fine merino wool. This wool is sourced from Australia and Woolmark-certified for ethical practices.

Stay tuned as they plan to change to recycled wool.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Everything is manufactured in Portugal under the strictly enforced European Union Labour Law. In the name of transparency, Colorful Standard invites anyone to drop by their factory unannounced for a tour.

Green business practices:

While CS loves colors, they don’t love seasonal fashion or changing trends: “We are more into timeless classics that will most likely never become outdated. Our pieces are here for the long run.” 

Because everything is pre-washed and anti-pilling, there’s no chance of shrinkage or early wearing out.

They also operate on a factory-to-consumer basis, meaning no warehouses and no extra steps. Everything is made in one factory that ships directly to the consumer to keep their carbon footprint small.

Inclusivity: 

With sizes XS-2XL, this is the place to go for plus size men’s clothing,

Community & charitable giving:

Years ago, Colorful Standard started a football club in the Democratic Republic of Congo, FC Masi Manimba by collecting footballs and cleats and building a space. It eventually became a full-on youth activity center.

Today, they continue to donate 5% of proceeds to this football club and foundation.

Available: Colorful Standard

6. BOODY

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About Boody

Let’s bring things back to basics with Boody

Their ethical men’s underwear, t-shirts, tank tops, and bamboo socks may not come in a huge selection, but they come in every style you need.

Boody is originally an Australian brand that expanded to America after becoming beloved around the world for their ethical activewear and generally affordable ethical clothes.

Boody’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Boody loves bamboo and while bamboo fabric can be problematic, Boody is out to make sure theirs isn’t among the many greenwashed brands.

They use only FSC, Ecocert, and OEKO-TEX bamboo made via a water and solvent recapturing closed-loop system. The final fabric undergoes SGS-testing to ensure there are no toxic elements in it.

Their bamboo is often paired with a touch of spandex for added stretch.

Supply chain & labor practices:

All manufacturing partners must have at least one certification by either ISO-14001, ISO-9001, or WRAP so we know they’ve been doubled checked for their ethical and environmental practices.

Green business practices:

All clothing is shipped in recycled packaging materials printed with plant-based inks. 

Inclusivity:

Boody’s men’s clothing comes in S-XL sizes.

Community & charitable giving:

As a member of 1% for the Planet, Boody is trying to green up our world beyond just using one of the world’s greenest plants.

Available: Boody (US) | Boody (AU)

7. PACT

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About Pact

If you’ve read our other fashion pieces, you might recognize this brand. Pact makes ethical underwear and activewear for men, women, and children. 

Their well-made and affordable ethical men’s clothing includes items like eco friendly socks, boxers, briefs, sweatpants, t shirts, polos, long sleeve tops, and hoodies.

All garments are classics for a timeless look that will pair easily with any outfit.

Pact ’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

By far, Pact’s go-to fiber is Fair Trade organic cotton and most of the products are 100% made of it. No wonder these eco friendly fair trade men’s clothing are one of the best selling. 

A handful of garments, like their Stretch Fit tee, have small blends of spandex for greater active performance. Their sweats also have elastic in the waistband but this is less problematic because you can at least cut it out to compost the rest of the garment!

Always opt for the pure organic cotton ones if you have the option.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Based in Boulder, Colorado Pact still chooses to manufacture in India, where 74% of their organic cotton is sourced.  

All Pact garments are produced in certified Fair Trade factories and their promise is that all their clothing is sweatshop and child labor free.

Green business practices: 

Pact’s choice to use organic cotton saves 95% of the water used to produce regular cotton. It also employs water and energy-saving production methods and aims to reduce fabric trimmings. 

Inclusivity: 

This affordable ethical clothing brand’s motto is #JustWearYou and sizes run between small and extra-large. Adding some larger options would make it more inclusive.

A pro tip for smaller sizes – order the larger kids sizes to save you money!

Community & charitable giving: 

Pact runs a clothing donation program called Give Back. Wear Forward.

They donate gently used clothes from all brands to non-profits who distribute them to those in need. After all, why is there so much textile waste when there are so many people without?

Available: Pact

8. THE CLASSIC T-SHIRT COMPANY

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About The Classic T-Shirt Company

The Classic T-Shirt Company makes ethical men’s T-shirts that are built to last AND super soft.

With just a handful of classic colours and four styles available (either short or long sleeves and crew or V-necks), they hit the mark while keeping things simple.

Founded by Paul and Olga Garibian, The Classic T-Shirt Company was created to prove to their daughter Gabriella “that you can both be successful and do the right thing.”  

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

Materials: 

All tees are made with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and dyed with premium, non-toxic Azo-free dyes. The cotton is also combed (for softness), ring-spun, and pre-shrunk so the final product maintain colors and shape.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Everything is produced in the USA, starting with organic cotton farming and milling. Yarns are then sent to a vertically integrated state-of-the-art facility in L.A. for knitting, handcrafting, and embroidering. 

Committed to fair trade principles, all these entities provide fair wages, reasonable hours, and excellent working conditions because “we want everyone involved in the production cycle of our T-shirts to thrive.”

Green business practices: 

Importantly, The Classic T-Shirt Company creates products that are designed to last. Durability above all prevents textile waste. They use only premium materials and put every garment through multiple shrink tests and quality control assurances.

Beyond that, they use only recycled, plastic-free packaging.

Inclusivity: 

With mens sizes ranging from XS to XXXL, they’ve got most bodies covered.

Community & charitable giving: 

The Classic T Shirt Company is a member of Pledge 1%. This means they donate an automatic 1% of their time and profits to one of three different causes: providing safe water to communities in need, planting trees, and ocean cleanup.

Available: The Classic T-Shirt Company

9. PASSION LILIE

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About Passion Lilie 

Katie Schmidt’s Passion Lilie has TONS of eco street cred.

They’re a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a Green America Certified Business, and Ethical Fashion Forum Fellowship 500 Member. Azo-free dyes impressed us!

Their fair trade mens clothing includes mostly printed button-downs, available in long or short sleeves and lots of patterns. They also carry one style of chambray shorts.

Passion Lilie’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Passion Lilie’s organic sustainable mens clothing is just that, 100% organic and non-GMO cotton. This cotton is hand block printed with eco dyes

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Passion Lilie’s manufacturing happens thanks to various family factories in India. These World Fair Trade Organization certified factories are in Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad.

Each one aims to provide disadvantaged community members with health care, fair wages, loan opportunities, and meaningful, reliable work. Read more about their workers here.

Green business practices: 

Passion Lilie’s production is almost entirely non-mechanized. They hand wash and sun dry their fabrics, then hand weave and use block printing to give them their patterns. Read or watch their demonstration of hand block printing. 

Additionally, they reuse leftover fabric scraps to make accessories.

Inclusivity: 

Sizes range from S-2XL and are modeled by a variety of men. We love that the range meets a range of budgets.

Community & charitable giving: 

Passion Lilie prefers to help charities that their customers are passionate about. Contact them to organize a Passion Lille trunk show and donate the proceeds to a charity close to your heart. 

Available: Passion Lilie

10. PATAGONIA

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About Patagonia

Ever wonder, “What is the most ethical men’s clothing in the USA?”

Patagonia is probably it.

Maybe we’re biased because their garments have worked well for us during our travels and outdoor endeavors, but we’re not sorry because Patagonia is one of the most sustainably-minded brands around. 

They have the best Fair Trade mens clothing including fair trade sweaters, pullovers, rain jackets, ski jackets, down and synthetic jackets, vests, pants for hiking and climbing, swim trunks, hats, underwear, t-shirts, sustainable winter gloves, and bags of all shapes and sizes.

You name it, they make it.

Even though they’ve been around since the 1980s and are one of the biggest names in outdoor apparel they keep their line limited and focus on improving classic designs.

By limiting new designs they’ve created a more timeless collection that never goes out of style. Browse the brand on any number of online thrift stores and you’ll see that retro Patagonia is highly coveted.

Take one of Patagonia’s first designs, the Synchilla Snap-T fleece; it’s still a best seller with a rad retro 90s vibe. It’s one of the coziest pullovers you’ll ever don and will leave you feeling eco-friendly and fly. 

Patagonia’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Patagonia has a full gamut of clothing including the fabric to create it all. Not all garments are equally sustainable, but Patagonia improves the number of those that are yearly.

Their most sustainable materials are made from 100% organic non-GMO natural fibers like cotton (like their Responsibili-Tee), hemp, and linen.

Next are Patagonia’s recycled synthetics, necessary for more technical garments. They use 100% recycled poly for the extensive Capilene line of activewear basics and the solid colors in their base layers. 

They also use ethically sourced and certified wool and down for some of their insulation layers and sustainable mens winter clothing. 

All inks are PVC-free and phthalate-free, and you can shop their bluesign® approved garments to ensure no toxic chemicals were used.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Patagonia scored 70% in Fashion Revolution’s most recent Fashion Transparency Index. This is the highest percentage obtained by only a few companies.

Despite their huge supply chain, they adhere to the California Supply Chains Act of 2010 SB 657 and try to give consumers as much info as possible via The Footprint Chronicles.

This includes listing factory details at the bottom of each product page. 

They are also Fair Trade certified and their factories are regularly audited by third parties and visited by executive staff members. 

Green business practices: 

Patagonia operates with the environment at its heart, through their numerous green business choices. All their cotton is organic and 72% of their current line utilizes recycled materials, a percentage that grows year by year. 

Inclusivity: 

Patagonia is marketed toward and modeled by slimmer athletic types. However, their XS-XXL sizes are for anyone and everyone. Their XS-XXL size range is among the most inclusive of outdoor clothing companies. 

For measured pants, waist sizes run 28” to 40” in short, regular, and long inseams to fit men of all shapes and sizes. If you’re on the smaller end of the size spectrum, their kid’s sizes fill in any gaps.

Community & charitable giving: 

Patagonia is the founding company of 1% for the Planet. They donate either 1% of every sale or 10% of pre-tax profits (whichever is more) to grassroots environmental initiatives.

Check out Patagonia Action Works for some worthy ones near you if you want to get involved.

They take up the mantle of corporate responsibility at a brand-wide level and at an industry level, too. They help other brands to be more environmentally and socially responsible.  

Some of the ways they do this is by publishing books like The Responsible Company and CEO Yvon Chouinard’s memoir Let My People Go Surfing. They also give back by fighting for causes on a political scale. Read more here.  

Available: Patagonia

11. THREADS 4 THOUGHT

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About Threads 4 Thought 

Despite Threads 4 Thought, aka T4T, being based in fast-paced New York City, they’re slowing fashion down and encouraging people to #wearthoughtfully.

They believe everyone should “wear the change you want to see”.  

They are one of the few ethical clothing companies for men, women, AND kids, in so many categories like loungewear, ethical activewear, casual clothing, and accessories.  

Their men’s line includes zip hoodies and pullovers, shorts, joggers, hats, and eco friendly T shirts.

T4T’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

T4T uses various fabric blends of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing Modal. Some, like their Triblend jersey products, do contain a small percentage of rayon.

We recommend avoiding these particular garments in favor of their completely compostable or recycled ones.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

They are a Fair Trade and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified company. So we can rest easy knowing that all factories and supply chain agents maintain excellent and ethical working conditions.

Green business practices: 

Waste from production processes at their main WRAP-certified factory gets reused. 80% of the water, 95% of the materials and 95% of the fabric trimmings all add up to eliminate water and textile waste.

Inclusivity: 

T4T aims to be budget and lifestyle inclusive by offering interest-free payment installations. Men’s sizes in both tops and bottoms range from S-XXXL.

Community & charitable giving: 

A percentage of T4T’s profits help refugees and disaster-stricken communities through the International Rescue Committee.

Available: Threads 4 Thought 

12. UNITED BY BLUE

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About United By Blue

Let’s all jump into a commitment to making the world a bluer planet… in swimwear created by this next brand that believes “change comes in waves”. 

United By Blue brings men and women alike together with their sustainable trail-to-town outdoor clothes that are stylish enough for urban wear.

For men, you’ll find everything from tees and tops, insulated jackets, fleece and sweaters, hiking pants and shorts, swim trunks, accessories, and more.

United By Blue’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

United By Blue uses a host of sustainable fabrics in their mens clothing and accessories: hemp, organic cotton, ethical wool, yak fur, REPREVE recycled polyester, Tencel, modal, and patented fabric blends like Bison Shield (a “throw-away” of the meat industry turned into wool-like yarn or insulation).

Everything is dyed with vegetable-based dyes and finished with fully recyclable aluminum hardware and biodegradable Corozo nut buttons.

Even their sustainable backpacks and eco friendly luggage are made with microplastic-shedding resistant (R)evolution™ recycled plastic bottle fabric and recycled nylon.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

United By Blue was named Certified B-corp’s ‘Best for the World Honoree’ three years straight.

It’s easy to see why when you consider all their manufacturing partners (7 in total, located in Turkey, China, Vietnam, and the USA) are certified by at least one of the following: GOTS, OCS, and Fair Trade. 

Green business practices: 

Aiming to #QuitSingleUse, they have an impressive list of company waste reduction goals. These include phasing out poly bags and bubble wrap, plastic hang tags, fabric roll packaging, and even plastic tape.

Their Impact Report provides updates on their progress.

Inclusivity: 

Running a little on the slim size, UBB offers top size S-XL and pant waists 30”-38”.

Community & charitable giving: 

United By Blue sponsors the removal of one pound of trash for every product sold.

Last year that totaled over 30,000 pounds.

That’s aside from the regular beach cleanups they organize and participate in.

How’s that for “prov[ing] that a for-profit company could do serious, dirty conservation work”?!

Available: United By Blue

13. KOTN

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About Kotn

Kotn was founded in 2014 by friends Rami, Ben, and Mackenzie. Their solution to the rampant abuse of scope and scale of the fashion industry?

Ethically sourced Gossypium Barbadense, more commonly known as Egyptian cotton.

This certified B-corp makes affordable sustainable mens clothing, which includes the ever-coveted flannel shirts, business casual button-downs, sweatshirts, eco friendly sweatpants, chinos, long johns, work pants, and even eco friendly robes.

The best part: they’re all 100% cotton. 

Kotn’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Most of the world’s cotton usage consists of short fiber cotton, while Pima and Egyptian cotton are long fiber crops making more durable fabric of higher thread count (so it’s softer, too!). 

Sadly, these premium cottons only comprise 10% of garments. 

Kotn goes beyond this and uses Giza “white gold” cotton, the finest of all Egyptian cotton available. While Kotn garments are all 100% Giza cotton, not all of it is organically grown yet:

“Many farms lack the knowledge, resources, or motivation to become 100% certified organic. Our belief is that the future of Egyptian cotton rests on its ability to mobilize and lead the way in agriculture and sustainability. For this reason, we’ve embarked on a project to ensure 100% of our cotton is certified organic within the next five years. 

However, instead of simply neglecting the farms that don’t already have these practices in place, we’ll be working with each farm to set up these systems, so they too can participate in a more sustainable future.”

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Kotn is a direct trade company.

They buy their cotton directly from family-run farms at set prices, so the farmers won’t suffer as the market value of cotton naturally varies. They call this method “like farm-to-table, but for your clothes.” Kotn also subsidizes the cost of fertilizer and agricultural consultants to help their farmers succeed. 

All farms and factories are subject to regular third-party audits, which includes interviews with the workers to ensure they are happy:

“We work with partners who believe in a commitment to their employees; not to be regarded as robots or cogs in a wheel, but as craftspeople with boundless potential. Our partners have some of the best employee retention around, promoting from within, with equal opportunity for all.”

Green business practices: 

Giza cotton can only be grown in the Nile Delta region south of Alexandria. This is a huge benefit as it centralizes its supply chain within a 100km radius.

Giza cotton also has to be handpicked, as machines can stress and even damage its long, fine strands. Happy coincidence, though, as there are very few machine emissions created and more jobs created.

Inclusivity: 

 Kotn uses inclusive models and sizes their tops XS-XXL. Their pants range from 29/30 to 38/32.

Community & charitable giving: 

Kotn collaborates with a local Egyptian NGO to stop the cycle of child labor. They provide education for children from their cotton farming communities. 

The focus is on girls who traditionally have fewer educational opportunities in Egypt. A portion of each sale goes toward building schools, buying books, and paying/training teachers.

Available: Kotn

14. ARMS OF ANDES

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About Arms of Andes

Arms of Andes was founded by siblings, Meli and Rensso Hinostroza in 2018 in Peru.

As Californians of Peruvian descent, they decided to “bridge the gap between the heritage of [their] ancestors and the modern world”.

They have done this by creating the “most sustainable & high-performance gear ever designed, deep in the Andes mountains” – sustainable outdoor clothing made from Alpaca wool!

They offer super soft sustainable men’s base layers, mid layers, shirts, bottom layers, underwear, socks and more.

For anyone who has been lucky enough to visit Peru, this brand is strongly associated with the breathtaking Peruvian landscapes.

Arms of Andes’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices 

Materials: 

Arms of Andes flagship material is their 100% alpaca wool fabric, one of the most sustainable fabrics and ethical wool options available.

Alpaca wool is 100% compostable at end of life and Arms of Andes sources their wool from Alpaca herders where the alpacas are raised in small herds in the Peruvian Andes where they are naturally adapted to live and are free roaming.

The wool is Oeko-Tex 100 certified and Arms of Andes is starting to use natural dyes.

Other materials used are cotton stitching and for zippers (used only in base layers and mid-layers) are made of a metal and cotton/synthetic mix. Arms of Andes are looking into more sustainable alternatives for these components.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Being a relatively small, new brand, Arms of Andes has a solid understanding of their supply chain, all of which is based in Peru.

First, the wool is sourced from Alpaca herder coops. The alpacas themselves are reared using traditional techniques. They are free-roaming but return to shelter at night and receive any veterinary care when needed.

The wool is then produced into fabric and ultimately clothing in peruvian factories, close to the sources of the wool in Lima (which reduces their carbon footprint).

The Arms of Andes team are involved in overseeing both the fabric and garment production by visiting every week. They do this to ensure both quality and good working practices.

Inclusivity: 

Sizes currently run small – extra large.

Available: Arms of Andes

HOW WE CHOSE THESE SUSTAINABLE MENS CLOTHING BRANDS

While the men’s fashion industry may not be quite as extensive as the womens’, it’s filled with just as many problems and is subject to the same fast fashion pitfalls.

When it comes to sustainable mens clothing brands it’s no different, but it’s equally as important for a more sustainable future.

How do we define sustainable mens fashion from just regular old mens fashion?  

After a lot of research and reading, we compiled a set of sustainable and ethical fashion criteria. These give us a methodology to assess the social and environmental impact of any fashion category or brand.   

To summarize our criteria: 

Materials: 

Above all else, the best ethical men’s clothing is made with sustainable fibers. Most of a garment’s impact comes from the material, which is why we’ll break this down further below.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

While material matters the most for environmental impact, this category looks at the social and human rights issues involved with the clothing industry. Ideally, we want transparency and a demonstration of control and traceability of the supply chains.  

That way, the company actively ensures all entities maintain fair labor practices and pay.

A huge part of this step is looking to brands that have third party auditors and certifications, which helps ward off the greenwashing that’s unfortunately prevalent in the industry.

  • B-Corp: By far the best certification because it’s really hard to become a B-corp. You have to rank super high in over 80 “impact areas” and maintain those standards for yearly audits. All B-corp annual assessments are public record, too, so companies can’t exactly lie about the results.
  • Fair trade: You’re probably familiar with this one. It’s a concept which assures all materials or products were acquired in exchange for fair labor conditions, compensation, proper training, and reasonable work hours. Fair trade also assures against human rights abuses like unsafe work environments, discrimination, harassment, abuse, and child/forced labor. There are a few fair trade bodies that do certification around the world.
  • OEKO-Tex 100: Ensures no harmful chemicals (i.e., colorants, heavy metals, formaldehyde, azo-dyes) are used in manufacturing. This is good for sustainability as well as ethically because workers aren’t in constant contact with toxins.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): States that all fabrics are grown and processed “seed to shelf” without the use of chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, or even machine harvesting.

Green business practices: 

Considers any other ways a brand works to reduce its environmental impact. Things like recycling production materials, textile waste considerations, carbon offsetting, renewable energy, garment recycling programs, and low waste/plastic-free packaging.

Inclusivity: 

When we think of unhealthy body image issues in fashion, we tend to think of women, but men are subject to the same misrepresentation and non body-positive advertising. We look for brands that offer sizes for everyone (short, tall, large, small, and everything in between) as well as using inclusive models.

Community & charitable giving: 

Not a “must” as some small brands simply don’t have the budget to be both sustainable and charitable yet. However, it’s great to see larger brands that have the means, reaching out to improve the world beyond the scope of their own business dealings.

Fabrics for Sustainable Mens Fashion 

Again, fabrics are so important. We really can’t stress that enough.

A sustainable brand has to offer garments made of sustainable fabrics, even if not all garments are sustainable yet. 

Natural fibers are the first choice, including:

  • Organic cottonTraditional cotton may look clean but it’s one of the world’s dirtiest fibers. Organic cotton is so much better (and safer to wear!). It’s grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers and requires far less water and land area to grow.
  • Organic Hemp / Linen: Similar in eco benefits and final fabric to organic cotton. Sourced from hemp fabric while linen comes from flax plants.
  • TENCEL (Lyocell/Modal): TENCEL is the name of its Austrian producer but it’s become a “Kleenex/tissue” sort of situation. Technically, the fibers are called Lyocell and Modal, made from the wood pulp of eucalyptus and beech trees, respectively. The process to render fiber from wood is entirely closed-loop and solvent-spinning, so it reuses 99% of the water and solvent over and over. Most brands on this list have a line of tencel clothing available.
  • Merino wool: Wool can be tricky. It’s not vegan and can have some serious animal rights issues at stake. Fortunately, the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certification and ZQ Merino label now help us differentiate ethical wool from “happy sheep” versus those that involve animal cruelty. As a fabric, wool has tons of benefits and is biodegradable, so we consider it if it’s sourced ethically. 

Next in the sustainable fabric tier are recycled synthetics (i.e., recycled polyester and recycled nylon). While these aren’t compostable or biodegradable like natural fibers, they aren’t contributing to further plastic waste. They give a second life to waste already in existence that might not have another use. 

For instance, a lot of recycled polyester comes from PET plastic water bottles and recycled nylon (Econyl) comes from discarded fishing nets from the ocean. 

Still, we must be conscious of wearing these fabrics. Use a Guppy Friend when washing them to prevent microplastics from entering the waterway – available from the Patagonia website here.

Fabrics to avoid are virgin synthetics, leather, rayon, and bamboo-derived viscose. That last one is tricky because people believe bamboo is a sustainable fiber. 

Don’t get us wrong, as a plant and hard material, it is. However, turning into a fiber usually involves so many harmful plasticizing chemicals that cancel out any environmental benefits it may have. 

While it is possible to do it sustainably in a closed-loop manner, it’s hard to tell how companies make it and even we’ve been fooled by the greenwashing that’s so prevalent around bamboo and fashion.

Our rule of thumb is to avoid bamboo unless a company goes out of its way to prove and explain how they’re doing it sustainably (like Boody!). 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE MENS CLOTHING

We know that for some of you guys out there, shopping (even if it’s at an ethical online store) is at best, tolerated…

If that’s you, we hope our cheat-sheet has made the experience somewhat more bearable.  

For those that enjoy shopping (including the ladies shopping for their man), we hope we’ve helped to ease your eco-anxieties.

But whichever camp you fall into, by supporting one of these ethical men’s clothing brands is a vote for a fairer and healthier planet for all.


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