When it comes to clothing, men, in general, are already much more sustainable than women. They buy the clothes they actually need and wear them as long as they can. So good job, guys!
In my opinion, men’s clothes are often higher quality and they’re made to last longer than womenswear. However, there’s still a huge difference between fast fashion and ethical clothing in terms of both quality and durability. Fast fashion clothes tend to stretch out and fade a lot more over time. While sustainable items are pricier, they have better tailoring, they’re made with a thicker fabric, and they’re designed to look good on you for years!
So whether you’re looking for companies that make a difference in the world, use sustainable practices, eco-friendly fabrics, and pay their workers fairly, or you want to invest in stylish, high-quality clothes, these are the top brands I recommend you check out first!
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Organic Basics makes, you guessed it, everyday basics with organic materials such as organic cotton and lyocell. They recently started using recycled nylon in their activewear line which is great for absorbing sweat, reducing odor, and regulating temperature.
The Organic Basics menswear line features underwear, socks, T-shirts, shirts, and accessories such as scarves and beanies.
T-shirt prices starting at $39.
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The Classic T-Shirt Company makes premium T-shirts from super soft organic cotton. The cotton is grown and the T-shirts are manufactured in the USA, in California. If you’re the “only wears one T-shirt” kinda guy, definitely look into this brand!
Their T-shirts are luxurious, stylish, durable, and have a better impact on the environment!
Know The Origin isn’t only an ethical fashion brand, it’s also an online retailer for multiple conscious brands. So if you’re new to this scene, the Know The Origin website is a great place to start to try out multiple brands at once.
Know The Origin T-shirts and sweatshirts are Fairtrade certified, and they’re made ethically with organic cotton.
Mud Jeans’ mission is to reform the denim industry and make it fully circular.
It starts with high-quality organic cotton and a locally manufactured pair of jeans. You can buy it, or lease it on a monthly subscription. When you’re done with your jeans, just send it back (even if you’ve purchased it), the brand will repair it and upcycle it into vintage jeans. When the vintage jeans are also used up, Mud Jeans will recycle the raw materials into new denim, and the cycle starts again.
Jeans prices starting at $140. Lease jeans from $11.70/month.
Harvest & Mill makes non-toxic clothes, using organic cotton that’s grown and sewn 100% in the USA. By supporting American production, the brand is working towards rebuilding the supply chain based on ecological and ethical values.
By using natural dyes, the clothes are more friendly for your skin and have a lower impact on the environment.
Harvest & Mill stocks T-shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, and socks in black, white, and undyed.
T-shirt prices starting at $46 or $82 for a 2-pack.
Iron Roots makes microplastic-free sportswear. Did you know that more than 90% of all activewear contains polyester or other kinds of plastics? Polyester and other synthetic clothes take hundreds of years to decompose, and they release microplastics into our waters at every wash which is toxic for the environment.
Iron Roots athletic apparel is made of natural materials like eucalyptus and hemp, and organic cotton which are much more eco-friendly and skin-friendly than synthetic activewear.
Pangaia is a materials science company on a mission to save the environment. They’re a collective of scientists, technologists, and designers who use innovative tech and bio-engineered materials to create solutions to fashion’s environmental problems.
Pangaia clothes are super eco-friendly and high-quality, and innovative. The brand uses bio-based, recycled fibers, and materials made from recycled plastic dyed with natural botanical dyes.
The brand makes T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and shorts in any color you can imagine. And they look amazing!
In the Responsible Edit on Asos, you can find the retailer’s most eco-friendly options.
Okay, these probably aren’t the most sustainable and highest quality clothes you can find out there, but at least they are made with recycled plastic or organic cotton. And sometimes there are actual sustainable brands featured in this edit.
The Responsible Edit is a super-easy way for Asos shoppers to dip their toes into the world of eco-fashion.
Threads 4 Thoughts products have a smaller than average impact on the environment, they support communities in need, and they are changing the narrative of ethical standards within the fashion industry.
Threads 4 Thought clothes are comfy and casual everyday basics, but they also offer an activewear line made entirely with recycled materials.
Nordgreen is a Danish watch company that focuses on timeless, minimalist design, and sustainable manufacturing.
Nordgreen watches are adapted to your daily routine and they’re as versatile as you need them to be for every occasion.
Through its Giving Back Program, the brand partners up with NGOs to support urgent global causes such as providing education and healthy meals to people in need, sourcing drinking water in Africa, and protecting the rainforests.
The H&M Conscious Collection is a big improvement compared to the brand’s main line. Fast fashion brands usually blend their fabrics with polyester so they can reduce the price of their clothes. But it also means reduced quality.
The Conscious Collection uses less polyester and more natural or recycled materials and has better quality overall.