Fall, winter, and spring can only mean one thing: sweater weather. That’s right, it’s not just about changing weather and imbibing lattes.
There’s a good chance you could use some warmer layers to carry you through the seasons. But where can you buy an ethical sweater that makes a positive impact with your dollars?
Thrift shopping and consignment stores are a great option to give gently used items more life. You can also find some really great deals.
However, thrift shopping isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. That’s why we’ve got you covered for all your sweater needs.
Here’s a short list of 6 ethical and eco-conscious brands to get your gear and avoid the hassle of shopping. With these brands it’s easy to look good and do good too.
LA based Outerknown’s moto is “For People and Planet.” They execute this mission with initiatives on both the sustainability and labor fronts.
A company that values fair trade and sustainable sourcing, and is transparent in its supply chain, Outerknown produces products you can feel good about. For example, many of their products are made with organic cotton and recycled materials.
Organic cotton requires less water to grow and by cutting out pesticides, it is better for people and the environment. Pesticides used on conventional cotton pollute our soil and water, kill wildlife, and poison farmworkers.
Outerknown carries a great selection of ethical sweaters and coats to carry you from the fall into the winter and spring months.
2. United By Blue
United by Blue removes a pound of garbage from our waterways and oceans for every purchase. As of 8/7/2020 they have removed 3,393,465 pounds of garbage!!
This is really a company that puts sustainability first. For example, they have great beanies, such as this one which is made from 100% recycled polyester.
And this ethical sweater? 100% organic cotton.
3. Taylor Stitch
Taylor Stitch has a great selection of basics and men’s essentials responsibly built for the long haul. Since each new item is crowd funded, they don’t over produce. That means less excess inventory, and less waste.
Taylor Stitch embraces ethical practices, ensuring fair wages and benefits for workers. They have also made a good effort to improve the sustainability of their manufacturing over the last few years.
Shop here for a great selection of button up shirts, sweaters, and blazers. Just see for yourself.
While you know Patagonia, you probably don’t know them for style. Not everything they put out is straight camping gear and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their sweater selection.
When it comes to doing business more sustainably Patagonia is no stranger. They are a member of 1% for the Planet, a certified B Corporation, advocates for protecting our environment, host a selection of Fair Trade certified sewn garments, are an Eco-Stylist approved brand, and more.
If you’re looking for solid fall and winter sweaters you can wear on a hike, at a family gathering, on a date, and to your local cafe, start here.
5. Tact & Stone
Tact & Stone might be the new kid on the block when it comes to these sustainable brands but they’re off to a running start. This LA based brand ethically makes all of their clothes in LA, Portugal, and by Indigenous, sporting certifications such as GOTS, Fair Trade, and OEKO-Tex.
When it comes to the clothes they are all sustainably made from one or more of the following: hemp, organic cotton, upcycled cotton, recycled poly, and alpaca wool. Their style is classic, modern, and timeless.
If you want something dressier the Pichu alpaca wool sweater will not disappoint both in its elevated look and its super soft hand-feel.
Swedish menswear brand ASKET is on a mission to provide timeless staples that don’t compromise when it comes to quality or your values. Forget the “new collection every week” model pioneered by fast fashion; ASKET offers a single permanent collection. They’re honest about how transparent they are to boot!
If keeping it professional is more your speed then ASKET has your back. Their merino sweater is business casual appropriate for the office and beyond.
That’s 6 brands to find ethical and dapper menswear for this fall and winter, and beyond. We hope you enjoyed and found something you like.
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*Article updated 12/20/20
Garik Himebaugh is the founder of Eco-Stylist, the go-to source for ethical clothing. He’s also an international speaker on sustainable fashion and a sustainable personal stylist. Garik loves coffee, climbing, and clothes.