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The 30 Best Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands for Men

Looking for some new denim or a pair of shoes but worried about social and environmental impact? No need to spend hours sifting through websites to figure out whether or not a brand is truly sustainable … here at Eco-Stylist, we’ve already done the work for you

At Eco-Stylist, we only partner with brands who pass our sustainability criteria. We rate brands according to three pillars–Transparency, Fair Labor, and Sustainably Made–and from there, we sort them into three overall ratings–Certified (meet the high bar set by our criteria), Silver (meet our criteria and go a step further), and Gold (go above and beyond, even for ethical fashion). Only the top 10% of brands pass our criteria at all, so rest assured you are shopping sustainably when you buy from our partner brands, no matter their overall rating.

What are the best ethical men’s brands?

The following list was designed with men in mind. Whether you’re gift-shopping for a man in your life or hoping to refresh your own wardrobe, these brands will keep you (or him!) looking sharp from head to toe.

More Sustainable Shoe Brands


Thousand Fell

Thousand-Fell-White-Mens-Sneakers

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Thousand Fell makes clean minimalist sneakers that are easy to style and come with a smaller environmental footprint. All of their sneakers are designed to be recycled, and they incentivize you to send them back when you’re done so they can complete the job. How’s that for a circular business model? All Thousand Fell sneakers are also vegan friendly. The brand is based in New York and the shoes are made in Brazil.

Shop Thousand Fell

Pictured: The Men’s Lace Up, $100


Beckett Simonon

Monkstrap mens shoes beckett simonon

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

Are you looking for shoes that are built to last, and made by craftsmen that are paid fair wages? Beckett Simonon understood the assignment. Based in Colombia, Beckett Simonon offers a variety of handmade, made to order men’s shoes. From sneakers to dress shoes and boots, their designs will never disappoint. All of the leather used is Leather Working Group certified and all the rubber used in their shoes is REACH certified. Made in Colombia and delivered around the world.

Shop Beckett Simonon

Pictured: The Hoyt Monkstraps, $209


Adelante Shoe Company

Adelante Viento Shoe

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

Based in Boston, MA, Adelante Shoe Company offers shoe and boot styles great for casual, business casual, and professional attire. When it comes to Fair Labor, they’re among the most progressive brands in paying living wages to their makers. They’re also committed to creating products that don’t contaminate the environment–they’re actively working toward the goal of running a carbon-neutral business while ensuring their supply chain, production process, and products are environmentally friendly.

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Pictured: The Viento in Black, $185


Etiko

Etiko Hitops Sneakers

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Etiko is best-known for their vegan shoes, but they also offer casual apparel. The vast majority of their packaging is made from cardboard and paper, but when they do use plastic, they make sure it’s biodegradable and compostable. Etiko also offers a “Take-Back Program” which recycles worn out sneakers and sandals. Their name comes from the Greek word for “ethical.” And they absolutely live up to their name.

Shop Etiko

Pictured: Sneakers Hitops White Organic Fair Trade, $87.53


Nisolo

Nisolo All-Weather Chelsea Boot

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

Nisolo offers a range of casual and professional shoes, from sandals to boots. They use responsibly-sourced leather to make their products, and they have excellent fair labor practices. On average, their producers earn 33% above fair trade wages. While Nisolo focuses on shoes, they also sell bags, belts, and socks. To them, making shoes is an art form, and it shows in the quality of their products.

Shop Nisolo

Pictured: All-Weather Chelsea Boot in Brandy, $230


Ethical Everyday Essentials


Colorful Standard

Colorful Standard

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Ever had trouble finding clothes in just the right color? Colorful Standard offers essentials in over 40 different colors! Their product line includes everything from tees and hoodies to socks, underwear, sweaters, and sweatpants. All of their clothes are made from organic cotton or recycled wool, and ethically made in Portugal. They also created a program for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo called Let Them Play.

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Pictured: Classic Organic Tee, $35


Outerknown

Outerknown Groovy Pocket Tee

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Outerknown discloses the name of their suppliers, the addresses of their factories, the number of employees, and the certifications of their suppliers. In other words, they’re fully transparent about where their clothes are made. While Outerknown is a great place to find sustainably made casual wear, they’re also a great option for swimwear, as 100% their swim trunks are made from recycled or renewable fibers.

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Pictured: Groovy Pocket Tee in Sea Forest, $58


Organic Basics

Organic Basics Midweight Sweatpants

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Organic Basics focuses their energy on … you guessed it … basics. From underwear to sweats to hoodies, they’re guided by the belief clothes should be made to last. They keep things simple with solid shades and neutral colors, making their pieces easy to incorporate into your wardrobe. Notably, they know 100% of their fabric and trim suppliers (which is unusual in the best possible way!).

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Pictured: Organic Cotton Midweight Sweatpants in TerraToned Pine, $120


Pact

Pact Lounge Short

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Pact uses fair trade cotton to make clothes that are softer, more durable, and better for the environment than clothes made from conventional cotton. They refuse to use toxic dyes and chemicals in their products, and they ship everything in biodegradable or 100% recyclable packaging. They even locally offset carbon with all of their shipping! If you’re looking for comfortable, casual basics, you can’t go wrong with Pact.

Shop Pact

Pictured: Perfectly Lightweight Lounge Short in Mink Grey, $50


Tentree

Tentree TreeFleece Hoodie

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

With every garment you purchase from Tentree, ten trees are planted around the world. Their goal? To plant 1 billion trees by 2030. Tentree also partners with programs working to reduce poverty and restore healthy forests, displaying their commitment to community involvement. Any purchase you make from Tentree–whether a hoodie, underwear, bottoms, or a coat–is directly linked to positive change.

Shop Tentree

Pictured: TreeFleece Blocked Reynard Hoodie, $78


The Good Tee

The Good Tee Fave & Fair Unisex Tee

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Predictably, The Good Tee sells organic, fair trade, cotton T-shirts in comfortable styles meant to last. Their products are made to decompose in soil, and they disclose where all of their products are being produced. If you’re in need of a long lasting, basic T-shirt (and who isn’t?), look no further–The Good Tee has your back.

The Good Tee

Pictured: The Fave & Fair Unisex Tee in Storm-Grey, $31.50


Conscious Business Casual Vibes


Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

If you’re looking for classic timeless style and clothes that are built to last, check out Taylor Stitch. Based in San Francisco, they offer a lifetime warranty on their clothes, from button-downs to jeans, pocket tees, chinos, and jackets. They use a variety of more sustainable fabrics, transparency into where their clothes are made, and circularity through their Restitch program. Restitch takes back used Taylor Stitch clothes, repairs them, and resells them on their website. Get stoked.

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Pictured: The Jack Shirt, $98


Kotn

Kotn Turtleneck in Navy

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Kotn offers staple pieces in a minimalist and sometimes fashion forward aesthetic. Great for slacks, turtlenecks, coats, and shirts. This Canada based brand is bringing the “farm to table” to table concept to your clothes, with all of their sourcing done in Egypt. Every purchase helps support the lives of the farmers in their supply chain, and their families.

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Pictured: Turtleneck, $39


Tact & Stone

Tact & Stone Upcycled Oxford

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

If you’re looking for thoughtfully designed clothing with style and purpose, check out Tact & Stone. They’re committed to using 100% organic, natural, and recycled materials and 100% ethical production while still prioritizing the quality and fit of their clothing. They hold certifications at each of their factories, ensuring their supply chain complies with labor standards, human and labor rights risks are addressed, and their factories are regularly assessed. It doesn’t get much better than that. 

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Pictured: The Upcycled Oxford, $125


ASKET

ASKET Merino Sweater

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

With a focus on quality over quantity, Asket knows what they’re doing when it comes to long-lasting essentials. With a high score in transparency, they’re currently working toward a goal of 100% traceability–as of 2020, they sat at 84% product traceability, so they’re certainly on their way to meeting their goal. Some of their most popular items are the T-Shirt, the Oxford Shirt, the Merino Sweater and the Chino.

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Pictured: The Merino Sweater in Burgundy, $120


Vustra

Chambray Oxford Shirt by Vustra

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

Looking for sustainably made button-up shirts for men? California based Vustra is your brand. Vustra offers colorful and patterned options appropriate for the office or your local coffee shop. Their shirts are made from GOTS certified organic cotton or linen. Vustra ensures fair labor with a combination of Fair Trade certified, Sedex, and BSCI factories.

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Pictured: Chambray Oxford, $110


Athletic and Outdoor Gear


Patagonia

Patagonia Terrebonne Joggers

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

A well-known outdoor brand, Patagonia receives a perfect score in transparency. They disclose an extensive level of supply chain traceability and engage manufacturing facilities to promote human rights and environmental sustainability. They’ve committed to being carbon neutral by 2025, and their clothes carry a lifetime guarantee. There’s a reason Patagonia’s reputation has held up for so many years.

Shop Patagonia

Pictured: Men’s Terrebonne Joggers in Classic Navy, $89


Icebreaker

Icebreaker Thermal Top

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Icebreaker creates versatile outdoor clothing, and they’re currently transitioning to all-natural fibers by 2023. They publicly release reports on their water consumption and CO2 emissions, and they use merino wool, which is ethically farmed in New Zealand. They carry products for men, women, and even children, so their website is the perfect place to shop both for yourself and for the important people in your life.

Shop Icebreaker

Pictured: Men’s BodyfitZone™ Merino 150 Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip Thermal Top in Loden, $105


Cotopaxi

Cotopaxi Abrazo Half-Zip Fleece

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Cotopaxi is well known for their colorful outdoor gear and apparel. They carry a wide selection from t-shirts, vests, jackets, and shorts to backpacks, chalk bags, and bags. Cotopaxi is B Corp certified and allocates 1% of annual revenues to the Cotopaxi Foundation advancing their mission of supporting global poverty alleviation.

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Pictured: Abrazo Half-Zip Fleece, $110


Finisterre

Finisterre Rainbird Waterproof Jacket

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Inspired by a love for the ocean, Finisterre focuses on functionality and sustainability in their outdoor gear. They ship their products in recycled and compostable paper and partner with Aquapak for biodegradable bags. A full list of their factories can be found on their website, and each of their products links back to the factory it was made in. If you love the ocean, consider buying from a brand who’s working to protect it.

Shop Finisterre 

Pictured: The Rainbird Waterproof Jacket in Yellow, $149


Eco-Conscious Denim Brands


Nudie Jeans

Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Jeans

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Nudie Jeans makes their jeans from 100% organic cotton, but they also produce shirts, jackets, and sweaters. They measure and disclose their water usage and CO2 emissions, and they offer transparency on exactly where their clothes are produced and how many employees work in that facility. The score highly in all three of our focus areas, showing the extent of their commitment to ethically made clothing.

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Pictured: Grim Tim in Worn Sonic, $199


Outland Denim

Outland Denim Ranger Jeans

Rating: Gold
Goes Above and Beyond In: Transparency

Our highest ranking partner brand (and our only Gold brand so far!), Outland Denim receives a perfect score in Transparency. Not only do they disclose where their garments are made, they also share where their packaging, pocket lining, thread, labels and tags, and their zippers come from. If necessary, they provide transportation for their workers, and they focus research on water purification, carbon footprint reduction, and zero-waste production. They are true leaders in the sustainable fashion sphere.

Shop Outland Denim 

Pictured: Ranger in Washed Black, $195


Kuyichi Pure Goods

Kuyichi Pure Goods Jim Tapered Heritage Blue Jeans

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

The first clothing brand to make 100% organic denim, Kuyichi Pure Goods also uses fabric scraps in their garments to reduce the amount of waste they send to the landfill. On their website, you can find a list of their entire production facilities, and over half of their suppliers use renewable energy in their processes. It’s clear style and sustainability go hand-in-hand for this brand.

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Pictured: Jim Tapered Heritage Blue in Light Blue, $139


MUD Jeans

MUD Jeans Regular Dunn Stretch Jeans

Rating: Silver
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

MUD Jeans uses organic cotton and recycled cotton in all of their fabrics, and they focus on circularity, fair production, and positive activism as the work to change the fashion industry. Their products can be bought or leased, and returned jeans are either sold as a used pair or recycled into a new pair of jeans. This is great news, especially since so many fast fashion brands send returned clothing to landfills.

Shop MUD Jeans 

Pictured: Regular Dunn Stretch in O3 Grey, €119,95 ($142)


Sustainably Made Accessories


Warby Parker

Warby Parker Dalton Glasses

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

If it’s time for a new pair of glasses, give Warby Parker a try. They produce sustainable glasses through their carbon offset projects, and they use 80% less packaging material than other companies. Through their “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program, Warby Parker also addresses the issue of global access to glasses. They allow you to try frames on at home for free so you can find a pair you like before you buy.

Shop Warby Parker 

Pictured: Dalton in Seaweed Crystal with Amber Tortoise, $95


Parker Clay

Parker Clay Abera Billfold Wallet

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

Parker Clay has you covered when it comes to luxury bags and accessories. Their products all come from one factory in Ethiopia, where they employ more than 150 people. They provide job and soft skill training to their employees, as well as self-development workshops and classes. Their suppliers also recycle 100% of their water. If you need a new wallet, look no further than Parker Clay.

Shop Parker Clay 

Pictured: Abera Billfold Wallet in Rust Brown, $75


Arvin Goods

Arvin Goods Ankle Socks

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Seattle based Arvin Goods is your brand for everyday socks from gym to no-show, crew, and athletic. All of their socks have a lighter environmental footprint, and are made from recycled and upcycled fabrics. They are also GRS certified, meaning they reduce carbon emissions, conserve water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enforce wastewater guidelines through testing, and reduce waste.

Shop Arvin Goods

Pictured: Crew Sock Mini, $12


Known Supply

KNOWN-SUPPLY_Ribbed-Knit-Beanie_Navy_Men

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Fair Labor

KNOWN SUPPLY offers a great selection of beanies, hats, scarves, and face masks (they also offer a full range of clothes beyond accessories). Their clothes are Fair Trade certified and made from organic cotton. KNOWN SUPPLY is “The Most Human Brand™” because each piece includes who made it on the tag, allowing you to “meet the maker” right on their website.

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Pictured: Ribbed Knit Beanie, $26


Topiku

Topiku MGY 05 Sayu Hat

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

Topiku sells casual baseball hats made of 100% recycled and upcycled materials salvaged from landfills. All hats are made by artisans in Cigondewah, Indonesia, where they allow their makers to work from home if needed. Notably, they’re the only employer of women in the neighborhood. Topiku also offers custom orders for individuals and businesses, so hit them up the next time you need a personalized gift.

Shop Topiku (use code ECOSTYLIST10 for 10% off)

Pictured: MGY 05 Sayu, $35


Voyce Threads

Voyce Threads Teach for America Socks

Rating: Certified
Goes Above and Beyond In: Sustainably Made

With the intention of starting conversations about issues that matter, Voyce Threads makes unique pairs of mismatched socks inspired by charitable organizations. They collect scraps and recycle fabric waste, and they use recycled cotton and polyester to create their socks. For one-of-a-kind socks that spark one-of-a-kind conversations, Voyce Threads is absolutely the way to go.

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Pictured: Teach for America Phoenix, $16


How am I supposed to navigate what is actually more conscious clothing and what is marketing lingo or greenwashing?

You don’t have to because we did the work for you. Our criteria is really thorough so brands that are faking it… they fail. Our brand directory is free of greenwashing, fast fashion, and fast fashion “conscious collections.”

Unfortunately there’s tons of greenwashing out there and the average article recommending sustainable brands isn’t based on research. We hope you find this article and our brand directory useful tools in your quest to battle greenwashing, and to find the most sustainable brands on earth.

What is sustainable fashion?

Sustainable fashion is a broad term, often defined as just one thing, and rarely defined in a way that is complete. Here’s what it is not: sustainable fashion is not exclusive, it is not expensive, it is not only one thing (like only thrifting or only buying more sustainable brands), it is not fast fashion, and it is not about being perfect.

So what is sustainable fashion then? Well, first off it is for everyone. Sustainable fashion starts with wearing the clothes you have, taking care of them, and rewearing them. It is also swapping clothes, supporting more sustainable brands, thrifting, mending your clothes, renting clothes, and being an activist for a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry.

Sustainable fashion is a movement that’s free to join and all about making more conscious choices. You don’t have to do everything, it just requires making changes where you can and supporting the community.

What is a sustainable brand?

When it comes to buying new, sustainable fashion brands are those that consider the human and environmental impacts of their clothing and take strong and tangible actions to improve both. These brands are transparent about where their clothes are made, pay fair wages, and manufacture more sustainably—from the fabrics to waste, water, CO2, packaging and more.

It is not enough for brands to just use more eco-friendly fabrics and claim they are sustainable. There are many other factors that make a good brand, especially taking care of the people who make our clothes.

Obviously no brand is 100% “sustainable”, so when we say sustainable brands what we mean is the most sustainable brands that we can find, and verify through research. Sustainable brands know that they’ll never reach complete sustainability so they are always learning and looking for new ways to improve their impact.

More Resources

We hope you found this guide to ethical brands for men useful! If you’re looking for ethical brands for women go here.

*Featured image credit: Colorful Standard.

**Article updated 4/10/22.

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