The Best Ethical Alternatives for Men’s Spring Fashion

As you adjust your outfits for spring and warmer weather, you often find you’re missing a few pieces in your wardrobe. Tees, button-ups, jeans, and chinos are all men’s staples this time of year.

This isn’t just any year though. Time are changing and with the conscious consumer movement in full effect, you now have the opportunity to vote with your dollars when you buy spring attire.

Rather than voting for brands like H&M that pay workers in Bangladesh minimum wages, and let’s be honest, don’t make the highest quality gear, you can vote for brands that are virtually the opposite. You can vote for brands making shirts that last, paying workers living wages, and sourcing materials that are better for the environment.

In other words, you can dress like you give a damn!

Here are 10 brands that are changing the game and bringing you ethically and sustainably made men’s clothes for spring. 

Vustra

Vustra brings you stylish and colorful button up shirts that are both affordable and sustainably made. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your work look, dress up your casual attire, or look sharp on a date Vustra has you covered.

All Vustra shirts are 100% certified organic cotton and made in Fair Trade factories. They hand selects facilities dedicated to community growth, women’s empowerment, and using low impact dyes.

Vustra is based in San Jose, California. Use promo code ECOSTYLIST for 30% off your order.

Nisolo

When it comes to spring footwear Nashville based Nisolo comes in clutch. From sandals and slip-ons to boots, sneakers and oxfords they’ll put some pep in your step.

Nisolo is a certified B Corporation that pays producers on average 27% above Fair Trade requirements. Most of their shoes are handmade in Mexico and Peru, with a small percentage of their products made in Kenya.

Trying to be more eco-friendly this year? In order to offset carbon emissions, Nisolo makes a contribution to the Amazon Basin for every sale. In 2018, their goal was to protect 60,000 trees in the Amazon, helping offset CO2 and protect wild forests.

Outerknown

LA based Outerknown may have been founded by surfers but when it comes to spring fashion they’ve got your number. From shorts and slacks to tees, swim trunks, and athleisure they got it.

Outerknown stays true to their moto: “For People and Planet”. Their swim trunks are made from 10 recycled plastic bottles and their jeans are among the most sustainable in the game.

That’s because their jeans are made with organic cotton and manufactured at Saitex, the leading sustainable denim factory in the world. At Saitex nearly all the water used in production is recycled and filtered, eliminating the toxic wastewater that many denim factories dump into rivers. To top it all off Outerknown offers a lifetime warranty on their jeans, which includes taking back and upcycling your old denim if it wears out.

Taylor Stitch

If rugged, rustic, or lumberjack are words you use to describe your style then you’re going to love this brand. Taylor Stitch has a great selection of men’s staples responsibly built for the long haul.

They offer dress shirts, casual shirts, shorts, blazers, and even shoes. Taylor Stitch is based in San Francisco, CA and since each item is crowd funded, they avoid over producing, eliminating the problem of wasteful excess inventory.

Taylor Stitch embraces ethical practices, ensuring fair wages and benefits for workers. They have also made good effort to improve the sustainability of their manufacturing over the last few years, incorporating organic cotton and other sustainable materials into their clothes.

Pact

Pact has your back with its organic cotton tees and organic cotton basics for spring. They carry everything from henleys to hoodies, polos, sweats and boxers.

The products are 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, made in Fair Trade factories, and vegan. Pact Apparel is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Organic Basics

Speaking of basics, let’s not forget Denmark based Organic Basics. Organic Basics offers socks, underwear, and tees for all your basic needs.

Something cool about Organic Basics is their SilverTech line. SilverTech silver thread is anti-microbial meaning the garment stays fresh longer and requires less washes, meaning extra sustainability points for you!

They use only GOTS certified organic cotton and pay living wages across the supply chain. Plus Organic Basics uses 100% recycled packaging.

Patagonia

While their aesthetic tends to suit the avid hiker and outdoorsman, Patagonia offers quite a few items that are great for both casual and athletic wear. From tees and sweaters to shorts and flannels they offer some solid options for spring time.

Patagonia has been a longtime leader in sustainability. From their “don’t buy this jacket” campaign to being a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, they continue to do what’s right for the planet as well as their workers.

Patagonia isn’t shy about speaking out to protect America’s National Parks and we love them for that. They are a certified B Corporation & member of 1% For The Planet.

Tact & Stone

When it comes to spring attire Tact & Stone caries everything from shorts and chinos to button-ups, sweatshirts, and tees. These high quality essentials aren’t just made right, they’re made to last.

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.

Check out our video review of Tact & Stone to see a try-on of their pieces and learn what inspired the brand. And use coupon code ECOSTYLIST20 for 20% off anything they sell.

Adelante Shoe Company

If you’re looking to up your shoe game this spring you came to the right place. Adelante Shoe Company brings you sophisticated oxfords, dapper loafers, sleek chukkas, and minimalist boots.

Adelante Shoe Company pays living wages to all their shoe makers in Guatemala and is a leader in the industry. You can check out their 2018 impact report to learn how living wages impact the lives on their workers, and how they are stacking up against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Adelante “envisions a future in which business is used to reduce poverty and promote inclusive development worldwide.” Get $25 off any pair of these ethically made shoes. Discount automatically applied at checkout.

United By Blue

Looking for some durable chinos or corduroys for spring? United By Blue has that.

They’ve also got some solid short sleeve button-ups for your spring picnic. Their materials range from recycled polyester to organic cotton, and buttons made from nuts.

United by Blue is a Philadelphia, PA based B Corporation. As part of its mission, United by Blue removes a pound of trash from our waterways and oceans for every single purchase.

Looking for Spring Outfit Ideas?

We’ve got a spring look for you that we put together with pieces from 4 of our favorite brands. This look is perfect for a walk in the city, weekend adventures, or a spring date.

The blazer helps you quickly dress things up or stay warm as temperatures gradually shift upwards. Meanwhile, the sandals will surely get you a few compliments.

This look was created with the jewel shirt by Vustra, chino pants by United By Blue, huarache sandals by Nisolo, and the ambassador blazer by Outerknown. It’s a sharp outfit with a big positive impact.

Have you had trouble finding ethical and sustainable alternatives for spring? Let us know in the comments and we’d love to help you find whatever you’re looking for.

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*The spring outfit photography was captured by Madland Studios.

**Article updated 3/15/21

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  1. Great article with some great brands. I’ll certainly be looking at these brands. I feel like spring is the perfect time for considering sunglasses. I recently got some from OldYouth.co.uk and I love them. Full wood and ten trees planted for every sale. They look and feel great.

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