7 Sustainable Clothing Brands to Know

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Elizabeth Magalski

Whether you’re well versed in sustainable fashion, or just dipping your toes into the topic, these six sustainable clothing brands are worth having on your radar.

This brief brand guide has zero-waste, locally made, fair trade, and made-to-order brands that will meet even the highest standards for style and sustainability. We have also curated a few of our favorite pieces from each brand and think you’ll love them all.

Symbology

About: Symbology works with women artisans in India who use traditional fabric techniques — including block printing, embroidery, and tie-dye — to create beautiful and wearable pieces in flattering silhouettes. The ethical fashion brand follows fair trade guidelines — paying artisans living wages, promoting gender equality, and using eco-conscious production practices. From dresses and kaftans to tops and trousers, Symbology has a wide range of stunning printed pieces we know you’ll love.

Sustainable Qualities: Uses plant-based fabrics and AZO-free dyes. Artisans hand-print and hand-embroider each piece.

Some of our top picks from this brand: 

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Grammar NYC

About: Grammar NYC is redefining the perception of the iconic white shirt by setting the highest standards for what should be included in a minimalist, capsule wardrobe. Made for women, designed by a woman, with the women’s form in mind, each shirt embodies timeless design and is made to last. All Grammar NYC shirts are locally and ethically made in small batches in a family-owned factory in New York City’s Garment District. All their shirts are made with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, which is ethically sourced in India and is produced without pesticides or toxic chemicals.

Sustainable Qualities:

Some of our top picks from this brand:

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Left Edit

About: Left Edit is a bold, ethical fashion label based in Los Angeles. The responsible brand offers five vibrant and versatile styles (perfect for a bright capsule wardrobe), made ethically in LA, using sustainable materials like Cupro, TENCEL, and TENCEL linen. Going beyond the fabrics, Left Edit also uses GOTS–certified dyes, buttons made from Corozo nut, and linings made from recycled polyester.

Sustainable Qualities: Uses earth-friendly materials (TENCEL, Cupro, recycled polyester), organic dyes, and low-impact digital printing.

Some of our top picks from this brand:

SHOP LEFT EDIT

Altar

About: Altar is a sustainable, handmade fashion brand that designs and crafts their pieces one by one in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, CA. The Made in USA label sources from USA–milled textiles as much as possible. As a conscious brand with a sustainable ethos, Altar uses natural dyes and eco-conscious fabrics (such as Cupro, linen, and deadstock fabric).

Sustainable Qualities: Uses eco-friendly fabrics (linen, Cupro, deadstock) and natural dyes. Pieces are handmade.

Some of our top picks from this brand:

SHOP ALTAR

3rd Season

About: 3rd Season is a Los Angeles–based sustainable and slow fashion brand. The label has beautiful, bold pieces that are designed, hand-dyed, and hand-painted right in the brand’s studio, and made in small batches locally in LA. Committed to sustainability, 3rd Season sources earth-friendly textiles such as Cupro and TENCEL, as well as deadstock and “rescued” fabric.

Sustainable Qualities: Uses eco-conscious materials (TENCEL, Cupro, deadstock/rescued fabric). Pieces are painted and dyed by hand.

Some of our top picks from this brand:

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Passion Lilie

About: Passion Lilie works with artisans across India, ensuring safe working conditions, long-term employment, and fair wages that enable artisans to support their families. The Fair Trade Federation member’s garments have modern silhouettes but are crafted using ancient artisanal dyeing and weaving traditions.

Sustainable Qualities: Uses eco-friendly dyes and GOTS organic cotton as much as possible.

Our top picks from this brand:

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Poplinen

About: Poplinen is a size-inclusive clothing brand dedicated to making better fitting, beautiful, timeless tops for women. Poplinen’s sustainably-made garments range in size from XS to 3XL, and all of Poplinen’s garments are made in the USA in small batches in Los Angeles. Poplinen is a POC-owned and Women-owned brand and pays living wages to all their workers.

Sustainable Qualities: Each piece is composed of natural, sustainably harvested materials like Tencel, certified organic cotton, organic linen, and bamboo — as well as several OEKEO -TEX Certified fabrics. All Poplinen products ship in recycled packaging and use recycled labels and hangtags.

Our top picks from this brand:

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