Choosing the best ethical jeans brands is a tough job but there’s definitely lots of selection and options for sustainable fashion.
In the old days, it was tough to find that “perfect” pair of jeans that was both comfortable and made your bum look good.
And the available choices were all from mega-brands and corporations with unsustainable manufacturing practices.
Think Jordache or Sasson. Or even Calvin Klein.
But now there are so many sustainable denim brands!
Fast fashion is making way for new and exciting sustainable denim. Even recycled denim is becoming popular.
Affordable ethical jeans used to be fashion unicorns. They were extremely hard to find and had limited sizes. And transparency was rarely a thing.
But now, you could argue that denim is finally entering a golden era of sustainability.
Is Denim Environmentally Friendly?
Something like a bazillion jeans are produced around the globe each year (okay, around 2 billion!). Traditionally, denim has not been that sustainable a fabric.
Everything from water waste to toxic dyes and pesticides as well as child and forced labor issues have plagued the denim industry since it’s inception.
Thankfully, we’re nearer to a point when these issues will be a thing of the past.
The good news is that there are many brands that are commited to sustainable practices that benefit both people and the planet.
Is there more than seven green jeans brands? Absolutely. So, it’s getting harder and harder to narrow the field down to only seven makers.
So, want to know what brand makes the best sustainable and ethical jeans? Here’s our favorite sustainable jean brands for 2020.
Able began as a bold plan to assist Ethiopian women exiting the commercial sex industry in search of skills and employment. When the founders sold 4000 scarves in their first sixty days they knew they were on to something meaningful.
Able has grown into a succesful sustainable fashion brand that invests heavily in education and training for women to break the cycle of poverty.
This is slow fashion on a mission.
And all started with scarves. They now offer a full range of wonderful products including handmade leather totes, wallets and leather bags, shoes and clothing. Even jewelry. They make a mean pair of jeans.
My favorite is their ethical organic cotton denim. It’s good to know it’s ethically made. We are big fans of The Martha Permanent Cuff Straight. You won’t be disappointed!
You can get more details at LiveFashionable.com.
Able offers free U.S ground shipping on orders over $100.
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft is committed to listening to their customers. In response to customer feedback they launched more than 75 sizes and styles ( sizes 00 to 24 ).
They are arguably the most size-inclusive denim company in the world.
They also claim to be the world’s cleanest vertically integrated denim companies.
With some impressive vertically-integrated processes Warp + Weft have saved more than half a billion gallons of water. 572, 400,000 to be exact. Thank you!
With fair labor standards and eco-friendly and sustainable practices they are hell bent on changing the denim jeans industry to meet the modern day wants and needs of the conscious consumer.
Everlane is awesome.
They make ethical, vegan clothing that is designed to last for years, if not decades.
They abide by a high standard when selecting the finest materials and demand excellence from their factories.
Everlane clothes are unusually exceptional quality and we respect their efforts at radical transparency.
You’d be hard pressed to find a better pair of denim jeans.
When I know my jeans are being made in ethical factories I feel better about myself and the world. Everlane is my go to source for ethical clothing.
They launched in 2011 and have since been a darling of the press with features in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle and GQ.
With two retail locations in New York and San Francisco they’ve served over one million customers.
What really sets Everlane apart is their claim to have the world’s cleanest denim factory.
Their factory, Saitex, is LEED-certified and runs on alternative energy sources. It recycles 98% of it’s water and repurposes by-products.
So, low waste for those fashionable, premium sustainable jeans. Nice.
Reformation jeans are made in the good old United States with sustainable denim and eco-friendly factories that pay a living wage.
Here’s what they have to say:
Reformation’s design mission is to make effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure. The design process starts with us thinking about what we really want to wear right now. We source the most beautiful and sustainable fabrics possible to bring those designs to life quickly.Reformation Jeans
Reformation is a great company and they have a really wide variety to suit almost anyone’s needs.
If you are looking for affordable ethical jeans then Reformation is a good choice.
Choose between some of their classic and simple designs or turn heads with something more unique. Get reformed!
Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans
Outerknown was founded by well-known professional surfer Kelly Slater. Their motto is: For the people and the planet. They are famous for their ethical denim.
Outerknown quality is second to none. These are phenomenonal ethical jeans made from organic cotton that will last nearly forever.
If they ever wear out or “break” just send them back for free repairs or replacement. So, it’s like a pair of jeans forever.
“We created Outerknown to smash the formula. To lift the lid on the traditional supply chain and prove you can actually produce great looking menswear in a sustainable way.”Kelly Slater
Outerknown ethical denim jeans are produced in the same Saitex factory as Everlane making them a sustainable brand from head to toe.
We can’t get out of our Outerknowns. So comfy.
ÉTICA is an LA company dedicated to fair labor and sustainablly conscious manufacturing.
Their factory has been perfecting their processes for more than 20 years.
Less water. Less chemicals. Less waste.
Less is more. We love ÉTICA.
We are one of the only manufacturers fully certified for Global Impact, Clean Industry Practices and Social Responsibility. We exceed fair labor standards, we invest in our planet and we give back to our community.ETICA
ÉTICA jeans are expectional quality at sustainable, attainable prices.
With premium fabrics, washes and fits there’s a pair of ÉTICA ethical jeans for everyone!
Monkee Genes was founded in 2006 by a team that was frustrated by the denim market. They were looking for something fresher with a youthful vibe. Plus an eco and/or ethical conscience.
Monkee Genes make some preety awesome denim products carefully concientously manufactured with carefully sourced organic cotton.
All of the Monkee Genes are also one of the brands making garments in a GOTS Certified Factory. They work closely with their employees and guarantee a safe workspace a well as a respectible living wage.
All organic, all ethically produced, all fairly made!
MUD Jeans: https://mudjeans.eu/
Nudie Jeans Co: https://www.nudiejeans.com/
One Denim: http://www.onedenim.com/
Mott & Bow: https://www.mottandbow.com/
SUSTAINABLE TIP: Check out online thrift shops for great deals on vintage denim.
Read more about denim: Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade
For additional tools and ideas to support you in your sustainable lifestyle then check out our Natural Living Guide.
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Editor’s note: Featured image via Unsplash.