• Valinda

Beautiful Affordable Sustainable Sweater Brands for Everyday

Updated: Nov 14

Whether sweater season is arriving or you are looking for a comfortable yet sustainable sweater so you can turn down the heat a little, sweaters should be part of your sustainable wardrobe. However, if you have worn them all out or the ones you have don’t fit your current style, we have a few beautiful, affordable, sustainable sweaters that are made to last and timeless. These amazing brands provide gorgeous, versatile sweaters that are designed to keep you comfortable and warm all year long.


What makes a sweater sustainable?

Natural Fibers

The material your sustainable sweater is made from largely determines whether it is sustainable or not. So, pay close attention to the materials used in your clothing and avoid cheap sweaters made with synthetic fibers. Not only do synthetic fibers retain odor, but it also has a big impact on our environment. It not only takes lots of energy to make these synthetic fibers, but they also release microplastics when washed and take decades to decompose when it has reached the end of their life. So, go for brands that use high-quality, natural materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, and linen but even animal-related fabrics like cashmere, alpaca, yak, and merino wool are a great option if the animals are treated right. Sweaters made of these materials will be more eco-friendly, better for your skin and you will be more comfortable.

 
 

Recycled fibers

Recycled fibers are a great choice to lower your carbon footprint. Virgin materials require huge amounts of land, water, energy, and chemicals. Recycled fibers can be made from polyester. In this case, plastic bottles are often used to turn them into fiber. Also, cotton, wool, and other fibers can be recycled into new fibers so they can be used again for new clothes. This is the most sustainable option available as no new resources are used to create these fabrics.


Dyes

Dyes often used in clothing not only contain potential hazards for your health but can also pollute our waters and soils when the water used to dye clothes is not properly treated before disposal. When you choose fabrics that are certified by OEKO-TEX or GOTS you are sure that you have a garment that is dyed with a natural and organic dye that is safe for both you and the environment.

 
 

Fair Trade

It’s important to know who made your clothes and how these people were treated while they were making your clothes. Go for brands that are open about their supply chain. Even better would be to choose brands that have a Fair Trade certification which ensures that employees are treated fairly, have normal working hours, and are working in safe working conditions.

Pre-loved Platform

More and more brands host second-hand marketplaces for their customers to buy and sell their brand's garments on. If you’re in the market for a sustainable sweater and don’t want to pay the full price, this may be an amazing option for you.

 
 

Responsible Packaging

A sustainable brand looks further than just the clothing they make. They make sure that the entire shopping experience is as sustainable as possible. This includes the packaging of your purchase. Shop from brands that use recyclable or compostable mailers and garment bags.

Make it last

A good piece of clothing should last you for years, not just one season. So, next to purchasing clothing that is made responsibly with natural materials, you need to take good care of them. To make sure your clothing lasts as long as possible, wash your sweater less frequently, and don’t iron. Ironing and frequent washing deteriorate clothes faster. Line-dry your clothes to save energy. Avoid dry-clean-only sweaters. The chemicals used for dry cleaning are not only bad for your health but also the environment.

Sustainable Sweaters

Sustainable Sweater Brands


BAM Clothing

  • Material: Bamboo Viscose, Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $40 - $125

  • Sizing: S - L

Starting from the founder's garage BAM has grown to a team of 70 people. Every employee at BAM believes in the difference bamboo clothing makes to our planet. It absorbs five times more carbon compared to other hardwood trees and it needs about half the land cotton requires to produce the same amount of fiber. Bamboo also uses a lot fewer pesticides, fertilizers, and irrigation compared to cotton. Combine this with how well it works as performance fabric and you can see why they all love bamboo. They are challenging themselves to reduce their carbon footprint to zero by 2030. They even ensure that every person in their supply chain – starting with the growers of their bamboo – is paid fairly and treated with respect. Another of their goals is zero waste to landfill, zero pollution and zero wasted water – all by 2030. This applies to every single process from the growing of bamboo to the manufacturing of clothes, all the way to recycling. All in all, this is a company with the environment at its forefront.


The Komoka sweat is an awesome mix of super oversized in a boxy cut with a neat crop. It’s warm and comforting perfect for those cold winter days. The bamboo makes this sweater breathable so you don't overheat. This dense, double-knit fabric with comforting fleece inner is designed to protect you against even the coldest weather.


Sustainable Sweaters - BAM clothing

CoalaTree

  • Material: Fair Wear® polyester, Recycled S-Cafe polyester.

  • Price Range: $65 - $110

  • Sizing: XS - XXL

Coalatree was founded as a self-sustaining organic farm in the middle of Colorado. As they wanted to create their own workwear, they launched their first line of clothing in 2010, and have not looked back since. Coalatree designs eco-minded gear for the adventurer in everyone, whether it is just for 1 night or for a whole 2 weeks hiking trip, this is the brand for you. It is their passion to bring elements of the outdoors and city life together in the products they create. Whether you’re climbing the tallest peaks or lounging in town with friends, our products are practical, stylish, and functional. Being ready for anything is what they are all about.

A large part of Coalatrees profit they give back to local and global communities. Each year they make warm blankets for the homeless in our hometown of Salt Lake City from the surplus fabric they have.


These beautiful hoodies are made with recycled coffee. Each hoodie contains about 3 cups of recycled coffee grounds and 10 recycled plastic bottles.

Sustainable Sweaters - coalatree


Kotn

  • Material: Cotton

  • Price Range: $55 - $90

  • Sizing: XXS - XXL

In 2014, three young entrepreneurs from New York were trying to find a way to tackle two different problems simultaneously. After a family visit to Egypt, the founder noticed that the Egyptian cotton industry was practically going extinct. Even though Egyptian cotton is high-quality and many families make a living out of it, most of the foreign exporters went to look for a cheaper alternative. They also wanted to breech the gap when it comes to basics. Either you had to choose between $10 mass-market T-shirts and $100 premium pieces with nothing in between them. This is how KOTN was born. Egyptian Giza cotton is KOTN’s secret ingredient in their clothes. The salt from the Mediterranean and the soil from the Nile creates a fertile area where cotton is produced. The unique properties of the soil make the fabric fibers longer, more breathable, and more comfortable compared to regular cotton.


These sweaters are ethically made in Portugal to keep transportation as short as possible. This sweater has a heavily brushed interior to make it extremely soft and comfortable while the surface is naturally dry and will soften the more you wash it.

Sustainable Sweaters - kotn

Tentree

  • Material: Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $65 - $120

  • Sizing: XS - XL

TenTree is a climate-neutral certified company that tracks the impact of its garments. They keep an eye on their wastewater management, carbon footprint, and waste saved compared to the industry standards. They use GreenStep to keep track of their current impact and so they know the impact of new designs before they are produced. TenTree is a certified B-corp which means that all the people who they work with are respected, valued, and feel safe. They also need all suppliers and partners to sign their code of conduct as this is required to become a B-Corp. They have big goals regarding their plastic use as they aim to be free from single-use plastics by 2023. As you may have guessed from the name, TenTree plants ten trees for every purchase and they will likely surpass their goal of 1 billion trees by 2030.

This sweater is made with ethically sourced organic cotton. It has a flattering V and makes it a great basic in your sustainable wardrobe.

Sustainable Sweaters - tentree

Pact

  • Material: Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $55 - $90

  • Sizing: XS - XXL

At Pact, they don't just claim sustainability, they certify it. They proudly partner with Fair Trade USA, Global Organic Textile Standard, and SimpliZero to ensure their products, and our processes, support both people and the planet. Because they are GOTS certified, their organic farms ensure cleaner air, better soil, safer farming, and fewer toxins in our tees compared to regular cotton farming practices. What is even better is that their cotton uses 81% less water and 62% less energy to be produced. SimpliZero helps them measure the impact of every single product, and offset it through reforestation, renewable energy, and community projects that neutralize carbon from the atmosphere. Their certified fair-trade factories make sure that all employees have a safe working environment, community support, and additional development funds for those working on-site.


This sustainable sweater is GOTS Certified and made in a Fair Trade Factory in India where over 160 women earn a decent wage and are treated with dignity.

Sustainable Sweaters - pact


Ash & Rose

  • Material: Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $40 - $200

  • Sizing: XS - XL

Ash & Rose is a boutique brand with the mission to make the world a little more beautiful, with their sustainable everyday items. Ash & Rose is for women who love all things romantic, whimsical, pretty yet practical, and who care about the planet and its habitants. This brand is made with biodegradable materials by people who care about people and the planet. By purchasing from Ash & Rose you support small independent creators and artisans who are making a big impact together. Based in the USA they are passionate about creating beautiful and enduring clothes that you'll love to wear.


This Cascade Cardigan is perfect for layering making it a great sustainable sweater for all 4 seasons. The color is a light taupe with flecks of grey and oatmeal.


Sustainable Sweaters - ash and rose


Luna & Rose

  • Material: Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $75 - $130

  • Sizing: S/M - L/XL

Luna & Rose was Launched in 2014 by Rosie and is based in the rainforests of Bali. Luna & Rose is not only an apparel brand, they also make sustainable jewelry. They are even open about their products and are proud to share every element of their supply chain. A very big part of their sustainable brand is creating pieces that last forever avoiding the whole fast fashion mindset. Instead, every single piece of clothing is lovingly handmade in small batches by family-run businesses to ensure you have a truly unique piece.


This sweat is made with super soft organic cotton and is lightweight making it great for yoga, an extra layer while traveling, or just a day at home. Dyed with only plant-based dyes to create an amazing sustainable sweater.


Sustainable Sweaters - luna and rose


Honest Basics

  • Material: Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester

  • Price Range: $25 - $45

  • Sizing: XS - XL

Honest Basics was founded in Germany in 2018. They have a mission to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, no matter their budget. By keeping their prices low, they can provide quality basics that everyone can have in their wardrobe. They are constantly improving the sustainability of their products and their supply chain. This is why most of their items include organic cotton. Their garments are made in a partner factory in Bangladesh. As they are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, this means that the factory reassures that their garment workers work under safe and healthy conditions while providing living wages and stable income for everyone working in the factory. They aim to remove the stigma of “Made in Bangladesh” to support the local garments worker. By now, Bangladesh is becoming a front-runner in ethical manufacturing as is shown by QIMA.


This soft sustainable sweater has a charming natural color that will warm up your winter looks. It is soft on your skin and has a loose fit, to get you comfortably through those cold winter days.

Sustainable Sweaters - honest basics


Brava Fabrics

  • Material: Organic Cotton

  • Price Range: $45 - $100

  • Sizing: XS - XXL

Brava Fabrics originates from Spain and is a colorful street fashion brand. They enjoy creating unique clothes which result in beautiful, highly detailed pieces with a little story in each garment. Brava Fabrics is inspired by music, culture, travel, and art which are closely linked to the things they love. This is shown in each piece where they combine high-quality materials and sustainable fabrics, they create contemporary but timeless apparel. They are committed to fairness and transparency along the entire supply chain. This means they know all their tailors personally and connect with them regularly. They work in fair working conditions and have reasonable working hours, a safe working environment, and a legally binding employment relationship.


This sustainable sweater is a timeless basic with delicate details. It is a long-sleeved shirt with a slim Perkins collar, comfortable texture, and one-sided buttons made of sustainable Corozo on the shoulders that offer you a variety of combination possibilities.


Sustainable Sweaters - brava fabrics

Soul Flower

  • Material: Hemp, Organic Cotton, Recycled Plastic

  • Price Range: $35 - $60

  • Sizing: S - XXL

Soul Flower is a clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Mindfully made with natural fibers and heartfelt art. They seek inspiration in the simple things of everyday life. Wether it is nature or music. They create clothing that not only supports our planet, they also want you to be able to express yourself. They believe in that you can make a difference with what you wear by choosing clothes made from organic cotton, recycled fibers and low-impact dyes.


This unique sustainble sweater has raw hems, center back seams, long length and a slight slouch cowl neck in the front. Made in the USA with 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled plastic (from recycled beverage bottles).


Sustainable Sweaters - soul flower


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