In today's fashion landscape, sustainability has become a key word that has been thrown around increasingly the last few years. Often, it is used as a buzzword to catch people's attention with very little substance. Brands will greenwash their audiences with promises of better practices, but offer very little in terms of accountability, making it hard to determine what the best sustainable menswear brands really are. In an effort to make navigating this market easier, we've compiled a list of brands both large and small, that make a dedicated effort to do better for our environment and the producers of the clothing. Here's a list of 10 sustainable men's clothing brands to keep your eye on.
The 22 Best Sustainable Men's Clothing Brands to Keep Your Eye On
Why Should you Support Sustainable Clothing Brands?
Everybody has their own specific reasons but for us, the state of the environment is a topic that has always been of importance. As we can see from recent worldly events, when we aren't taking proper care of planet Earth, it results in some not so great and even dangerous situations. A brand being sustainable means that there's reduced carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions going into our planet, which in turns results in a healthier Earth.
In addition to less harmful materials being used, sustainable brands and shopping also promote better health along with better protection of our animals, and by shopping at smaller/local sustainable businesses, you can help them to remain in business. Change isn't something that can be done by one person alone, but if we all come together, we can assist in making a difference.
Why is Sustainable Fashion More Expensive?
The answer here is simple. Sustainable fashion is more expensive because they are using smaller productions, and the use of sustainable fabrics is higher than opposed to those used in "fast fashion." That's what makes the price tag higher than places that don't emphasize sustainability.
- Located In: Ventura, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Jackets, vests, parkas, winter tops, winter bottoms, fleece wear, and more
- Product Range: Outdoor clothing, accessories, gear, and more
Often seen as the gold standard for sustainable men's clothing brands and sustainable brand practices generally, Patagonia has been leading the charge by pioneering the use of fair trade, alternative materials, and non-toxic dyes in their clothing. The 5" Baggies shorts are an all time classic, and employ the use of inventive materials like post-consumer recycled nylon made from recycled fishing nets.
The brand also commits to a self imposed pledge of 1% of its sales towards the climate crisis, funding environmental non-profits working to combat global warming's negative effects. Patagonia also has a trade in program, which allows you to drop off old and used garments from the brand for store credit.
- Located In: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
- What We Recommend From Them: Coats, jackets, insulated jackets, fleece tops, ski jackets
- Product Range: Outdoor wear, accessories, and gear
Goldwin is a top tier outdoor brand, often known for its obsession with high performance textiles. Now, the Japanese label is beginning to explore sustainable materials and processes for more of its products each year. Their newest lines incorporate the use of ECOPET, an advanced textile made from recycled water bottles.
One of Goldwin's exploratory capsules includes a jacket, hat, and coat that employ the use of natural dyes to give the garments their color. Some of the most interesting variations use burnt bamboo or onions to create colors like black or yellow.
3. Story Mfg.
- Located In: Brighton, UK
- What We Recommend From Them: Knitwear, climber jerseys, tops, bottoms, jackets, vests, and more
- Product Range: Streetwear, athletic wear, accessories, and more
Story Mfg. is easily one of the most exciting brands to come out in the last several years. The U.K. based brand has made a long time commitment to create clothing consciously and authentically. The husband and wife team work with a wide range of artisans and craft people, highlighting their work through playful and mindful clothing.
Every detail is carefully considered, with very little waste going into production as fabric offcuts and waste materials are used in everything from lining and stuffing to hangtags and packaging. The brand also avoids toxic chemicals in any capacity, especially from the dyeing process. The clothes themselves are always playful and unique, even down to the t-shirts. Each one is hand printed, so small differences give each piece a unique feel and quality as it ages.
- Located In: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
- What We Recommend From Them: Knitwear, glasses, jeans, jewelry, wallets, more
- Product Range: Apparel, shoes, accessories, and more
It can often be hard for content creators or outsiders to enter fashion and break the mold of an "Instagram brand", but if anyone has done so successfully its Avery Ginsberg of Ground Cover. The YouTuber and model turned designer and activist has made the label his primary focus for the majority of the past few years, and the work has paid off.
Ground Cover explores incredible materials like pineapple leather, using agricultural waste to create long lasting and beautifully designed products. From the best-selling Tsuno Bag to the Recycled Peace Ring, each item in the Ground Cover catalog perfectly builds a cohesive aesthetic filled with closet staples.
- Located In: New York City, NY
- What We Recommend From Them: Chore coats, vests, zip jackets, shirts, pants, and more
- Product Range: Outerwear, accessories, tops, bottoms, and more
18 East is a New York City based brand that is all about a focus on craftspeople. The brand focuses on handmade pieces without the use of machines, and highlights craftspeople from regions in India and Nepal. Their handiwork can be seen on the intricate Rajesthani quilting on the ripstop double knee pants, for example.
Everything at 18 East is also made to be tough and ready for anything you throw at it, with many of the garments fitting snugly into the wardrobe of anybody who loves to spend time in the mountains.
- Located In: Los Angeles, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Aprons, chore jackets, berets, work pants, and more
- Product Range: Outerwear, accessories, hats, and more
Georgia ic25 embodies a post-modern approach to the idea of workwear. Whether you're someone who works a lot or a little, hard or not, these clothes are for you.
Everything at Georgia ic25 is made to be robust enough to handle to the daily wear and tear of an active lifestyle, but also so comfortable that you'd never want to take it off. For artists and by artists, Georgia ic 25 embodies craft through and through. The garments are all made to be gender neutral, and are all made in Los Angeles using reclaimed materials.
- Located In: New York, NY
- What We Recommend From Them: Knitwear, trousers, t-shirts, suits, and more
- Product Range: Ready to wear, accessories, shoes, home goods, and more
Bode is a brand that doesn't wear sustainability on its sleeve, running around with an alarmist savior complex. Rather, there are qualities to Bode's process and ethos as a brand that are inherently much more sustainable than the standards in modern fashion. Bode's goal is to create clothes for the present that are influenced by codes of the past, and therefore the label creates sustainable work by using vintage textiles rather than virgin materials.
These are woven into incredible pieces, like the 1/1 quilted garments. Ultimately, the most sustainable thing you can do is own things that you'll keep for a lifetime, and it's abundantly clear that Bode invest the time and care required to create heirloom pieces.
- Located In: North Vancouver, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Shell jackets, insulated jackets, beanies, gloves, hats, and more
- Product Range: Outdoor clothing, footwear, accessories, packs, and more
We aren't shy for our love of Arc'teryx around here, and the brand's sustainability practices are just another reason to love it. Arc'teryx has an extensive secondhand program that it runs itself, and even offers 20% in store credit for items that are traded in.
The ReBird program also offers repairs and alterations for your garments, like a re-up on GORE-TEX sealant.
- Located In: Cologne, DE
- What We Recommend From Them: Relaxed tees, denim jeans, polos, waistcoats, and more
- Product Range: Outerwear, jeans, streetwear, athletic wear, accessories, and more
Armedangels was founded in 2007 in Germany on the principles of turning the fast fashion market on its head. With a focus on denim, Armedangels has become a go-to for basics that are made in a more ethical fashion.
The jeans are all made of organic cotton, which is free of pesticides, hazardous fertilizers, and toxic bleaches typically used in the plant's cultivation.
10. No Nasties
- Located In: Assagao, Goa 403 507, India
- What We Recommend From Them: Tees, henleys, pants, shorts, and more
- Product Range: Apparel, yoga wear, winter wear, gift cards
Many of the brand's we've highlighted throughout offer garments with a specific purpose, like an outdoor context, or heirloom pieces that are worth passing on for generations. Often, it can be difficult to find quality basics that aren't from brands that are extremely harmful to the planet.
No Nasties seeks to change that, and manufactures everything from organic cotton with local supply chains. The brand also commits to carbon offsetting, which, while not a perfect practice, is the best that can be done within the current system. No Nasties also offsets three times the amount of carbon that they emit from production, which has resulted in over 29 million liters of water saved and over 55,000 trees planted.
- Located In: Los Angeles, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Hoodies, crewneck, joggers, shirts, and more
- Product Range: Athletic wear, streetwear
Loungewear brand Ocio sells both men's and women's clothing, all produced sustainably within a five mile radius in Los Angeles. They have really incredible options for when you want to just lounge around the house, but the vibrant colors and high quality materials make a lot of the Ocio pieces a great option for days out on the town as well. In their interview with ONE37pm, co-founder Samantha Meyer. told us: "I’ve always been a fan of shopping sustainably, and getting to really truly deep dive and understand just how extensive it is—and not just slap a label on it and call it day—is something we’re very proud of."
The other co-founder, Tayler Coffin, echoed Sam's sentiments, emphasizing comfort as well: "comfort is definitely here to stay. People are not moving away from their sweatsuits; they’re more incorporating them into their everyday life. So we’re really excited to explore more about how we can bring sustainability and comfort to people’s everyday wardrobes."
Full interview with the brand's co-founders to come this week, stay tuned.
- Located In: London, UK
- What We Recommend From Them: Hoodies, trainers, tracksuits, utility jackets, and more
- Product Range: Athletic wear, streetwear, accessories, shoes, and more
We've said it before and we will say it again until the end of time—Stella McCartney is one of our absolute favorite brands when it comes to sustainability. McCartney herself has been committed to the environment, sustainability, since her birth, so we'll say she's a pro at sustainability.
- Located In: London, UK
- What We Recommend From Them: Penny loafers, boat shoes, sneakers, and more
- Product Range: Dress shoes, athletic footwear
The craftsmanship and polished results of Duke + Dexter always has us sold. In addition to getting great quality and beautiful shoes, the company remains a sustainable one as they hand make each and every shoe using sustainably sourced materials. The company points out that on average it takes one pair of shoes 100 years to biodegrade, and by going the sustainable route, that process can be avoided.
- Located In: London, UK
- What We Recommend From Them: T-shirts, ball caps, hoodies, and sweatshirts
- Product Range: Athletic wear
Pelota is a younger brand compared to the others on this list, but very much a sustainable one. All Pelota products are made with organic cotton, recycled materials and vegan friendly sources to give you fit that is both sporty, comfy, and environmentally friendly.
- Located In: San Francisco, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Camp shirts, chinos, relaxed shirts, shorts, and more
- Product Range: Tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories, and more
Everlane takes their sustainable and environmental efforts to the next level. Here's a snapshot of some of the things they do: 76% of their raw materials used to date meet their lower impact preferred fiber standards, 75% of the cotton they use is organic, 100% of their polybags are made with either recycled LDPE plastic or Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, and 68% of their apparel fabrics by volume meet safe chemistry standards. And that's just a few. Great sustainable clothes with an equally great quality is always appreciated.
- Located In: Los Angeles, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Pima shirts, polos, henley shirts, trousers, and more
- Product Range: Tees, sweaters, pants, accessories, and more
If you didn't think Buck Mason was a sustainable brand—think again. They very much are as the utilize the technique of combining old school manufacturing processes and modern technology to create eco-friendly garments that are affordable and closet staples.
- Located In: Culver City, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Blanket shirts, sweatshorts, hoodies, thermal crews, and more
- Product Range: Outerwear, hats, bags, sunglasses, and more
Outerknown is a brand that is all in not just when it comes to our environment, but for social justice matters as well. The brand works with several well known organizations such as Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider Maui, and The Ocean Cleanup with the goal of increasing their sustainable efforts annually. Each year brings forth more sustainability for Outerknown, which is just another reason to love them.
- Located In: New York, NY
- What We Recommend From Them: Shorts, swim trunks, polos, knit blazers, shirt jackets, movement vests, and more
- Product Range: Outerwear, swim wear, tops, bottoms, sunglasses, accessories, and more
Faherty nails it as well when it comes to the sustainable factor too as use cotton blend and recycled polyester along with various sustainable dyes to achieve a well-crafted look that is both attractive and durable, while not compromising their sustainable efforts. Their pricing is also pretty affordable as well which is a double bonus.
- Located In: Boulder, CO
- What We Recommend From Them: Graphic tees, stretch sleep pants, waven twill pants, and more
- Product Range: Apparel, underwear, sleepwear, and more
There's lots to choose from Pact that makes the shopping experience with them fun, and even better is the fact that they are eco-friendly. Pact does their part by using organic cotton that is sustainably and ethically made for their products, along with going the responsible packaging route by using paper and not plastic. Gotta love it!
- Located In: Malibu, CA
- What We Recommend From Them: Cargo shorts, cargo pants, long sleeve crews, pullovers, and more
- Product Range: Tops, bottoms, accessories, outerwear, and more
Products from Bleusalt are sustainable ones. All material in their clothing are 100% sustainably made in the USA using Tencel™ Modal Fibers from sustainably sourced renewable raw wood materials and minimal waste packaging. All orders come packaged inside a reusable Bleusalt canvas bag and are shipped in a recycled box that you can in turn recycle once you take your order out. See how that works? Cool huh?
- Located In: Stockholm, Sweden
- What We Recommend From Them: Overshirts, sweatshirts, chinos, linen shirts, denim jeans
- Product Range: Tops, bottoms, jackets, coats, underwear, swimwear, and more
Longevity and responsibility are the two values that represent ASKET as they make their contributions to the environment by using reworked garments as a part of their lifecycle responsibility program along with sustainable materials. Using and re-using is key to keep the environment healthy, and ASKET balances that component along with offering high quality products nicely.
- Located In: New York, NY
- What We Recommend From Them: Sun Tees, Playa shirts, Bo shorts, and more
- Product Range: Tops, bottoms, shorts, sweaters, jackets, accessories, and more
Alex Crane's clothing is made from 100% natural, renewable materials in addition to a plastic-free brand. The company uses all natural material in their products to achieve biodegradability, and the fabric that goes into their clothing is renewable, making them much a sustainable brand.
If you want to read more about Alex Crane, check out this profile we did on the brand.
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