One of the biggest misconceptions about shopping for sustainable clothes is that they are way more expensive. While it is true that the extra steps taken to pay employees fair wages, ensure safe working conditions, and use natural, renewable fabrics means extra costs but it doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg to shop ethically or sustainably.
Large brands like Zara, H+M, J.Crew and Hanes have eco-collections that are no more expensive than their regular lines because they are able to produce mass quantities which drive the price of each unit down. The downside is they often have lower levels of sustainable fabric content and can be vague their labor practices. You will pay a little more to buy from smaller brands that are completely transparent and ensure 100% renewable materials and fair trade practices but they are not unaffordable.
Pact Classic Fit Bikini Underwear is 95% organic cotton, Fair Trade Certified and only $12.
COS Stores Men’s boxer briefs are organic cotton and on sale right now for $10 for 2.
H+M Conscious Collection
H+M Conscious Women’s Jersey Top is 95% organic cotton, 5% elastane and only $4.99.
Zara Join Life
Zara’s Join Life Cropped Sweatshirt is made from at least 50% ecologically grown cotton that helps protect biodiversity through crop rotation and the use of natural fertilizers and is $17.90.
& Other Stories
& Other Stories Women’s Straight Mid Rise Jeans are made from organic cotton and are $79.
Dearborn Denim ethically makes all of their clothes in Detroit and sources all of their materials in the US. Their men’s Tailored Fit Jeans are on sale for $58.50
Fair Indigo’s women’s Lounge Pants are ethically made in Lima, Peru from 98% organic pima cotton and 3% spandex with earth friendly, Oeko-Tex certified dyes, $79.90.
Outerknown Men’s Sur Sweatpants are made from hemp and organic cotton which both require less water and pesticides to grow, $88.