Top 9 Sustainable Brands for Winter Shopping
It’s getting really chilly out there and we want you to stay warm. Thus we have compiled a list of our top sustainable brands for winter shopping. You will find everything from alpaca sweaters to recycled down. Now is a great time to shop for winter clothing because a lot of brands have end of year sales going on. All of the brands we mention employ ethical and sustainable practices. Meaning they use fabrics and methods of manufacturing not harmful to the planet, and care about the people that make their clothes.
We want to warm you, not the planet.
The blog post is organized from the most expensive brands to the more affordable ones. Don’t see a brand you love? Let us know in the comments.
1. ELEVEN SIX
Best for: Artistic Knits
Price Range: $100-$600
Sale: 40% off
Being an exclusively knit brand, Eleven six is the place for masterfully crafted sustainable knits.
They have a gorgeous collection of sweaters, dresses, skirts, pants, hats, and much more. Most of their garments come in a beautiful array of colors which are artistically displayed on their website.
Eleven Six only uses yarns that are natural, sustainable, eco-friendly, and ethical. They use alpaca as the main fiber in there garments.
Eleven Six produces most of their products in Peru and some in Bolivia. There they work with a women’s cooperative to employ and empower local female artisans.
Best for: Casual Jackets
Price range: $80-$600
Patagonia has always strived to make quality products that last longer and keep you warm. They have a vast collection of winter wear so whether you are looking for casual sweaters or sports-wear, you’ll find it there.
Most of Patagonia’s products are Fair-Trade certified, Bluesign approved, and are made of recycled materials.
You should also check out there Worn website, where they resell used products. Although a limited selection of products they are less expensive and in excellent condition.
Patagonia pledges 1% of their sales to environmental groups and funds activists fighting to protect the planet.
Best for: Long coats
Price range: $70-$500
Although most popularly known for their bags and small leather goods, Cuyana’s winter wear should not be overlooked. They have a limited but gorgeous collection of trench coats, sweaters, scarfs, and hats.
Cuyana makes a conscious effort to sustainably produce their products by using alternative materials such as alpaca, cashmere, and wool-yak.
Also, Cuyana employees the skilled craftsmanship of artisans all around the world including Europe and the Americas.
Best for: Coats
Price range: $50-$500
Sale: Up to 70% off
If you haven’t already noticed, reformation is kind of a big deal right now. They are all over the internet and thanks to them more people are learning about sustainable and ethical fashion.
Although most famous for their dresses their coats are really dang cute and cozy. They have such a unique and diverse collection of outerwear that you are bound to find something you love.
All of the products on reformation have something called a ref scale where you can see how many pounds of carbon dioxide, water and waste that product saved. They are very conscious about the fabrics and fibers they use and make sure they are eco-friendly. They also have their own green factory in LA that provides on job training and opportunities for the local community.
Best for: Affordable Cashmere
Price range: $75-$330
Looking for good quality, affordable cashmere? Look no further because Naadam is here.
Naadam has a diversity of styles of cashmere sweaters. They have v-necks, sweater dresses, hoodies, and more. They are most famous for their $75 cashmere sweater. Their clothing ranges from soft to softest ever and everything in-between. Naadam is a "soft" haven.
Naadam has drastically changed the cashmere business for the good. By removing the middleman, they have been able to bring prices down, distribute the wealth equally, and implement sustainable and ethical practices.
For example, Naadam uses an old school hand combing technique that is cruelty-free and eco-friendly. They also pay their herders 50% more than traditional traders. Plus they are Cradle to Cradle certified.
Best for: Puffers
Price range: $50-$180
Sale: Choose what you pay
Everlane is a year-round favorite and this season they did not disappoint us. They have a comprehensive collection of outerwear that is stylish affordable and functional.
They have puffers, parkas, coats, anoraks and more. Not to mention there puffers and parkas are made from 100% recycled polyester. They also have sweaters and sweatshirts made mainly of two materials: cotton and grade A Mongolian cashmere.
Everlane doesn’t own any factories but goes to significant measures to make sure that the factories they use are run ethically. You can find detailed descriptions of all the factories on their website.
Best for: Alpaca Tops
Price range: $50-$160
HopeMade is a great place to shop for sustainable winter basics. Their products come in a limited but classic color spectrum of black, white, grey and brown. Specializing in alpaca, you can find alpaca tops, sweaters, scarfs, and mittens.
HopeMade is Child Labour Free certified, and they promise to be ethical and have an exceptional quality. Most of their garments are either made from alpaca and/or organic cotton.
HopeMade is part of the “Sustainable Alpaca Network” in Peru that seeks to promote the sustainable raising of alpaca and makes sure that the wealth is equally distributed.
Best for: Coats with unique prints
Price range: $30-$150
Sale: up to 40% off
Distinct for their unique prints, Thought has a diverse collection of affordable coats and sweaters for the winter time. It is also a great place to shop for sustainable raincoats.
They also have a huge collection of sustainable socks that are really damn cute.
They use sustainable materials like breathable bamboo, helpful hemp, organic cotton, wonder wool, and tree-friendly Tencel.
9. KROCHET KIDS
Best for: Beanies
Price range: $10-$50
Use code: LENCOI20 for 20% off
Krochet Kids is a great place to shop for winter accessories. Their beanies are all super affordable and come in different styles and colors/patterns. Although they specialize in beanies, they also have scarfs, mittens and adorable knit ornaments.
They also have a section for children, because children can stay warm while being sustainable too.
All of Krochet Kids' products are hand signed by the women that made them.
They help women in poverty-stricken worlds by providing them with job opportunities. As of now they mostly employee women in Bolivia and Uganda.
To better help their employees, Krochet Kids is partners with CAPABLE, a non-profit organization that provides education, mentorship, and financial services to their employees.