By Courtney Yalen
So, it turns out that while most of our readers are women, these women buy a lot of stuff for men. I mean, hands up if you’ve recently purchased something for your dad? Husband? Boyfriend? Son? Friend? I imagine there were a lot of hands that just shot up!
The fact is, a lot of guys rely on women for fashion advice and key pieces in their wardrobes. While you may know where to get loads of great eco friendly fashion for yourself, and while many denim brands we’ve covered in Eluxe like these also make jeans for men, do you have any idea where to point the man in your life if he’s after vegan friendly, eco friendly men’s clothing in general?
Well, now you will! We found what we believe are the 10+ best Sustainable Menswear shopping sites, right here.
10+ Great Sites to Shop Sustainable Menswear
1. Lyme Terrace
This may be an opinionated statement, but if you’ve ever felt bamboo fabric, you’ll most likely agree: bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool. Aside from bamboo fabric being incredibly soft, the sustainability of the plant is unparallelled: it is naturally pest resistant (no pesticides!), uses significantly less water than cotton, and it is still one of the fastest growing plants in the world (no fertilizer!). The organic nature of bamboo and the moisture wicking properties makes it perfect for those who suffer from eczema, dermatitis and other sensitive skin issues. So, no wonder Lyme Terrace chose this as the core fabric for their tees.
Full transparency of their manufacturing processes is on their website, where I learned everything is handmade in our lovely Great Britain, which means no outsourcing (and free shipping in the U.K.!). I love the fact that their packaging is a bamboo tube you can recycle into a vase or utensils holder, too.
Best for: Luxe casual wear
This wonderful U.K. site provides you with all the information you need to be a conscious, eco-friendly online shopper — each item on the site has a ‘footprint’ tab detailing information about the social and environmental impact, which they gained by requiring the designers and brands that manufacture the featured products to provide a full breakdown of their supply chains, which they then summarise in the ‘footprint’ tab, and their standards are high!
Brothers We Stand offers jumpers, hoodies, surf shorts, wallets, hats, bags, and more from a handful of BWS-approved brands, some of which we have listed in this article. Best of all, a big mission of theirs is to show that eco-friendly, sustainable, organic clothing doesn’t have to be boring – the majority of their clothing has super fun prints.
Best for: Sustainable menswear with an attitude
3. People Tree
People Tree aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout the entire supply chain by purchasing Fair Trade products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world, meeting the World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade standards. Their products are hand embroidered, knitted, printed, woven, and there are even cool one-of-a-kind gifts made from recycled saris!
The producers and farmers, mainly in Bangladesh, Nepal and India, live and work in their communities, eat locally produced food and use hand production methods to earn their living, all eliminating the massive environmental impacts of travel and heavy machinery.
The organic cotton farming used by People Tree is watered by rain and uses natural pesticides made with chili, neem, garlic and soap, which keeps pests off the crops without affecting biodiversity. And, they pay their organic cotton farmers a 30% premium above conventional cotton prices, which offers farmers a secure income.
Best for: Everyday basic necessities
4. Lux & Eco
This online ‘department store’ carries not only fab menswear, but beauty products, women’s wear, and objects for the home – all of which have sustainability in mind.
Working with a variety of brands, some of those we’d suggest for the stylish gent are Nau, who create amazing trousers and jackets, and Tomi Otee for their organic cotton polo shirts and tees.
Best for: Browsing, when you’re not sure what you want
If the fact that founder Joshua Katcher was awarded Most Influential Designer of 2015 by PETA and named 2014 Man Of The Year by COCO ECO Magazine doesn’t convince you that his brand is incredibly sustainable and high-tech, maybe some of his material inventions will.
His footwear and accessories are constructed in Italian “future-leather”: a durable, weather resistant, hi-tech microfiber that is EU-Ecolabel Certified. Buttons are made from corozo (tagua nut), and lining in the suits and outerwear are constructed from GRS-certified Turkish-milled “silk”, made from 100% post-consumer, mechanically-recycled plastic bottles.
Katcher uses his world-class fashion education and dedication to eco-sustainability and safe, fair working conditions to prove that ‘fast-fashion’ is not sustainable for humans or the planet. While Brave GentleMan believes that how its products are made defines the brand, we must say that its superlative style and excellent cuts do so, too.
Best for: The trendy (yet conscious) gentleman
We love how this brand describes itself:
“We love getting involved in the issues of the day, not in that whiney, he said, she said bullshit, but the type of in-tune listening-with-your-heart kind of approach that gets to the root of the issue. So we created a brand that totally gets in there, does some good for the world and tells everyone about it. We care about shit and we need your help to help others less able to help themselves. We based the brand on three core principles: ethics, social good and the environment. And frankly, if you’re in business without these principles, you’re a dick.
We, my friends, Are Harper.”
Doesn’t get much more to the point than that! And this no-nonsense attitude is reflected in the simple designs of the ethical menswear brand, too.
Best for: Active dudes who aren’t too fussed about being trendy
United by Blue is a sustainable menswear company dedicated to making great basic casual clothing, and saving the oceans. The brand is certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. In fact, United By Blue has a pretty great score, and no wonder: this rad outdoor clothing and accessory site associates each product sold with the removal of one pound of trash from waterways, uniting their beliefs with business without accepting donations, writing checks, or sacrificing quality or comfortability.
The pledge is cemented through company-organized and hosted cleanups, and the materials used in their clothing and bags range from high percentages of organic cotton to polyester made from recycled plastic water bottles. Since its birth in 2010, UBB has removed 312,402 pounds of waste from oceans and waterways through 155 cleanups in 25 states!
Best for: Outdoorsy, unfussy types
Perhaps you’ve seen Kuyichi denim in stores but never thought to research their sustainability index because of how gosh-darn good they look, or maybe they’ve been your favorite pair of jeans for the last decade. Either way, this denim brand founded in 2001 (recently expanded into tees, outerwear and accessories) keeps each part of their chain transparent: on their “where it’s made” page, you can visit every one of their manufacturing sites and read detailed information about employees and employee benefits, certifications, monitoring procedures and auditing accounts.
The brand’s strong focus on improving social conditions in the factories and throughout the supply chain resulted in Kuyichi partnering with Fair Wear Foundation (FWF): an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to improving labour conditions for garment workers around the world.
Best for: Eco-friendly denim, of course!
Oliberte is everything we love to see in a shoe manufacturing business: over 60% of the employees are women, who get a 90 day maternity leave, weekly doctor visits for employees, employees are paid over double the minimum wage required in Ethiopia.
The community aspect of the team is evident Oliberte’s goals and values: for every pair of shoes sold, all workers in the factory earn a percentage of the cost. The additional income is paid directly to a special workers’ account, enabling them to decide collectively how to spend it, based on the community’s greatest needs: from scholarships and disaster relief funds to medical care and transportation.
And let’s talk about style: these solid shoes are not only comfy, but are made to last!
Best for: Casual guys who like to stomp in their footwear
This British designer was one of the first to proudly display sustainable menswear collections on the catwalk, proving that luxury fashion and solid ethics do mix. His collections are made mainly from recycled material such as army surplus gear, parachute material, old firefighter’s uniforms and dead stock from the fashion industry, all used to create unique, beautifully made menswear on the cutting edge of style.
Best for: The man who takes his fashion seriously
11. Indigo Couture
The founder of this organic cotton tee shirt brand became obsessed with natural indigo after a trip to Milan, Italy. He bought an indigo dyed tee-shirt that had a similar colour and look to blue jeans; it also faded just like blue jeans and he wore it until it fell apart. He later decided to chase a dream to build an eco-brand based on natural indigo and natural organic yarns, and Indigo Couture was born.
Natural indigo is very difficult to handle, and requires several experts in several different fields to achieve one goal, making these naturally dyed, organic cotton tee shirts very special indeed.
Best for: Basic boys who love the blues
12. Project Pieta
Started by activist and designer Thomas Jacob, whose background is in luxury French fashion, sustainable menswear brand Project Pietà works with three Peruvian prisons to create their wares.
Jacob says that the clothing is made from materials like organic cotton and wool, and that Project Pietà provides the opportunity for inmates to generate income and develop their skills allowing for faster rehabilitation and get out more quickly – each day of work decreases the prisoner’s sentence by a full day.
Although it is unclear how much each prisoner earns, Mr Jacob says ‘when you are in a Peruvian jail you need money: to pay your pavilion (the activities and the restoration), to pay for your basic hygiene needs or to eat better, for example. Moreover, the majority has to pay a civil reparation fee. When you are alone what can you do, except die slowly? Working permits you to earn a regular income and you don’t depend from the others to live. For the inmates, it also allows for hope and confidence. And each day of work means another day towards getting out of jail.’
Best for: Sustainable menswear with a serious story behind it
Dedicated to attention to detail and classic styling, sustainable menswear brand SERAC was founded by Industrial Designer Tore Mortvedt and Rune Stokke over a decade ago, with the pursuit of bringing on the market responsible products that would relate to the world we live in. The brand’s high quality materials and stylish flair distinguish it from all the rest.
Every piece is developed in Norway and produced in Italy, bringing to life designs that are versatile in multiple ways, and provide to the wearer comfort, style and functionality for years to come.
Best for: The refined gent who knows quality when he sees it!
Sene is an excellent example of how dreams can be achieved with determination and a Kickstarter campaign. This brand launched a revolutionary piece of clothing for the gents: the first suit custom-made with super comfy (yet chic) athleisure fabric.
Unlike most technical materials, Sene uses a blend of recycled polyester. Their fabric is sourced from one of Japan’s top technical mills, which is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water usage in production by 30% per unit. No wonder it was deemed the #1 fashion apparel campaign on Kickstarter!
Best for: The guy who has to wear a suit to work, but wishes he didn’t
It may have been founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, but Outerknown isn’t just for beach bums! This is a sustainable Bluesign certified sustainable menswear brand that blends casual style and athletic function with the protection of natural resources.
Their entire collection is made from environmentally-friendly materials like Econyl, or better yet – from recycled fabrics.
Best for: Dudes who like their clothes with a SoCal vibe.
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