Ethical Denim | 10 Sustainable Brands
Denim is truly a fashion staple that will never go out of style. It is such a versatile tool to have in your closet. Your denim jeans can act as a neutral when paired with a funky patterned top and cool shoes. Or your denim can shine all on its own as an all denim dress statement piece. A denim jean is most people’s go-to, everyday outfit essential, including myself. A good pair of denim jeans is an absolute must-have in everybody’s closet!
I have rounded up ten ethical brands with swoon-worthy denim. From stretchy skinny jeans to the always-comfy boyfriend fit, your perfect pair of ethical denim is waiting for you! Read on 🙂
Outland Denim is a Certified B Corporation (amongst various other sustainability awards and certifications) creating gorgeous, ethically made denim pieces. I highly recommend you head over to their website to read their Origins story for yourself, but before you do, grab some tissues because their story pulled at my heartstring so much I almost started weeping in the middle of the coffee shop I am currently sitting in. I’m not crying, you’re crying!
A quick snapshot, Outland Denim was born out of the need to create a safe, sustainable career for survivors and at-risk women of human trafficking. A brand that creates sustainable, wearable, and truly beautiful clothing while supporting and uplifting people is the kind of brand I want to give my money to.
Women’s Jeans $190-205 | Men’s Jeans $195
use code POSITIVELY10 for a discount at checkout
Warp + Weft
I have mentioned Warp + Weft before in my Ethically Made Underwear article but they are first and foremost a denim brand! Warp + Weft is dedicated to creating the perfect denim fit for every body. Their size inclusive denim ranges from sizes 00-24 along with petite, tall, and maternity options. Warp + Weft has a variety of denim jean styles as well as denim jackets and a denim jumpsuit.
Women’s Jeans $88-118 | Men’s Denim $74-118
The French have done it again! Making everything look effortless and chic, probably without even trying. Sezane has gorgeous everything including everyday denim. I have a pair of Le Brut Sexy and they are so cute that the first day I wore them out they inspired a stranger to come up to me and ask where my jeans were from! Sezane recently redesigned their denim line to be even more environmentally responsible.
Denim Jeans ~ $113 – 140
Madewell has a line of Fair Trade Certified denim made with cotton as well as Tencel Lyocell. Madewell is expanding their Do Well Shop, a collection of their products made with eco-responsible materials and/or ethically made, and I could not be more excited! I love Madewell’s style and I really appreciate their goals to improve their sustainability. Madewell has a denim recycling program where you can bring an old pair of jeans to one of their storefronts, they will recycle them responsibly and you will get $20 off a new pair of jeans!
Women’s Jeans $98-135
Oliver Logan is committed to producing quality denim with a radically transparent, fair trade supply chain. They offer a wide variety of denim jean silhouettes as well as shorts, skirts, and jackets. The Crosby Boyfriend Vintage Jean looks right up my alley – they might/most definitely will be my next denim purchase!
Women’s Jeans $68-98 | Men’s Jeans $68-88
Boyish creates laidback California inspired denim with a modern edge. This ethical women’s denim brand participates in 1% for the Planet and uses sustainable materials like OCS certified cotton and Tencel Lyocell to create their pieces. Boyish has great everyday denim jeans and inspired denim statement pieces.
Nudie Jeans Co
Nudie Jeans is a denim brand making 100% organic cotton denim and collaborates with the Fair Wear Foundation to ensure ethical manufacturing and production. Nudie Jeans is the place to go for dry denim, untreated denim (not washed or bleached). They are all about putting in the time and effort to break in your jeans as only you can do!
Women’s Jeans $185-210 | Men’s Jeans $185-280
Everlane is ever-expanding their product line but their denim was the first thing that drew me to this brand. Their transparent pricing, ethical manufacturing, and classic jean silhouettes are just a few things that make Everlane one of my favorite places to shop denim. The Cheeky Straight Jean is my everyday go-to. They are the perfect combination of relaxed and fitted.
Women’s Jeans $68-85 | Men’s Jeans $68-88
DL1961 is a brand committed to making denim with water conservation, safe dyes, and sustainable fabrics in mind. They offer both men’s and women’s styles in a variety of styles. They even have little denim outfits for your pets! I wouldn’t necessarily shell out 50+ bucks for an outfit for my dog (because she would tear it to shreds within minutes) but they are ADORABLE!
Women’s Jeans $179-209 | Men’s Jeans $135-198 | Dog Denim 🙂 $49-62
Mott & Bow
Mott & Bow is making shopping handmade denim online easier than ever with their home try-on program. When you buy one pair, you can add a second waist size for free, try them on at home, keep the ones that fit, and send back the ones that don’t.
Women’s + Men’s Jeans $96-128