9 Gorgeous Ethical Sweater / Knitwear Brands

9 Ethical Sweater Knitwear Brands

9 Ethical Sweater and Knitwear Brands
I’m done with low quality knits made with synthetic material. Right now in Toronto, it’s either snowing or raining—sometimes both. So I need sweaters that will keep me warm. Natural fibres like wool, cashmere, and cotton are better for that.

Here are 9 awesome brands making beautiful knitwear that are ethically made and, in most cases, sustainable and eco-friendly. They’re in different price ranges, $$$$ being the highest.

 

1. Tempest + Bentley
Tempest + Bentley Sustainable Sweaters

Tempest + Bentley has some of my favourite designs in knitwear. Their sustainable luxury sweaters are ethically sourced and made in the U.S.  Ecocult calls them the most sustainable sweaters on the planet. I’ve been thinking about buying the lavender Charlie Croppy Cable Pullover for a year now, and I might take the plunge soon. While pricy, it’s unique, high quality, and it would be a permanent staple in my winter wardrobe.

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2. EverlaneEverlane Ethical Cashmere Sweaters

While Tempest + Bentley’s price points aren’t accessible to everyone, Everlane is, with cashmere sweaters starting from $100. Their affordable basics and transparent pricing are making them a powerhouse in the ethical fashion industry. I purchased my first ethically-made sweater from Everlane. I think they can do more to show us how they source their materials and whether their methods are sustainable, but they are a good entry brand for high quality knitwear.

$$ — $$$

 

3. ZadyZady Ethical Sweaters

Zady makes great capsule wardrobe pieces. This year, they’ve got a cable knit sweater that Emma Watson is a fan of, chunky cardigans and turtlenecks. Every step, from sourcing, dying to knitting, is documented on each product page.

$$$

 

4. Naadam Cashmere

Naadam Cashmere Ethical Knitwear
If you’re looking for the best cashmere available, I can’t think of a better brand to buy from than Naadam Cashmere. Like many of the other brands on this list, they’re direct to consumer, which means no middlemen and there’s no traditional price markups because they work directly with herders. They have a sustainable supply chain in place, with a for-profit/non-profit model that invests in the long-term health of the goats in Mongolia, and supports herders with higher wages.

I recently bought their Cashmere Travel Set and Vixer Black Beanie and I’m in love with all of it. The shawl from the travel set is so versatile and worth the investment.

$$$

 

5. Ally Bee

Ally-Bee Ethical Knitwear
Ally Bee is 100% British, from alpaca sourcing (an eco-friendly, natural yarn) to production. They minimalize their impact on the environment with their production methods, and use only natural fibres.

$$$

 

6. Krochet KidsKrochet Kids Ethical Knitwear brand

Does Krochet Kids really have the World’s Greatest Beanie? I have the grey version, and will say it is comfy—and the label inside is signed by its maker.

Krochet Kids has non-profit status, providing employment opportunities to vulnerable women in Uganda and Peru. Some of their less expensive items are made with acrylic, or an acrylic blend, which I would avoid in favour of their sustainably sourced 100% alpaca.

$ — $$

 

7. SiizuSiizu Ethical Sweater

Fellow bloggers from the EWC turned me on to Siizu, a direct-to-consumer brand similar to Everlane, but with eco-friendly materials. I’m loving a lot of their pastel-coloured sweaters already. Best of all, they’re a really affordable brand for the quality they offer.

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8. Amour VertAmour Vert Ethical Sweaters

Amour Vert, one of my favourite sustainable brands, has added knitwear to their shop. Their Adalie Sweater with the button up back looks pretty cool.

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9. People TreePeople Tree Fair Trade Sweaters

UK brand People Tree‘s knits are 100% Fair Trade, using natural fibres like organic cotton and wool. They often have good sales, so some of their sweater price points can rival those of fast fashion stores.

$ — $$$

Am I missing any ethical knitwear brands? Let me know your recommendations in the comments below.

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