10 Best Organic Cotton Turtleneck Brands for 2023

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A classic turtleneck is a staple of every wardrobe, but finding the perfect organic cotton turtleneck can be difficult.

First, you want to find a high-quality turtleneck from a brand that uses ethical production and sustainable materials. However, with many brands creating false claims of ethical and sustainable practices and greenwashing, it is hard to find genuinely sustainable brands.

Choosing organic cotton over conventional cotton helps to reduce water usage by up to 91% and can reduce greenhouse gas emission by up to 49%

We’ve put together this list of sustainable clothing brands creating high-quality organic cotton turtleneck styles ethically to make it easier for you to find the perfect turtleneck.

Let’s jump in.

1. For Days

For Days organic cotton turtleneck styles

Sustainability: Zero-waste, 100% recyclable clothing created with non-toxic dyes and sustainable materials, including recycled and organic cotton

Styles: Ribbed organic cotton turtleneck, oversized turtlenecks, mock neck top

Sizes: XS-XXL

Ships to: the US only

For Days creates playful and trendy styles from recycled and organic cotton. The brand designs a range of turtlenecks and mock neck styles, perfect for layering under a blazer or pairing with a pair of jeans for a relaxed yet chic look.

The brand focuses on a closed-loop, zero-waste system, where the brand recycles old fabric and clothing into new items. Customers can return their old For Days clothing in exchange for credit towards new items.

For Days grey organic cotton turtleneck

2. Kotn

Kotn BCI cotton turtleneck

Sustainability: Certified B Corporation creates ethically made cotton turtlenecks using certified OEKO-TEX® non-toxic dyes and BCI cotton.

Styles: Classic cotton turtlenecks in neutral colors

Sizes: XS-XXL

Ships to: the US, Canada & International

Eco-conscious and ethical brand Kotn designs and creates considered collections from soft, premium BCI Egyptian cotton, designed to last for years.

The trendy brand creates sustainable clothing which will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe, including designing a range of classic cotton turtleneck styles in must-have neutral colors.

The brand meets high ethical and environmental production standards as a certified B corporation, including supporting communities in rural Egypt.

Kotn cotton black turtleneck

3. Pact

Pact black organic cotton turtleneck fair trade turtleneck

Sustainability: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton clothing, made ethically in Fair Trade certified factories.

Styles: Classic organic cotton turtlenecks available in black, grey fig, and navy

Sizes: XS-XXL

Ships to: Worldwide

Fair Trade certified brand Pact creates organic cotton clothing ethically in GOTS certified, Fairtrade factories.

Using organic cotton, Pact can save up to 80% of the water required compared to conventional cotton.

The sustainable brand creates a range of versatile styles which you can dress up or down and are perfect for workwear and casual wear.

Pact organic cotton turtleneck fair trade

4. Mate

Mate sustainable turtleneck made with organic cotton and tencel

Sustainability: Climate-neutral brand and 1% for the planet members creating sustainable clothing from eco-friendly materials

Styles: Classic women’s turtlenecks from a blend of organic cotton and Tencel

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: the US

Mates blend of Tencel and organic cotton turtlenecks are breathable, lightweight, and come in three chic colors.

The versatile style means Mates’s turtlenecks are perfect for layering, keeping you feeling warm and looking good.

Mate is a climate-neutral brand, which means the brand offsets all of the carbon created in its supply chain; this helps reduce the brand’s carbon footprint. In addition, as 1% for the planet members, Mate donates 1% of all profits to support environmental organizations.

Mate ethical turtleneck

5. Tentree

Tentree Organic cotton turtleneck

Sustainability: Climate-neutral certified company, B Corporation, ethical and sustainable practices, and planting ten trees for every order

Styles: Classic organic cotton turtlenecks, turtleneck sweaters, turtleneck dresses

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: the USA, Canada, & International

Canadian sustainable clothing brand Tentree is on a mission to plant one billion trees by 2030. To do this, the brand plants ten trees for every item purchased.

Tentree creates ethical clothing from eco-friendly and organic materials, including organic cotton and Tencel, which allows the brand to save up to 256.58 liters of water compared to non-eco-friendly methods.

Tentree organic cotton turtleneck

6. Baukjen

Baukjen mockneck top

Sustainability: Certified B Corporation creating ethical turtlenecks from sustainable materials, including organic cotton, and Lenzing™ EcoVero™

Styles: Ethically made vegan turtlenecks and mock neck tops

Sizes: UK 6-18,

Ships to: the UK & International

UK fashion brand Baukjen creates effortlessly chic styles in on-trend prints, colors, and eco-friendly fabrics.

The sustainable brand focuses on ethical production and sustainable practices, including low water and carbon usage. In addition, Baukjen is transparent about its supply chain and prioritizes people and the environment over profits as a certified B corporation.

7. People Tree

Sustainability: Ethical and Fair Trade production using GOTS-certified organic cotton

Styles: long sleeve organic cotton turtlenecks

Sizes: XS-XXL

Ships to: Worldwide

UK-based sustainable brand People Tree creates affordable essentials from GOTS organic cotton. In addition, the brand has a great selection of everyday classic turtlenecks, perfect for layering.

Their turtlenecks are created with soft organic cotton, which is naturally breathable and soft, so you’ll be comfortable all day long.

8. Thought

Thought striped turtleneck

Sustainability: Fair Trade turtleneck created from organic cotton

Styles: Block color and a striped turtleneck

Sizes: XS-XXL

Ships to: Worldwide

Thought is another UK-based clothing brand creating high-quality essentials you can count on. The brand combines simplicity and versatility to create wearable pieces that will fit effortlessly into your closet.

I’ve tried a range of Thought products myself, and I’ve always been thrilled with the quality and fit of their styles. However, I personally love the Thought striped turtleneck for something a little different.

While the following turtlenecks aren’t technically created from organic cotton, we’ve still included them on the list because they’re created by sustainable and ethical brands, who’re using more responsible materials like Tencel and recycled polyester.

9. Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective recycled plastic mockneck

Sustainability: Ethical clothing created with recycled plastic bottles

Styles: Mockneck bodysuit in neutral colors

Sizes: XS-6XL

Ships to: Worldwide

Girlfriend Collectives mock neck bodysuit offers a twist on the classic turtleneck, and we’re here for it. Created from 14 recycled plastic bottles, Girlfriend Collectives mock neck bodysuit is chic, comfortable, and can be recycled.

Girlfriend is a size-inclusive brand that ethically creates clothing from recycled plastic, saving energy and water.

Girlfriend recycled plastic mockneck top

10. Organic Basics

Model wears grey turtleneck

Sustainability: Ethical brand creating clothing from materials like organic cotton and Tencel

Styles: Supersoft turtlenecks

Sizes: XS-XL

Ships to: Worldwide

After a brief absence last year, the Danish essentials brand is back, and they’ve kept their signature Tencel turtleneck.

The Organic Basics turtleneck is created from Tencel, a fiber spun from responsibly sourced beech tree pulp. The top fits like a glove, comes in a range of colors and is super soft and breathable.

Model wears black turtleneck sustainable

As we’ve mentioned, a turtleneck is essential for every closet. Its versatile style keeps you warm while looking smart, plus you can always dress it down for cozy days.
Check out our sustainable turtleneck outfit inspiration below!

Cotton turtleneck: Kotn, Duffel Bag: Terrathread, Jeans: Nudie, Shoes: Allbirds

Blazer: Mara Hoffman, Turtleneck: For Days, Jeans: Nudie, Boots: Alohas

Organic cotton is a type of cotton grown using methods that are more environmentally friendly than those used compared to conventional cotton. For example, unlike conventional cotton, which is the largest user of fertilizers than any other fiber crop, organic cotton is grown without synthetic pesticides and insecticides. Using synthetic pesticides and insecticides in conventional cotton farming can negatively impact the surrounding ecosystem, including the air, water, and soil. So, instead, organic cotton farmers use natural farming techniques such as crop rotation to manage pests.
In addition, organic cotton farming can also help to conserve natural resources, such as water. Conventional cotton farming can be very water-intensive, and the high usage for irrigation can lead to the depletion of local water sources. On the other hand, organic cotton farming typically involves more efficient water use, as farmers use techniques such as drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the roots of the plants rather than flooding the entire field. In addition, choosing organic cotton in clothing is considered a more environmentally friendly option, saving water, chemicals, and energy.

We hope you’ve discovered a range of new sustainable brands creating ethical and sustainable turtleneck styles.

These versatile organic cotton turtlenecks will be perfect paired with a pair of sustainable denim jeans, a relaxed blazer, and a pair of sustainable sneakers for a chic and sustainable outfit.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our guides on organic cotton long sleeve tops and organic cotton t shirts.

Bethany
Bethany

Bethany Worthington BSc (Hons) (she/her) is the Sustainable Fashion Editor and Co-founder of Ecothes. She has a passion for the environment, and a long love of all things clothing, and combines those two interests with Ecothes. In her free time she loves dancing, hiking in the countryside, and laughing with friends.

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One comment

  1. making plastic clothes from plastic bottles is NOT eco or human friendly. When washed, the plastic clothes shed tiny plastic particles into the water which ends up in the greater waters of the world. People were not meant to be encased in plastic, it does not breathe.

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