If you’re looking for an ethically made organic cotton t-shirt, you know how hard it is.
Most fast fashion brands don’t offer the quality or sustainability you want, and high-end brands charging $100+ for a simple tee isn’t feasible.
Luckily, there are some amazing ethical and sustainable clothing brands out there creating high-quality organic cotton t-shirts that you’re going to love.
Some of these tees might seem expensive at first — but they’ll outlast any cheaper alternative, and you know you’re supporting brands paying fair wages, growing cotton using organic, eco-friendly processes. Keep in mind that some prices listed here may change in the future.
Here are the tees:
Best Comfy Organic Tees for Your Everyday Look
At a glance: Comfy-casual tee from eco-friendly materials
Boody’s downtime lounge top is ideal for lounging round the house or wearing out and about with a pair of jeans.
The fabric is soft and cool, and has a nice amount of flowiness.
All of Boody’s clothes are made from bamboo, and are completely organic and toxin-free. The materials are Ecocert approved, Peta-approved vegan, as well as a host of other certifications.
At a glance: Super-soft mid-weight tee that can be worn all year round
Sustainability: Organic, fair trade certified, 8.3 gallons of water saved per tee
Pact create all of their clothes from organic cotton that saves gallons of water and uses no toxic, harsh chemicals – a stark contrast compared to regular cotton tees.
Their tees come highly recommended.
Their best-selling Featherweight fabric is soft, but mid-weight, so you can wear it all year round. It has enough structure to be worn alone, or as a layering item.
All of Pact’s factories are Fair Trade certified and there are options to offset the carbon generated for delivering your items.
At a glance: The perfect everyday white tee
Sustainability: Better Cotton Initiative, durable tees, sustainable manufacturing porcess
Vetta is a slow fashion brand creating their organic t-shirt range from Supima cotton grown using organic farming practices under the Better Cotton Initiative.
Supima fibers are softer and typically last longer than traditional cotton fibers and make up for just 1% of cotton grown.
Vetta’s Essential tee is the perfect white tee and aligns with their ethos — you don’t need many garments to make a smart, stylish wardrobe.
At a glance: Organic, soft, and breathable everyday tee
Sustainability: Uses 88% less water and 31% less carbon than traditional cotton tees
MATE’s organic t shirt is the ideal everyday tee.
At first, $64 seems expensive for a tee. However, in the long run, you’ll be saving money. Most plain tees are great – for the first few wears. After that, they’ll start looking stretched in all the wrong places, lose their initial softness.
MATE’s’ tees are the opposite. They’re robust, and if you follow the care tag (machine wash cold with similar colors, tumble dry low), they’ll last for as long as you need.
The tees are great value, despite the initial cost.
In terms of sustainability, you’re covered. The materials are all organic, free of pesticides and plastic. MATE also release an Impact Report every year outlining their sustainability efforts. Last year they donated $95,000 to environmental and social justice organizations.
At a glance: Sustainable, lightweight tee, ideal for casual wear or activewear
Sustainability: Carbon neutral, sustainably sourced materials
Allbirds’ TrinoXO Tee is soft and light making it perfect for either casual or activewear.
We’ve tested it for both, and it holds up!
It’s made of sustainable materials, including TENCEL™ Lyocell, merino wool, and Chitosan.
The tee is completely carbon neutral as Allbirds offset the 6.3kg of carbon it produces during the production process.
At a glance: Modern, lightweight scoop neck tee
Sustainability: 100% organic cotton, no toxic dyes or pesticides
Graceful District’s organic tee is made in Los Angeles.
The tee has a scoop neckline, short slees, and a curved hem for a modern silhouette.
The cotton is 100% organic, and the tee is soft and breathable. Graceful District’s clothes are made in small batches in LA, completely free of toxic dyes, herbicides, or synthetic pesticides.
At a glance: 100% organic cotton t-shirt made without toxic chemicals. Mid-weight and comfy.
Sustainability: 100% organic cotton. Closed loop brand creating products that can all be recycled.
For Days are a zero-waste, sustainable clothing brand. That means all of their clothes are designed in a way that enables them to be recycled and reused at the end of their life.
When you buy an item from the company, it comes with Swap Credits. You can then mail your old clothes back, and get new ones in return. It’s a great way to stock up on your new organic cotton t shirts without sending clothes to landfill.
All of For Days’ organic tees are made from 100% GOTS Certified cotton, and the dyes are Cradle to Cradle certified.
We’re sure you’ll love them.
At a glance: 100% USA-grown cotton, domestic supply chain
Sustainability: All-American supply chain, undyed, 100% organic, carbon-neutral product
Harvest & Mill create a range of fully organic clothes that are all handmade in the USA.
The organic cotton crew tee here is a classic tee that we’re sure you’ll love.
The tee is undyed, so you’ll get a rich creamy color of real cotton without needing to worry about toxic dyes.
The tees are all designed and created in San Francisco.
At a glance: Made in the USA luxury cotton tees
Sustainability: 100% organic cotton, fair trade factories that pay a living wage
The Classic T-Shirt Company makes all of their organic cotton t-shirt lines in sunny California.
The tees are tested for longevity and come pre-washed so they won’t shrink or lose their original shape and quality once you wash them for the first time.
There are no animal products used in these tees
The brand also partners with charities to support safe water, tree planting, and ocean cleanup initiatives.
At a glance: Soft eco-certified tee
Sustainability: GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, living wages, environmentally-friendly practices
Organic Basic is an aptly named brand. They have a range of organic products, including tees.
Every t-shirt is made with GOTS certified organic cotton, which guarantees that it’s free of harmful chemicals, as well as workers all being paid living wages.
Compared to conventional cotton tees, these save 0.65kg of CO2, 25g of material waste, and 345g of potentially toxic chemicals.
If you’re looking for a classic tee, this is a great choice. They come in a variety of colors.
At a glance: Organic cotton T-shirts in 45 different colors. Sizes XS-2XL
Sustainability: Produced using only organic cotton and colored using environmentally friendly dyes.
Colorful Standard has a vast array of organic cotton T-Shirts to choose from, offering over 40 colors (45 to be exact).
The use of organic cotton reduces pesticides and water usage, meaning a reduction in harmful greenhouse gases by up to 94%.
The vibrant colors of these soft organic tees are created without harmful dyes and are all Oeko-Tex Certified, meaning there are no toxic chemicals involved in the dying process. In addition, C.S is working to produce a zero-waste supply chain by using laser-cutting technology and recycling any offcuts.