The UK is a hub for sustainable and ethical clothing brands – you just need to know where to look.
You can find eco-conscious and ethical clothing brands all over the UK, and this list was created to help you find and buy from the best ones.
They’re not just limited to London either, we’ve showcased sustainable UK brands from all across the country.
Why Support Sustainable Clothing Brands from the UK?
We have some fantastic sustainable UK brands right here on our doorstep.
By supporting a sustainable UK brand, you help the sustainable fashion movement grow, and shopping from a UK brand also helps support independent businesses trying to make a difference by sourcing their clothing ethically and using high-quality, sustainable materials.
Another positive to shopping from the UK is that you can reduce the distance your item needs to ship, meaning lower carbon emissions, as many of these UK brands ship directly from the UK.
So, rather than support a fast fashion brand, let’s take a look at some of the best UK brands doing sustainability well.
Let’s get into the list.
Sustainable Clothing Brands UK
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Sustainability: Ethically made in London with sustainable materials by women who are trained and empowered by Birdsong.
Specialising in: Gorgeous womenswear, including organic cotton T-shirts, slip dresses, outerwear, and jewellery
Location: All clothes handmade ethically in London
The clothes Birdsong creates are unique and stylish, the perfect addition to your friendly wardrobe.
Birdsong is an incredible sustainable UK brand, who is supporting marginalised women who face barriers to employment.
Birdsong works with these remarkable women who bring their incredible designs to life.
Dressmakers are paid a London living wage and are supported with training and empowerment through Birdsongs’ community.
2. Thought Clothing
Sustainability: Organic and eco-friendly materials, Ethically produced
Specialising in: Ethical womenswear and mesnswear.
Thought Clothing create organic, eco-friendly and sustainable clothes for both men and women.
The company is based in London, however, they currently don’t have their own brick and mortar store, so you’ll need to shop online.
Their clothes are reasonably priced, and we definitely recommend checking out their range of patterned socks made from materials including hemp and bamboo.
Ecothes reviewed: “I’m personally a big fan of Thought’s clothing and own several pieces – I seriously love the versatility and quality of their clothing!” – Bethany
Sustainability: Sustainable dresses, jeans, jackets, and shirts created with eco-friendly and low-impact materials.
Specialising in: Outerwear, dresses, suits, co-ords, and denim
Location: London – online store only
Sustainable UK-based clothing brand Aligne creates stylish women’s clothing from sustainable materials, including organic cotton, recycled polyester, and EcoVero™. In addition, the brand partners with Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit certified factories, which ensure that working conditions are audited regularly.
The UK brand creates on-trend dresses and versatile jackets and coats for wearing all year round.
Aligne offers free UK shipping on all orders, and every product is protected by a biodegradable poly bag and shipped in a box made from sustainably sourced, recycled cardboard.
Sustainability: Fair trade apparel, sustainable cotton, eco-friendly practices including zero-to-landfill, ethical supply chain, give back
Specialising in: Sustainable clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags for women, men and children
Boden is a well established sustainable brand from the UK and have been going since 1991 when they were started out of the founder’s kitchen.
They make menswear, womenswear, as well as kids clothing – so whatever you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it at Boden.
They have 3 brick and mortar stores, all located in London – but you can also shop online.
Oh, and their clothing is also available to shop at John Lewis.
Sustainability: Certified B corporation, ethically produced sustainable clothing for women
Specialising in: On-trend sustainable womenswear, clothes rental, preloved marketplace
Baukjen is a UK-based sustainable clothing brand producing quality womenswear focusing on ethical production and sustainable, low-impact materials.
It was the first British clothing brand to be B corporation certified, meaning they meet the highest environmental and ethical production standards.
Baukjen offers a clothing rental platform – a great concept to explore if you’re looking for a way to reduce your clothing consumption, as well as a preloved marketplace.
Baukjen is also available to shop online at John Lewis.
6. Neem London
Sustainability: Circular supply chain, recycled fabrics and sustainable materials, supply chain traceability
Specialising in: Smart-casual sustainable menswear
Neem London is a refreshing new sustainable menswear brand committed to sustainability. Founded in 2021, Neem creates tailored yet relaxed fits, perfect for the office, working from home, or a casual weekend.
From day one, the brand has focused on creating a sustainable supply chain, from responsible production to circularity of its products, meaning all of Neem’s stylish pieces can be recycled or are biodegradable.
The brand also offers a Wear Well Bag, where you can recycle your old clothes with Neem and receive Neem credit.
Meet the founder – We caught up with Nick, the founder behind Neem London, to discuss his inspiration behind the brand.
Sustainability: Ethical production, responsible materials like Tencel and BCI cotton
Specialising in: Womenswear, dresses, tops
If you’re looking for an affordable UK sustainable brand, check out Omnes.
The brand has such a great selection of casual clothes and party-ready outfits you’ll be seriously spoilt for choice.
Omnes uses ethical UK manufacturing along with European factories and ensures their partner factories are audited or certified.
Omnes uses recycled materials, natural fibers, and responsible fabrics for all of its collections.
Sustainability: Eco-friendly and locally sourced materials, handmade bags
Specialising in: Durable, eco-friendly bags and backpacks handmade locally in Yorkshire
Bearmade creates high-performance waterproof bags from plastic-free, natural fabrics, including organic cotton that uses 88% less water, 62% less energy, and no toxic chemicals than conventional cotton.
Handmade in Yorkshire, this brand chooses to charge honest, transparent prices, giving more people access to purchase sustainable products and better understand the environment.
We’ve tested the Gouthwaite backpack and love its design, durability, and cool AustriAlpin Cobra buckle closure – one of the most robust buckles in the world. The Gouthwaite backpack will keep your belongings safe on countryside hikes and city commutes.
9. People Tree
Sustainability: Fair Trade Certified collections, organic cotton collections, biodegradable materials
Specialising in: Ethical and vegan clothing and accessories for women
Like Boden above, People Tree has been supplying the UK & beyond with sustainable clothing since 1991.
They don’t have a brick and mortar location, however, People Tree are stocked in stores all over the UK, and they have an online store too where you can find their latest collections.
Sustainability: Ethical production, staff in their factories receive a living wage, and health and safety training. Organic materials. GOTS certified.
Specialising in: Sustainable mens and womenswear
Komodo have been perfecting their range of affordable, on-trend, eco and sustainable clothing for men and women since 1988 ( that’s over 30 years!).
They use a large range of interesting eco-friendly materials including hemp, Tencel, bamboo, rayon, and soya fiber.
Like many of the other UK based sustainable brands, they don’t have a physical location, but you can buy directly from their website or from a range of stockists around the world.
11. Bar Jewellery
Sustainability: Gorgeous jewellery from recycled and responsibly sourced materials
Specializing in: Bespoke, recycled jewellery
London-based Bar Jewellery hand craft all of their sustainable jewellery – ranging from necklaces to earrings to bracelets, in London. Everything is made in local factories and by skilled artisans.
Their pieces are timeless, elegant, and simple and they hope you’ll wear them for years to come.
Unfortunately, they don’t have a physical store but you can buy from them directly online, or from one of their stockists or online.
12. Cafe Mountain
Sustainability: Handcrafting men’s garments ethically in the UK, using natural materials including organic cotton
Specializing in: High-quality menswear and accessories, designed and crafted in the UK
Cafe Mountain creates luxury, long-lasting menswear designed to bring together great outdoor adventures and city living.
Designed in the North of England, Cafe Mountains’ first collection features high-quality organic cotton t-shirts, hand-printed in the UK, and handmade fleeces and wax pullovers, featuring locally sourced material and fabrics from across the UK.
Sustainability: Local UK production using sustainable and recycled materials
Specialising in: Sustainable t-shirts, streetwear
Meet WAWWA, a sustainable UK-based clothing brand bringing clothing production back to the heart of Manchester.
Obsessed with quality, detail, and fit, WAWWA’s in-house production allows the brand to carefully craft each style to ensure high-quality garments with a long lifecycle.
WAWWA’s fresh wardrobe staples feature eco-friendly fabrics and earthy tones, created from sustainable materials, including GOTS-certified organic cotton.
14. Stella McCartney
Sustainability: Vegan clothing, trainers and bags created from low impact, sustainable materials
Specialising in: Luxury women’s clothing, vegan bags and shoes
Even though you’ll likely know who Stella McCartney is wherever you are in the world, this vegan designer brand is headquartered in the UK and deserves inclusion in this list, thanks to its use of vegan and sustainable materials.
You can shop from Stella McCartney online, from a wide range of stockists online, or in two of her flagship stores in London.
15. Hope + Story
Sustainability: Made in the UK clothing brands and homeware brands
Specialising in: Clothing, homeware, accessories, gifts
Hope + Story is a novel online marketplace showcasing the best of British brands. The website features hundreds of small independent brands, each made in the UK.
You can find everything the UK has to offer, from sustainable clothing brands using eco-friendly materials to chocolatiers handcrafting bespoke chocolates in the UK.
Sustainability: Online thrift store selling pre-loved clothing
Specialising in: Second-hand clothing, outerwear, dresses, suits, co-ords, and denim
Pre Worn is a UK-based clothing brand selling pre-loved clothing for an affordable price.
You’ll be spoilt for choice as Pre Worn is the largest sustainable pre-worn retailer in the UK and growing.
Shopping second-hand is a great way to recycle old clothes and keep them out of landfills. Plus, you can always find a bargain at a fraction of the price!
17. Young British Designers
Sustainability: Small designers using innovative materials
Specialising in: Young British designers
Young British Designers is an online platform showcasing the best on-trend fashion from up and coming British designers.
Before YBD, there wasn’t a platform to discover fresh new brands from young British labels. Now, Young British Designers offers us a chance to browse from over 100 passionate new brands using a mix of sustainable and innovative materials.
The online store also offers a conscious edit, pooling brands and products created from eco-friendly materials, like Beaumont Organic, A perfect Nomad, and Good News.
18. P.i.C Style
Sustainability: Locally sourced, sustainable, organic fabrics
Specializing in: Small, sustainable capsule collections for women
P.i.C Style, based in London, source all of their materials as locally as possible, and create small, stylish collections for women.
They create capsule collections, so you can create multiple looks with only 8 pieces of clothing, helping reduce waste (and make choosing outfits in the morning far more simple).
They don’t have a physical store, but you can purchase from them online.
Sustainability: Recycled materials, responsible manufacturing partners, handcrafted goods, carbon footprint reduction, and waste reduction practices
Specializing in: Luxury menswear and accessories from sustainable materials
Christopher Raeburn is one of the most well known sustainable fashion designers from the UK. The brand – now known simply as RAEBURN – makes high end, high fashion garments, and accessories.
All of their materials come from recycled and sustainable materials, and they’re investing heavily into reducing their carbon footprint and any waste related to their production process.
You can visit Raeburn’s creative studio in Hackney, London, and you can also find their clothes stocked by established retailers all over the world.
20. Bourgeois Boheme
Sustainability: Vegan, cruelty-free, artisan-made
Specialising in: Vegan footwear
Bourgeois Boheme is a sustainable brand creating artisan-made, vegan footwear. They’re championing slow fashion, and the quality of their shoes (for both men and women) seems to be top-notch.
Their styles are timeless, and it would be hard to go wrong with any shoe from this London-based sustainable brand.
Their stockists are located all over the world, so even if you aren’t based in the UK you can easily pick up a few items online, or in person.
21. STORY mfg.
Sustainability: Natural, organic ingredients and dyes, artisan practices, vegan materials, cruelty-free, no waste
Specialising in: Unique menswear designs from sustainable materials
Featured as one of our favorite luxury sustainable menswear brands, STORY mfg. are a UK-based ethical brand you should definitely check out.
They have a ‘positive product manifesto’, around the central idea that their products are designed to benefit the earth, their customers and the people they work with.
It’s hard not to love the clothes they make – they’re highly unique, carefully designed, and made ethically using artisan practices and no waste.
Based in Brighton, however, with no physical store, you can purchase from STORY mfg. on their website or through a range of high-end stockists around the world.
22. Beaumont Organic
Sustainability: Organic fabrics, artisan-made
Specialising in: Organic womenswear, dresses and skirts
Beaumont Organic make stylish, artisan-made, ethical womenswear. Based in Manchester’s Northern Store, you can visit their brick and mortar store to shop in person.
They also host a range of workshops, including Macrame Wall Hanging workshops, how to build a brand with purpose, and even a natural wine tasting session.
Their priced in line with many regular higher end, but not completely luxury brands, and I definitely recommend checking them out.
Also available to shop at Young British Designers.
Sustainability: Made in the UK brand creating sustainable knitwear from natural fibres
Specialising in: UK knitwear from British wool
If it’s knitwear you’re looking for, I can’t recommend Peregrine enough. This sustainable UK brand creates its jumpers, shirts, and cardigans ethically in the UK from natural fibers, including British wool.
The brand knows how to create damn good knitwear, and they’ve been perfecting their craft since 1796.
Ecothes Reviewed: I own two Peregrine made in the UK jumpers, and the quality and craftsmanship of their knitwear are second to none. If you’re looking for a sustainable UK brand to support – I can definately recommend Peregrine.” – Bethany
Sustainability: Reclaimed materials, heritage practices
Specialising in: Quirky sustainable clothing and accessories for women
Bristol-based sustainable brand Antiform, make all of their clothes in the UK.
They use reclaimed materials and put them back together into women’s clothes and accessories using artisan, heritage practices.
They don’t yet have a physical store, but you can shop Antiform on their own website, or from a range of UK & European stockists.
Sustainability: Organic and sustainable materials, sustainable supply chain
Specialising in: Eco-friendly, organic clothing for men and women
First of all, Nomads Clothing are a member of the British Association of Fairtrade Shops and Suppliers.
Secondly, they use a wide range of organic and sustainable materials such as Tencel, organic cotton, and viscose.
They use artisan methods such as hand-looming, the traditional art of wood printing, and tie-dye.
They make a wide range of womenswear, and you can also buy printed men’s shirts at Nomads.
They don’t have a physical store at the moment, but you can buy their clothes online or from a range of stockists.
Sustainability: Independent accessories brand creating leather bags in small batches
Specialising in: Leather goods
KLÉS is a women-led accessories brand creating luxury leather handbags ethically from responsibly sourced vegetable-tanned leather. The brand is owned and run by Jessica Gomez, who designs and hand-crafts her bespoke leather bags in her Bristol studio.
KLÉS only uses leather from the by-products of the meat industry and ensures its leather is tanned using vegetable tanning, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional chrome tanning that uses harmful chemicals.
27. Monkee Genes
Sustainability: GOTS Certified factories, all organic cotton
Specialising in: Sustainable jeans
Monkee Genes are a well established ethical clothing brand from the UK. As you may have guessed from the name, they make jeans (as well as other trousers, and some tops).
All of their factories are GOTS certified, meaning they can follow the route their jeans took from the field all the way to your wardrobe.
Monkee Genes are from Glasgow, Scotland and you can buy from them online, or in a wide range of stockists around the UK and Europe.
28. Gung Ho
Sustainability: Made in the UK clothing from sustainable materials, including reworked materials and recycled materials
Specialising in: Sustainable Womenswear UK
If you’re looking to stand out in a blouse, jumpsuit or dress, check out Gung Ho, a refreshingly different slow fashion brand, creating its bold, vibrant designs right here in the UK.
Each unique piece supports small businesses within the UK, and each garment is traceable, from design, to printing, to assembly.
The brand uses recycled materials to create its designs, and strives for zero-waste by repurposing fabric through its reworked initiative and made to order service.
Sustainability: Ethical UK brand giving back to women in Malawi
Specialising in: Sustainable womenswear and menswear
Location: UK / Malawi
Mayamiko is a UK ethical clothing brand creating unique womenswear, menswear, and accessories.
Each Mayamiko design is handmade by women in Malawi who combine their experience in traditional African clothes-making techniques and locally sourced fabrics to create the brand’s bold and beautiful designs.
Each purchase from Mayamiko supports the Mayamiko Trust, which supports women in Malawi by providing opportunities to showcase their creative talents and access sustainable trading practices.
Sustainability: Certified B Corporation, ethical supply chain, organic materials
Specialising in: Sustainable Outdoor clothing
Location: St Agnes
Finisterre was established out of the desire to create ethically made, sustainable clothes for surfers. It’s, therefore, no surprise that they’re based in St Agnes, Cornwall.
They make sustainable clothing that is going to hold up in the great outdoors, and you can buy a range of clothes including outerwear and shoes for both men and women, as well as accessories such as water bottles, bags, and surf gear.
You can shop from Finisterre online, or, visit one of their stores located all over the UK. They have locations in London, Bristol, Edinburgh, St Agnes, Falmouth, Hawksfield, and Bath.
What is an ethical brand?
The fashion industry is one of the most exploitative industries in the world. Stats show that of 71 leading clothing retailers in the UK, 77% believed there was a likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some stage in their supply chains. Therefore, we must support ethical brands to prevent worker exploitation in the fashion industry.
An ethical clothing brand is committed to environmental and social responsibility. Brands that are genuinely sustainable and ethical prioritise environmental production practices and support ethical labor practices. An ethical brand ensures no worker exploitation in the production process and ensures workers in the supply chain have access to safe and healthy working conditions and fair pay without any forced labour.
To tell that a brand is ethical, make sure they have transparent information about where its clothes are produced and that it has a robust code of conduct. Also, check if a brand partners with certified and audited factories like Fair Trade, WRAP, GOTS, and other social certifications.
Why is Sustainable Clothing Important?
Along with supporting ethical brands, buying sustainable clothing is important. The fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, creating more carbon emissions every year than maritime shipping and air travel combined. As we’re in a climate crisis, we must be responsible for the clothing we buy.
Sustainable clothing is produced using responsible materials and with practices that have less of an impact on the environment. For example, choosing sustainable clothing, such as a t-shirt made from organic cotton, can help to save up to 90% water and 50% energy compared to a conventional cotton t-shirt.
Can sustainable fashion be affordable?
Yes, sustainable fashion can be affordable. One of the most sustainable ways to shop is to shop second-hand, as it prevents clothing from being sent to landfill. I love using online thrift stores like vinted or depop to find high-quality, pre-loved items. You can also head to your local charity shop for some vintage finds.
There are also some great affordable, sustainable clothing brands from the UK, such as Omnes, Thought, and Aligne, creating high-quality and reasonably priced sustainable clothing.
Another way sustainable fashion is affordable is to consider the cost per wear of an item. For example, buying from fast fashion brands often means low-quality, cheaply made clothing that falls apart after the first couple of wears. So even though you bought the item cheaply, you’ll have to replace it sooner. On the other hand, if you shop from a high-quality brand, an item should last you year after year, meaning the cost per wear will be a lot cheaper in the long run.
Recap – Best Sustainable Brands UK
As you can see, the UK isn’t short of sustainable and ethical brands creating great clothes, shoes, and accessories.
We’re always on the lookout for more, so if you know a UK based brand that should be in the list, I’d love to know!
If you’re looking for other sustainable brand recommendations, you’ll love our guides on sustainable trainers, and sustainable swimwear.
Another great sustainable brand based in the UK is Bianca Elgar!
Thanks for the recommendation! I’ll check them out and get them added to the post.
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Another great sustainable brand is Planet Loving Company based in Brighton.