9 Ethical & Sustainable Denim Brands You Need on Your Radar
The best ethical & sustainable jeans
The Green Hub
Updated for 2021
Probably the hardest working item in your wardrobe, there’s nothing like a well worn, great fitting pair of jeans to make you feel like a million bucks.
And thanks to a shakeup in the fashion industry and how denim is produced, you can now feel good in your jeans, knowing they’re doing good for people and the planet.
From 100% sustainable premium cotton to small local denim brands you may not have heard of yet, consider this your guide to finding the next pair of ethically and sustainably made jeans you will live in day in and day out.
Image via MUD
1. Nobody Denim
One of Australia’s coolest denim brands, Nobody Denim are made in Melbourne using Australian grown cotton. They’re also Ethical Clothing Australia certified and uses FIBRETRACE™, which allows full traceability of garments. They have a myriad of styles, including shorts, skirts, and everyday basics.
Ethical Clothing Australia certified Denimsmith specialises in classic denim, they also do bold bold colours. Handmade in Melbourne and was founded by a team of veteran Australian designers and makers committed to ethical production. With options for all sexes, this brand makes affordable, timeless, and sustainable pieces to treasure forever.
More than just another denim brand, RE/DONE are an upcycled movement. Reconstructing old pairs of Levi’s, each pair is distinctly one of a kind. These are your go-to for relaxed fits and vintage styles with modern tweaks.
Australia’s first B-Corporation Certified denim brand, Outland has been around for almost a decade, born from a need to help provide vulnerable women with employment and training opportunities. They use organic cotton and natural indigo dye in their production.
Australian made Bassike prides itself on creating responsible collections that are created in collaboration with local artisans and suppliers around Australia. Their collections are seasonless encouraging people to invest in pieces that they will hold onto forever.
6. Nudie Jeans Co
Every pair of Nudie Jeans comes with the promise of free repairs, no matter where you bought them from. Made from 100% organic cotton and are designed to last you forever. Nudie Jeans make sure to work with suppliers and makers who ensure their jeans are sustainable for you and the planet. They also offer a trade-in program with preloved pieces available for sale on their site.
7. Organic Basics
Think Danish design; simplistic and clean-cut with quality handpicked fabrics and sustainable practices. Organics Basics specialise in basics, but they also offer a small range of denim. They also have fully certified factory partners to ensure they are eco-friendly and fairly staffed, they’re a 1% For The Planet member and B-Corp certified.
8. Neuw Denim
Jeans for those who want denim that will last tonight, tomorrow, & the best times of their life, Neuw Denim has a fit for everyone. Their ZERO collection uses processes designed to cut down on water wastage and chemical pollution. They use Australian grown cotton, known for being water efficient, and work with small factories that have a traceable and transparent supply chain.
9. MUD Jeans
MUD Jeans recycle old jeans, cut up into pieces and blended with Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton to create new denim yarn. This means less water and chemical usage. The new recycled jeans are then sold as unique vintage pairs and named after the former wearer. MUD has also introduced a Lease or Buy option where you can rent your pair of jeans on a subscription.