30 Oct 2018 Sustainable Sweater Guide
It’s cold. Therefore, we are talking…..Sweaters! Sustainably and ethically made at every single budget and as many types as a could think of!
This sweater is light in feel and in color. It’s by Filippa K, a German designer who is committed to sustainable production and zero waste design. In addition to that production line she plans to have a fully sustainable product by 2030.
The perfect fall maroon is from prAna. They make everything with sustainable production. For example, their production uses less water and waste. They also pay their employees ethically and use sustainable materials like organic cotton.
Nothing like an oversized sweater to get cozy in when it gets colder. Plus, this one has been made in Portland with ethical and local production.
Another perfect sweater for layering. It’s cozy enough for the cool days with recycled polyester fleece. However, its light enough for another shirt with organic cotton. Synergy produces their clothing with low impact dyes and waste and water saving production in India.
Tonlé is obviously one of my favorite brands. Above all, I admire their commitment to the plant and their super cool zero-waste design, really I can’t say enough. This sweater is warm and funky and perfect for any cold day.
Alpaca wool is one of the most sustainable natural materials out there. For instance, Alpacas don’t create as much environmental damage as say goats. This sweater from Simply Natural Alpaca obviously is made of alpaca wool, but it’s also been made by hand and is Fair Trade.
Pepaloves is a vegan label based out of Spain. They are committed to animal and human rights and use natural materials and synthetic alternatives for their clothing. After that, everything is produced ethically and under fair conditions.
Started in 2013, Mate the Label is all about functional classic designs. They are designed and produced in small batches in Los Angeles and they sustainably source all their materials. For example, this classic sweater is organic cotton.
Designed in Los Angeles. However, the brand is actually produced ethically and with environmental responsibility in Peru. This sweater will help get you into whatever festive season you are headed for. For example, It has a hint of shine with its metallic threads. This sweater is handmade in Peru with low impact Alpaca fleece.
Tabula Rasa celebrates and preserves traditional craftsmanship. Every piece features a two-step process that layers ancient and modern knitting techniques. In addition, it made ethically in the U.S.
The ethos of Child of the Universe is that comfort and quality should go hand and hand. For example, Child of the Universe produces their sweaters ethically in Peru and sources natural local materials like Peruvian cotton and alpaca wool (what the sweater is made of.)
Super cozy, but also lightweight. This Vyayama sweater will be a go-to all season long. It’s a classic color (white/grey) and is made from handspun Mongolian cashmere. Plus, the dyes used are non-toxic and skin friendly.
Jumper1234 is committed to sustainable cashmere. For example, they source their cashmere from Outer Mongolian nomads. The cashmere comes from goats who are traditionally hand combed in the spring. After that, the raw cashmere then goes to their factory in Ulaan Batar, the Mongolian capital.
Made in NYC with sustainable fabrics. Tome has a philanthropist side with their “White Shirt Project” which fights against human trafficking. Tome also monitors its supply chain with factory checks.
The I Love Mr Mittens philosophy is “Heartworking.” Produced sustainably with wool in Antwerp, Beligum. I Love Mr Mittens employs groups of independent handknitters.
M.PATMOS combines the traditional and technical. For example, the brand produces in Nepal and Bolivia, employing artisans and sourcing local materials. While some of the focus is artisanal, some of it is technical like their partnership with a zero-waste factory in New Jersey.
It’s always nice when something cool and creative comes out of a tragedy. For example, Oneoneone came out of the Greek economic crisis in 2012. Today these sweaters are handknit by the knitters, and weavers using traditional techniques. Plus, Oneonone also run a knitting school for people to learn.