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Sustainable fashion is often viewed as a luxury that only a select few can afford.
It is true that sustainably and ethically made garments usually come with a higher price tag (to accommodate for fair wages for workers and avoid destructive farming practices) – but not all sustainable garments cost hundreds of dollars. Some brands specialize in making sustainable fashion available to those who are on a budget.
Through their production cycles, they have several ways to make the price tag on their garments more accessible. Firstly, the use of recycled, upcycled or deadstock materials can save them on production costs. Secondly, the production of sustainable clothing is more minimal than the making of fast fashion garments, saving money on pesticides or harsh dyes.
Can affordable sustainable fashion brands ever be “as affordable” as fast fashion?
However, sustainable fashion pieces will still cost you more than a fast fashion garment no matter what. Why is that? To fully understand this issue, we would have to take a deep dive into fast fashion production cycles – but here’s the essence of the problem.
Fast fashion is driving the price of a garment to be incredibly low – to alienate competition. However, as a consequence, their clothing is poorly constructed and won’t last a long time. A sustainable fashion piece, on the other hand, is made with quality, rather than profit in mind. Because of that, ethically and sustainably made garments may be more expensive than fast fashion upfront, but you’ll save money in the long run, as you won’t have to replace them all the time!
But enough with the analysis of the fashion industry and its intricacies – here are 10 of our favourite affordable sustainable fashion brands you’ll love if you’re on a budget!
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- Can affordable sustainable fashion brands ever be “as affordable” as fast fashion?
- Synergy Organic Clothing | U.S.A., Ships Worldwide
- Pact | U.S.A., Ships to Canada
- Passion Lillie | U.S.A., Ships Internationally
- The Good Tee | Canada, ships internationally
- Warp + Weft | U.S.A., Ships Internationally
- 337 Brand | U.S.A., Ships to Canada
- Tamga Designs | Canada, ships internationally
- Knickey | U.S.A., ships internationally
- Kotn | U.S.A., ships internationally
- Vetta Capsule | U.S.A., ships to Canada
Synergy Organic Clothing | U.S.A., Ships Worldwide
This brand is committed to creating accessible clothing with the lowest possible environmental impact. They’re also focused on providing safe, empowering and fairly-rewarded jobs to improve the standard of the fashion industry.
Their collection includes minimalist pieces with an emphasis on a flattering silhouette, in neutral and natural tones. Synergy Clothing is a family-ran business from California and ships worldwide.
Materials: 100% organic materials
Tip: Be sure to check out their amazing sales page too – located under the “shop” dropdown menu!
Shop: Synergy Organic Clothing
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Pact | U.S.A., Ships to Canada
Pact is a sustainable fashion go-to if you’re on a budget. Their garments are crafted from organic cotton, in fairtrade certified factories. When shipping the products to you, they use sustainable post-consumer recycled cardboard and offset the carbon emissions.
Their collection includes a variety of comfortable basics, including some amazing loungewear options and a maternity range. They also offer a wide range of organic cotton, Fairtrade certified underwear and bras, as well as socks. Unfortunately, this US-based brand only ships domestically and to Canada.
Materials: 100% organic cotton
Tip: Sign up for their newsletter to receive 20% off your first order!
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Passion Lillie | U.S.A., Ships Internationally
This is an ethical brand that has empowerment of artisans at its core. They provide jobs with fair wages, working conditions and job safety to people in India. They also put an emphasis on the materials they use and their environmental impact.
Their range includes plenty of bright patterns, along with some basics. Their dresses section, in particular, is gorgeous and full of variety anybody could choose from! They’re based in New Orleans and ship internationally.
Materials: Various organic materials
Tip: Passion Lillie has a “Samples and Seconds” shopping page where you can purchase discounted samples and garments with minor printing or weaving mistakes!
Shop: Passion Lillie
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The Good Tee | Canada, ships internationally
This certified B-corp emphasises the importance of sustainability, transparency and compassion through their production process. They’re also Fairtrade certified and their garments are made to last you a long time – which means that you’re saving a lot of money in the long run.
As the brand name suggests, their main focus is the crafting of organic cotton t-shirts – for women, men, non-binary people, kids and babies. They’ve also got a few accessories you may want to indulge in, including scrunchies, face masks and sleep masks. Their t-shirt dying kits make for wonderful gifts or DIY projects! They’re based in Toronto and ship internationally.
Materials: 100% organic cotton
Tip: Sign up for their newsletter to receive 15% off your order!
Shop: The Good Tee
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Warp + Weft | U.S.A., Ships Internationally
Searching for high-quality, sustainably and ethically produced jeans that won’t break the budget? Warp + Weft may just be the best choice! Almost all of their jeans fit under the $100 mark, which is incredible – and the variety they offer is also astonishing.
Women’s, men’s, kids’, maternity, petite or tall… everyone will certainly be able to find what they’re looking for in their selection of sustainable denim. The New York based brand ships worldwide.
Materials: Various materials
Tip: Use code “Welcome10” for 10% off your order
Shop: Warp + Weft
337 Brand | U.S.A., Ships to Canada
Sustainable loungewear can sometimes cost sky-high prices – but 337 brand makes it affordable. You can wear their garments any time – day and night – for years to come thanks to their emphasis on quality and durability.
They’re making use of circular practices to lower their footprint, plant a tree for every purchase and offset their carbon emissions. The brand is New York based and ship domestically and to Canada.
Materials: Various materials including 100% organic cotton
Tip: Stock up via the bundles option and save 25%!
Shop: 337 Brand
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Tamga Designs | Canada, ships internationally
Romantic dresses and other clothing with floral patterns feminine silhouettes is what Tamga designs does best – their recent Provence collection is filled with absolutely gorgeous designs, many under the $100 mark.
They use low-impact materials such as Tencel in their garments and also limit their environmental impact in other areas, including offsetting their carbon footprint or donating 1% of their profits to initiatives replanting the rainforest. The Canadian company ships internationally.
Materials: Various low-impact materials
Shop: Tamga Designs
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Knickey | U.S.A., ships internationally
Eco-friendly underwear made from natural, breathable fabrics is important not just for the planet but also our health. Aside from keeping feminine health in mind, socially and environmentally sustainable practices are at the core of the brand.
Their underwear is simple, can be worn under anything and suits any figure. If you’re not sure about which style will be right for you, they also offer a starter pack featuring one of each style. They ship internationally from the US.
Materials: 100% organic cotton
Kotn | U.S.A., ships internationally
This brand offers sustainable basics with a twist of some innovative cuts. They use mainly organic cotton in their garments – but some knitwear pieces are made from animal-based materials, so double-check the materials if you’re ordering from them as a vegan or somebody who’s avoiding these materials.
Besides their sustainability, can we also take some time to appreciate that they include mature models on their website, which is something many brands lack. They’re based in the US and ship internationally.
Materials: Natural materials
Vetta Capsule | U.S.A., ships to Canada
Last but not least, what about a one stop shop for a capsule wardrobe closet? Vetta capsule is my favorite place to go for the most versatile pieces to build a closet that truly works for you.
I highly recommend choosing a bundle to save money and have the ability for seemingly endless outfit options!
Materials: Various materials
Tip: Checkout the warehouse sale!
Shop: Vetta Capsule
We hope that this list of affordable sustainable fashion brands was helpful to you in finding some new brands that don’t break the bank. If we forgot about any, let us know in the comments!