8 of the Best Sustainable Jean Brands to Shop If You Want to Curate an Eco-Friendly Closet

In the wake of a sustainable shopping moment, we as consumers have done a pretty dang good job so far in doing our part. With fashion being the 3rd most polluting industry in the world, more style-savvy shoppers are turning towards more ethical and sustainably sourced fashion in an attempt to break away from fast fashion’s detrimental environmental impact. TBH, besides good ole thrifting, it can be hard to shop for clothes that are sustainably sourced and created — whether it be price accessibility or size inclusion, there are a number of factors that can make the sustainable switch seem daunting.

Even if it is a little more difficult to shop for sustainable staples, it's definitely not impossible. In my opinion, a good pair of sustainably made jeans is the best place to start. If you're looking to invest in some ethically-sourced, eco-friendly denim to kick start your sustainable closet, here are a few of my favorite brands that have helped me along the way:

  1. 1. Reformation 

    Eloise Jean, Reformation ,$128, shop now 

    This LA brand's summery slip dresses have become a cult favourite amongst Instagram influencers thanks to their Parisienne appeal, but behind the chic florals, Reformation is a leading brand in sustainable fashion, being 100% water neutral and using nearly 85% less water than typical clothing bought in the US. Made from sustainably sourced fibres, these retro-style jeans are equally 'French girl-cool', super flattering and save 536 gallons of water compared to the average high-street pair, which uses over 1000 gallons. 

  2. 2. Re/Done

    High Rise Jeans, Re/Done, $295, shop now

    Originally created as a premium jeans site selling on vintage Levi's, Re/Done expanded to create its own line of repurposed denim. Repurposing and recycling clothing reduces the amount of textiles that end up in landfill or incinerated, and these bleached, deconstructed jeans have a relaxed, vintage feel. 

  3. 3. Nudie Jeans

    Hightop Mid Indigo Jeans, Nudie Jeans, $199, shop now

    Alongside reselling second-hand products and recycling worn out denim, Nudie Jeans sources all of its jeans from certified 100% organic cotton and recycled polyester. These classic skinnies are full of character. 

  4. 4. Everlane

    Crop Jean, Everlane, $78, shop now

    A pair of white jeans are a summer essential, and the cropped hem and high waist on these Everlane jeans make them super flattering. Not to mention they are made in a factory in Vietnam that relies on solar power, recycles 98% of its water and contributes any waste to creating cement to build homes for local people in need. 

  5. 5. ABLE

    Button-Front Jean, ABLE, $148, shop now

    ABLE is an ethical denim brand set up to empower women and female textile workers by paying fair living wages and believes in publishing their wages in order to stay accountable. 

  6. 6. DL1961

    Jerry High Rise Vintage Straight, DL1961, $239, shop now

    Straight leg jeans have been having a moment in the fashion landscape over the past few years. We're loving this patchwork style, and New York brand DL1961 sources its denim from ethically sourced cotton fibres and natural indigo dyes, and recycles 98% of the water it uses. 

  7. 7. WARP+WEFT

    Skinny Jean, WARP+WEFT, $97, shop now

    Size-inclusive as well as sustainable, WARP+WEFT jeans feature classic silhouettes that use 95% less water and only 1kWh of energy. 

  8. 8. AYR 

    Aloe Jean, AYR, $295, shop now

    AYR's Aloe jean is produced from recycled materials, finished with technology that replaces the use of chemicals and washed using less than one cup of water. 

When curating your eco-friendly closet, try shopping for a sustainable pair of jeans. Not only will they be a long-lasting investment, but they'll surely look super cute with any outfit.

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