5 AFFORDABLE BRANDS FOR ETHICAL KNITWEAR
You know the term ‘sweater weather’, but let’s be honest. Is it ever NOT sweater weather these days? With a week ahead forecast to be non-stop rain, we’re actually looking forward to the chance of hiding under a big knit until the rain (and hopefully lockdown) ends.
We know that the right knitwear can make the world of difference to you, but it can also make the world of difference to the makers and the environment if you choose the right knitwear. We also know that all too often brands are suggested that look amazing and do good, but when you go to shop you end up faced with a shopping cart worth $800. So to save you the hassle, we’ve put together 5 affordable brands for ethical knitwear which are good for the makers, good for the environment and good to you (and your wallet).
SHOP ETHICAL KNITWEAR:
JAGGERY knitwear’s aim is to help create a livelihood for local villagers and support little artisan workshops within the community. JAGGERY believe in supporting the people behind the product and that all our items are to be produced 100% respectfully.
This turtleneck (pictured) is made from high quality end of line wool and organic cotton and with an easy and relaxed boxy fit combined with a luxurious texture it is an absolute must have to keep you warm all winter long.
Designed with sustainability in mind, British brand Thought consciously design ethical clothing using natural fabrics such as bamboo, organic cotton and hemp. Sustainability is at the core of the brand and they are a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
Our favourite is the Georgia Oatmeal Cardigan (£89.95) which is made with an organic cotton and wool blend, making it super soft and cosy.
Founded in 2010, EcoVibe focuses on environmental and sustainable, ethical practices. The brand support local designers, women, minority and family owned businesses and small makers and manufacturers. EcoVibe is also a member of 1% For The Planet, donating 1% of all online sales to the non-profit group which give back to environmental causes.
They stock a wide range of knitwear styles from cardigans to sweaters, which are buttery soft, ultra cozy and most importantly affordable.
German brand Armed Angels have been members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) since 2015, ensuring that their supply chain is ethical. The FWF prohibits child labor, the right to freedom of association, secure jobs, living wages and resource-saving production.
The brand uses 100% certified organic cotton and sustainable wool made from certified organic livestock farming, that is mulesing and chlorine-free, in all of it’s products. PETA have even approved these as vegan their techniques are so animal-friendly.
Melbourne-based label focuses on sustainable and ethical practices within the fashion industry, offering 100% transparency on sourcing and production for each element of their garments with all craftsmanship completed either in house or by a network of local seamstresses. Each collection incorporates dead stock, organic and traceable fabrics to ensure they are doing what they can to minimise waste as well as continue their commitment to a more sustainable industry.
Their online shops offers a detailed account of where each element of the product was made and produced. Even down to the packing tape! They use local producers with jumpers being knitted just down the road from them in Melbourne.
What are you favourite knitwear brands? Looking for more cosy inspiration? Check out our all natural and organic candles post HERE