Every penny counts when it comes to the clothes you spend your hard-earned money on. Not only is it important for your health (clothing is known to contain toxic chemicals), but the brands you buy from could be negatively impacting the environment. Knowing what your clothes are made of, who is making them, and to what standards will help you vote with your dollar. The eco-conscious loungewear companies we have included in this list recognize the lasting impact the fashion industry has had on the environment and is working fervently to chart a new course. These brands were founded to be a positive steward of the future of fashion.
The entire supply chain has been designed with the environment and the people in mind. Their materials are closed loop, creating a sustainable ecosystem. Factories are certified Fair Trade, taking responsibility for the lives of the producers. Non-toxic dyes are used to protect the health of workers and those who end up wearing the garments. The packaging is compostable, biodegradable, or at least recyclable. And one even offsets their carbon footprint by planting ten trees for every product purchased.
Pact’s mission is to “make organic affordable which we believe can help inspire change.” And after wearing one of their eco-conscious loungewear pieces, you’ll understand just how well they’re living up to that commitment. You’ll want to swap out every Hanes t-shirt you’ve ever bought for one of their luxuriously-soft-but-affordable tees.
Pact creates organic cotton basics for both men and women, as well as baby and at-home goods. They don’t use toxic chemicals or dyes in production, and their factories are Fair Trade Certified “because people matter.”
Women’s leggings start at $35 and men’s hoodies start at $45, to give you an idea of their pricing. Make sure to sign up for their emails for 20 percent off your first order and free shipping on orders $50 or more.
Tentree, as the name suggests, plants ten trees for every item purchased. As of the publishing of this article, they have planted 42,530,000 trees and rehabilitated land in more than eight countries. Ultimately, the B-Corp’s vision is to plant 1 billion trees by 2030 in order to do their part in fighting climate change. Their commitment to protecting the environment is apparent in their unbelievable transparency.
Tentree understands that “it’s not only our responsibility to ensure we leave the smallest impact on our environment, we also take great pride in finding better, healthier, and more eco-progressive solutions for our customers.” Tentree uses sustainable, eco-friendly materials such as Tencel™, recycled polyester, organic cotton, and hemp. And their carefully-selected factories have to adhere to a code of conduct to ensure their partners maintain the same high standards.
You can also go Climate+ with Tentree and offset your carbon emissions for a variety of activities and objects, such as a weekend getaway or a lifetime of smartphones.
What list of sustainable, eco-conscious loungewear brands would be complete without Patagonia? The legendary brand has always placed the environment at the core of its mission and creates quality products that last.
Patagonia is “in business to save our home planet.” Not only do they practice conscious production, but they also leverage their vast community of eco-warriors to drive positive social and environmental change. And they place a 1% “self-imposed Earth tax” to support environmental nonprofits and fight the climate crisis.
For comfortable clothing that’s as good on the mountain as it is on your couch, check out their line of organic products for men and women. And for inspiration, head to Patagonia’s YouTube channel. Their Treeline film was a beautiful look into the life and resilience of some of Earth’s magnificent trees.
Groceries Apparel is a California-based company that only uses 100% GMO-free, pesticide and herbicide-free, recycled, and fair-trade ingredients. They are involved in the supply chain “from seed to skin” to ensure that what you’re putting on your body is healthy for you, the planet, and the people involved in production. Their “ingredients” include organic cotton, eucalyptus, recycled plastic, hemp, recycled cotton, and vegetable dye.
While Groceries Apparel offers men’s and women’s clothing, their strength is in their women’s department. They have a wide range of timeless basics that can be worn at home or out on a date night.
Boody makes minimalist basics from sustainably-sourced organic bamboo for men, women, and babies. Their product range includes undergarments and activewear that can be worn around the clock. The bamboo fabric is incredibly soft on your skin and the environment.
The two best-friend cofounders chose bamboo viscose as their primary fabric because of its sustainability and zero-waste manufacturing potential. Boody has an entire page on their website dedicated to transparency around their accredited certifications and what they mean.
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MATE the Label
MATE the Label might sound familiar because we featured them in last year’s holiday gift guide. Their sustainability practices include a highly localized supply chain, utilizing only non-toxic, natural and certified organic materials, and a clothing recycling program to create circularity.
Although this one is only for the ladies, their eco-conscious loungewear is soft, comfortable, and made with quality in mind. You can rest assured that what you buy will last you a long time. And, the soft color palette is designed to always be in style.
People Tree has been a pioneer in the sustainable fashion space since 1991 when award-winning social entrepreneur Safia Minney founded the company. The company partners with skilled artisans from around the world to create their products using environmentally-friendly fabrics and dyes. Their first collection met the Global Organic Textile Standard and they were the first fashion company to be awarded the World Fair Trade Organization product label.
People Tree creates women’s clothing for nearly every occasion including a workout, date night, at the office (or on a Zoom video call), and more. Grab your next eco-conscious loungewear outfit and get cozy.