There’s nothing like your favorite pair of jeans to take you out of a fashion crisis! They’re functional, they look good, you can dress them up or down depending on the occasion. But there’s a downside: in a world of fast fashion, where many people throw out their clothes after a few wears, it’s difficult to keep denim production sustainable and ethical.
Jeans are actually considered one of the more polluting processes in the context of the fashion industry. Yet some brands manage to make beautiful denim pieces that are ethical as well! Here are some of our favorite ethical denim pieces for this spring and beyond:
1. Nobody Denim The Arlo Relaxed Straight Let Jeans // These Australian-made jeans feature all the qualities of a classic, comfort included! The company maintains an ethical workplace for its employees, with regard to fair wages and working conditions, which makes you feel even better about your splurge.
2. DL1961 Hannah Romper // Workwear-inspired rompers and jumpsuits are the hit of the year! This cute, breathable number is not just the perfect denim wash, it’s also made of ethically sourced cotton, dyed with natural pigments, and designed to last.
3. Amour Vert AGOLDE Exclusive Sophie Crop // If you’re one for jeans that go from work lunch to date night, these are the right choice for you! Perfectly black, skinny, hitting the waist and ankle at their most flattering points. Moreover, they’re made in the USA with a zero-waste philosophy in mind.
4. ABLE The Cut Off // Good cut offs are not easy to find but these are a good length, an easy fit at the hip and thigh, not to mention flattering! The Nashville-based denim company employs women in Ethiopia, Mexico and Peru in a safe and healthy work environment.
5. Mud Jeans Boyfriend Basin // These ever-so-flattering boyfriend jeans are made from 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled cotton. The company encourages you “lease” your jeans and send them back for recycling when you don’t wear them anymore. No more wasteful shopping!
6. Mott & Bow Mom Ridge // Luckily for moms, mom jeans are not going out of style anytime soon. If you’re not sure about sizing, you can try them on at home for free, which is always a plus!2