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When it comes to unwinding after a week of work hell, there’s nothing like Netflix, a hot cuppa and getting horizontal on the couch in super comfy loungewear to help you destress. Better still, throw on ethically-made and sustainable loungewear and you can have peace of mind knowing that your outfit isn’t creating untold chaos for the planet and communities.
If you are in the market for ethical and eco-friendly loungewear or just need some no-fuss work-from-home apparel, here are some brands to check out:
American fair-trade clothing brand Pact uses certified organic fabrics and fairtrade manufacturing practices to produce a range of comfy and affordable loungewear and sleepwear for men and women.
Available in a range of styles, cuts, colours, prints and sizes, you’ll be sure to find loose tops, drawstring pants, sweatshirts and casual shorts to suit your everyday needs.
The range of Pact loungewear is priced from US$16–$90. Shop here.
Australian-owned apparel business Boody responsibly manufactures (in Vietnam) classic range of organically-grown bamboo viscose loungewear for men and women that is super silky and designed for pure relaxation. The range of oversized dresses, comfy tops, wide-leg lounge pants and loose shorts are available in classic colours and is versatile enough that its can be worn as sleepwear too. Team with ultra soft bamboo underwear and socks for maximum comfort.
Boody loungewear range is priced from $29.95–$69.95. Browse the range here.
Founded in 2015, conscious clothing retailer Kotn designs its stylish loungewear and quality basis in Canada and responsibly produces the collection in the Nile Delta. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, the wonen’s range features culotte sweatpants, funnel neck sweaters, ribbed lounge pants and robe. The brand has also achieved B-Corporation certification and has been given an overall environmental and social rating of ‘Good’ by conscious fashion ratings app Good On You.
Prices start from $38. Browse the Kotn range here.
For comfortable, classic and luxurious loungewear, you can’t go past American bedding and clothing label Coyuchi. Its collection of GOTS-certified organic cotton joggers, tees, rib knit crew neck sweaters and signature-knit organic cardigans. Made in a fair-trade factory that also recycles 95% of its wastewater, Coyuchi’s casual chic range is perfect for those working from their home office during pandemic lockdowns.
Prices start from $34 for tees and $54 for joggers. Browse the range here.
World surfing champion Kelly Slater’s sustainable brand Outerknown produces a comfy range of casual wear for men and women that are cosy enough to be worn while lounging around at home and cool enough to be seen in while running errands. Made from eco-friendly and natural textiles such as organic cotton and sewn in Fair Trade Certified facilities, you’ll want a pair of stylish Solstice sweatpants (A$175) and Solstice sweatshirt (A$157) to kickback and do absolutely nothing but look good in.
This ethical lifestyle brand built its reputation on creating functional yoga wear but has since expanded to include complementary pieces such as cosy long sleeve tees, slouch tops, tapered joggers, relaxed-fit dresses and pullovers. Made from eco-friendly fabrics such as hemp, recycled polyester, MODAL and TENCEL, and one of the first North American apparel brands to produce Fair Trade Certified clothing, prAna is as serious about sustainability as it is about style. Best of all; the brand even has a range for fuller figures.
Prices start from US $39. Free domestic shipping on all orders. Shop prAna here.
7. Alternative Apparel
Offering good quality basics, American brand Alternative Apparel designs a broad range of everyday essentials and loungewear you’ll want to add to your wardrobe – including cropped pullovers, classic sweatshirts and striped jumpsuits. While not completely 100% ‘sustainable’ at least 80% of its collections have been developed with sustainability in mind, designed for durability and incorporating organic and recycled materials and low-impact dyes. Many of its factories are also WRAP-certified, and all adhere to high Fair Labor Association standards. From eco-friendly packaging such as the use of compostable mailers to water-conserving washes, Alternative Apparel is a brand that is genuinely committed to doing right by people and planet.
Shop Alternative Apparel here.
Danish fashion brand Underprotection blends ethics and aesthetics, creating gorgeous sustainable underwear, loungewear and swimwear with a sustainable focus. Featuring natural, eco-friendly and recycled materials including organic cotton, Lyocell, recycled polyester and recycled Merino wool and produced in a small, fair factory in New Delhi, India called ‘Eco Wear’, Underprotection is an eco luxury label that doesn’t compromise its values.
9. Groceries Apparel
This American eco-fashion apparel business designs sexy and comfy loungewear pieces for men and women that are made from eco-friendly and organic fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton, TENCEL and recycled cotton. Ethically produced in its Los Angeles factory by fairly-compensated employees, Groceries Apparel is a wonderful blend of Californian cool meets eco warrior (princess).
Prices start from US$34 for tops. Shop Groceries Apparel here.
10. Amour Vert
American ethical label Amour Vert (pronounced AH-more VER) creates quality everyday wear and wardrobe staples with planet in mind and are designed to look good regardless of the season. Considering sustainability practices in all aspects of its business, from the use of eco fabrics (TENCEL Modal, TENCEL Lyocell, certified organic cotton) through to end of life, Amour Vert produces limited quantities in its Californian factory, just a short drive from its San Francisco headquarters. For every tee purchased, the brand plants a tree thanks to its environmental charity partnership with American Forests. For effortless, sustainable chic, Amour Vert is the brand to turn to.
11. People Tree
A pioneer in Fair Trade certified and eco-friendly fashion, UK-based People Tree design women’s clothes that push the boundaries of sustainability and social responsibility, supporting garment workers and traditional artisans by producing wardrobe essentials, loungewear and on-trend yet classic pieces that appeal to the mainstream shopper. Browse through its vast loungewear collection and you’ll discover organic cotton jumpsuits, drawstring joggers, long-sleeved tops, cowl neck dresses and more.
Priced from $39.70 (on sale). Shop here.
Design-led Australian label bassike has been producing premium-quality sustainable wardrobe essentials and loungewear in Melbourne since 2006. Passionate about Australian-made and ethical manufacturing, much of its range incorporates natural and low-impact materials such as certified organic cotton, Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) cotton, wool from non-mulesed sheep and linen. Its cotton jersey, for example, is produced in a solar powered garment factory to reduce environmental impact. A heads up; you’ll need some solid time commitment to browse through bassike’s extensive range of dreamy styles but the effort will be worth it.
13. dk active
Australian sustainable brand dk active ethically manufactures a range of high-quality and super fashionable workout wear but its athleisure/loungewear range is just as lust-worthy. Featuring eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, organic bamboo and regenerated fabrics such as Italian Lycra, and produced in its solar-powered factory in North Brisbane, you’ll want to wear dk active oversized tops, drawstring joggers and cozy pullovers even when you’re not-so-active.
Priced from $25.98 (on sale). Browse the online shop here.
Disclosure: All prices are correct at time of publishing. This curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying special attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. This list also includes affiliate links. Click here to read more about our policies.
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Cover image via Kotn.