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We love how easy jumpsuits are to style. Just throw one on, pair it with some sandals and sunglasses, and you’re good to go. No matching needed, no tough decisions to make. Plus, they’re so cute — and versatile. You can dress it down for a day lounging around at home, or dress it up for a night out. Perfect for a fun summer brunch, picnic in the park, or day at the beach, an easy-breezy, ever-stylish jumpsuit is the way to go this summer.
So, if you’re on the lookout for some cute new, ethically-made, sustainable jumpsuits this season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite brands for you.
What to look for in ethical and sustainable jumpsuits:
Natural, deadstock, or recycled fabrics. Always choose natural or organic fibers when possible. Many fast fashion brands opt for synthetics like polyester and nylon since they’re much cheaper to produce and offer heat, wrinkle, and stretch resistance. We definitely recommend staying away from these synthetics since they’re made from toxic fossil fuels, can’t be recycled, and shed polluting microfibers. Natural fibers like organic cotton, Tencel lyocell, linen, and hemp are much better for the environment. They also feel softer on your skin, are breathable, and tend to retain less odor than synthetics — ideal for these hot summer months! If you’re looking for a classier evening jumpsuit, silk is a good option too. Recycled or deadstock fabrics are also great at supporting the circular economy and reducing waste.
Non-toxic dyes and finishes. Many brands use synthetic dyes and finishes since they tend to be cheaper and easier to use, but as with most things synthetic, they can be toxic for the environment, the garment workers, and you. Look for brands that say they use natural and/or non-toxic dyes. Unfortunately, unlike fabric labels which tell you which fibers are used in the garment, ingredients used to make the dyes and finishes are not always mentioned. So look out for labels like Oeko-Tex and bluesign, which certify that a product is free of toxins that are harmful to both people and the environment.
Fair labor. As always, make sure you make sure the brand is following fair labor practices. Go for small artisan brands that provide information about their garment workers, or look out for labels like Fair Trade and SA8000.
Transparency. Choose brands that prioritize transparency in their supply chains. Do they tell you where and how your jumpsuit was made? Detailed sustainability reports are a big plus, as is naming all the stages of manufacturing — cut-and-sew, textile dyeing and finishing, fabric spinning… all the way back to the farm.
Timelessness. Go for jumpsuits that you will genuinely love for a long time. Take a moment to and consider how many times you’ll wear it and for how long. If you can’t decide, maybe give it a miss.
Sustainable packaging. Buy from brands that are using either recyclable or biodegradable packaging made from natural or recycled materials. Less is definitely more when it comes to packaging.
Bonus: Sustainable end-of-life. Choose jumpsuits that can be composted or recycled at the end of their lives. Check out our guide to see if your clothing can be composted or not. Jumpsuits made from pure cotton or Tencel should be easy to recycle. Stay away from blended fibers or synthetics if you can, because they’ll eventually be dumped in a landfill.
The best brands for ethical and sustainable jumpsuits:
Available in both neutral pastels as well as bright, bold colors, Christy Dawn’s jumpsuits are made from deadstock fabrics, organic cotton, and regeneratively-grown cotton. Each piece is colored using natural and non-toxic dyes and is ethically made in Los Angeles by workers who are paid a fair wage.
“Slow fashion from fast fashion’s leftovers.” That’s the motto of OhSevenDays, a fashion label based in Istanbul that uses deadstock fabrics in its pieces. Its flowy jumpsuits made from surplus modal fabric are super soft and breezy and are perfect for a hot summer day. The brand is committed to ensuring ethical working conditions for its workers and its manufacturing factory is fully audited, fair trade friendly, and a member of the ethical trade membership organization Sedex.
Designed in LA, Boyish’s super cute collection of denim jumpsuits is centered on vintage silhouettes with a modern update. The brand works with ethical factories to make sustainable denim, which uses less water and harmful chemicals to produce. It uses sustainable materials like Tencel lyocell, organic cotton, deadstock, and recycled fabrics for its pieces.
Thought’s pieces are made from natural, sustainable fibers like organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, Modal, Lenzing Ecovero, seacell (a 100% biodegradable lyocell fabric made from seaweed and wood pulp), and recycled fibers. These yarns use less water and pesticides to produce and release fewer carbon emissions. Thought uses FSC-certified recycled paper and natural, compostable bags made out of cornstarch for its packaging.
Amour Vert’s collection of sustainable jumpsuits is classy and elegant that perfectly encapsulate the brand’s aesthetic of Parisian chic. Amour Vert uses low impact materials like Tencel, modal, cottonseed cupro, and ethical merino wool in its garments. It also has a resale marketplace where you can buy and sell pre-loved Amour Vert pieces.
Lucy and Yak is all about inclusive sizing, which we love. Its range of jumpsuits is available in sizes ranging from XS (UK 6) to 4XL (UK 32). The brand uses sustainable materials like GOTS certified organic cotton, recycled polyester, and seacell, a seaweed and wood lyocell fabric. The pieces are responsibly colored with Oeko-Tex-approved, low-impact dyes.
This WOC-owned brand designs colorful and ethical basics inspired by old-school skate culture. It’s based in Los Angeles, where it fulfills all of its orders in recycled paper mailers and compostable bags. Back Beat uses recycled and sustainably farmed fabrics such as hemp, GOTS-certified organic cotton, and Tencel. The brand offers a wide selection of dyed Tencel jumpsuits, organic cotton rompers, and comfy linen jumpsuits that can be easily thrown on and layered for every season.
Baukjen is a London-based brand that uses a mix of natural, bio-based, and recycled materials to create its extensive collection of women’s fashion. The Certified B Corp has its own pre-loved platform and rental program for multiple ways to shop. Each product features a list of sustainable attributes such as ethically made and natural materials. Its tier one suppliers are held to its code of conduct through regularly third-party audits, and its packaging is recyclable and biodegradable.
Veneka is a capsule wardrobe-based fashion platform created by designer Shivika Sinha to make getting dressed simple and sustainable without sacrificing style. You can pick out your own pieces, or ask assistance from a personal stylist. It curates its selection from Fair Trade-certified or transparent garments made out of organic, biodegradable, or recycled materials.
This Danish luxury brand designs minimalist looks handcrafted by artisans. Its certifications include bluesign, GOTS, and Oeko-Tex. Its fabrics include recycled, natural, and bio-based materials, and it sends its deadstock fabric to a re-spinning mill in Java, Indonesia. Its supplier code of conduct, as well as detailed lists of manufacturers, are available on its website. The brand works with a family business in Bali that specialize in natural plant dying techniques.