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8 Ethical & Organic Hoodies For Those Sustainable Snuggles | Sustainable Fashion

Most hoodies are synthetic based, meaning they’ll be around for hundreds of years. So in the spirit of a sustainable

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Hoodies are one of those ubiquitous clothing pieces. We all own one. Ok maybe two. Fine. We all own a few of these. From high school or college memorabilia to that fast fashion gift you got for Christmas last year, hoodies are everywhere. 

But there’s a good reason for that. They’re admittedly one of the coziest articles of clothing around. The problem is though, most of them are made from synthetic and petroleum based fibers, which means they’ll be hanging around for hundreds of years to come. 

So in the spirit of supporting a sustainable fashion industry (and planet), opt for an ethical and organic hoodie that puts the eco in eco-conscious clothing. 

And if you want a sneak peak at some of our faves on the list – we were excited to find unique sustainable buttons on the organic athletic hoodies from Outerknown, and weren’t surprised to find Groceries Apparel’s materials (organic hemp and organic cotton) are so natural you could almost eat them!

There’s more where that came from. Read on, and be sure to take a look at the end of the article to see how we picked this huddle of hoodies. 

  • Outerknown
  • Groceries Apparel
  • Pact
  • Beckons
  • Tentree
  • Iron Roots
  • Synergy
  • Arms of Andes

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Surf-legend Kelly Slater turned his passion for ocean conservation into one of our favorite sustainable brands: Outerknown

In addition to their range of year-round-wearable men’s and women’s tees, jeans, and activewear, Outerknown can also handle all your winter needs. That includes ethical winter coats for your top, sustainable socks for your toes, and for some of the best organic hoodies for “laid-back comfort and style wherever you wander” in between.

Don’t forget a pair of eco friendly sweatpants to match.


OK is okay with organic cotton—which is the main material found in their hoodies. They’re blended with just 1% polyester, a small enough percentage so the garment is still fully recyclable. 

Runner-up materials include hemp, recycled polyester made from plastic bottles, and conventionally-grown cotton (which we do recommend hiding from in your hoodie if you can). 

Some styles come with corozo buttons (definitely not a material you see every day). These are made from nuts of the tagua palm tree. The fallen nuts are gathered by locals and carved into buttons. This practice helps safeguard South American rainforests from deforestation and they’re biodegradable. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

OK partners with a range of manufacturers and suppliers across the globe (namely in Peru, Mexico, and China). 

They all abide by a strict code of conduct and many of them are Fair Trade Certified. In fact, they were the first brand to bear a certification by the Fair Labor Association.

Green business practices:

For some light reading in one of OK’s lightweight organic hoodies, we recommend checking out their 2030 Sustainability Strategy.

Aware that sustainability is a never-ending journey and not an endpoint, OK is focusing on areas that need improvement, which is why they have goals to adopt circular models by 2025 and make 100% of products circular by 2030. 

That’s just one of their many goals. Others include helping their supply chain partners transition to renewable energy systems, getting more involved in climate-focused social and political movements, and more.


We saw XS-XL for most hoodies. That’s good, but we’d love to see a slightly larger range and some models that don’t look like they’re about to hit the surf.

Community & charitable giving:

It’s not surprising that OK is an advocate for Earth’s oceans. They regularly partner with Ocean Conservancy to take part in beach cleanups and donate financial resources from product campaigns.  

Available: Outerknown

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Groceries Apparel wants to bring some much-needed change to the fashion industry. So, instead of sticking with the status-quo, they’re working to create a demand for the values our planet needs. 

Name a more classic and comfy duo than a pair of organic undies and one of Groceries Apparel’s oversized organic hemp hoodies… we know, we couldn’t either…because it doesn’t exist! 

In addition to oversized unisex hoodies, GA also has a range of women’s specific organic hoodies. 


As the name might suggest, the materials used by Groceries Apparel are so natural that you could almost eat them…not that we recommend trying. In their hoodies, expect to find 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, organic hemp, and recycled plastic (PLEASE don’t try to eat this one).

Oh, and they’re all dyed with natural herbs and plants, like leaves, stems, flowers, and roots.

Supply chain & labor practices:

According to their manifesto, Groceries Apparel is “redefining transparency and human responsibility by supporting family farms, localized manufacturing, living wages, and Monsanto-free post-consumer ingredients.”

They manufacture their products in their own LA-based factory to ensure these strict standards are adhered to. They also pay well above Californian minimum wage and bolster the local economy by purchasing 98% of their materials from Los Angeles suppliers, like their locally-grown organic cotton.

Green business practices:

Calling themselves a “Seed to Skin” certified company, Groceries Apparel is not only committed to full traceability of their products from seed to skin, but committed to keeping them safe for the planet and safe for you.

All products are designed to stand the test of time to promote longevity and slow down the fast fashion engine.


Not only do sizes generally run from XS-XL, but GA is gender-inclusive, too (here’s looking at you, unisex tie die sweatsuit). 

Available: Groceries Apparel

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Pact considers themselves producers of Earth’s Favorite Clothing”—so much so that it’s their trademark. 

And we’ve gotta say: we agree with the Boulder-based brand. If you’ve scrolled around on our site before, there’s a good chance you would have come across them for their range of sustainable socks, bedding, robes and much, much more. 

They’ve also got another garment designed to keep everyone comfy and cozy—fair trade organic hoodies for the whole family (including little ones). 


If you know anything about Pact, you know that they reduce their imPACT by using only Fair Trade and GOTS certified organic cotton that also happens to be Fair Trade Certified. 

Whether you’re checking out their organic zip up hoodies, or a pullover hoodie for men, women, or babies, you’ll only see organic cotton in their list of materials.  

Supply chain & labor practices:

Pact sources most of their organic cotton from India, which is also where they have their apparelhome-goods” target=”_blank”>Fair Trade USA certified factories. Hello localized supply chains, bye bye child labor and sweatshops. 

Green business practices:

Pact offers the option to offset the carbon footprint of the delivery of your order. They also use a “Magic Box,” which is made from 98% post-consumer recycled materials and includes a biodegradable plastic bag to keep your clothing safe. 


Men’s sizes run from S-XXL and some women’s styles run from XS-XXL—A+ for size inclusivity.

Community & charitable giving:

Through Pact’s Give Back. Wear Forward, you can turn your Magic Box into a Give Back Box. Just return the packaging from your order filled with gently used clothing. Then, Pact sends it to non-profits. 

This reduces the footprint of the packaging materials, keeps clothes out of landfills, and helps those in need for a truly ethical trifecta.

Available: Pact

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Beckons was founded by a Denver, Colorado-based designer and yoga coach. Her line of organic yoga clothing is designed to be comfortable and versatile—all while prioritizing the planet and people as much as profits. 

Besides being one of our favorite organic hoodie brands—actually, we love all of their ethical activewear.

Their women’s zippered hoodies join the rest of their organic yoga clothing for men and women (although, no hoodies for men yet). They’ve all been “made to love, to last, to speak… and to give back.”


Organic cotton is the main material found in most of their products (certified by the USDA and Organic Trade Association, of course). Aside from being softer and stronger than other fabrics, organic cotton is produced without harsh chemicals and grown without requiring tremendous amounts of pesticides and water. 

In the case of Beckons’ organic cotton hoodies, it’s blended with a bit of Lycra (polyurethane) for some added stretch. Which adds durability but does mean it can’t be composted at the end of life.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Certified by Control IMO (the Institute for Marketecology), their factory partners in India, China, Turkey, and the US (specifically in Denver, CO) all adhere to strict environmental and social standards. 

Green business practices:

Beckons is an official member of both the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the Green Business Network. Their sustainability efforts start with their choice to source organic cotton, and extend to their shipping practices—they only use recycled boxes and avoid polybags. 


Beckons includes a small intention tag that comes with each of their products. This will include a simple message in the form of a word, like grace, wisdom, integrity, courage, or balance. They want all bodies to embrace these words and the comfy clothes they’re connected to. 

While most products have a relatively narrow size range (XS-L), they do have an impressive plus size range, too. 

Community & charitable giving:

It should come as no surprise that Beckons regularly gives back to the yoga community by supporting YogaSlackers, an inspirational group of yogis who want to teach and make yoga, acroyoga, and slacklining accessible. 

They also donate their unsold end-of-season merchandise to charity organizations like the Women’s Resource Network and the Samburu Tribe of Africa. 

Available: Beckons

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Canadian B-Corp Tentree calls their hoodies: “The second-layer you never want to take off. Equal parts comfortable and sustainable, rehabilitating our earth one chilly evening at a time.”

If their ethical hoody range were a tree, it would be a redwood; that’s how big and diverse it is. Shop for men, women, and even sapplings (by which we mean kiddos).

While their hoodies are super warm on their own, add a little extra warmth with Tentree’s sustainable gloves and scarves.


With so many different hoodies, there are a few different fabric combos, but surprisingly few fabrics comprising them.  These hoodies contain only organic cotton, recycled polyester, TENCEL™ Lyocell, and minimal spandex in just a couple designs.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Tentree manufactures globally but tells you in which country each product comes from.  All hoodies are “ethically made in China”. While that may be a cause for concern for some, their ultra transparent factory ledger and code of conduct assure us these factories are all certified by one or more entities and held to strict labor standards. 

Thanks to these efforts, Tentree ranks in B-Corp’s top 1% for manufacturing ethics.

Green business practices: 

Each product description also bears an Eco Log.  Essentially a negative impact counter compiled with the help of GreenStep, these logs display the CO2 emissions, water, and waste savings associated with every product.


Available in XS-XL, Tentree’s hoodies are designed for most bodies, though some even larger sizes would be nice to see.

Community & charitable giving: 

As you may have guessed, Tentree likes trees.  So much so that they plant TEN TREES for every purchase made. As per the end of 2020, they’ve planted 50 million trees across the world (in areas specifically in need of reforestation or biodiversity support) and hope to reach 1 billion by 2020.

Available: Tentree

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Iron Roots is a small brand and their hoodie selection is small to match. In fact, it includes just one item: the Unisex Hemp Performance Hoodie.

The fact that one organic hoodie is enough to earn them a spot on this list should tell you about how highly we regard this brand.

Iron Roots may make basic activewear, but their ethos is anything but.  Founded by three friends who found it absurd that 90% of sportswear contains microplastic-releasing polyester fibers, this brand brings fitness back to its roots in nature.  All products are totally natural, without any synthetics (even recycled ones).


These hoodies are a blend of 30% hemp and 70% organic cotton, two of the most sustainable fabrics around.  That combo makes them super soft, antibacterial, warm yet breathable, and of course, fully biodegradable.

Plus, no microplastics!  Each hoodie prevents about 15.000 microplastics per wash.

Supply chain & labor practices:

From their GOTS and FSC-certified raw material suppliers to their ISO-certified and regularly audited factories in either Greece (where the hoodies are made) or Portugal, Iron Roots can trace their entire supply chain. 

Green business practices:

Iron Roots goes beyond green materials to promote a clean cuddle sesh. They use minimalist and plastic-free packaging and more sustainable (i.e. slightly slower) shipping options.

Additionally, they also give people a discount to send back their old Iron Roots apparel so that it can be recycled into new clothes. A mark of a truly sustainable brand.


These unisex sustainable hoodies run in sizes S-XL, which would love to see expanded some day.

Community & charitable giving:

Iron Roots promotes sustainable fashion outside their own business model. By giving lectures at events and universities, they’re helping to spread awareness about the necessity of sustainable fashion. These talks focus on practical advice for avoiding fast fashion and recognizing greenwashing.

Available: Iron Roots

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Synergy Organic is a regular feature here because of their sustainable take on garments that cover us from head-to-toe. 

The Certified B-Corp and California-based brand got their inspiration from a trip to Nepal when founder Kate Fisher decided to take her love for design and combine it with empowering a global-based group of artisans. Oh, and using practices to minimize environmental impact, of course. 

Now, they can help us cover our faces with their organic face masks and cover our torsos and ears with their women’s organic hoodies


Most hoodies sold by Synergy include some of our fave Earth-friendly fabrics. These include GOTS certified organic cotton and recycled eco fleece. 

However, we’d leave the pashmina wool-nylon blend out of our ethical wardrobe as we’re not 100% sure of the sourcing for their pashmina and there are more sustainable fabrics than virgin nylon. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Most of Synergy’s garment line is produced in a Fair Trade certified factory in India. They use low impact dyes and try to keep their supply chains localized—which is made possible by their organic cotton farm also in India. 

Green business practices:

With every product sold by Synergy, you can see in the product description how the item compares to similar garments produced the conventional way. 

For instance, their Lightning Bolt Cali Hoodie saves 172 hours of LED bulb energy, 0.9 miles of driving emissions, and a whopping 104 days of drinking water by using organic cotton instead of conventional cotton. 

Once that hoodie reaches the end of its life, it can either be composted or even better, returned to Synergy to be recycled into new garments (you get a 25% discount in exchange). 


XS-XL sizing for all hoodies, and a loose fit yet elegantly draped patterning that’s flattering on all shapes. 

They also offer interest-free payments with after-pay, making their products a little more accessible to those of us on budget. 

Community & charitable giving:

Fundraising is a big priority for Synergy. They regularly contribute funds and other resources to a range of organizations.

Available: Synergy

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Sibling-operated Arms of Andes was created to combine the best of both worlds: a Peruvian background and a millennial, Californian lifestyle. 

Arms of Andes makes use of one of the world’s most unique materials to produce some of our favorite outdoor essentials like shirts, socks, underwear, leggings, and, you guessed it, hoodies. 

And there’s a good chance these are one of the best sustainable hoodies around, considering the blend of Peruvian Andes warmth and the sweet stylings of Cali. Have a look at the men’s and women’s half-zip and full-zip hoodies, and you’ll see what we mean. 


100% alpaca wool, 100% of the time. Fun fact: alpaca wool is (almost) as soft and fine as cashmere, but it’s a lot more eco friendly.

Not only is wool a great way to stay warm and dry, but it’s also breathable, anti-bacterial, sweat-wicking, and odor-resistant. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Working directly with Peruvian herders, Arms of Andes is able to support families who have kept some of the traditional farming techniques alive—including having an intimate and respectful relationship with the alpacas. 

The rest of the supply chain is located in Peru, too. Thus Arms of Andes has been able to support the local economy by hiring Peruvian people to fill their brand’s many needs—from shearing and fiber sorting to driving the finished products. 

Green business practices:

At first glance, Alpaca wool might not sound like one of our go-to sustainable fabrics, but it is. These animals are naturally adapted to the Peruvian mountains and have become a necessary component of healthy ecosystems there. 

Unlike other animals who produce wool, alpacas support a healthy environment (instead of destroying it). They’re light grazers and help to encourage regrowth while keeping the soil healthy and intact. 

And, once the wool has been ethically gathered, it’s processed in Peru, which keeps transport emissions minimal. 


Men’s hoodies run from S-XL, women’s from XS-L. We wool-d like to see a bit more size inclusivity. 

Available: Arms of Andes

To find the best ethical hoodies out there, we had to lift the hoodie from over our eyes and separate the loose threads. And our sustainable and ethical fashion guide helped us do exactly that.


A while back, we came up with a list of 29 of the most sustainable and ethical fabrics. This was our go-to reference for finding the best ethical and organic hoodies. While fabrics like polyester and rayon are the most common ingredients in a comfy, feel-good hoodie, we steered clear of them because they’re made of petroleum and aren’t biodegradable. 

Instead, we like to throw on a hoodie made with organic cotton or hemp. Instead of cashmere or sheep’s wool, we opted for alpaca (the most eco-friendly wool we’ve found to date). 

If we are going to wear a plastic-based fabric, it’s got to be recycled. And if we found a natural hoodie with some polyester or lycra blended in, we wanted to keep it minimal to maintain the garments recyclability. 

Supply chain and labor practices:

After we vouched for the sustainability of the materials, we turned towards the supply chain. Transparency is one of our favorite things to see—so we’ll peruse a Code of Conduct to ensure a brand is doing their best to protect their workers’ rights. 

The more that the brand can share about how they’re ensuring fair wages, protection from harassment, safe work environments, and sweatshop-free and child-labor-free factories, the better. 

To top it all off, a B-Corp or Fair Trade certification never hurts.

Green business practices:

We like it when brands design hoodies to last a long time. After all, once you find a favorite hoodie, you’ll pretty much wear it no matter the condition. All the better though if it doesn’t look ratty after a few months.

Beyond that, we’re also a big fan of carbon offsets, conscious packaging, and localized supply chains. 

Community & charitable giving:

Putting on a hoodie always feels good. But it feels even better when you know that hoodie helped someone or something. 

While some brands are too small to give back (just yet), we were excited to find most on this list were either contributing funds, time, or awareness to bring about positive social and environmental change.

Information on the industry and why buying ethical is the way to go…

“Winter is coming” (if you’re bingeing GoT anyway). And, I think we all know what that means… hoodies are about to become a regular part of our cold-weather uniform. 

Which is a bit ‘glass half empty’ because: being cold. But on the glass half full side, it does mean warming up with a sustainable and organic hoodie all the while knowing you’re wearing a garment that puts people and planet first.

So, if you’re in need of a new-new hoodie, support one of these brands. Or opt for a new-to-you hoodie by scouring an online thrift store. 

Now over to you –   since everyone has a hoodie, we would love to know what your favorite ethical hoodie is. Give your favorite brand a shout out in the comments below.

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