7 Sustainable Denim Brands For Your Perfect Go-to Jeans

May 14, 2023

You may have felt overwhelmed by the myriad of denim options while trying to find sustainably made denim that fits you perfectly. In case you’re still in the search, here is a breakdown of brands that offer stylish and sustainable denim options.

Making a pair of jeans can use up to 1,800 gallons of water. It is indicated that about 500 billion gallons of water are used to make jeans sold in the USA every year. Here are some denim brands that are putting effort to use less or recycled water to reduce the water pollution and overall environmental impact. Learn more about how these brands are sustainable on the ConsiderBeyond app.

1. Boyish

Instagram | @boyishjeans
Based in | United States
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | Climate Neutral Certified, Global Organic Textile Standard, Organic Content Standard 100, PETA-Approved Vegan, Global Recycled Standard

Boyish jeans are made using non-toxic dyes and gentle processes to protect water and keep it safe for people and the environment. The jeans are made with sustainable, recycled fabrics that are third-party certified. Boyish jeans indicates that they only use 1/3 the amount of water that regular denim uses and recycle all the water used in this process. The brand transparently communicates their environmental and social impact to consumers through its annual impact reporting.

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2. MUD Jeans

Instagram | @mudjeans
Based in | Netherlands
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | B Corporation, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

MUD Jeans is a B Corp certified brand that offers a "Lease a Jeans" program where you can rent jeans instead of purchasing for the ultimate circular economy. The two main materials that go into every single product are organic cotton and recycled cotton. You can also send in your worn MUD jeans to upcycle them into vintage or new jeans.

Shop from 4 different styles (skinny, flared, straight, and loose), and learn more about their Lease a Jeans here.

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3. Outland Denim

Instagram | @outlanddenim
Based in |  Australia
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | B Corporation, OEKO-TEX Standard 100

Outland Denim puts ethical manufacturing process and minimizing impact as their priority. The denim is made with organic cotton and sustainable raw materials from suppliers who excel in social and environmental responsibility. Orders are shipped in 100% FSC Certified and recycled cardboard mailers with soy-based inks. Find their relaxed, skinny, and wide jeans in 16 different colors here. The brand is transparent and communicative about its impact by publishing an impact report annually.

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4. Unspun

Instagram | @unspun
Based in |  United Stages
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | B Corporation

If you ever wish for customized jeans, unspun is the place. You can customize your jeans by choosing the style, fabric, stitch color, waist rise, and leg length combo, and if you use an iPhone, perfect the fit with Unspun’s mobile body scan technology. You can choose to schedule a free fitting over a call or in-person at their San Francisco headquarter. The brand practices automated, localized, and intentional manufacturing to reduce global carbon emissions and uses 24% less CO2 to produce compared to traditional jeans.

Customize your jeans here.

Photo by Unspun

5. Nudie Jeans

Instagram | @nudiejeans
Based in |  Sweden
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | B Corporation, USDA Organic, Global Organic Textile Standard, Global Recycled Standard, Fair Trade Certified, Organic Content Standard 100, Forest Stewardship Council

Nudie Jeans carry a wide range of styles and fits for men and women in 100% organic cotton denim. From tight jeans with stretch, to slim, regular, and relaxed, the fits come in dry, black, and pre-washed denim options. You can also look for one-of-a-kind Re-use jeans patched and repaired with Japanese vintage fabrics both online and in all Nudie Jeans repair shops. You can get a 20% discount on your new Nudie Jeans for returning your old ones. Also, free repairs forever.

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Photo by Nudie Jeans

6. Organic Basics

Instagram | @organicbasics
Based in |  Denmark
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | B Corporation, Global Organic Textile Standard, Global Recycled Standard, PETA-Approved Vegan, Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

Organic Basics is a B Corp certified brand that uses sustainable materials including GOTS-certified organic cotton that are natural, renewable, recycled, and/or biodegradable with low impact. Their circular denim collection helps you buy jeans that are recycled and turned into new ones. Check out their denim in black, rinsed, and washed colors available in sizes 26 - 34.

Photo by Organic Basics

7. Kowtow

Instagram | @kowtow
Based in |  New Zealand
Shipping | Worldwide
Sustainability Certifications | Fair Trade Certified, B Corporation

Kowtow products are made from organic, renewable, and biodegradable fibers, and the brand is entirely committed to fair trade production. All papers used in packaging are FSC approved, and they use GOTS certified inks and dyes to process the organic cotton. Find balloon, sailor, barrel, standard, worker style jeans to suit your preference on their website.

Photo by Kowtow

If you are interested in discovering more conscious brands, check out our Brand on Our Radar - ConsiderBeyond Directory, where you can discover sustainable brands from all over the world curated by ConsiderBeyond. Through the ConsiderBeyond App (IOS and Android), you can find local brands in your area or easily look for conscious brands during your travels! We actively aim to empower our Conscious Community members to keep learning more about conscious products and lifestyle tips through the ConsiderBeyond Newsletter where you can receive recommendations directly to your inbox twice a month!

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