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10 sustainable Sweaters & Cardigans for Winter 2022

10 sustainable sweaters
10 sustainable Sweaters & Cardigans for Winter 2022

It is time for us to say goodbye to our summer fits of effortless breezy shirts and tank tops. Hello to cozy sweaters, and crisp and warm smells of coats and Jackets. While we miss summer and its warmth of vitamin D, winter invites us into cozier moments by our fireplace with seasonal foods. It is time when we place our cozy fits in the closets. If needed, update with a few sustainable and functional pieces.

For fall and winter this year, we are sharing a few sustainable sweaters brands we love. Brands that believe in eco-consciousness, fair trade, and ethical practices. Save this article for the future, it is a guide to sustainable sweater brands.

1. Cuyana

Ethics | Slow fashion practices, fair wages, ethically made in Peru, sustainable & OEKO-TEX certified materials Size Range |XS-XL; up to US 14 Our Pick | Soft Cashmere Wrap Top ($298)

Cuyana believes in “fewer, better”. The company does not believe in mass production and maximizes its wear through warranties and repair, and facilities donating and reselling the pieces once they have been loved enough. Cuyana selects the factories near the source so that it can craft clothing with, Pima cotton from Peru, and ahimsa silk from China. The picked sweater is made from recycled old cashmere from Italy by a family-owned mill.

2. NAADAM

Ethics | Ethical production, fair treatment of herders & sheep, gives back, sustainable & recycled materials, eco-friendly packaging
Size Range | XXS–3X
Our Pick | Essential Cashmere Sweater

When it comes to sustainable clothing, we have to take into a brand’s treatment of people, animals, and the planet. And NAADAM promises the “world’s fairest cashmere.” Sourced from Mongolia’s Gobi Desert, the company works directly with herders and provides hand-combing and veterinary care to its animals. This ensures their care and that you get the softest, most sustainable fabric- like its popular Essential Cashmere Sweater, available in 11 colours.

3. ABLE

Ethics | Employs & empowers women, transparent & fair wages, GOTS-certified organic materials, recycled packaging

Size Range | XS-XL; up to US 12

Our Pick | | Ruth Cable Knit Cropped Cardigan ($140)

Very few brands are as transparent or women-focused as ABLE. This social enterprise team is almost entirely made up of women and artisan stitch, the Ruth cable Knit Cardigan is pure comfort. Their manufacturing partners are based in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, and India. Plus, ABLE openly publishes its wages for consumers. Made from 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton (like all ABLE sweaters starting in 2021).

4. BACK BEAT CO.

Ethics | Ethically made in China, recycled & sustainable materials, recyclable packaging

Size Range | XS–XXL

Our Pick | Organic Cotton Spiral Cardigan $186

Back Beat Co. wants you to live “that laid-back life.” Inspired by California’s old-school surf & skate culture, its pieces are both low-key and low-impact. The Los Angeles-based brand uses eco-friendly fabrics like hemp and organic cotton and ships in recycled paper mailers and compostable bags, too. The organic Cotton Spiral Pullover gives crochet vintage vibes and will be great to be paired with jeans or skirts. While Organic Cotton Ottoman Jacket is ready to be dressed down or dressed up with ribbed pants or a skirt for book-core looks.

5. REFORMATION

Ethics | Ethically made in China & USA, sustainable fabrics, climate-neutral certified, fair wages, low-waste

Size Range | XS–3X
Our Pick | Cashmere Polo Sweater $137

Reformation is often touted as a leader in the sustainable fashion industry. The team seamlessly transforms responsibly sourced materials like Tencel, linen, and recycled cotton into chic styles. And the brand’s eco-friendly methods are shared directly with consumers, who can view how much water and carbon dioxide was saved in the production of a piece. The cashmere Polo sweater is a classic and made with 90 percent recycled cashmere and has 87%less of carbon impact available in 5 basic colors.

6. SEZANE

Ethics | Ethical production, natural & sustainable materials, recycling program, powered by renewable energy, gives back, eco-friendly packaging
Size Range | XXS–XXL; up to US 14
Our Pick | Gaspard Jumper $120

Based in Paris, Sezane is designed to last. With more than two-thirds of its pieces produced in Europe, and the rest crafted by long-standing partner ateliers in India, Portugal, and more, Sézane prioritizes raw materials and sustainable practices. Its Classic Gaspard Jumper is a must-have winter closet that is available in other beautiful colours as well.

7. ADAY

Ethics | Sustainable & recycled materials, eco-friendly packaging, ethically sourced and made, fair trade

Size Range |XS-XL

Our Pick | All Weather Cardigan $200

Aday is a small business with a team of 90% female and BIPOC members, LGBTQ+, and disabled team representation. Their suppliers are actively working to reduce their environmental impact. They source non-mulesed GRS and RWS-certified wool from south Africa and Australia.

Sustainable style which gives you confidence in their timeless pieces is all about Aday. Pieces are cleverly designed to be worn on repeat. All Weather Cardigan is again a very classic yet very fashionable piece to have in the wardrobe.

8. SUMMERSALT

Ethics | Sustainable & recycled materials, eco-friendly packaging, ethically made, gives back

Size Range | XS–2X; up to US 22
Our Pick | The Ribbed Sweater Blazer $87

Summersalt isn’t just for summer—this brand serves looks for all seasons! In addition to henleys and pullovers, you can also find clean pieces like our the luxe cashmere blend button crewneck. Plus, they’re made to fit actual bodies—the team worked with 10,000 women’s measurements to guarantee it. Summersalt uses recycled and sustainable fabrics like Tencel, cotton, and recycled polyester. The Ribbed Sweater is an innovative take on a cardigan plus blazer look, it is something very to have in your wardrobe for your office looks.

9. FRANK AND OAK

Ethics GOT certified, ethical and sustainable practices

Size Range XXS to XL

Our Pick The Cable Knit $99.50

Frank and Oak are all about three values sustainability, transparency, and functionality, and all of their clothes are well made to have a lighter footprint, increased lifespan, and less environmental impact. They have a wide variety of fabrics to choose from organic cotton to Yak wool to Non-Mulesed Merino Wool and recycled fabrics like polyester, nylon, cotton, and wool as well as Sea Wool (Quality yarn made from recycled polyester and oyster shell composites) and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose fibers derived from sustainable wood and pulp and generate 50% lower emissions than generic Viscose. We love how timeless pieces and styles they have with a colour variety. For instance, how versatile yet timeless cable knit sweater is.

10. THOUGHT

Ethics Fair Labour Association & Bluesign certified manufacturing, fair trade, sustainable materials & practices Size Range XS–XL; up to US 16
Our Pick Analia Organic Cotton Knit Jumper $87

Our friends in London know a thing or two about the cooler temps that come with fall. That’s why we’re swooning over Thought’s cozy sweaters. The UK brand sources natural & sustainable fibers like bamboo, recycled polyester, and GOTS-certified organic cotton—which this striped jumper is crafted from, with a bit of wool. Thought’s packaging is plastic-free, the garment bags are compostable and, as founding members of the nonprofit Common Objective, its goal is to scale the efforts of ethical fashion. And that includes one of our favorites Analia Organic Cotton Knit Jumper which is made of 100% organic cotton. It is a staple Parisienne classic to have which can get you through dress down to dress it up.

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