We all have those staples in our wardrobe - you know the pair of jeans you can never part with no matter how old? that oversized blazer you may have repaired a few too many times? They're the pieces we build the rest of our outfits around, sadly though they usually don't stand the test of time because the materials just won't hold up to the amount of times we wear them.

Enter sustainable basics made with organic materials. Clothes made with more thought and care behind the materials used, just last longer - think organic cotton, linen and hemp to name a few - on top of being better for you & the environment. That's why it's worth investing in sustainable staples that will last you the test of time - trust us on this one, we've been there. So, we’ve rounded up some our favorite brands for those everyday basics that are organic, modern, and functional with any outfit.

Ten Tree

Product Range | unisex apparel and accessories
Price Range | $$
Size Range | S-XXL

TenTree and its mantra are all about protecting the world you play in and this translates into the savviness of their product line. They embody a sustainable, stylish and super comfortable lifestyle and loungewear made from Tencel, recycled polyester, hemp and organic cotton. Their bestseller, a TreeFleece crewneck sweater saves nearly 300 litres of water! And it gets better — for every single purchase you make ten trees are planted literally across the globe from Madagascar to Nepal to Brazil with nearly 55 million to date! And a grand target of 1 billion by 2050! Talk about a brand actually walking the walk!

Pact

Product Range | unisex all rounder apparel
Price Range | $$
Size Range | XS-XXL

Pact establishes itself as a practical and refreshing, a go-to style with a hint of flair. They have made a commitment to use non-GMO cotton and are also Fair Trade certified, ensuring the farmers and factories are providing safe working conditions and fair wages. The Pocket Legging bestseller almost melts to your body with breathable fabric for easy comfort and movement and reduces the water used in conventional cotton by 91%! They also have other green initiatives such as offering carbon offsetting in their shipping procedures and the packaging is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paperboard and cardboard boxes.

Everlane

Product Range | unisex apparel and denim
Price Range | $$
Size Range | XXS-XL

Everlane identifies itself as "modern basics." Most of their clothing is made from 100% cotton or linen but they follow a transparent pricing guide that breaks down each garment including the material inputs, labour and transportation. Like most eco-friendly brands it strives for the utmost transparency and focuses on outsourcing to ethical factories, sourcing organic materials and sharing the supply chain journey. As of April 2021 nearly 97% of apparel fabrics, including polyester and nylon, are made from certified recycled fibres. That basically means they are using recycled plastic, water bottles, fishing nets, etc to make clothes. It doesn't get any greener than that!

Reformation

Product Range | women's luxury apparel and accessories
Price Range | $$$
Size Range | 23-31

Reformation is all about effortless silhouettes that celebrate the feminine figure. Lovers of stylish trends and upcycling, they utilize low-impact materials and deadstock fabrics - best of all only make garments in small batches to remain both exclusive and less wasteful. Check this - they have their own green lifecycle tool “RefScale'' that measures your environmental impact. Most green of all, each item sold is accompanied by its unique environmental footprint.

Encircled

Product Range | women's formal and casual wear
Price Range | $$$
Size Range | XS-XXL

Encircled expresses itself as stylish, comfortable and versatile with its easy-to-transition pieces that can go with any outfit. It advocates for a minimalist lifestyle by focusing on slow fashion, timeless designs and premium quality. They up-cycle from recycled fabrics including Oeko-Tex Standard 100® Certification. Their bestseller The Comfy Dress Shirt is made from modal a plant-based fabric made from beech tree pulp and check this - 95% of the materials used to make modal are recycled. Now that’s what you call commitment to mother Earth!

Boody

Product Range | women's undergarments
Price Range | $
Size Range | XS-XL

Boody favours a truly sensual and relaxing everyday experience by crafting body-hugging undergarments. Hailing from Australia, they craft the most comfortable and stylish underwear using organic bamboo — yes that’s right 100% naturally grown bamboo, so you know it’s from any chemical residue, perfect for our most intimate parts. Their best seller the Shaper Bra with its silky smooth bamboo viscose base layer keeps you cool and comfortable with no seam stretching and best of all your purchase saves 61 litres of fresh drinking water and nearly 97 hours of LED bulb energy use!

Happy Earth

Product Range | unisex tees, themed collections including accessories
Price Range | $
Size Range | XS-XXL

Happy Earth is a fun sprinkle of everything from super casual and laid back to more dressy and formal. Earth First Sustainability. Ethical Standards, Carbon-free, Vegan & plant-based are among the brand mottos - it doesn’t get greener than this! Best of all it saves 143 gallons of water and reduces CO2 emission by an impressive 232g. As a certified B-Corp, they are part of the 1% For The Planet initiative in which they partner and invest in local initiatives like wildlife conservation, climate and pollution action, sustainable land management and so much more!

Fair Indigo

Product Range | unisex tees
Price Range | $
Size Range | XS-XL

Fair Indigo is all about being genuinely authentic and inclusive with its natural approach to making wardrobe essentials and community service to underprivileged youth. Organic cotton, non-toxic dyes and fair living wages - does it get any greener than that? We think not. Best known for their Peruvian Pima cotton that resists pilling, shrinking and disintegrating in your laundry and grown and harvested on family farms. They emphasize artisan-made, premium quality and timeless pieces that are sustainably made.

Kotn

Product Range | unisex underwear and apparel
Price Range | $
Size Range | XS-XXL

Kotn portrays itself as "down-to-earth" while offering the utmost quality. This is exemplified through their use of authentic grade Egyptian cotton known as Gossypium Barbadense and one of the softest and strongest in the world. As a certified B Corp, they ensure fair wages across the supply chain by working directly with farmers. They also reinvest into local social impact projects including the building of grade schools throughout rural Egypt.

All Birds

Product Range | unisex shoes and apparel
Price Range | $$
Size Range | 8-14

Allbirds is all about comfort without compromising style or the environment. As a B Corp, they meld eco-friendly materials and footwear together including using sustainably sourced wool, TENCEL, sugarcane and natural castor bean. Their signature shoe material, merino wool is smart wool that is softer and kinder to your skin than the traditional type of wool. Their bestseller the Men’s Wool Runners uses cozy and super durable merino wool, it's midsoles are made from SweetFoam sugarcane from Brazil and its laces are made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester (a.k.a. your recycled plastic water bottles!) Overall they are challenging the conventional practice of mass-produced cheap and synthetic shoes that fall apart after a handful of wears. Bonus: Their Soles4SOULS program consigns lightly used pairs providing to communities in need.