Sustainability in the fashion industry starts at the crop, so considering what goes into your clothing is really important. Organic cotton is a great natural fibre that’s friendly to people and the planet. Because it’s a plant it is carbon neutral, and without the addition of toxic chemicals it is safe to handle and safe to wear. These organic cotton basics make for a solid base to a sustainable wardrobe. Learn more about cotton production here and discover your new favourite brands below.

1. Citizen Wolf

Citizen Wolf

Sydney-based brand Citizen Wolf is transforming the custom-fit clothing industry with its custom casual wear. Committed to ethical and sustainable production, the brand uses a mixture of cotton, organic cotton, and organic cotton hemp blends that are grown in Australia and milled in Melbourne. Citizen Wolf exclusively works with mills accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia, ensuring that there are safe working conditions and fair pay throughout its supply chain.

Britt’s List readers can get $25 off their first custom t-shirt with code BRITTSLIST at checkout. Shop here.

2. Mosov Organics

Mosov Organic

Brisbane-based basics brand Mosov makes organic luxe lifestyle clothes for the ethically conscious. Each piece is designed and made locally in Australia with GOTS-certified organic cotton. Mosov says that its “organic luxe basics are designed with the mindfulness to be timeless and versatile for everyday wear.” With designs for men, women and children, the whole family can appreciate these soft organic threads.

3. Kowtow

Kowtow

Kowtow covers the basics with its dedicated Building Block range. The brand is committed to sustainability throughout the supply chain, and for this reason chooses fabrics with minimal impact on people and the planet. The collections are made from organic, renewable, biodegradable and regenerated fibres. These include organic cotton that is free from harmful chemicals, recycled materials that help to reduce waste, and Tencel – a biodegradable fibre made using wood pulp from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests.

4. Annukka

Annukka has got all your organic cotton staples covered – from the humble tee to dresses, shorts, jumpers and sleepwear too. The brand is based out of Byron Bay but can be found in over 50 stores around Australia. Its organic cotton casual wear is mostly made in Australia (95%) with a small portion ethically made offshore.

5. The MNML

The MNML

The M|N|ML is an ethical clothing label redefining basics for contemporary women.​ Made from sustainably sourced materials, predominantly GOTS-certified organic cotton and linen, the majority of the brand’s pieces are manufactured locally by an ECA (Ethical Clothing Australia) accredited factory based in Sydney. The brand says it’s committed to creating positive change, while minimising the impact of the fashion industry on the world around us.

6. Bassike

Staples and basics brand Bassike produces all of the comfy clothes – to wear between home, work, shops and social events. The brand says that sustainability for them means treating people and the planet with respect, lightening their environmental impact and constantly evaluating how they do that. Over 90% of Bassike’s products are ethically made in Australia which ensures a high level of supply chain transparency while supporting and helping to preserve the fashion industry in this country. Shop the organic jersey range for organic staples only.

7. Fibre for Good

Fibre for Good works with 13th generation farmers in Northern China to produce a truly organic product from seed to shirt. With full supply chain transparency from growing, picking, spinning and sewing, the brand’s products are 100% chemical-free organic natural colour cotton, free from chemicals and synthetic dyes that wreak havoc on our planet. Shop for beautiful basics including t-shirts, socks and track suits.  

8. Organic Crew

Organic Crew is an ethical and organic apparel brand based in Melbourne. The brand says it doesn’t compromise on quality, and focuses on producing luxurious designs, without polluting the planet. Organic Crew is certified by GOTS (global organic textile standards) and Fair trade. The brand’s garments are made ethically using 100% organic cotton in Melbourne, Australia and Kolkata, India.

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