Last Updated on October 1, 2022 by The Filtery Staff

We love all things organic here at The Filtery! We’ve covered organic bath towels and underwear, organic bassinets for your baby, the best online stores for organic food, unique organic gift ideas, and more.

And now, just in time for the cold-weather season, we’re bringing you the coziest brands for organic sweaters and cardigans for the whole family.

P.S. If you’re looking for other cozy, organic winter accessories, check out our articles on natural and organic scarves, hats & beanies, and gloves & mittens.

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The Best Brands for Organic Sweaters and Cardigans

To find out more about what to look for in non-toxic, organic, and sustainable sweaters, scroll down to the bottom of this article.

But for now, let’s get right to our favorite brands to bring some organic coziness to your wardrobe this winter:

PACT

Price Range: $88-$128
Size Range: XS-2XL
Materials: GOTS certified organic cotton

PACT is one of the best brands for affordable, organic cotton apparel and underwear—you’ll notice Pact all over The Filtery! Their Fair Trade sweaters are made with 100% certified GOTS organic cotton.

Although they have a larger selection of organic sweaters for women (including turtle necks, crew necks, cardigans, and more), they also have a selection for men (including zip-ups). Although they don’t have sweaters for kids, they do have some super cute zip-up hoodies for the little ones.

Shop Pact


Amour Vert

Price Range: $88 – $228
Size Range: XS-XL
Materials: Organic cotton, wool

Amour Vert uses materials like organic cotton and ethically sourced wool and to make their beautiful, sustainable women’s sweaters. They carry a variety of options, from patterned and solid-colored, pullovers and cardigans, fitted and oversized, cropped and wrapped.

Everything is ethically made in Los Angeles in small quantities in order to reduce waste, and trees are planted with each purchase!

Shop Amour Vert


WVN

Price Range: $78-$178
Size Range: XS-XL
Materials: Organic cotton, wool

WVN carries several different styles of sweaters, including oversized cardigans, crew neck sweaters, short-sleeved sweaters, and even a knit camisole tank. Most of their sweaters are made with 80% GOTS certified organic cotton combined with 20% wool.

Everything from this B Corp brand is carbon neutral and made in Fair Trade certified factories.

Shop WVN


Monica + Andy

Price Range: $26 – $40
Size Range: Babies (0-24 months), Toddlers (2-5T), and Kids (5-10Y)
Materials: Organic cotton

Monica + Andy is one of the best places to get suuuper cute sweaters and sweatshirts for the littlest ones in your family. They’re made out of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and free from all the toxins you don’t want near your kids.

They have classic solid colored sweaters and cardigans as well as lots of seasonal sweatshirts with fun prints.

Shop Monica + Andy


ABLE

Price Range: $95-$165
Size Range: XXS-3XL
Materials: Organic cotton, BCI cotton, conventional cotton, and recycled synthetics

ABLE is “an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty.” They have one of the most size inclusive collections on this list, ranging from 2XS to 3XL. They have a variety of different styles of women’s sweaters, including pull-overs and cardigans that are available in both classic solid colors as well as more vibrant patterns. They also make it easy to sort according to fit, so you can filter according to “bust-friendly,” “bump-friendly,” “nursing-friendly,” and more.

Many of their sweaters are made out of 100% organic cotton, but they also use some Better Cotton Initiative cotton (which is kind of like a transition between conventional and organic), conventional cotton, and some recycled synthetic fabrics as well—so just make sure you check the product details before buying to make sure you’re getting what you want!

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Whimsy & Row

Price Range: $176 – $188
Size Range: XS-XL
Materials: Organic cotton, alpaca wool, cashmere

Not all of Whimsy & Row’s clothing is organic, but they have been implementing more and more organic materials into their collection… And their new organic knits collection is super cute! They have oversized sweaters and cardigans as well as knit short/tank sets and winter accessories like scarves and beanies.

This collection is made primarily with certified organic cotton, but they also mix in some natural alpaca and cashmere for some of the pieces as well.

Shop Whimsy & Row


Tentree

Price Range: $78-$118
Size Range: XS-XL
Materials: Organic cotton, wool, recycled synthetics

Some of Tentree’s ethically made sweaters are made from 100% organic cotton, while others are made out of soft blends of organic cotton, wool, and recycled synthetics.

For women, they have sweater dresses, cardigans, crew necks, and more. For men, they offer crew neck sweaters, quarter-zips, cardigans, and more. They don’t have sweaters for kids, but they do have a collection of sweatshirts and hoodies (which are made out of various materials like organic cotton, hemp, TENCEL, and recycled synthetics).

Tentree is also a Climate Neutral and certified B Corp brand that plants trees with each purchase and tries to decrease their environmental impact whenever possible.

Shop Tentree


Everlane

Price Range: $100-$195
Size Range: 2XS-2XL
Materials: Organic & conventional cotton; alpaca, cashmere, & merino wool (including recycled), recycled synthetics

Everlane makes a variety of different types of sweaters for both men and women. They have zip- and button-up cardigans along with pullovers, sweater vests, and more. They come in solid colors as well as fun patterns.

Although the majority of Everlane’s sweaters are made out of natural and organic materials like cotton and wool, they do use some (mostly recycled) synthetic materials as well, so just make sure to double-check before buying.

Shop Everlane


L.L.Bean

Price Range: $60-$110
Size Range: S-3XL (including Tall)
Materials: Organic cotton (& others)

L.L.Bean is another great place to find durable and cozy organic sweaters for men. They carry both heavy and lightweight pullovers, quarter-zips, and full-zips made from 100% organic cotton.

Although their organic collection isn’t huge, we’re including them here because they carry some of the most inclusive sizing for men, including 3XL and Tall sizes. They’re pretty affordable, too!

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People Tree

Price Range: $129-$242
Size Range: 8-16 / S-L
Materials: Organic cotton, organic merino wool, lyocell

Based in the U.K., this fair trade fashion brand carries hand-knit, organic sweaters for women that are made from materials like natural, PETA certified organic wool, and organic cotton.

They carry cardigans, pull-overs, short-sleeved knit shirts, short and long cardigans, and more. These sweaters come with a handful of third-party certifications, including GOTS organic, Soil Association organic, World Fair Trade Organization, and Vegan.

Shop People Tree


Kowtow

Price Range: $60 – $269
Size Range: 2XS-2XL
Materials: Organic cotton

As a brand, Kowtow is truly committed to sustainability and ethics throughout its entire supply chain. They use 100% fair trade certified organic cotton and ensure that their employees in Kolkata, India receive fair wages and employee benefits for their work. Their truly beautiful pieces are not only versatile and comfortable but they’re made to last a long time, too.

They have a wide variety of classic, solid colored sweaters as well as bold prints and patterns. They have crew necks, puffy-sleeved sweaters, oversized cardigans, wrap or button up cardigans, turtle necks, and more. Although most of their fits are for women, many of their sweaters work well as gender-neutral styles.

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Frank & Oak

Price Range: $80 – $119
Size Range: 2XS-2XL
Materials: Organic cotton, wool, recycled synthetics

Another good option for men (and women!), Frank & Oak is a Canadian brand that makes thoughtful apparel that’s great for wardrobe staples… and at pretty affordable price points, too.

They do use a lot of synthetic materials and blends, which is not ideal, but they at least it’s recycled. (They do have some 100% natural/organic sweaters as well.)

They have pullovers, button-ups, zip-ups, and more.

Shop Frank & Oak


Maisonette

Price Range: $30-$422
Size Range: Wide range of sizes for babies, kids, and adults
Materials: Organic cotton, wool (& others)

Maisonette is one of our favorite online shops for thoughtfully curated products for little ones. They carry lots of super cute organic sweaters for both adults, babies, and kids from brands like Knot, Nonna Lietta, The Simple Folk, and more.

While Maisonette does carry a lot of organic, natural, and non-toxic products, they do have a lot of synthetics in their store as well. So just make sure you check each product page to get more details before you make a purchase.

Shop Maisonette


Back Beat Co.

Price Range: $88 – $188
Size Range: XS – 3XL
Materials: Organic cotton, hemp

We LOVE Back Beat Co.’s fun, ethically made organic cardigans and sweaters. They carry neutral, solid-colored pullovers, brightly patterned button-up cardigans, and more.

Most of their sweaters are made with a combination of GOTS certified organic cotton and natural hemp. They are mostly sized and styled for women, but a lot of their sweaters are great unisex options as well.

Shop Back Beat Co.


Bare Knitwear

Price Range: $168 – $418
Size Range: XS – XL
Materials: Alpaca wool, cotton

Bare Knitwear’s sweaters are sooo luscious! This brand offers timeless sweaters and cardigans in grays, creams, and blacks (most of them are undyed).

Some of them are made with 100% organic cotton, while others are blended with soft baby alpaca wool and/or pima cotton. All of their pieces are ethically made and several of them come with an OEKO-TEX certification, indicating it’s been tested for toxic chemicals.

They offer classic crew sweaters, oversized cardigans, quarter-zips, and more.

Shop Bare Knitwear


Seasalt Cornwall

Price Range: $45-$120
Size Range: 6-28 / S – 2XL / Petite – Tall
Materials: Organic & conventional cotton, wool, recycled nylon

Based in the U.K., this ethical brand makes jumpers and cardigans (mostly for women, although they do have a couple selections for men). They have some styles that are made with 100% cotton, while others are blended with wool and/or recycled nylon. You can shop from solid colors, patterns, turtlenecks, and more.

Shop Seasalt Cornwall


Rawganique

Price Range: $44-$119
Size Range: XS-XXL
Materials: Organic cotton, hemp,

Rawganique is a clothing, accessories, and home goods brand that takes non-toxic manufacturing very seriously. Their sweaters and cardigans for men and women are made in the U.S.A. out of 100% organic cotton or hemp and are completely free from toxic dyes.

Shop Rawganique


Why Buy Organic Sweaters and Cardigans? (What Fabrics to Look For)

These days, a lot of sweaters are made out of synthetic materials like polyester and nylon. That means your sweaters are made out of plastic. These materials can be problematic for a few different reasons. Some of them can contain chemicals that get dumped into our air and waterways during manufacturing, which is especially harmful for factory workers and surrounding communities.

Not only that, but as you wear and wash your synthetic clothing, they shed microplastics, which end up in our waterways and ecosystems and are nearly impossible to clean up and filter out. These teeny tiny pieces of plastic can not only pose a threat to wildlife but they actually have been found to end up all the way at the end of our food supply, harming humans as well.

Natural materials like cotton, wool, and TENCEL are a better option for the long-term health of consumers, our ecosystems, and the planet.

But since conventional cotton is grown using toxic pesticides and herbicides, organic cotton is even better. Organic cotton is grown and harvested without toxic synthetic chemicals, it requires less water to grow, and it is (almost always) sourced in a more ethical way in terms of the farmers involved. Look for third-party labels such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which indicates the cotton and the finished product has been audited and verified to meet a specific set of standards.

What about animal-derived textiles like wool? Since these materials aren’t plants grown from the grown, the organic certification requirements are different from plant-based textiles like organic cotton. Although wool doesn’t need any herbicides or pesticides to grow, you’ll want to look for brands that prioritize ethical treatment of their animals throughout their entire life, and that the shearing process is done ethically and sustainably. Labels such as Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), Climate Beneficial, Fibershed, and PETA can help you identify wool that has been sourced ethically.

Non-Toxic Dyes

The other factor to consider is the dye used to color the organic knitwear you buy. Since many textile dyes can include toxic chemicals, you want to look for brands that use non-toxic, eco-friendly, and biodegradable dyes. These colorants are better for the wearer, the garment worker, and our ecosystems. Also look for third-party certifications like OEKO-TEX, which means the product has been tested for a long list of toxic substances.

Conclusion

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of synthetic material in your life and opt for organic and natural products instead, we hope this list has been helpful for you as you shop for new cold-weather clothing!

If you know of any amazing organic knitwear brands we’ve left out, let us know in the comments below and we’ll check them out.