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.

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

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PACT

PACT is one of the best brands for affordable, organic cotton apparel and underwear. Their Fair Trade sweaters are made with 100% certified GOTS organic cotton.

$85-$120

XS-2XL

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Everlane

Everlane makes a variety of different types of sweaters, including ones made from alpaca, cashmere, merino wool, conventional cotton, and organic cotton. They have zip- and button-up cardigans along with pullovers.

$100-$195

XXS-XL

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L.L.Bean

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

$50-$99

S-XL (including Tall)

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People Tree

Based in the U.K., this fair trade fashion brand carries handknit, organic sweaters and cardigans made from materials like natural, PETA certified wool and organic cotton.

$100-$200

8-16 / S-L

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Amour Vert

Amour Vert uses materials like organic cotton and ethical wool and to make their beautiful, sustainable 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!

$88-$265

XS-XL

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Kowtow

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.

$59-365

XS-XXL

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WVN

WVN’s crew neck sweater, turtleneck sweater dress, and oversized cardigan are made with certified GOTS organic cotton combined with natural wool. Everything from this B Corp brand is carbon neutral and made in Fair Trade certified factories.

$114-$158

XS-XL

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Tentree

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

$68-$118

XS-XL

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ABLE

ABLE is “an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty.” They carry a few beautiful, timeless sweaters and cardigans made from 100% organic cotton.

$54-$150

XS-XL

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Frank & Oak

Based in Canada, Frank & Oak is a great brand for ethical, sustainable, and thoughtful apparel for men and women. Their Organic Cotton Fisherman Sweater would make a great staple in any man’s wardrobe.

$99

XS-XXL

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Maisonette

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.

$30-$422

Wide range of sizes for babies, kids, and adults.

Back Beat Co.

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.

$87-$175

XS-XXL

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Bare Knitwear

Bare Knitwear offers timeless sweaters and cardigans in greys, creams, and blacks. Some of them are made with 100% organic cotton, while others are blended with soft, natural wool. 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.

$237-$548

XS-XL

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Seasalt Cornwall

Based in the U.K., this ethical brand makes jumpers and cardigans for women made from 100% organic cotton. Shop from solid colors, patterns, turtlenecks, and more.

$35-$60

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Rawganique

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 organic cotton and hemp and are completely free from toxic dyes.

$44-$119

XS-XXL

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Hass

From the brand that brings you one of the best non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses on the market (Avocado) comes a line of super soft and comfortable apparel – including knitwear!

Hass’ sweaters and cardigans are made out of 100% ethically sourced, renewable baby alpaca fiber. Plus, this super transparent brand is a certified B Corp, member of 1% For the Planet, and climate neutral certified.

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. Yes, your sweaters are made out of plastic. These materials can be problematic for a few different reasons. Some of them can contain chemicals like phthalates (BPA, for example, is a phthalate), which have been proven over and over again to be toxic to human health, fertility, and more.

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 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!


Image Credits: Featured image credit : PACT. All product photos belong to respective brands.