ETHICAL KNITWEAR BRANDS
22 Factor is powered by a love for people and our planet. The ethical knitwear brand creates beautiful, high-quality pieces which are soft on the skin and ethical and kind to the planet. 22 Factor sources their wool from ethically-raised yak in Mongolia and is upcycling virgin yarn from luxury fashion brands. By launching a waste-minimizing 3D Knitting technology, 22 Factor is enabling themselves and other brands to produce knitwear that’s truly smart and sustainable.
It all started with a hand-woven wool blanket by Manos del Uruguay. When Rebecca Kramer from Argentina discovered it in a hotel, memories of holidaying in the Uruguayan town José Ignacio came up. She remembered how these blankets would keep her warm on chilly summer nights. This sparked her to create Aessai in her current hometown London. Small communities in Uruguay handcraft each Aessai blanket, poncho, bag or scarf. Whether it be for late nights by the beach or autumn walks in the park: you will love the ethical, luxurious, soft and modern designs from Aessai!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Aesthetic Stories is an Amsterdam-based womenswear brand that designs timeless clothes for an effortless look using top-notch materials such as wool. Our favorite styles: their timeless merino wool sweaters that keep you warm and cozy. Each piece is fairly produced in Portugal by carefully selected factories. The employees make a living through fair working conditions and are considered as part of the Aesthetic Stories family. Aesthetic Stories ships worldwide.
Feel warm and comfy: The ethical knitwear brand Ln Knits from Antwerp, Belgium offers simple headwear, cardigans & jumpers, coats & jackets, trousers & skirts in various colors and with trendy cuts for women, men, and kids. All items are 100% handmade using baby alpaca wool from the Peruvian Andes which is one of the softest and most delicate fibers in the world. Some products contain a little bit polyamide to guarantee strength and quality so the garments keep their shape for many years to come. Every piece is hand-knitted by talented Peruvian ladies under the best conditions so they are happy with their work and earn a steady income to support their families. Shop online or in their stores all around the world.
WUULS is a new ethical knitwear brand founded in the region of Abruzzo, Italy in 2019. WUULS works with the Pecunia Association which produces and collects wool in the protected region of Campo Imperatore, a mountain grassland at the National Park of Gran Sasso, called the “Little Tibet of Italy”. The Park fostered training in best techniques for wool trimming, handling, selection, in order to increase its care for the environment and the sheep. Their first limited jumper collection is naturally dyed and designed to be timeless and long-lasting.
Our Ethical Brand Guide A-Z is intended to be made only for ethical brands which meet our criteria. Our ethical criteria are focused on the manufacturing process (i.a. CUT-MAKE-TRIM stage in the fashion industry) which is the most labor-intensive part of the production process. Products of the brand must be developed under the brand´s own monitoring and/or the brand must have a direct contract with the producer/factory. Ethical means, that the brand´s products should be manufactured under good working conditions whether the manufacturing process takes place in a developed region or developing region. Manufacturing which takes place in a developing region should support traditional crafts and communities and should be improved by a third-party organization. Manufacturing in a least developed region is not permitted under no circumstances. Good working conditions follow practices from internationally recognized Standards of the ILO International Labour Organisation:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. No discrimination
3. No child labor
4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
5. Payment of Living Wage
6. Reasonable Hours of Work
7. Safe and Healthy working conditions
8. Legally Binding employment relationship
Responsibilities For Brands:
1. Uphold Human Rights
Ensure healthy + safe + fair working conditions.
2. Protect The Nature
Use non-toxic and animal- friendly resources. Use organic and natural resources responsibly.
3. Act Climate-Friendly
Save energy. Use renewable energy. Save water. Produce locally. Cause less waste.
Use recyclable and renewable materials. Recycle. Upcycle. Support a circular economy.
5. Support The Culture
Support local traditions & communities, democratic politics, and education in developing countries.
Provide transparent insights into your company and supply chain. Expect the same from your suppliers. Choose certified suppliers and factories whenever possible.
Brands pay an annual directory fee. If you have any other questions, please contact us.