By Brad Bennett
Just because your wardrobe need be professional, doesn’t mean it can’t also be sustainable. There are a handful of environmentally friendly, ethically made dress shirts on the market, all of which boast great design, quality construction and zero granola. For those wanting to look good while doing good, here’s a brief round-up of some of the better socially responsible shirting options.
Canadian brand Culturata offers a wide array of dress and casual shirts, all of which are handmade in Rome from GOTS certified organic cotton. Despite their formidable pedigree, prices start at a reasonable $140 per. To locate a Culturata stockist near you, visit the label’s blog.
If you prefer something a bit more traditional, check out Fair Indigo’s Pima Cotton Dress Shirt. Available in classic white and periwinkle blue, the shirt is Fair Trade made in Peru from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified cotton, and equitably priced at $36.00 (or two for $65.00).
English shirt brand Charles Tyrwhitt has several organic styles, including the
Organic Denhay Tattersall Sky Check Slimfit Shirt, which is is currently on sale for $60 (marked down from $225).
For a more casual collared option, visit Denmark’s excellent Knowledge Cotton Apparel. The brand has an assortment of slim cut poplins, oxfords and flannels, all of which are responsibly made in Europe from 100% organic cotton. Prices start at $130 (€95).
For more burlap-free socially responsible menswear, visit Commerce with a Conscience.
The only blog of its kind, Commerce with a Conscience (CwaC) covers stylish and affordable sustainably and ethically produced men’s clothing and accessories. Striving to dispel the widely held dreadlocks and Birkenstocks image of the modern environmentalist, CwaC highlights brands and products that make it possible to stay on-trend without any moral sacrifice, or overdrawn bank accounts. Guys can get their news from Treehugger, but take their style cues from The Sartorialist. CwaC explains how.