The Best Ethically Made Pants For Women That Give A Shit

Originally written & published for The Green Hub here

To me, trousers (or pants) are the most essential item in a wardrobe.

They can make or break how you feel, how comfortable you are, and how good an outfit looks. I am pear-shaped so pants can be a nightmare, especially when they won’t go up past your knees in a dressing room.

It can end up being really difficult to find pants that are actually fun but also ethically produced, so I’ve done the research for you.

See below for my lookbook on ethically produced perfect pants.

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Things To Look For When Purchasing Trousers 

  • The brand: Do they mention where the products are made? How? By who?
  • Materials: Avoid synthetic materials
  • Certifications: Ethical Clothing AustraliaGOTSFair Trade
  • Messaging: Do they include any descriptions about sustainability, low waste or the maker?
  • Measurements: Double check as some designers use varied measures
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Sea Bones – “Supporting Local Female Designers” 

Sea Bones is a Byron Bay hub ‘for local, independent designers creating cool products for women leading salty lives’.

It was set up by photographer Ming Nomchong and eco designer Danielle Clayton when they noticed a gap in the market for local labels supporting female surfers.

The labels are mostly all eco focused such as Salt Gypsy, which produces female surf wear using recycled Nylon yarn.

‘Collectively, we believe in the value of independent design, unique style and the importance of small businesses in our local economies.’

The fabulous yellow high-waisted crop flares from Sea Bones, are made from stretch linen and handmade in Byron Bay.

They have perfectly designed for those that spend a significant amount of time near the ocean; they can be worn at work or at the beach.

‘Crop Flares’ are currently available here for $149.00

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Nobody Denim “Ethically Made in Australia” 

Denim jeans are one of the most environmentally damaging garments, traditionally made with toxic dyes and harmful finishes.

Nobody Denim is a Melbourne brand, born in 1999 focusing on premium denim. They have a longstanding commitment to ethical manufacturing principles and sustainability, including reusing denim stock to produce new products.

The denim brand commits to ethical practices with accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia and working with the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.

“Born in 1999 in Melbourne, Australia, Nobody Denim has long been celebrated for making women feel more confident in their world and in themselves. Designed from the details up, we believe style is as much about the attitude as it is about the purpose.”

Nobody Denim also focuses on design and comfort, using 100% high-quality cotton from Europe and comfortable cuts. The reconstructed Reverse Slim Jeans are my favourite currently, high-rise and slim with a reverse panel hem.

‘Reverse Slim Jean Inside Out’ is currently available here for $229.00

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People Tree – “The Original Pioneers”

People Tree are the original Fair Trade Fashion brand, and the world’s first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organisation Fair Trade product mark in 2013.

Not only are People Tree’s products certified Fair Trade, they also minimise their environmental impact using eco-friendly fabrics and certified organic.

‘For over 25 years, People Tree has partnered with Fair Trade producers, garment workers, artisans and farmers in the developing world to produce ethical and eco fashion collections. Fair Trade is about creating a new way of doing business; creating access to markets and opportunities for people who live in the developing world.’

The cuts for trousers are great as they focus on finely crafted materials, which are comfortable and different.

They have a wide range of trousers that are reasonably priced online, from plain black work trousers to brightly coloured linens. My favourite is the Corin Pinstripe trousers, made from 100% cotton with an elasticated waist.

‘Corin Pinstripe Trousers’ are available here for $149.00

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Bilboa – “The Professional Costume Maker”

I accidentally stumbled across this incredible brand on Etsy, with its quality handcrafted apparel from dead stock, organic and vintage fabric.

The clothing is handmade in Byron Bay by designer and creator Osha, who was a professional costume designer. Bilboa uses beautiful construction from unique fabrics, which are practical and comfortable.

‘Featuring vibrant colours, and bold patterns, we hand print onto fabric; using eco friendly paints to minimise waste and water usage. From packaging to tags, we strive to reduce our footprint on the earth, by using only recycled paper products.’

It’s difficult to pick my favourite, I would say the Marigold trousers are beautifully unique and the Cilla Trousers in Haze.

The Haze trousers are 100% linen, high waisted and handmade (including hand-printed). Perfect for work or daytime hangouts.

‘Cilla Trousers in Haze’ are currently available here for $180.00 

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Arc & Bow – “Traditionally Hand-Printed”

Last but not least, I am in love with Arc & Bow’s Balance Trouser.

The fair trade clothing brand offers organic pieces, which are reasonably priced and long lasting.

They are designed in New Zealand and then produced in Jaipur, India using non-toxic dyes. They also encourage traditional processes such as block and screen-printing, which ensures artisans are employed fairly.

“Each style is cleverly designed to suit work or play, making Arc and Bow the go to brand for women who like to feel comfortable whilst looking current, elegant and fun.”

Balance Trousers are in a bold and bright print, which have been ethically handprinted to 100% certified organic cotton.

‘Balance Trousers’ are currently available here for $189.00

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