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7 Affordable & Ethical Canadian Clothing Brands to Shop

7 Affordable & Ethical Canadian Clothing Brands to Shop

Looking for the best affordable and ethical clothing brands in Canada to shop?

While there are a lot of expensive ethical brands out there, there are still plenty of affordable ethical brands as well.

I know “affordable” means something different to everyone, and I’ve listed some of my fave pieces from each brand alongside their prices.

You might be able to get a basic tee from a fast fashion brand for $5, but I believe in supporting ethical and sustainable brands when possible, which will cost you a little bit more.

A good quality piece of clothing will last longer than a fast fashion piece, so the cost per wear could end up being the same or even more worth it!

Here are some of the best affordable and ethical clothing brands to shop in Canada!

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Affordable & ethical clothing brands in Canada


Fall outfit (Kotn rugby shirt, Levi's 501 mid thigh denim shorts) in Toronto

Kotn

Kotn is an amazing ethical and sustainable clothing brand based out of Toronto.

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They make everyday minimal basics using ethically-produced Egyptian cotton, perfect for keeping in your capsule wardrobe.

They’re a Certified B Corporation, which basically means they do good for the world, including taking care of their workers and helping the environment.

They started out in 2015, and they’ve since built 7 new schools in Egypt where their cotton is farmed!

I love this basic white tee (only $35!) and this cozy sweatsuit (sweatshirt is $80 and sweatpants are $88).

They’ve also got other cool and unique pieces for your wardrobe, like their rugby line for fall.

I adore this unisex rugby shirt ($125), which is super cozy and fantastic quality!

I also love that Kotn’s pieces are pretty affordable, especially for a sustainable clothing brand.

If you’re looking to make your wardrobe more sustainable, check out my post on sustainable fashion tips!


Encircled Unbodysuit on Emma @emmairenecavanagh
Encircled’s Unbodysuit on Emma @emmairenecavanagh

Encircled

Encircled is a sustainable and ethical fashion brand based out of Toronto that makes basics with a twist.

Their pieces are cozy enough for home, yet dressy enough for the office.

Is it appropriate to roll out of bed and go to work in your sleep clothes? Maybe.

Their clothes are also made in Toronto using eco-friendly fabrics, and they’re also a B Corp!

I love this dressy sweatshirt ($184) that comes in a bunch of different colours, this comfy blouse (on sale for $106), and this comfy wide leg pant ($188).


Franc

For even more simple basics for your capsule wardrobe, Franc is another great Toronto-based fashion brand.

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Their clothing is ethically-made in Canada, and they’re working towards using more eco-friendly fabrics.

They also offer a range of sizes from XS through 4X, which is amazing!

I love these Trouser Sweatpants ($99) and this Jogger Jumpsuit ($125).

They’re also a B Corp, which is another awesome thing about them!


Tentree store at the Vancouver Airport
The Tentree store at the Vancouver Airport.

Tentree

Tentree is another amazing B Corp, and they’re a sustainable fashion brand based out of Vancouver.

Their clothing is designed in Canada and ethically manufactured in factories around the world.

They use sustainable materials and methods to produce their clothing, and they plant 10 trees with every purchase!

They’ve planted over 60 million trees so far, and they have a goal of planting 1 billion trees before 2030.

I adore this oversized hoodie ($88), these wide leg sweatpants ($78), and this turtleneck sweater dress ($138).


Frank and Oak

Frank and Oak is a Montreal-based ethical and sustainable brand that offers both womenswear and menswear, and they’re a B Corp.

They’ve got basic pieces in fun colourways and prints, as well as classic denim staples.

They started out back in 2012, and actually used to have a clothing subscription service that you might remember if you were shopping from them just a couple of years ago!


Uncle Studios

You may have heard of Uncle Studios before, but this Toronto-based sustainable fashion brand is co-founded by one of my fave Toronto influencers, Allegra Shaw.

If you like Allegra’s style, you’ll definitely like the pieces they have on their website.

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All their clothes are made with sustainable, recycled, or deadstock fabrics.

If you don’t know what deadstock fabric is, it’s leftover fabric from other brands that typically would have gone into the landfill.

Uncle also has a cool feature on their site that shows their total environmental impact!

Their basic pieces like tees are pretty affordable, and I love this muscle tank ($56) and basic tee ($56).


Poppy Barley

Poppy Barley is an Alberta-based footwear and accessory brand, and they’re also a B Corp.

Their shoes are ethically-produced using responsible materials, and 90% of their packaging uses environmentally-friendly materials.

All of the leather they use are a by-product of food production, and they’re tanned using vegetables!

They also have a line of vegan accessories made with cactus leather, which is pretty cool.


Best affordable and ethical clothing brands in Canada:

  1. Kotn
  2. Encircled
  3. Tentree
  4. Franc
  5. Frank and Oak
  6. Uncle Studios
  7. Poppy Barley

These were some of the best affordable and ethical clothing brands in Canada to shop!

What are your favourite affordable and ethical clothing brands in Canada? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

You can find more of my fave products and items on my wishlist in my Amazon Shop.

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Best affordable and ethical clothing brands in Canada

Kayla

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Mercy House Studio is also a great sustainable streetwear brand made in Montreal to check out. They make on order and source locally.

Jessica Lam

Thursday 2nd of December 2021

Thanks for the tip Kayla! :)