9 Places to Buy Sustainable and Ethical Shorts (Size Inclusive Options)

It’s cut-off season.

I don’t wear shorts to work, but having a couple sturdy and sporty pairs to wear on hikes, lazy weekends, and summer retreats makes the summer run smoother.

Currently in my closet? A pair of Everlane shorts (above) in 100% cotton and a thrifted pair of hiking shorts from LL Bean in classic green.

When a reader pointed out recently that my Ethical Capsule Wardrobe post contains no shorts, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a whole post to shorts. When choosing items – and brands – for this feature, I opted for tried and true favorites, brands offering fair trade certified and environmentally sustainable options, and at least some variety of sizing and styles.

Ethical fashion still isn’t as inclusive as it needs to be on sizing, and admittedly my particular sizing has made me less likely to pay attention, so please comment if you have more size inclusive suggestions!

Where to Shop for Sustainable and Ethical Shorts

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1 | Everlane

From classic denim to cheeky cut-offs to twill, Everlane sells a variety of styles, with denim produced in a low waste, environmentally friendly, fair trade certified (!) factory.

  • Price Range: $-$$

  • Size Range: 23-33

2 | Madewell Fair Trade Denim Line

Though limited in styles (so far), I’m thrilled that Madewell’s beloved fits and finishes are now available from a fair trade certified factory (as long as you shop their fair trade line specifically).

  • Price Range: $$

  • Size Range: XXS-XXL

3 | ABLE

Made with transparency and a long term commitment to publish factory wages, ABLE always gets fit and style just right.

  • Price Range: $$

  • Size Range: 24-32

4 | Elizabeth Suzann

Made with luxurious natural fibers in swingy shapes, and an excellent range of sizes.

  • Price Range: $$$

  • Size Range: 23”-51” waist

5 | Eileen Fisher

A fixture in the sustainability world, Eileen Fisher has been making natural fiber clothing for many shapes and sizes for decades.

  • Price Range: $$-$$$

  • Size Range: 25”-40” waist

6 | Patagonia

Technical and true outdoor styles made with a deep commitment to the earth and preserving its resources.

  • Price Range: $

  • Size Range: 0-18

7 | J. Crew Fair Trade Denim Line

A small but classic selection of fair trade certified denim shorts.

  • Price Range: $-$$

  • Size Range: 23-37

8 | People Tree

Clean, crisp styles in a handful of styles.

  • Price Range: $$

  • Size Range: US 2-14

9 | Hackwith Design House

Made in Minnesota, HDH makes one simple short in soft and sustainable lyocell.

  • Price Range: $$-$$$

  • Size Range: 25-57” waist

Bonus | Sotela

Minimalist and feminine shapes made with sustainable fabrics.

  • Price Range: $$-$$$

  • Size Range: 26-55” waist

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