Alternatives to Babaa Sweaters
I have not personally tried a Babaa sweater, so I can’t verify if the quality warrants the amount of influencer buzz surrounding this sweater brand. I do know that the vast majority of good reviews seem to be from people who have received one of Babaa’s nearly $300 sweaters for free in exchange for a feature.
I’m an “influencer,” too, so I get it. I don’t doubt that Babaa makes a good product – not to mention a very sustainable one. But it can be really easy to let the enthusiasm of receiving such a luxury item for free bleed into an enthusiastic review that doesn’t account for the high investment.
Babaa also does this bizarre thing of offering all of their items in one-size-fits-all, which, in my experience, means one-size-fits-nobody-well.
I had initially thought this was because items were hand knit, and having a set size made the process easier for their knitters. But it turns out that the sweaters are machine-knit, so all I can do is shrug.
In any case, this post came about as a response to Babaa’s immense popularity and my desire to find some more affordable alternatives.
There are other ethical and transparent brands that make similar sweaters in 100% cotton and sustainable wool. There are also a bazillion lovely vintage wool sweaters available for sale online.
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9 Alternatives to Babaa Sweaters
1 | ABLE
Always a round-up favorite, ABLE recently released a few varieties of chunky-knit sweaters made with 100% organic, GOTS-certified cotton in an ethical factory.
XS-XL, Under $150
2 | Italic
Italic uses the same factories as high-end designers to create their line of high quality clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods, and more. Their sweater collection includes cashmere, cotton, and this striking wool cardigan.
Sizes XS-XL. Most sweaters under $100
Try the Grandma Wool Ribbed Cardigan (pictured).
3 | Tradlands
Ethically produced in 100% cotton, the Shelter cardigan is about $50 less expensive than Babaa, but comes in multiple sizes.
4 | Backbeat Co.
Made in an ethical factory with organic cotton.
Shop the Organic Cotton Tie Cardigan (pictured).
5 | Reformation
A curated collection of cozy sweaters made with recycled cashmere.
Shop the Luisa Cropped Sweater (pictured)
6 | Amour Vert
Made ethically with fully traceable, humane merino wool.
Shop the Penelope Sweater (pictured)
7 | People Tree
Classic knits made with 100% organic, fair trade certified cotton.
UK 8-16, ~$130
Shop the Rowena Cardigan (pictured)
8 | Allbirds
Carbon neutral and made with traceable, ethical wool, this is Allbirds’ first foray into clothing.
Shop the Wool Cardi (pictured).
9 | Vintage
Don’t forget to look for vintage wool cardigans and sweaters on Etsy and Ebay. They’re numerous, and often available at a very good price. Once you see a style you like, try narrowing your search by brand name or key terms.
I often search for “Irish wool” if I’m looking for a thick, sturdy style.
Looking for more sweater options? Guide to Sustainable Sweaters