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Alternatives to Babaa Sweaters (That are Still Sustainable)

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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

Try the Rose Relaxed Sweater Tunic and the Virginia Sweater Cardigan (pictured)

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alternatives to babaa sweaters

2 | Quince

Quince uses Grade-A cashmere and a Manufacturer to Consumer business model to reduce waste from overstock in their supply chain. Learn more in my full review.

Sizes XS-XL, Under $150

Try the Boyfriend Cardigan (pictured).

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3 | Tradlands

Ethically produced in 100% cotton, the Shelter cardigan is about $50 less expensive than Babaa, but comes in multiple sizes.

XXS-2XL, $227

Shop the Shelter Cardigan. The Fisherman Sweater is beautiful, too.

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alternatives to babaa sweaters

4 | Backbeat Co.

Made in an ethical factory with organic cotton.

XS-XXL, $158

Shop the Organic Cotton Tie Cardigan (pictured).

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5 | Reformation

A curated collection of cozy sweaters made with recycled cashmere.

XS-XL, ~$150

Shop the Luisa Cropped Sweater (pictured)

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6 | Amour Vert

Made ethically with fully traceable, humane merino wool.

XS-XL, $150+

Shop the Penelope Sweater (pictured)

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7 | People Tree

Classic knits made with 100% organic, fair trade certified cotton.

UK 8-16, ~$130

Shop the Rowena Cardigan (pictured)

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8 | Allbirds

Carbon neutral and made with traceable, ethical wool, this is Allbirds’ first foray into clothing.

Shop the Wool Cardi (pictured).

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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.

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Looking for more sweater options? Guide to Sustainable Sweaters

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Sunday 23rd of January 2022

It's great to have alternatives, it's bad it doesn't go more diverse than size 20 UK

Leah Wise

Sunday 23rd of January 2022

Tradlands carries up to 5x in US sizing, Reformation has a plus range, and ABLE is improving their size range this season. I put together a post on more size inclusive ethical fashion here:

But there are still significant gaps in style options in size inclusive size ranges for sure.

Rebekah Childers

Thursday 16th of September 2021

Thanks for posting this! I was on the @selltradeslowfashion Instagram page, perusing their rejected brands and saw that Babaa was one of them due to their “stubborn” resistance to size-inclusivity, and wondered what that meant. I now see that they have a “one size” standard fit which, as you say, doesn’t fit a lot of people.

Leah Wise

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

That's interesting that they're not sold with them since they have historically been such a darling of the luxury sustainable fashion set!


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Thanks for this! I've been eyeing Babas sweaters recently.snd looking for more affordable and still sustainable brands. I had not heard of some of these brands.

Leah Wise

Sunday 15th of August 2021

They are really beautiful sweaters! I'm glad that other companies make similar styles.

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