Human are stuck in an endless cycle of production, consumption and elimination, which ultimately results in large quantities of trash deposited in landfills.

As humans continuously create new products, they are simultaneously throwing old products no longer deemed useful.  Luckily, the sustainable clothing industry is reacting to this crisis in remarkable ways.

In this article we explore sustainable clothing brands and the 12 best hoodies made from recycled materials.

Sustainable clothing brands employ a variety of processes to offset the negative consequences of fast fashion, from utilizing organic materials like apple, mushroom, pineapple and cork to create textile alternatives, to recycling discarded refuse like plastic and fishing nets to make new products.

According to the clothing brand Pure Waste, hoodies made from discarded and/or recycled materials use an average of 99% less water and 50% fewer CO2 emissions. [1]

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie Made from Recycled Coffee Beans

The 12 best hoodies made from recycled materials

Companies that create new products from recycled materials are known as “closed loop production systems”. This means that previously used items are recycled and repurposed over and over again to create new items.  In many ways, this is a key component to sustainable living, as the fundamental goal is to consume trash to create new products, thereby decreasing the environmental impact of production and consumption. [2]

In this article we focus on one of our most beloved fashion staples – the iconic hoodie. We delve into innovative ways people are creating cool new hoodies from discarded materials and trash.

What recycled content is used to make hoodies?

  • Recycled polyester from sources like PET plastic bottles
  • Coffee grounds
  • Up-cycled cotton
  • Recycled cashmere and wool

What are the 12 best hoodies made from recycled materials?


1. Recover Brands

Recover Recycled Hoodie Pullover

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: Charleston, North Carolina

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: The entire supply chain is US based in North Carolina. This ensures that basic labor laws are upheld, including minimum wage, safe working environments and hourly work day limits.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: None

Recycled Materials: Fabric made from recycled PET recycled plastic and up-cycled cotton.

Vegan: Yes

Responsible Packaging: Unknown – this is not stated on their website.

Sustainability: In order reduce CO2 emissions, Recover sources their recycled PET plastic from within 150 miles of their Charlotte warehouse. Their optimized manufacturing process achieves 66% less energy consumption, 35% less greenhouse gas emissions,  and 55% less water consumption.

The company’s supply chain for organic cotton is located in Guatemala and Haiti. Recover helps fund co-ops and organizations that create ethical jobs, provide educational opportunities for girls and women, and pay workers living wages. The company also founded the non-profit “Protect Our Parks” to inspire people to cherish and conserve parks and forests.

Price Range: $20 – $45

2. Plant Faced Clothing

ILLUSIONS HOODIE - STOP EATING ANIMA

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: United Kingdom

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: They do not disclose the location of their supply chain, but claim that “nearly 100% of clothing is manufactured in Fair Wear or WRAP certified facilities.” Thus, the company is not 100% transparent about their production process and operations.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Fair Wear Foundation, WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), Global Organic Textile Standard, OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles

Recycled Materials: Hoodies made from 85% organic cotton and 15% recycled PET plastic, with water based, non-toxic dyes.

Vegan: Yes

Responsible Packaging: Products are shipped in 100% recycled kraft paper and printed with water-based inks.

Sustainability: Plant Faced Clothing plants a tree for every item purchased.

Price Range: £25 – £65 (prices in pounds sterling)

3. tentree

French Terry Crop Hoodie

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: Canada

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in China, India, Bangladesh, Poland, and Vietnam. Their factories are audited to ensure adherence to the tentree Code of Conduct and international labor standards.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Certified B Corp.

Recycled Materials: Hoodies made from a combination of organic cotton, recycled polyester from PET plastic and wood-based TENCEL™ Lyocell

Vegan: Yes

Responsible Packaging: The company has eliminated single use packaging, uses FSC certified and 100% recycled paper for tags and inserts, 100% recycled mailers and 100% post-consumer recycled, biodegradable plastic to protect clothing during transit. BDP is added to the plastic to ensure it biodegrades within 2-3 years after disposal. [3]

Sustainability: TenTree plants a tree for every product purchased. Their hoodies also use an average of 75% less water to produce. Customers can also purchase an “Offset Package”, which funds initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions.

Price Range: $35 – $100

4. Coalatree Evolution Hoodie

Coala Tree Evolution Hoodie Made from Coffee Grounds

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: United States

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: They do not state warehouse locations on their website, but claim that all their manufacturing partners are bluesign® certified. Thus, the company is not 100% transparent about their supply chain, and cannot verify if fair trade labor policies are upheld.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Clothing is produced in BlueSign approved responsible and sustainable manufacturing facilities

Recycled Materials: 60% recycled PET plastic, 40% recycled coffee grounds, discarded yarn

Vegan: Yes

Responsible Packaging: Clothing hangtags and packaging for shipments are printed on post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Sustainability: Coalatree employs a closed loop CO2 vapor system to reuse stored CO2 and reduce water waste in the dyeing process. They also partner with factories that use energy efficient ventilation, and solar lighting.

Price Range: $89 – $109

5. Recycled Cotton and PET Hoodies by Pure Waste

Purewaste Unisex Hoodie made of Recycled Materials

Gender: Women, Men

Headquarters: Finland

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Bangladesh, Estonia, Finland, India. Their supply chain is BSCI-audited (Business Social Compliance Initiative), which verifies that fair trade labor policies are enforced.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Certified B Corp., Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative and Supplier Ethical Data Exchange certifications.

Recycled Materials: Recycled cotton, recycled plastic bottles, excess knitting yarn used to make drawstrings.

Vegan: Unknown – this is not stated on their website.

Responsible Packaging: Yes, 90% of their products are shipped in reusable RePack packages [4]

Sustainable Features: Pure Waste only uses 100% recycled fabrics that would otherwise end up in landfills, 90% of the energy used to power their factory comes from wind power, they are 100% compliant with local and international labor laws, do not employ any underage workers, and offers voluntary paid overtime.

Price Range: €6 – €60 (prices in euros)

6. Recycled Polyester Hoodie by Cotopaxi

Recycled Polyester Hoodie by Cotopaxi

Gender: Women, Men

Headquarters: United States

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Cambodia, China, India, Phillipines. As stated on their website “Each one of our factories agrees to a rigorous code of conduct, completes an audit or relevant certification, and agrees to help promote fair labor practices.”

Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Certified B Corp., Climate Neutral Certified

Materials: Recycled polyester.

Vegan: No, the company uses sustainably sourced llama wool.

Responsible Packaging:

Sustainable Features: Cotopaxi donates 1% of its revenue each year to a non-profit working to improve the quality of life and alleviate property for specific groups of people. Past funds have included working to eradicate Malaria in Latin America to providing small business loans for Columbian and Venezuelan refugees.

Price Range: $30 – $400

7. Recycled Hoodies by Patagonia

Recycled Hoodies by Patagonia

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: United States

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in China, Colombia, India, Japan, Nicaragua, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, United States. While the company is transparent about their supply chain, they do not disclose how their production is audited to ensure fair trade labor policies are enforced.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Remake Approved, Global Organic Textile Standard, B Corp, Fair Trade Certified, Open Apparel Registry.

Recycled Materials: Recycled polyester, recycled cashmere, Nano Puff® 100% recycled PrimaLoft® Insulation with P.U.R.E™ textile. Recycled content helps to reduce Patagonia’s CO2 emissions by 510,000 pounds per year.

Responsible Packaging: Patagonia uses 100% recyclable materials for packaging and shipping, and bans the user of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BPA (Bisphenol A), DMF (Dimethyl fumarate), Hexavalent chromium and PLA (polylactic acid) and any materials containing GMO feedstock.

Sustainability: Patagonia has a self-imposed 1% tax for the Planet to support environmental nonprofits. As of 2020, the company consumes 100% renewable electricity in the United States and 76 percent globally. By 2025 Patagonia plans to be a zero-waste-to-landfill company.

Price Range: $90 – $300

8. Recycled Cashmere and Cotton Hoodies by Pangaia

Pangaia Sustainable Hoodies

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: Germany

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Portugal, Italy, Turkey – suppliers are required to adhere to the Pangaia code of conduct and Modern Slavery Act policy regarding the treatment of workers. While the company is transparent about their supply chain and has published a code of conduct, they do not disclose whether or not they visit these locations in person to verify standards are being upheld.

Shipping: Europe

Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard

Recycled Materials: Organic fabrics

Vegan: Yes, as stated on their website

Sustainability: the company’s production is in the European Union and has a Code of Conduct that includes some of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms.

Price Range: $30 – $300 (prices in euros)

9. Recycled Polyester Hoodies by Picture Organic Clothing

Picture Organic Clothing Esme Hoodie

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: France

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in China, Taiwan and Turkey. 84% of their product is made in two factories that the company has worked with since 2008. The company claims to audit and visit their primary factories regularly to ensure fair trade labor policies are enforced.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: B Corp., Fair Wear Foundation

Recycled Materials: 100% recycled, organic or ethically sourced materials.

Vegan: Yes

Sustainable Features: The company produces 84% of their products from 2 factories – one in China and one in Turkey. The founders regularly visit the facilities, and workplace safety is evaluated by third party organizations.

Price Range: $50 – $300 (prices in euros)

10. Recycled Fleece Hoodie by RicherPoorer

RicherPoorer Recycled Fleece Hoodie

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: California, United States

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Guatemala, Peru, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, United States. While the company is transparent about their supply chain, they do not disclose how their production is audited to ensure fair trade labor policies are enforced.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: None

Recycled Materials: 60% Cotton, 40% Recycled Polyester – each hoodie is comprised of approximately 40 plastic bottles from landfills.

Vegan: Yes

Sustainable Features: The company produces 84% of their products from 2 factories – one in China and one in Turkey. The founders regularly visit the facilities, and workplace safety is evaluated by third party organizations.

Price Range: $50 – $300 (prices in euros)

11. Classic Hoodie by Colorful Standard

Classic Hoodie by Colorful Standard

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: Denmark

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Portugal, their factories are governed under the European Union Labor Law which upholds labor laws that govern wages and safe working environments.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles

Recycled Materials: Environmentally Friendly Dyes and 100% organic cotton.

Vegan: No, the company uses Merino Wool in some products.

Sustainability: The company’s workforce is based in Portugal and operates under European Union Labour Law, which ensures a high level of workplace safety and that all employees receive a living wage.

Price Range: $35 – $100

12. Cotton Hoodie by Honest Basics

Honest Basics Women's Crew Neck Sweater

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: Germany

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Bangladesh and India through their own sustainable production agency: the Honest Agency. The company verifies that they regularly audit their supply chain partners.

Shipping: Europe

Responsible Packaging: Products shipped in either plastic free containers or using recycled plastic.

Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard

Recycled Materials: Organic, vegan fabrics

Vegan: Yes, certified by PETA

Sustainability: The company employs equitable labor practices and ensures all receive a living wage.

Price Range: $15 – $100 (prices in euros)

13. Eco Fleece Hoodie by Zen Threads

Zen Threads Eco Fleece Hoodie

Gender: Men, Women

Headquarters: California, United States

Farms, Factories, Mills Locations: Based in Sacramento, California – the company creates each article of clothing at their Sacramento, California studio. Zen Studios adheres to US and California laws regarding labor, wages and workplace safety.

Shipping: Worldwide

Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard

Recycled Materials: Eco fleece is a tri-blend fabric made from recycled and organic materials, including cotton and polyester.

Vegan: Yes

Sustainability: The company hand crafts all its products, and uses non-toxic, eco, water-based inks that are safe for the environment

Price Range: $30 – $50