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

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.

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie Made from Recycled Coffee Beans

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie

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.

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 trash.

What recycled content is used to make hoodies?

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

What are the best hoodies made from recycled materials? 

Recover Recycled Hoodie Pullover

Recover Brands Hoodie

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: United States
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: None
  • Materials: Fabric made from recycled PET plastic and up-cycled cotton.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: In order reduce CO2 emissions, Recover sources their recycled PET plastic from within 150 miles of their Charlotte warehouse. 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 |  Shop Recover


Plant Faced Clothing

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: Fair Wear Foundation, Global Organic Textile Standard, OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles
  • Materials: Hoodies made from 85% organic cotton and 15% recycled PET plastic, with water based, non-toxic dyes.
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: Plant Faced Clothing plants a tree for every item purchased.
  • Price Range: £25 – £65 | Shop Plant Faced

French Terry Crop Hoodie

Tentree Hoodies

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Canada
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: Certified B Corp.
  • Materials: Hoodies made from a combination of organic cotton, recycled polyester from PET plastic and wood-based TENCEL™ Lyocell
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: 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 | Shop Tentree Men  |  Shop Tentree Women

Coala Tree Evolution Hoodie Made from Coffee Grounds

Coalatree Evolution Hoodie

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: United States
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: None
  • Materials: 60% recycled PET plastic and 40% recycled coffee grounds
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: Coalatree makes sustainability dreams come true.  Visit their website to read the amazing story of how a small team of people got together to stitch hoodies out of coffee. Can you believe this hoodie is actually made from COFFEE GROUNDS? ‘Nuff said.
  • Price Range: $89 – $109  | Shop Coalatree

Cotopaxi Women's Pullover Hoodie

Cotopaxi Hoodies

  • Gender: Women, Men
  • Location: United States
  • Certifications: Fair Trade Certified, Certified B Corp.
  • Materials: This pullover hoodie is made from 60% organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester.
  • Vegan: No, the company uses sustainably sourced llama wool.
  • 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 | Shop Cotopaxi Men  |  Shop Cotopaxi Women

Women's Organic Cotton Quilt Snap-T® Pullover


  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: United States
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: Remake Approved, Global Organic Textile Standard, B Corp, Fair Trade Certified, Open Apparel Registry
  • Materials: In 2020 Patagonia transitioned to the Nano Puff® 100% recycled PrimaLoft® Insulation with P.U.R.E™ textile — reducing CO2 emissions by 510,000 pounds annually.
  • Sustainable Features: Patagonia has a self-imposed 1% tax for the Planet to support environmental nonprofits.
  • Price Range: $90 – $300 | Shop

Colorful Standard Women's Classic Organic Zip Hoodie

Colorful Standard

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Denmark
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: OEKO-TEX® Non-Toxic Textiles
  • Materials: Environmentally Friendly Dyes and 100% organic cotton.
  • Vegan: No, the company uses Merino Wool in some products.
  • Sustainable Features: 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 | Shop

Honest Basics Women's Crew Neck Sweater

Honest Basics

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Germany
  • Shipping: Europe
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Materials: Organic, vegan fabrics
  • Vegan: Yes, certified by PETA
  • Sustainable Features: The company employs equitable labor practices and ensures all receive a living wage.
  • Price Range: $15 – $100 (prices in euros) | Shop

Pangaia Sustainable Hoodies


  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: Germany
  • Shipping: Europe
  • Certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Materials: Organic fabrics
  • Vegan: Yes
  • Sustainable Features: 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) | Shop

Picture Organic Clothing Esme Hoodie

Picture Organic Clothing

  • Gender: Men, Women
  • Location: France
  • Shipping: Worldwide
  • Certifications: B Corp., Fair Wear Foundation
  • 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) | Shop