Whether you’ve made the switch for the planet or your comfort or both, it can be difficult to wear synthetic fabrics after you’ve gotten accustomed to natural fiber materials. From cotton to cashmere, the coziest clothes for your family are often made from natural fibers. And, they’re not only easier on the skin — natural fibers are also generally gentler on the environment because they come from renewable resources and are biodegradable. In fact, synthetic fabrics can take hundreds of years to break down, which is especially troubling given the overflowing landfills on this planet. Even so, not all natural fibers are created equal. The most sustainable natural fibers require less water and pesticides, both of which should be taken into consideration when shopping for natural fiber wardrobe staples. The following natural fiber clothing essentials are made to last, go easy on the planet, and offer comfort for the whole family.
The Turtleneck Oversized Sweater by State Cashmere, $165
This Turtleneck Oversized Sweater by State Cashmere offers luxury without the high-end cashmere price tag by cutting out the middleman and selling directly to consumers online. Cashmere is one of the finest natural fibers out there — it’s soft to the touch, not itchy like sheep’s wool, and it regulates temperatures well. For those new to cashmere, it quickly becomes addictive and can even replace typical sweats for around the house wear. Perhaps best of all, State Cashmere sources its wool from goats in Inner Mongolia and pays shepherds living wages. The goats are given humane lives with plenty of outdoor play, grass, and attention — including regular grooming. And, by eliminating packaging, only using 100% cashmere instead of blends, and selling directly to consumers, State Cashmere has created an eco-friendly name for itself.
The V-Neck Basic Sweater by State Cashmere, $150
For men who haven’t worn cashmere before, it’s time. This V-Neck Basic Sweater by State Cashmere is incredibly versatile — it can be worn to the office with a button down shirt underneath or around the house on a Sunday, just don’t be surprised if there’s reluctance to take it off. The 100% inner Mongolian cashmere used to make this sweater is both soft and durable, making it perfect for regular wear. And, with State Cashmere’s commitment to sustainability and ethical treatment of both its shepherds and its goats, this cashmere sweater checks all the boxes.
Pima Slim Crew by Buck Mason, $38
Buck Mason boasts that its t-shirts are meant to outlive you. Made from 100% pima cotton, this Pima Slim Crewby Buck Mason has a stylish fit that’s timeless and comfortable. And, the pima cotton requires less water to grow and is more durable than traditional cotton — making it a more sustainable option. Buck Mason offers high quality t-shirts for men and women in multiple cuts to satisfy every taste.
Kids’ 100% Organic Sweatpants and Sweatshirt by Crann Organic, $32 Each
Crann Organic offers eco-friendly 100% GOTS certified organic cotton sweatpants and sweatshirts that are unisex and available in kids’ sizes 4 to 10. The non-toxic cotton is perfect for sensitive skin and soft to the touch, which is also great for children with sensory issues. The fabric weight is not too thin or too thick, making it great for wear year round and durable enough to stand up to outdoor play or even school wear.
Ruby Crewneck by Naked Cashmere, $215
Once you’ve fallen in love with cashmere, you can never have too much of it — this natural fiber is comfortable for daily wear and can be even more enticing than cotton, especially given its versatility from home to the office. This Ruby Crewneck by Naked Cashmere will quickly become a favorite and is available in five gorgeous colors ranging from forest to tuscan sun. Made with 201 grams of 100% cashmere in 7 gauge knit, this sweater is the ultimate in quality, luxury, and durability. Simultaneously lightweight and warming, the ruby crewneck has a flattering fit that’s both timeless and stylish. And, Naked Cashmere is committed to sustainability and ethical production practices, winning a resounding stamp of approval.
Atlas Sweatpant by Tentree, $68
Everyone in the family deserves a pair of organic cotton sweatpants and this Atlas Sweatpant by Tentree is made from an organic cotton and recycled polyester blend. The sweatpants feature a 4-way medium stretch knit fabric that is comfortable enough to wear hiking or lounging and is warm yet breathable. Tentree offers sweats for kids and grownups and plants ten trees for every item purchased.
TreeFleece Bamone Sweatpant by Tentree, $68
If you’re looking for cozy sweatpants that’ll actually keep you warm, look no further than this TreeFleece Bamone Sweatpants by Tentree. Made from a blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCIL Lyocel sourced from wood pulp, these eco-friendly sweatpants are luxuriously soft and stylish enough to wear both in and out of the house. In addition to planting ten trees for every product ordered, Tentree sells carbon offset packages for different lifestyle choices — like travel, birthday celebrations, and food delivery — by planting additional trees to help sequester carbon for each package purchased.