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The Best Ways To Shop Sustainable Knitwear

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our spending habits seem to have taken a sharp left turn. With many of us spending more time on our devices than usual, our propensity for online shopping has skyrocketed, as boredom and stress fuel our online expenditure.

According to new data, 61% of British consumers admitted to shopping more online during the pandemic, with 89% saying they will likely continue to shop online at the same level or more post-lockdown. Newly released sales figures from e-commerce sites like ASOS confirm this sentiment: the e-tailer has quadrupled its profits since quarantine began.

With many people unable to shop IRL during the pandemic, the pivot towards online shopping was to be expected but as the COVID-19 crisis continues, it’s important to make sure that our online shopping experience is as sustainable as possible. Many of us have made the move towards responsible loungewear in the last few months and the next big item on our winter wish list is eco-friendly knitwear.

Knitted garments are often made of plastic-based materials like nylon and acrylic, making the switch to sustainable knitted goods feel difficult – but it doesn’t have to be. When it comes to shopping for sustainable knitwear, one of the best courses of action you can take is buying pieces made entirely from one material, like 100% wool, so that the garment can be recycled further down the line.

You could also give an old knitted item a second lease of life by shopping vintage or keep things made for purpose by shopping with small-batch companies. Or you could shop cruelty-free knits by looking for pieces made from materials like organic cotton and Econyl. Whichever way you want to shop sustainably this winter, we’ve got you covered with a selection of the cosiest sustainable knits online right now.

Click through the slideshow ahead to shop our favourite styles…

While the most sustainable knit you can wear is one you already own, vintage is the next best thing. With secondhand sellers digging out tons of one-off treasures, the best chance of scoring affordable and one-of-a-kind knits is to shop vintage. Look to the ’70s for Fair Isle and Austrian knits, the ’80s for novelty jumpers and the ’90s for sleek button-down cardigans.
the wilde shop Vintage Rad Hand Knit Fluffy Jumper, $, available at asos marketplace

Moodshop Girls 80s Vintage Iceland Handknitted Heavy Wool Jumper, $, available at asos marketplace

Urban Renewal Salvaged Deadstock Cable Knit Vest, $, available at Urban Outfitters

BEYOND RETRO 1990s Button Front Cardigan, $, available at Beyond Retro

Missoni Wool Cardigan, $, available at Vestiaire Collective

One of the easiest ways to shop sustainably is to buy from brands that have lower production levels than major retailers. Indie labels like The Knitter are a perfect example, selling a small range of handmade, 100% merino wool jumpers and cardigans. Cutting out the long production line, shopping small can help make your wardrobe more ethical and sustainable.
The Knitter Ugly Jumper, $, available at The Knitter

The Knotty Ones Heartbreaker Sweater, $, available at The Knotty Ones

Navy Grey The Rib Funnel, $, available at Navy Grey

Lenvers Lucie Wool Sweater, $, available at Lenvers

Ally Bee Fishermans Rib Recycled Cashmere Sweater, $, available at Ally Bee

Finding cosy knitwear which is also cruelty-free can feel like an impossible task. For jumpers and cardigans that contain no animal fibres, it’s best to look to larger sustainable brands like Everlane and Reformation. Carrying a range of 100% organic cotton-based knits, you can sleep soundly knowing no wool was used in the production process.
Armed Angels Yunaa Jumper, $, available at Sancho’s

Everlane The Mesh Soft Cotton Crew, $, available at Everlane

King & Tuckfield Cable-Knit Linen and Cotton-Blend Sweater, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Toast Indigo Cotton Sweater, $, available at Toast

Reformation Sami Cropped Sweater, $, available at Reformation

Made to order is the latest wave hitting the sustainability movement, as brands produce only what’s in demand, meaning less waste overall. HADES, our favourite Scottish label, is perfect for those looking for pure wool jumpers with cute and cult graphic prints. If you’re in search of something more classic, look to Birdsong for an array of crochet cardigans.
Hope Macaulay Venus Chunky Knit Sweater Vest, $, available at Hope Macaulay

Birdsong x Katie Jones Recycled Denim Crochet Cardigan, $, available at Birdsong

Hades Alphabet T Knit, $, available at Hades

VeganLoops Vegan Hand Knit Striped Chunky Oversized Jumper, $, available at Etsy

People Tree Maisie Stripe Jumper, $, available at People Tree

Genevieve Sweeney Lambswool Slouch Turtleneck Jumper, $, available at Genevieve Sweeney


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