{eco brands} feeling warm + fuzzy: 4 ethically made, cozy sweaters

how are you navigating these color-charged fall days, with so much poetry spilling forth from every tree + leaf? in addition to nature's radiant display of various amber, green + golden hues, we can also look forward to hot, steaming cups of tea + a season of layering with tights, scarves, ski caps + sweaters to stay warm + snug.

if you're looking for the perfect cloaks against the cold weather months, cozy, cruelty-free + nubby sweaters, skip on down to sweater town for four fab companies that'll keep you feeling comfy + looking good all through the fall + winter months:

1/ slum love sweater company: slum love offers timeless staples including this classic crew-neck sweater {pictured above}; all apparel is handmade in kenya where garment workers are paid a fair wage. cotton knit sweaters are made with organic fibers, and portions of sales fund high school scholarships for indigent students. feeling warm + fuzzy all over already!

2/ micaela greg: ahh, this fine knitwear label has been bringing us bold knitwear for many a blue moon. and they get it right every time. "combining modern geometric patterns, intermingling textures, and deceptively simple silhouettes, their focus is to design quality, made to last garments with american manufacturing at the heart of the brand." i'm head over heels for their chunky, open air knits like this little number with raglan sleeves + a high/low hem with side slits {pictured below}. made in california.

3/ deeply co: this online market celebrates quality basics, slow fashion + ethical sourcing. offerings include purposeful, beautiful clothing to live in, like this camel-colored, boxy sweater with drop shoulder + mock neckline. 100% acrylic + made with love.

4/ loup: oversized boyfriend sweaters are timeless pieces that can be layered over summer dresses + spring apparel, making every frock or top a multi-tasker + bringing each garment in your wardrobe from one season to the next effortlessly. these fetching sweaters with front pockets are made from soft tumbled, recycled acrylic {pictured below}. perfect for a sexy, yet unstudied cool-weather look. made in new york city.

{bonus} i've introduced animal-friendly, handknit sweaters previously here on le blog, but here's a little recap for the eco curious: people treevaute couture + krochet kids offer soft, unisex sweaters made from organic + recycled cotton and acrylic. styles include light ballet sweaters, overized boyfriend cardigans, billowing cocoon pullovers + the perfect chunky knit jumper modeled after vintage fisherman sweaters. pair with skinnies + high heels for a sleek, sophisticated look or wear with your fave denim + booties for a casual, relaxed look. these sweaters will take you from the urban jungle to the highest mountain top in ease, comfort + style. made in new york city.

{don't forget the tip} i have a little pup, electron, that like me, has hair that grows fast + furious. when ungroomed, he starts to take the shape of a popcorn ball. my friends liken him to a baby lamb, which is an accurate observation, as indeed dogs + sheep are both sentient beings: they are sensitive, smart + inquisitive animals, with good memories, who form lasting bonds just like our canine friends do.

each month i trim electron's exploding mane of curls. it takes time + care to do this, because he's a mobile being, hence care + patience is needed to avoid nicking him with the scissors. unlike my dog, sheep naturally grow just enough wool to protect themselves from temperature extremes, and in the wild they naturally shed their wool, but today they have been selectively bred to produce unnaturally high quantities of wool to fulfill a demand for wool products. wool shearing is a fast-paced, fear-inducing + extreme process, with workers shearing an animal every two minutes. eventually these sheep are sent to slaughter for meat. who wants an itchy wool sweater anyways? not us, no sir.

there are many cozy + cruelty-free alternatives to wool, cashmere + angora available to keep you toasty. here's a little bit of info about the wool industry. interested in learning more? hop on over here. in the meantime, choose compassionate cotton alternatives like flannel or synthetic shearling + fleece.

until next time, stay green dear hearts!

{images via 1. slum love; 2. micaela greg + 4. loup // artwork by ev}