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Best Eco-Friendly Sustainable Casual Clothes

Since your dad has had enough to deal with while on the road, why not give him something that’ll help him feel at ease no matter where his travels take him this Father’s Day? With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down 12 casual clothing items and shoes that are versatile, low-maintenance, and of course, comfortable. And because these choices are all from companies that adopt sustainable and eco-friendly practices, you’ll feel even better about what you choose.

Ality Designs The Lost Hoodie, $250

Founded by Ality Richardson in San Diego, Ality Designs is a new brand merging loungewear and streetwear with luxurious accents. Genderless and endlessly wearable, everything was designed and manufactured in California to last for years to come. This oversized hoodie is a smart introduction to the brand: it’s made of substantial French cotton terry, and sports an elongated neck and extended wrist cuffs for an incredibly cozy, lived-in feel.

Naot Mens Santa Cruz Sandals, $159.95

Since 1942, Naot has turned out hand-crafted shoes—50 people work on each pair—that are beloved for their all-day comfort, easygoing styles, and sustainable materials. Not only do these slip-on sandals look good, they also promote foot health with their unique footbeds that mirror the foot’s natural shape.

Ministry of Supply Men’s Pace Poplin Chino, $148

Engineered to withstand heat, sweat, and frequent movement, and designed to look crisp no matter the conditions, these wrinkle-resistant chinos from the Ministry of Supply—the innovative apparel brand co-founded by a group of MIT alums back in 2012—will seamlessly take you from work meetings in the office to outdoor drinks with friends. And caring for these pants couldn’t be any easier: just wash them in cold water, and tumble dry them on low heat.

Big Blanket Co Hideout Hoodie, $119

A blanket you can wear, this generously sized and genderless hoodie comes to the rescue whenever you crave extra coziness. Standout features include a fuzzy sherpa lining, built-in eye mask, and zipped pockets. Plus, it comes in a range of colors and prints, making it a foolproof present for all dads.

Naked Cashmere Zane Cotton Cashmere Crew, $110

A wardrobe staple, a cotton long-sleeve tee flatters all body types and can be worn all year long. This one by NakedCashmere takes everything you already love about wardrobe workhorse, but elevates it with the addition of sustainable and ethically-sourced cashmere from Mongolia. The result is an incredibly light, silky, and insulating fabric that’s also machine washable for convenience.

Saola Cannon VL M White Navy, $109.95

Out of all the things we wear regularly, sneakers have among the heaviest carbon footprints. That’s why Guillaume Linossier started Saola in 2018. In addition to positioning its sources of supply near key markets, the visionary footwear brand has also championed using recycled and upcycled materials, as in these new sneakers with uppers made of 40% recycled plastic bottles (PET) ).

Vuori Ponto Performance Pants, $98

These casual pants from the California-based brand adored by celebrities like Harry Styles, Liam Hemsworth, and Ben Affleck emphasize comfort without sacrificing style with its signature DreamKnit™ fabric made of recycled materials, trim silhouette, elastic waistband, and zipper pockets. In short: they’re equally terrific for running errors and relaxing on long flights.

Avarca Mens Classic Style Punch, $89

Understated, functional, and blissfully easy to wear, these traditional flat sandals hailing from Menorca, Spain, have been made by local artisans and with recycled materials since 1945. Today, they’ll give any summer outfit a worldly and stylish update, and will also ages well with wear.

Highland Duds Earn Your Stripes Crewneck Sweater, $88

Launched in 2019 by Brandon Aldridge, Highland Duds embraces timeless styles, reasonable price points, and small-batch production to be gentler to the planet. This striped cotton sweater, in particular, is a standout as it marries the wearability of your favorite sweatshirt with the tailored look of your favorite crewneck sweater.

DUER Live Free Journey Shorts, $84

You’d be hard-pressed to find better shorts than these versions by DUER, the hip brand prioritizing plant-based and recycled materials, classic looks, and ethical manufacturing practices. These shorts, as the name implies, let you carry on with your everyday life thanks to a TENCEL®-based fabric that’s super stretchy, wicks away sweat, and keeps odors at bay.

On Focus-T, $69.99

While this tee from the Swiss running brand with a cult like following was engineered to perform a like a charm (wick away sweat, prevent chafing) under extreme physical conditions long-distance running, the absence of side seams and a unique back design for a more a Sculpted fit means you’ll want to wear it way beyond your workouts.

Proto101 Classic Polo, $59

Few clothing items channel more ease and style than a classic polo shirt. this new version from Proto101, the Seattle-based sustainable clothing brand by Liyin Kok and Rafael Soto, keeps the details you love (collar, placket with buttons, short sleeves) while slimming the silhouette and updating the material to a cooling cotton jersey blend with sun protection.

Merrell Men’s Hut Ultra Flip, $51.99

Swap out those flimsy slip flops for these sporty and lightweight styles from Merrell, which will easily take from the beach to happy hour. On top of looking hip, they’re thoughtfully constructed with completely recycled webbing and the brand’s proprietary BLOOM®, a cushy midsole foam sourced from algae biomass.

Comrad Recycled Cotton Compression Socks, $32

Perfect for giving to frequent flyer dads, these compression socks help ease swelling and discomfort in the legs by promoting blood flow and circulation. Even though there’s lots of brands out there now, Comrad stands out with its easy on and off fit, continuous support, recycled cotton fabric that’s equal parts soft and breathable.

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