Top Environmentally Friendly Fair Trade Women's Shorts
Whether you’re dressing for warmer weather or need something to wear to the gym in the fall, you want to look your best. At Citrus Sleep, we believe that dressing well shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment, fair trade practices or your conscious.
To help you in your search for eco-friendly, organic shorts from fashion companies that also give back to the global community, we’ve compiled this list of 15 of our top women's organic shorts. Choose your favorite women's shorts from this list; no matter which pair of shorts you select, you can wear with confidence that you’re doing your best for the planet and looking your best!
Type of Shorts | Drawstring High Waist Striped Short
Features | Socially Responsible, Fair Trade, Handmade
Price | $275
The Accompany Tomar Short is cute, modest and unique. Of course, it’s also made from sustainable materials under fair trade conditions. Handmade in India under ethical working conditions, the Accompany Tomar Short is constructed of sustainable cotton and silk.
The short boasts a high waist and a 15.5-inch length, so it offers ideal coverage. The elastic, drawstring waistband lends even more to the comfort of the short, and the bold stripe print will grab attention.
We included the Accompany Tomar Short review on this list not only because of the comfort and sustainability of the clothes, but also because we stand behind the vision of Accompany. Each of the items on the website is artisan-crafted and fair trade, and Accompany partners with companies that give back to humanitarian causes.
2. Blue and Cream
Type of Shorts | Classic Denim Shorts
Features | Upcycled Clothing, Reclaimed, Socially Responsible
Price | $155
The Blue and Cream RE/DONE Short is next on the list of the top 15 give-back shorts to wear this summer. We love that they’re just the right length for comfort and you won’t feel the need to tug at them all day. The almost imperceptible side vent adds to your ability to move.
What we love best about the RE/DONE short though is, well, RE/DONE. The company crafts 100% of their denim products from upcycled clothes. Specifically, reclaimed Levi’s jeans are used to make each of RE/DONE’s products. You’ll find shorts, shirts, pants and even baby clothes in cute and classic styles. Each of those styles is crafted using methods that are easy on the planet.
This short is no exception to the RE/DONE mission. We added the Blue and Cream RE/DONE The Short review to this list because it’s perfect for a day on the boardwalk or just lounging at home.
3. Bead & Reel
Type of Shorts | Casual Organic Drawstring Evan Short
Features | Made in the USA, Socially Responsible, Fair Trade
Price | $57
Bead & Reel is a female-owned company with a goal to protect the planet and her people. The boutique sells clothes from brands that meet certain criteria. Whether they’re fair trade, organic, vegan, female owned companies or made in the United States, the styles offered by Bead & Reel are consciously and deliberately chosen.
That’s why we’ve included this Bead & Reel Evan Short review. This loose fitting, casual short was made in the United States from 100% organic cotton. Colorful, eco-friendly dyes offer two options – goldenrod and indigo, and either is perfect for dressing up or for curling up with a book.
The details matter, too. You’ll love the adjustable drawstring waist and the roomy front pockets. Women who bought the short say it’s one of the comfiest they’ve owned. The Evan Short will make you feel like you’re wearing pajamas, they’re so soft and comfortable.
4. Passion Lilie
Type of Shorts | Light Blue Ikat Shorts
Features | Fair Trade, Eco Friendly, Socially Responsible
Price | $49
Next on the list of the 15 best eco-friendly shorts is our Passion Lilie Ikat shorts review. Like the Accompany short, the Ikat short is roomy, comfortable and soft. However, we love the versatility of these shorts. They’re casual enough to walk the boardwalk, and dressy enough to wear to dinner.
An elastic waistband keeps you comfortable, but still offers a slimming fit by way of a flat front. Passion Lilie Ikat Shorts are made from 100% cotton and are hand-crafted in India.
Passion Lilie is a fair trade company. Each of its clothes are designed in the USA in a New Jersey studio. The fashions are then hand-crafted in fair working conditions in India using eco-friendly methods and plant-based dyes.
Type of Shorts | Suki Shorts
Features | Socially responsible, Partners with local charities
Price | $85
Next on the list of the top eco-friendly shorts is our Lole Suki Shorts review. Take one glance at these shorts and you’ll see for yourself why women love them. The length of the inseam is perfect for lounging, hiking or cycling, and the style is so simple it’s brilliant.
Lole Suki Shorts are available in three colors, and all are enticingly neutral. That means you can pair these shorts with a sports bra or a blouse and still look like you’ve dressed for the occasion.
You’ve likely seen the Lole brand mentioned elsewhere on the Citrus Sleep site. We support the brand because of the company’s efforts to give back to the community. Initiatives like the Yellow Label program and the ethical sourcing of Lole fabrics and products are just a few of the ways Lole products commit to protecting the planet.
Type of Shorts | Renee Low Rise Shorts
Features | Socially Responsible, Partners with Local Charities
Price | $128
DL1961 is a company that understands the impact of fashion on the environment. Denim shorts, in particular, requires a lot of water to produce, and the dyes can be extremely harmful to the planet.
It’s for those reasons that DL1961 makes all of its denim wear using eco friendly practices. Eco-friendly dyes and water conserving production make products like the Renee Low Rise Short friendly to the environment.
The DL1961 Renee Low Rise Short review earns a top spot on our list because the short is, simply, put, flattering to everyone. The low rise waist isn’t too low. The angled hem isn’t angled too high. In other words, the short will make your legs look longer and your waistline look great without sacrificing your modesty. Plus, the short is available in six colors. You can choose the earth friendly denim shorts in whatever style suits your mood.
Type of Shorts | Assorted Casual and Athletic Shorts
Features | Socially Responsible, Upcycled Clothing, Consignment
Price | $3 - $50
We didn’t choose just one product to include on our Swap.com review. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a short on this site that you don’t like. The site features styles from brands like Eddie Bauer, Forever 21 and even Spanx.
What we love the most about Swap.com is that it’s a huge consignment store. That means that when you shop at Swap, you’re keeping thousands of pounds out of the landfill. The average person tosses around 80 pounds of clothes into the trash each year – Swap.com saves those clothes and gives them new life.
The prices at Swap.com are phenomenal, too. You’ll find brands like Ann Taylor and The Limited for as low as $5, and you can choose from swimwear, outerwear and more.
Type of Shorts | Crawford Original Fit Shorts
Features | Fair Trade, Socially Responsible, Ethical Working Conditions
Price | $23 - $30
Carhartt has long been known for its commitment to products that are made in the United States. In fact, all of Carhartt’s products are designed in Dearborn, Michigan. A vast majority of those are produced in factories in Georgia, Kentucky and other places across the United States.
What we love about Carhartt is their responsibility to the American worker. Since the company was founded, Carhartt has given aid to organizations like Helmets to Hardhats and the FFA, ensuring that Americans continue to learn the skill necessary to keep work here in the States.
The Carhartt Crawford Short review earns a spot on this list of our favorite products. The short is crafted from 98% cotton and is reinforced with spandex to allow you to move comfortably. The mid-rise waist rests comfortably just above your hips, while the hem falls mid-thigh. The Crawford Short is available in two colors – Yukon and Coal – so you’ll always have a top to match.
Type of Shorts | Good Karma Jump-start Short
Features | Give Back, Partners with Local Charities
Price | $58
Our list of the top 15 eco friendly shorts wouldn’t be complete without a review of one of our favorite swim shorts. That’s where the Swimspot Good Karma Jumpstart short review comes in.
The Good Karma Jumpstart short provides the ultimate in coverage for even the most serious of swimmers. The no-tug design provides full-bottom coverage, so you can feel free to move around. Available in three colors, the Good Karma Jumpstart short will pair with any swim top. Plus, it offers sun protection of UPF 50, keeping you safe from the sun’s rays. Flat seams and compression technology work together to ensure you’re looking your best while you work out.
What’s more is that when you choose the Swimspot Good Karma Jumpstart short, you’re helping give back to the global community. Next, the creators of this suit, have partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support Pipeline for a Cure. Pipeline for a Cure is an initiative which celebrates the connection between relief from cystic fibrosis and the ocean.
Type of Shorts | Bicycle Shorts
Features | Eco-friendly, Give Back, Fair Trade
Price | $39 - $69
These quirky, fun shorts aren’t what you may think of as bicycle shorts. In fact, the style is quite aptly (and literally) named. The LoveJustly Bicycle Shorts are an adorable way to dress up, even when there’s no bike in sight.
The soft fabric of these shorts has a linen feel, which means you’ll keep cool on even the hottest of summer days. The style is handmade in the Himalayan Mountains under fair working conditions and is printed using a technique called hand blocking. A small “stamp” is carved from a sketch, then imprinted on the fabric for a unique look.
The LoveJustly Bicycle Shorts review makes our list of the top 15 shorts because the design is so cute, but also because of the attention to detail and assurance that each product is made under optimal fair trade working conditions.
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Type of Shorts | The Cut Off Judith Wash Jean Short
Features | Fair Trade, Handmade, Give Back, Socially Responsible
Price | $98
The Able Cut-Off Judith Wash Jean Short review makes number eleven on our list. This short, like other shorts we’ve included on this list, provides great coverage so you won’t feel the need to pull and tug at your bottoms all day. Crafted from non-stretch denim, even the most particular of women will love the way this short fits.
Women who have worn the short say that the fit is just about perfect. The waist is roomy, but not loose, and the length is modest and flattering. Best of all, the shorts fit true to size, so there’s no need to guess what will fit.
The Able Cut-Off Judith Wash Jean short is handmade in Mexico under fair working conditions. Able, who sells the short, is committed to empowering women through work and supports manufacturers that provide jobs to women who would be otherwise unemployed.
Type of Shorts | Guide Shorts
Features | Socially responsible, Partners with local charities, Ethically sourced material
Price | $79
The Orvis Women’s Guide Short is another perfect piece if you’re a woman who loves to get outside. The stretchy, durable fabric of these shorts wicks away moisture, keeping you dry and preventing chafing while you hike, fish or read in your hammock.
The Women’s Guide Short is available in five colors, so feel free to mix and match your styles, but there’s something we love even more about the short: it’s super versatile. Orvis knows that no two women play outside the same way. With that in mind, they’ve included a roll tab on the short. That means you can shorten or lengthen the Women’s Guide Short to suit your activity.
We included the Orvis Women’s Guide Shorts review on our list because we love both the short and the brand. Orvis has a proven record of philanthropy, giving 5% of all pre-tax profits to organizations like American Rivers, Ducks Unlimited and Casting for Recovery. You’ll love the Women’s Guide Short, and your purchase will help support organizations that give back to the planet.
Type of Shorts | Hyde Jojo Shorts
Features | Socially responsible, Made in the USA, Organic
Price | $62
This Jojo Short from Hyde Yoga is just adorable. The Evolve Hyde Jojo Short is akin to a classic yoga short, featuring a flat, slimming waist panel and a soft and comfortable feel. Evolve added a few fun twists, though, including a large back pocket to tuck your wallet into and flirty side ties so that you can adjust the fit.
Women who have bought the short say the fit is perfect for relaxing outdoors or wearing to yoga class. One Evolve Hyde Jojo Shorts review said the organic cotton in the short was as soft as silk.
No matter what you buy from Evolve, you can feel good about doing it. The company chooses to sell only products which are either made in the United States, are organic or are recycled. You can shop the Evolve site knowing that whatever you pair with your Jojo Short is socially and environmentally conscious.
Type of Shorts | Drawstring Lounge Shorts
Features | Fair trade suppliers, Sustainable fibers and certified 100% organic
Price | $30
Are you looking for something to relax in while you enjoy warmer weather? Look no further than the Pact Drawstring Lounge Short. Women who have bought these shorts say they’re the “next best thing to wearing air.”
The Pact Drawstring Lounge Shorts review makes our list because they’re comfortable, but there’s more. The clothes are made from 60% fair trade, organic cotton. The other 40% is recycled polyester. The result? A super-soft, ultra-stretchy short that moves when and where you want it to.
The Pact Drawstring Lounge Short is available in two colors: navy and nearly black. Women say the two front pockets are just deep enough to stash a tube of lip balm, and that the shorts offer a snug, flattering fit in the rear.
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Type of Shorts | Short Shorts in 'Cha Cha'
Features | Made in the USA, Socially Responsible
Price | $25
You may have heard of the K-Deer brand. K-Deer was launched when one woman decided to end the embarrassing “yoga pants bunch” problem, once and for all. Fortunately for us, K-Deer was a success and that mission has prevailed.
We love K-Deer because each of the products made by the company is made in the United States. It’s a female-owned business, and Kristine Deer strives to support both American production and jobs for women.
Of course, we can’t write a K-Deer Short Shorts in Cha-Cha review without mentioning that these shorts won’t bunch. The flat front of each K-Deer design eliminates fit issues that females frequently face with tighter shorts. The unique chevron design is flattering to every body shape, and the length of the short is perfect for running, cycling or just going for a walk.
Type of Shorts | Backcountry Bill Goat Organic Canvas Shorts
Features | Socially responsible, Partners with local charities, Give Back
Price | $58
Every woman needs a short she can feel good about playing in. For you playful types, we’ve included the Royal Robbins Backcountry Billy Goat Organic Canvas Short review on our list.
The canvas short fabric is crafted from 98% organic cotton and is as durable as can be. There are four front pockets, and two are secured. Two back pockets are hook and loop secured, too. With an adjustable waistband feature you will feel comfortable to move around with the 5” inseam. Also, the short offers UPF 50 protection from the sun. The Billy Goat may just be the world’s most perfect short.
Royal Robbins is a bluesign certified company that frequently gives back to organizations which protect the planet. Your purchase of these shorts will benefit causes like The Conservation Alliance and Yosemite Conservancy.
Eco-Friendly and Organic Women's Shorts for a Green World
You may be a hiker, a cyclist, a swimmer or, well, a barbecue champion. Whatever your pleasure, you want to feel good, look good and stay cool. This list of the best eco-friendly, give-back shorts features something for every lifestyle. Choose the shorts you like best, and feel comfortable cool no matter how you play.