Building a Sustainable Wardrobe: The Cardigan

It’s no lie that the trusty cardigan has made a comeback this past season. We’ve seen it draped over shoulders, wrapped around waists, thrown over tank tops, or even worn on its own as a shirt. The resurgence is a reminder that core pieces never go out of style.

I’m glad to see you’ve returned to our ongoing series that is helping many navigate building a more sustainable wardrobe. Each cardigan you’ll see below is made of conscious materials and has a low impact production. So keep scrolling and see if any of the cozy knitwear speaks to you

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Laura Manoogian handknit marl cardigan

Lauren Manoogian Handknit Marl Cardigan 

A large majority of Lauren Manoogian’s pieces are handknit in Peru, including this cardigan. This particular style is made of a cotton, alpaca, and merino wool blend and offers hidden wooden buttons for closure. Pair this cardigan with neutral trousers and your favorite pair of mules. 

sheepinc cardigan

Sheepinc The Cardigan 

Sheepinc’s cardigan is made of 100% merino wool that’s sourced from a regenerative New Zealand farm and knitted using exclusively solar power. The cardigan includes a removable NFC tag so you’re able to trace the garment’s journey right down to the farm it came from.  Not to mention it comes in a multitude of colors! 

naadam cozy sweater

Naadam Luxe Boucle Cardigan 

The Boucle cardigan is the ultimate cozy piece. Made of a modal, recycled nylon and merino wool blend, this very soft companion will help you ride out the rest of the winter months. 

Kordal Studio Cardigan in oatmeal color

Kordal Studio Reese Cardigan 

The Reese cardigan is characterized by a chunky cable knit texture and most likely replicates something out of your grandparent’s wardrobe – in the best way possible. Hand knit in Peru, the cardigan is made of 100% highland wool and uses recycled paper buttons. 

Toast Collared Cardigan

Toast Collared Cardigan 

Toast’s Collared Cardigan is the perfect balance of preppy and cozy. Made of a cotton and wool blend, I’d wear this beauty as a shirt with a pair of tailored trousers and loafers. 

another tomorrow oversized cardigan sweater

Another Tomorrow Relaxed Cardigan 

The Relaxed Cardigan is offered in navy and camel and made of Another Tomorrow’s custom recycled cashmere yarn. The relaxed silhouette can be thrown over any outfit, whether you’re running errands in your favorite sweatpants or styling denim midi skirt.

Buck Mason Cardigan Sweater

Buck Mason Highland Alpaca Cardigan 

The Buck Mason Highland Alpaca Cardigan is available in two shades of brown; oatmeal and coffee. Made of an alpaca and merino wool blend (with a small percentage of polyamide) this relaxed cardigan is ready to be paired with your favorite suit pants. 

bleusalt light weight cardigan

Bleusalt The Oversized Cardigan 

Bleusalt’s Oversized Cardigan offers the perfect blank canvas, whether styled buttoned up or open with a bralette, it’s a great foundational piece. The oversized cardigan is made in the USA from TENCEL™ Modal. 

wol hide super oversized cable knit cardigan

Wol Hide Cloud Cardigan 

Wol Hide’s Cloud Cardigan open, oversized silhouette is perfect for winter layering. The cardigan is made of an alpaca and cotton blend and handknit in Peru at the brand Fair Trade factory. 

–Rachael Noll

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