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Our editors have found and reviewed the best cargo pants made by sustainable brands — these are our top picks.

We consider cargo pants to be a wardrobe staple; they’re classic, comfortable, and can do it all. Most cargo trousers are made with a cotton blend for durability, but that’s not always the most eco-friendly option. Instead, we like to see organic cotton, hemp, canvas, and linen as sustainable alternatives—and that’s just what we’ve found below.

Here are nine brands touting eco-friendly cargo pants; these bottoms vary across genders, styles, fit, and features, but one thing’s for certain: They’re made to last through every season. The original design has withstood the test of time, after all—now the fabric will, too.

Our criteria:

  • ETHICAL PRACTICES | These brands adhere to ethical and responsible labor practices, ensuring their employees receive fair wages and have safe working environments. We’ve also included brands that give back to their communities and prioritize size inclusivity in their offerings.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY/SUSTAINABLE | Each of these brands practices sustainability throughout their manufacturing process, including using all natural and organic materials, low-impact processes, and recycled/upcycled materials where possible.
  • QUALITY | These pants are classic and timeless in their design and durability, so you can wear them for a lifetime (and pass on!).

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1. Tentree

Best For | Cargo joggers
Sustainable Materials | Organic cotton, recycled polyester, natural corzo buttons
Size Range | Women’s XS–XXL, Men’s 30-40
Price | $78–$108

Whether you prefer cargo pants for work or leisure, Tentree’s got options for you. Consider the Men’s Twill Cargo Chino Pant ($108) tailored with three different kinds of pockets—aka just like regular cargo pants, but more sustainable. They’re made of 97 percent organic cotton with a hint of elastane for stretch, and even the buttons are natural. For women, we love the Organic Cotton Cargo Joggers ($78) touted as “when sweats meet cargos.” Also made with organic cotton, these use recycled embroidery and recycled polyester and tout two different kinds of pockets, elasticized cuffs, and a comfy waistband. See, they’re actually eco-friendly. 😉 


2. Reformation

Best For | Wide-leg jeans
Sustainable Materials | Organic cotton
Size Range | Women’s 23–31
Price | $148

Only Reformation could take cargo pants and turn them into the chicest of looks. These high-rise wide-leg cargo jeans come in two industrial-yet-fashionable colors: Buttercream and Dark Olive. There are three sets of pockets, including oversized back pockets for all of your belongings. Ref only uses organically grown cotton for these trousers (and helps save 17,000 gallons of water along the way)—but be mindful that they’re no-stretch, so you’ll want to size accordingly. Don’t worry if you have to exchange though; every order comes with free shipping and returns.


3. Patagonia

Best For | Men’s work pants
Sustainable Materials | Hemp, recycled polyester, organic cotton
Size Range | Men’s 28–44
Price | $89

Patagonia’s Iron Forge Hemp Canvas Cargo Pants are made for the rugged outdoorsman. Whether they work outside or like to go hiking on the weekends, these bottoms are made to withstand everything that comes their way. They’re heavy-duty, abrasion-resistant, and even made with easy button closures so you can unbutton them with gloves or cold fingers. And with large pockets, gussets for clip-on tools, and seven belt loops, the design has truly thought of everything you may need. Best of all, they’re Fair Trade Certified. If the price feels a little out of reach, check out Patagonia’s Worn Wear shop for gently used and discounted options.


4. Quince

Best For | Cotton & linen cargo pants
Sustainable Materials | Organic cotton & linen
Size Range | Women’s XS–XL (0–16)
Price | $50

For a utilitarian look but effortlessly soft feel, consider Quince’s Organic Cotton Linen Cargo Pant. At under $50, these trousers are made with an organic cotton and European linen blend, so it’s structured yet breathable, smartly finished with a high waist, removable belt, and tapered legs that hit mid-shin. Quince pieces are BCSI-certified to ensure safe working conditions at its partner factory in China. Choose from two colors (our vote is for that gorgeous army green) and enjoy free shipping and free returns within 365 days.


5. Etica

Best For | Relaxed fit cargo pants
Sustainable Materials | Cotton & Tencel
Size Range | Women’s 24–32
Price | $198–$212

Etica’s Juni Relaxed Cargo comes in two distinct colors, and they are both b-e-a-uuutiful. Plus, they’re designed with a subtly tapered leg, roomy fit, and sewn with cotton and plant-based Tencel. (And for extra sustainability, Etica’s labels, tags, and packaging are all made from recycled and biodegradable materials, too.) We love the Forest green option for a work-ready look, and the North Shore denim style is perfect for pairing with sneakers and cropped tees. As a vertically integrated company, Etica has considered every step of the production process, and we love supporting such a mindful and innovatively designed brand.


6. Poetry Fashion

Best For | Corduroy-style cargo pants
Sustainable Materials | Hemp, organic cotton, yak wool
Size Range | Women’s 2–18
Price | $159

Poetry Fashion’s Cropped Trousers seamlessly—pun not intended but embraced—combine form and function. Hemp, organic cotton, and yak wool make up this fabric blend, and the result is an incredibly soft pair of corduroy-style pants. Available in four colors (Charcoal, Chocolate, Dark Indigo, and Mink Brown), there are plenty of cargo-style pockets, a jogger-like fit thanks to the cropped ankle and relaxed shape, and an elastic hem for comfort. They’re unlike any pair of cargo pants we’ve seen before, and we’re here for it.


7. Marcel Hemp

Best For | Men’s hemp cargo pants
Sustainable Materials | Hemp & organic cotton
Size Range | Men’s 26”–40” waist
Price | $69.95

For men’s pants that will last year after year, we like Marcel Hemp. Dyed in natural colors like khaki, olive, natural, and black olive and under $70 each, they’re worth stocking up on. The 55 percent hemp and 45 percent organic cotton blend means that they’re durable, too, without being too rigid. Based in sunny Santa Barbara, Marcel Hemp keeps design and production in-house, prioritizing Fair Trade practices, natural fibers, and a functional fit.


Featured image is from Poetry Fashion