We all have a pair of our favorite jeans. A pair that we can dress up, or dress down depending on the occasion. Have you ever considered however what goes into the making of the pair of jeans you’re wearing? A pair made from cotton might have come from a place that requires intensive labor and might not be the most environmentally friendly.These days it may be worth it to invest in a pair of well made, ethical jeans instead. Below are 4 ethical jean companies that are doing their part to minimize the apparel business’ impact on the environment. Levi’s While it may be hard to believe, seeing that they’re so large, this iconic classic jean company is a leader in the environmentally and sustainable apparel space. They’ve committed to using 100% sustainable cotton by 2020 along with eliminating discharge of hazardous chemicals from their production cycle completely. Levi’s Waste<Less line even uses materials consisting of 20% recycled plastic bottles! These jeans also use 96% less water in their production vs their other lines. Furthermore, Levi’s no longer takes part in “sandblasting” which is the process commonly used to create a faded, worn out look. This process causes many health problems for works. Braintree UK based Braintree creates organic cotton jeans that adapt to your body as you wear them. Their line uses ethical fabrics from sustainable crops like hemp, organic cotton and tencel. Braintree has transparency and accountability with their whole supply chain which keeps everyone on the manufacturing line positive and ensures their customers get the best ethical product. Patagonia Another leader in the apparel industry, outdoor retailer, Patagonia are Fair Trade certified for their sewing production and use all 100% organic cotton in their jeans. Ever innovating, Patagonia uses a new style of dyeing which does not include natural indigo - saving water as well as CO2. Their jeans offer a great fit and hip style. Mud Jeans Fully transparent by sharing their 1st and 2nd tier suppliers’ information, Mud Jeans is quickly becoming a force in the sustainable apparel business. They use organic or recycled cotton in their jeans which include vintage styles. Mud has been shown to use 78% less water and 61% less CO2 compared to an average pair of jeans according to their carbon footprint study.