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The Knotty Ones

Rated: Good

price: $$$$

location: Lithuania

The Knotty Ones is a luxury knitwear label based in Brooklyn, New York.

The Knotty Ones sustainability rating


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4 out of 5

Overall rating: Good

Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great) How we rate

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate The Knotty Ones “It's a Start”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It uses some lower-impact materials including organic cotton.
  • There’s no evidence it’s taking meaningful action to reduce water use.
  • It avoids plastic packaging.
  • It uses low-waste cutting techniques to maximise fabric use.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate The Knotty Ones “Good”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • Its final production stage happens in Lithuania, a medium risk country for labour abuse.
  • It traces most of its supply chain.
  • It claims it ensures payment of a living wage in its supply chain but doesn't define a living wage.
  • It visits its suppliers.

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate The Knotty Ones “Good”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • There’s no evidence it has an animal welfare policy.
  • It appears to use exotic animal hair.
  • Responsible Wool Standard certifies some of the wool it sources.
  • It doesn’t appear to use leather, down, fur, angora, or exotic animal skin.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate The Knotty Ones “Good” overall.

Last updated April 2023