Looking for a new timepiece? These sustainable watch brands are creating an eco-friendly alternative to one of the most practical things we wear - the watch! As someone who tries to be on their phone very little, I like to wear a watch to tell the time to avoid constantly checking the phone. There are a few brands I have personally tried and love, which I’ve included in this list, along with a few others I’ve heard great things about.
What makes a watch ‘sustainable’?
I look for a few things when determining if a watch brand can be added to this list. The first, who made them? Each watch brand should have high factory standards and support ethical production. The second, what are they made from? Many of these brands use non-conflict and recycled materials to create their watches (one even uses solar to power - pretty impressive!). Third, what is the quality? Are these watches something you can wear for many years? Are they versatile? Are they affordable and accessible price-wise? We ask many questions before adding a new watch brand, and these have all passed the bill.
our top picks for the best sustainable & eco-friendly watches:
These beautiful watches from WoodWatch are so timeless. This ethical brand fights against climate change by planting 3 trees for each product sold. To date, they’ve planted 120,000 trees thanks to their customers!
You can add custom engraving on the back of the watches, which make for a perfect gift. Plus, they offer free worldwide shipping, a 45-day return policy, & a 2- year warranty. I own the Bellflower Flora Watch, and it is so beautiful!
As a Swiss girl myself, I think it would be silly not to have some watches from one of the most famous watch-making countries in the world.
Mondaine prioritizes sustainability, and they are one of the first entirely carbon-neutral watch companies globally (which extends to all areas of their business, including manufacturing). Their manufacturing warehouse is powered by solar energy, and their collection Essence uses sustainable materials like recycled PET bottles, cork lining, & castor bean oil.
My husband and I both have a watch from this brand, and love them! Nordgreen’s Chief Designer is inspired by nature and a desire to get a little simplicity back into our lives. Their interchangeable straps come in natural stainless steel links or vegan leather (made with both virgin and recycled synthetics), and make the watches very versatile. Their entire production is carbon offset and they partner with Danish factories that ensure ethical labor practices. Plus, every purchase gives back to one of three causes.
The swisstainable watch is made with Swiss movement (powertech) with low energy consumption, which allows an extended battery life of up to 10 years. In addition, the watch case body is made of 80% recycled stainless steel, and a single stamped monobloc case is designed to reduce carbon emissions during manufacturing. Plus, the straps are made of 50% recycled PET fiber and 50% plant-based material.
Original Grain was created by brothers Ryan and Andrew Beltran, who were inspired by their Pacific Northwest roots. They wanted to create a unique timepiece out of wood and steel and used reclaimed materials from things like Kentucky Bourbon barrels or Yankee™ Stadium seats making every watch one-of-a-kind. Besides reusing materials, they also plant trees with every purchase with their partnership, Trees for the Future.
An acronym for Transforming the Industry of Watches, TRIWA is committed to creating watches with a low carbon footprint that are traceable and transparent. They have a collection made from ocean plastic that is also water resistant making it great for outdoor adventures. Plus, with every watch, you can find its exact carbon footprint. They also donate to causes like Girl Up to fight gender inequality.
While not all Skagen’s watches are a part of their sustainable collection, they have several styles to choose from. Look for the leaf icon to see styles made with materials that meet one or more of their sustainable criteria, like solar movement, planet-friendly leather, or upcycled/recycled materials. Their eco-friendly versions are made with a 50% recycled stainless steel case and plant-forward shipping materials.
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