Looking for sustainable fashion brands that exemplify fair trade and environmentalism? Then you've come to the right place! The Fast Fashion Industry with cheaply produced mass goods and new trends every week aims to make people buy more and more clothing. The enormous consumption of resources and the pollution of nature are just some of the consequences of this high-speed cheap fashion. Fortunately, there are also down-to-earth labels that produce fair, high-quality and above all sustainable T-shirts, sweaters and Dresses manufacture.
In this article I would like to introduce you to the fairest and greenest fashion labels and show you why they belong in this list. Let's go!
Here you can find a short overview in advance:
The Hamburg-based fashion label proves that even outdoor clothing can be sustainable - even if the range goes far beyond that. Above all, the promotion of fair working conditions at all production locations, the Support of social projects on siteand the promotion of sustainable working practices among its own employees are the hallmarks of Elkline. As a customer, you can even transparently see the path of a product through the entire supply chain.
- Material: a.o. hemp, organic cotton, linen, recycled polyester
- Manufacture: a.o. in Turkey, India
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Elkline*
2. recolution - urban, sustainable, uncompromising
"Long-lasting favorite pieces designed in Hamburg, produced in Europe and developed for a world that should still be worth living in tomorrow." - says the about section of the sustainable, fair Hamburg fashion label. Sustainable, because the team relies on eco-friendly materials like cotton and wood, rather than petroleum, for their in-house garments. Fair, because the GOTS and "PETA approved-vegan" certificationand compliance with social standards is a basic requirement. Clothing that is not sold goes to needy people and aid organizations.
- Material: a.o. organic cotton, ecovero, wood
- Manufacture: a.o. in Portugal, Turkey, India
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Recolution
The Spanish fashion brand is one of the pioneers when it comes to Fashion from recycled plastic waste goes. Ecoalf offers a wide range of garments made from salvaged fishing nets and plastic bottles, for example. So this label should be especially exciting for those who want to use the Zero Waste Lifestyle have discovered for themselves.
- Material: a.o. linen, recycled cotton, recycled plastic waste
- Manufacture: a.o. in Thailand, Spain
- Discover: Ecoalf sustainable fashion brand*
Tip: About Recycling fashion I also talked in an interview with URA Collective, another sustainable fashion label. Feel free to check it out!
4. bleed - 100% ECO, 100% FAIR, 150% YEAH!
The fashion label was founded in 2008 by skateboarder Michael Spitzbarth and is one of the best-known sustainable brands. The clothing is made to 100 percent vegan and animal cruelty free produced. Organic cotton is found in many garments - and the label's fashion is also produced from regenerated fishing nets. Compliance with social standards, such as the payment of fair wages, the prohibition of child labor, appropriate working hours or health insurance are a matter of course.
- Material: a.o. organic cotton, recycled fishing nets
- Manufacture: Germany, Croatia and Portugal, among others
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand bleed*
5. wijld - We make fair fashion from wood
Every now and then you hear that sustainable fashion is boring. Wijld proves the opposite and produces really stylish, fair and environmentally friendly garments made of wood from sustainable forestry. And in a large assortment - from knitted sweaters to functional shirts.
- Material: a.o. Wood
- Manufacture: a.o. in Portugal
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand wijld
6. cossac - timeless, fashionable and ethical
"We want to create timeless, yet trendy garments; beautiful, yet ethical." - says the London-based fashion label on its website. These values can also be seen very well in the in-house creations. The company manufactures its garments in Portugal and relies on green materials - from jumpsuits to packaging. Another special feature of the label: produced only in small quantitiesto avoid store waste and the wastage of natural resources to avoid.
- Material: a.o. Tencel, Modal, Cotton
- Manufacture: a.o. in Portugal
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Cossac*
7. dedicated - clothing that is social
The fashion label from Cologne lives values like Transparency and honesty before. Cooperation with suppliers is designed for the long term. The entire supply chain should act sustainably. Therefore, all of the label's partners also pursue sustainable values and compliance with serious social standards. In the online store you will find an extensive range of clothing made primarily from GOTS-certified organic cotton and exclusively recycled polyester.
- Material: a.o. Tencel, organic cotton, recycled polyester
- Manufacture: a.o. in India
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Dedicated*
Organic Basics - Environmentally friendly. Fairly produced.
Organic Basics works exclusively with partners who take responsibility for the environment and climate protection. At the sustainable fashion label from Denmark are both the material and the style durable. Organic cotton in combination with minimalist, timeless designs, as well as recycled fashion made of cashmere, wool or nylon make Organic Basics a particularly refreshing company in the otherwise unfortunately fast-moving fashion world.
- Material: a.o. organic cotton, recycled nylon, Tencel
- Manufacture: i.a. in Italy, Portugal, Austria
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Organic Basics
9 Jan n'June - Fair and sustainable fashion
The Hamburg fashion brand produces cool, fresh and timeless designs from sustainable materials. In the diverse online store, it is easy to see that the founders pursue a holistic sustainable philosophy - from the production of the material to the sale.
- Material: Organic cotton, linen, recycled cashmere and polyester among others.
- Manufacture: a.o. in Poland, Portugal, Turkey
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Jan n'June*
10. vārm - fair and environmentally friendly brand that excludes no one.
The German fashion brand works exclusively with natural materials and uses a maximum of recycled animal fibers. It works exclusively with GOTS-certified suppliers from Europe. The brand is driven primarily by frustration with the fashion industry.
- Material: a.o. organic cotton, recycled wool and cashmere
- Manufacture: a.o. Portugal, Italy
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand vārm
11 Armedangels - Here to make change
"We are not here to make fashion - we are here to make change" - an unmistakable mission. Accordingly, in the online store of the Cologne-based fashion label you will also find only strictly controlled, fairly produced and sustainable garments with great selection for men and women. The label proves with its minimalist, modern designs that ecological, sustainable fashion is anything but boring.
- Material: a.o. organic cotton, wood
- Manufacture: a.o. in Turkey, China, Portugal
- Discover: Sustainable fashion brand Armedangels*
More sustainable fashion brands? There are more and more brands with green philosophy! Thinking Mu, Living Crafts, Cossac, Lovjoi, Degree Clothing, Treches, Armor Lux, Revived, Two Thirds, patagonia, Jan'n June, MELAWEAR, Bidges & Sons or Givn Berlin - just to name a few more, not to go beyond the scope of this post.
Prefer sustainable fashion brands when buying new
If the purchase of a new t-shirt, jacket, hoodie or jeans is unavoidable, then be sure to first look around at the brands that act future-oriented and fair. With this list, you already have a few places to start. So excuses don't count 😉.
I hope that I could help you with this article! Do you have any questions, tips or suggestions? Can you think of any other brands and labels that are pioneers in terms of environmental protection, sustainability and fair trade clothing? Then feel free to write me a comment!
PS.: Buying the fashion of fair brands is one thing - being more conscious and appreciative of clothing is another. In the article about Slow Fashion you will learn how to avoid buying a new one, if possible, in order to still live more resource friendly.