The 14 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from Germany - Good On You
woman wearing ethical beige and black striped jumper by German brand LANIUS
14 Sep
woman wearing ethical beige and black striped jumper by German brand LANIUS

The 14 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands from Germany

There’s no denying it: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. More and more people are trying to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, a growing number of ethical and sustainable fashion brands are arising to both meet the demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which clothing brands are ethical? First, let’s learn about what makes a brand ethical in the first place.

What makes an ethical brand?

Long story short, an ethical brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.

An ethical brand ensures its workers are treated fairly across the supply chain. This includes policies and practices on child labour, forced labour, worker safety, the right to join a union, and payment of a living wage.

An ethical brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, as well as using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, an ethical brand uses no or very few animal products, like wool, leather, fur, angora, down feather, shearling, karakul, and exotic animal skin and hair. Ideally, the brand is 100% vegan!

Now that you know what to look for to determine whether a brand is ethical or not, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether it is to support your local communities or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally has many great benefits.

So if you live in Germany, you might be wondering which clothing brands are ethical. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of eco-friendly and conscious fashion brands from Germany. These 14 brands have all been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ using our first-class methodology and are amongst our favourites.

Not from Germany? Check out our favourite brands from the UKEurope, LAthe USA and Canada, or Australia and New Zealand.

Armedangels

Rated: Great

Affordable, ethical and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a ‘Great’ rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men and kids. Armedangels quality and long-lasting pieces are made from eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad.

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LANIUS

Rated: Good

“Love Fashion, Think Organic, Be Responsible” are the maxims of LANIUS. It uses eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton. All LANIUS facilities are SA8000 certified and it is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation.

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Vatter

Rated: Great

Munich-based VATTER creates sustainable and long-lasting underwear, using 100& vegan and environmentally-friendly materials, including GOTS certified cotton, without sacrificing design and aesthetics.

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Shop VATTER.

Honest Basics

Rated: Great
woman wearing sustainable white t-shirt by honest basics

Honest Basics is a GOTS-certified basics brand based in Germany. They're on a mission to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, by keeping their prices low, making quality basics that everyone has in their wardrobe and by constantly improving the sustainability of their products and their supply chain.

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good
sustainable beach bag by Jyoti

For those living in Europe, you’re lucky enough to be able to get your hands on the beautiful 100% GOTS cotton products created by Jyoti. Truly embodying ethical fashion practices, this company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India, uses only organic cotton in production, and no animal products!

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bleed

Rated: Great
woman wearing bleed clothing

bleed was founded in 2008 by German skateboarder Michael Spitzbarth who had worked for a few years as a freelancer for various clothing companies after finishing his studies. bleed's mission is to inspire a sustainable lifestyle that excites and easily integrates into our daily life, by creating ecological, vegan and fairly produced sports and streetwear.

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pinqponq

Rated: Great

pinqponq is a German brand that makes stylish and functional bags out of recycled plastic. It sources materials under the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct and traces all of its supply chain. The brand is also 100% vegan.

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Ucon Acrobatics

Rated: Good
sustainably made metallic blue backpack by ethical German brand Ucon Acrobatics

Ucon Acrobatics strongly believes in the idea of innovative, functional, and minimalistic products for creative consumers. It makes products with a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton, and uses renewable energy in its direct operations to reduce its climate impact, while also ensuring payment of a living wage at the final stage of production.

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LangerChen

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable beige outdoor coat by ethical German brand LangerChen

LangerChen is a high-quality eco-outdoor brand for men and women that stands out through its timeless look and maximum functionality. The brand puts its people first by ensuring payment of a living wage across most of its supply chain, and visiting suppliers regularly. Bravo!

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ThokkThokk

Rated: Great

ThokkThokk creates striking minimalistic graphic designs bursting with energy that are ecologically and fairly produced.

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Sense Organics (0-6 years)

Rated: Great
boy wearing blue sense organics t-shirt

Sense Organics is an established German brand that has been dressing kids in its colourful organic cotton range for 18 years. We give it a ‘Great’ rating for its commitment to eco-friendly materials and its treatment of garment workers, including ensuring suppliers pay a living wage.

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Vieri

Rated: Good
sustainably jewellery by ethical German brand Vieri

German based Vieri creates breathtaking luxury jewellery made from ethical gold. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and traces its entire supply chain.

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VAUDE

Rated: Good
black vaude puffer jacket

Vaude is a European family-run outdoor wear brand. It sustainably produces clothes and materials for the outdoors, using eco-friendly materials, like recycled fabrics. It is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and has a Code of Conduct which covers all of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedom principles.

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NIKIN

Rated: Good
Sustainable socks in navy

If you’re the kind of person who wears their morals look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a pair of these lovelies, you also get to show your tree pride! The ultra-comfortable TreeSocks will complement your look perfectly and accompany you every step of the way.

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Shop NIKIN.

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Editor's note

Feature image by LANIUS, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. Use our Directory to search more than 2,500 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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