woman wearing ethical beige and black striped jumper by German brand LANIUS
23 Mar
woman wearing ethical beige and black striped jumper by German brand LANIUS

21 Clothing Brands From Germany Doing Better by People and the Planet

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Known for unconventional designers and world famous outdoor wear brands, Germany is up there with one of the most influential regions for fashion today. So, which German brands are doing better for people, the planet, and animals?

Diving into some of Germany’s most responsible brands

The signs are clear: sustainability is becoming increasingly important. A growing number of people are looking for ways to reduce their impact on the planet and, as a result, more and more responsible fashion brands are emerging to both meet the growing demand and help change the fashion industry for the better. But which German clothing brands are worth your support? First, here’s what you need to know about what makes a brand more ethical and sustainable in the first place.

What makes a better brand?

Simply put, a responsible brand makes sure it positively impacts on people, the planet, and animals.

It 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.

A better 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, it 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 makes a responsible brand, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or region. Whether it is to support your community at home or reduce your carbon footprint when shopping online, shopping locally can have positive benefits.

So if you live in Germany or want to support German labels, you might wonder which clothing brands are doing better. We know how you feel, which is why we compiled this list of “Good” or “Great” rated fashion brands either based or produced in Germany.

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Our favourite more ethical and sustainable brands from Germany

Armedangels

Rated: Great

Innovative, responsible, and on-trend. Germany’s Armedangels gets a top score overall from us. The brand covers all the basics in womenswear, menswear, and kidswear. Armedangels' quality and long-lasting pieces are made from lower-impact 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.

Its products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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LANIUS

Rated: Good
Someone in blue Tencel blouse and pants from Summer collection by LANIUS.

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

LANIUS' clothes are available in EU sizes 34-44.

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Vatter

Rated: Great

Munich-based VATTER creates more sustainable and long-lasting underwear, using 100% vegan lower-impact materials, including GOTS certified cotton, without sacrificing design and aesthetics.

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REER3

Rated: Good
two images of people in clothing by REER3

Founded by a Brazilian-born fashion designer and artist based in Germany, REER3 stands for slow fashion streetwear in a reduced design, produced more sustainably. It uses lower-impact dyes and materials such as organically grown, GOTS certified cotton and recycled polyester, and it's 100% vegan.

Find the range in XS-2XL.

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Infantium Victoria

Rated: Good
young POC girl wearing preloved green velvet dress by ethical vegan brand Infantium Victoria

Infantium Victoria offers beautiful vegan luxury for all ages. This German brand scores highly across the board. Its products are certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and it sells previously owned products to minimise textile waste.

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Honest Basics

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

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

The range is available in sizes XS-L.

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Anekdot

Rated: Good

Anekdot is a clothing brand that offers more sustainable designer underwear, swimwear, and loungewear handmade in Berlin. They create exquisite intimates upcycling materials from production leftovers, deadstock, and vintage trimmings giving them a new chance to be enjoyed in the process creating limited edition products.

Find most products in sizes XS-XL.

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Jyoti – Fair Works

Rated: Good

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 responsible fashion practices, this German company provides employment for people from marginalised or disadvantaged groups in India.

Sizes available are S-XL.

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Nina Rein

Rated: Good

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Nina Rein is a German brand that creates more sustainable business attire in Europe under fair conditions. The brand's aesthetic is clean, feminine, and colourful, and each piece includes little details everyone loves.

Find most items in sizes 34 to 44.

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JAN ‘N JUNE

Rated: Good

JAN 'N JUNE is a more sustainable, fair and transparent fashion label from Hamburg. Created by young female entrepreneurs who could not find what they were looking for and decided to make it themselves, this minimalistic, super stylish fair fashion label, succeeds in being more sustainable and affordable at the same time.

Find sizes XS-XL.

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Dawn Denim

Rated: Great

Dawn Denim is a German denim brand that features jeans that fit our times. The brand strives to empower women to change the way clothes are made, sold and worn. Making your butt look good in jeans is a welcomed side-effect.

Find the jeans in XS-3XL.

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NOAH

Rated: Good

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. This German brand's high-quality and long-lasting shoes are hand-crafted in Italy, using a small proportion of lower-impact materials.

Find them in EU sizes 35-42.

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Orbasics

Rated: Great
Two toddlers wearing neutral matching sweatsuits by Orbasics.

Orbasics is a stylish and simple German clothing brand that turns the softest organic cotton into gorgeous clothes that last. Born from a desire to seek out high-quality, gender neutral organic clothes for her daughter, founder Lilija took matters into her own hands. Orbasics thoughtfully chooses more ethical and responsible options from harvest to production, using 100% GOTS certified cotton and certified local production partners.

Find the adult range in sizes 2XS-2XL and kids range in 92-152.

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NIKIN

Rated: Good
Sustainable socks in navy

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride.

Products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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bleed

Rated: Good
woman wearing bleed clothing

bleed was founded in 2008 by German skateboarder Michael Spitzbarth. 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!

Sizes XS-XL are available in most styles.

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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

Rated: Good
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 "Good" rating for its commitment to lower-impact materials and its treatment of garment workers, including ensuring suppliers pay a living wage.

Find clothes for kids aged 0-10.

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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 that covers all of the ILO Four Fundamental Freedom principles. Find the range in 2XS-4XL.

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Editor's note

Feature image via LANIU, 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 thousands of rated brands.

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