15 Sep

14 Most Ethical and Sustainable Clothing Brands From Berlin

Berlin is a cultural hotspot and is home to numerous conscious fashion labels that are not only trendy but are also more respectful of people, the planet, and animals. Here are 14 of our favourite sustainable clothing brands from Berlin.

Shining a light on the German capital

When you think about Berlin, fashion might not be the first word that comes to mind. But that doesn’t mean it’s not as attractive or impactful as fashion capitals like Paris or London.

The reality is, Germany’s capital is a vibrant, culture-rich city that attracts artists and creatives from all over the world. This has led the city to develop its own sense of style over time: a mix of streetwear, relaxed style, and alternative fashion that inspires people way outside of Germany’s borders.

Berlin is also one of these European cities actively working to become more sustainable.

This melting pot of culture, alternative fashion, and sustainability is the perfect environment for small and more ethical labels to emerge and flourish. Many of our favourite “Good” and “Great” rated labels are based in Berlin. Who are these more ethical Berlin-based fashion brands?

What makes a fashion brand more ethical than others?

Long story short, a responsible brand makes sure it positively affects our Earth and its inhabitants.

A more 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.

A more sustainable brand also cares about its use of resources and energy, reducing its carbon emissions, impact on our waterways, and using and disposing of chemicals safely.

Finally, a conscious 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 more ethical than others, you might decide to shop from companies located in your country or city. 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 Berlin, 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 from the German capital.

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Our favourite more ethical and sustainable brands from Berlin

Ambiletics

Rated: Good
Someone wearing dark blue animal print activewear by Ambiletics.

Ambiletics is a sustainable sports and yoga label from Munich. The brand is convinced that every (purchase) decision makes a difference. In the fashion sector in particular, far too little attention is paid to origin and production. Ambiletics wants to change this, so its motto is: MAKE IT MATTER.

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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 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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Shop Honest Basics.

Shop Honest Basics @ Urbankissed.

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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Shop Dawn Denim @ Cerqular.

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.

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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 sustainably. It uses natural colours, eco-friendly 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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Anekdot

Rated: Good

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Anekdot is a clothing brand that offers 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 ethical 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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RIANNA + NINA

Rated: Good

RIANNA + NINA produces colourful, vintage-inspired collections including loose silk dresses, kimono coats, and versatile blouses.

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Shop RIANNA + NINA.

Lilian von Trapp

Rated: Great

Lilian von Trapp is a contemporary jewellery brand that offers minimal and timeless designs, handcrafted from solid 14K recycled gold. For an ethical pair of classic diamond studs, look no further. These beauties are made from vintage diamonds, and come backed in rose, white, or yellow gold.

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WALD Berlin

Rated: Good

WALD Berlin is a clothing line that aims to empower women with jewellery made by the brand's fairtrade collective in Germany. While the inspiration behind WALD’s design stems from all over the world, from the founders’ experiences and travels abroad, the company still has its roots in Germany and is proud to be a fair trade and family-oriented business, supporting women, mothers and grandmothers all over Germany.

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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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Dear Darling Berlin

Rated: Good
Responsibly made gold jewellery by Dear Darling Berlin.

Dear Darling Berlin is a German jewellery label for the modern world. Its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production.

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Blutsgeschwister

Rated: Good

Blutsgeschwister is a German clothing brand that offers quality feel-good pieces. Find most items in sizes XS to 2XL.

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Shop Blutsgeschwister.

Staiy

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Staiy is a progressive marketplace with products spanning fashion, beauty, and accessories from all across Europe. It’s an alliance of brands, artists, and people standing for the same values, each on a mission to accelerate the transition towards sustainable fashion.

As well as curating the best sustainable brands, Staiy is focussed on creating a unique experience for its users with the power of AI. We all have our own personal style and preferences, and with this technology Staiy is shaping its platform to deliver a custom-made visual experience that adapts the more you use it.

Our favourite brands stocked by Staiy include KomodoKuyichi, and YU STEPANEL.

Shop sustainable fashion @ Staiy.

Editor's note

Feature image via Unsplash, 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. We may earn a commission on sales with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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