We only source and carry brands that share our values for ethical and eco-friendly fashion. For smaller labels, it can be expensive to get official certification from an international organization like Fair Trade or GOTS. Still, we find many labels that operate sustainably in a variety of ways. Also, the jungle of certificates is sometimes rather confusing. That's why we have created our own guide with five categories. You can find this on all labels, in the store and online next to the products
What the categories mean:
Organic cotton uses much less water than conventional cotton and is pesticide-free.
Organic wool from animals raised organically.
Wild silk collected after the caterpillar has left the cocoon, the caterpillars are not killed in this process.
Lyocell and Eco Vero (Tencel) are regenerative fibers made from beech or eucalyptus wood, with the use of chemicals, in an award-winning closed-loop process.
Leather that has been vegetable tanned, contains low levels of chrome tannin (low chrome leather) or is 100% chrome free.
Linen and hemp, even those grown conventionally, use less water than cotton crops, and the plants are also highly resistant to pests.
Wild rubber collected at fair prices and tapped in a sustainable manner.
Wage security and legal minimum wages or living wages.
Trade union freedom gives workers the right to organize and protect themselves.
Workplace safety in terms of work on machinery, storage and handling of hazardous materials, and building security.
Secured working conditions that include working hours and overtime, sick leave and vacation days, and employment contracts and temporary contracts.
Many of our products are manufactured in the European Union, which means that working conditions must be met in accordance with European law. For example, the respective countries' minimum wages must be paid. Child labor is excluded here.
The processing of materials is mostly done by hand. Of course, machines are used here as well, e.g. a sewing machine, but the production is not piecework and partly requires traditional handicraft techniques. This can also mean, for example, that a garment was sewn at home in Berlin.
Recycled means that the material used was once part of or made from another garment or product.
Upcycling, on the other hand, refers to the creation of new products from old or unused clothing.