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Sustainable fashion for women

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What does sustainable fashion mean?

To us, sustainability is being considerate of our planet and the people in it. Sustainability touches upon many aspects of fashion, such as ethical working conditions, environmental impact and animal welfare. This is a topic we care about which is why we have curated a selection of specially labeled products and sustainable brands, to make responsible shopping simple.

Read more about our criteria below, or find out more about Zalando's commitments to sustainability in our corporate responsibility section.

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Who benefits from sustainable fashion?

  1. 1. The planet. Save resources by using environmentally friendly materials and processing techniques. The result: less pollution of soil, air and water and a better future.
  2. 2. The people. Sustainable fashion also means ensuring a long-term future for those who make our clothes, with fair wages and safe working conditions as standard.
  3. 3. You. You can feel good that your favourite piece is helping to build a more sustainable world, as well as being made to last.

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Lyocell

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Organic Cotton

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Sustainable Denim

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Lyocell

Lyocell (also known as Tencel®) is a strong, soft and breathable fabric made from wood pulp, which is sourced from sustainably managed forests or fast growing renewable materials such as bamboo and eucalyptus. It's 100% biodegradable and produced using manufacturing techniques with less impact on the environment.

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Lyocell

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Organic Cotton

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Sustainable Denim

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Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is produced without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as pesticides, defoliants and fertilisers, or genetically-modified seeds.

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Lyocell

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Organic Cotton

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Sustainable Denim

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Sustainable denim

The future of denim is more sustainable. New methods are being implemented such as using recycled materials and organic cotton. Production processes are more efficient which use less water, energy and chemicals, such as waterless dyeing and ozone bleaching.

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RE:CYCLE – a limited collection

Using items from Zalando's overstock as a starting point, Viktor&Rolf create a collection of limited-edition, handcrafted pieces. RE:CYCLE reflects thoughtful attitude and a focus on conscious design, and is only available at Zalando.

Concious collections

To improve our planet, sustainability has become increasingly important in fashion. Brands understand this as well and strive to offer products that take both the environment and social aspects of sustainability into account.

Sustainable kids fashion

Whether pollutant-free or made of organic cotton, these cheerful designs make the little ones look even more adorable.

Frequently asked questions

What is eco fashion?
Ecological fashion, similar to green fashion, focuses on the environmentally-friendly aspects of sustainable fashion. This includes the use of organic, recycled and reusable fibres and the reduction of harmful chemicals.

What is ethical fashion / fair fashion?
Ethical / fair fashion focuses especially on social criteria, ensuring fair treatment of workers and an emphasis on the value of work done.

What is fair trade fashion?
Fair trade fashion is certified by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). It ensures good working conditions for employees, fair payment and transparency, while promoting opportunities for disadvantaged producers.

Why is sustainable fashion generally more expensive?
While on average, sustainable fashion can be 15%-40% more expensive (Dr. Grieger & Cie. Marktforschung 2016), this is not true for every product. Sustainable fashion can be more expensive due to a number of factors. Firstly, low-impact organic crops are often required to produce sustainable fashion, a large initial investment for the farmer and more labour intensive. Secondly, higher costs often result because of smaller production volumes as well as a higher regard for sustainable practices, such as manufacturing processes and better working conditions.

When does a product get a sustainable tag?
You will see products in the Zalando store flagged with a "sustainable" tag. So far, the criteria we use is based on the certifications the products carry. However, some of the brands don't have certifications, but are still taking big steps to become more sustainable. We're currently working on extending our sustainable flags.

When is a brand considered sustainable?
WThis is up to you. We have provided you with the best information to make an informed decision. Currently, there is no black and white definition for what is sustainable. Certain brands may only use specific fabrics, whereas others focus specifically on production processes. Some sustainability leaders are already thinking about circular design and biodegradability. We don't have all the answers yet, but it's a very exciting time to learn about new technologies and innovations. Please join us on this journey.

What can you do?
In a product life cycle, the use and end of life phases of the product often have the highest impact on the planet. You can change this by taking good care of your clothes and shoes, washing less at lower temperatures, repairing where possible and recycling at second-hand shops instead of disposing of them.

What sustainable certificates can you find in our shop?

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GOTS
A certification for textiles made from organic fibres. To pass the test, all fibres must be grown and processed according to strict environmental and toxicological criteria. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet processing. GOTS-certified products are made from at least 95% organic fibres. Every partner in the supply chain is verified.

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Fairtrade
A label of quality for fair and fair trade cotton. Fairtrade guarantees farmers a payment based on the global minimum price and additional trade premiums that they can invest in their local ecosystems. Fair crops protect the health and safety of farmers, promote efficient water use and prohibit the use of hazardous chemicals or genetically modified cottonseed.

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GRS
The Global Recycle Standard certifies products containing at least 20 percent recycled materials. This also tracks the process by which the recycled ingredients are integrated into the product. The seal sets high environmental and social criteria along the value chain.

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EU Ecolabel
The EU Ecoblabel is awarded to products and services that have high environmental protection requirements throughout the product cycle: from raw material extraction through production to distribution and disposal.

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Organic Cotton
A quality label to demarcate Zalando products made from at least 70% organic fibres, and certified according to the farming and production standards approved in the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) Family of Standards.