Material Sourcing (ENG)

The sourcing of fabrics and notions for the production of sustainable clothing is still pretty difficult as the number of suppliers has been increasing just lately. To provide a help with the often time-consuming research, we listed some relevant German and international sources for smaller or bigger orders, that we know about.

The range of products, that are declared sustainable and ethical, is quite small. This is why we tried to show a wide selection. As always, everyone has to evaluate  the believability and the level of sustainability for himself. So please stay critical, think for yourselfs and choose the right product for your philosophy.

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LOCAL DEALERS AND ONLINE SHOPS FOR PRIVATE CUSTOMERS (B2C / + B2B)

 

Siebenblau (D) – GOTS audited and specialized trade shop for ecological and fair produced organic fabrics and fixings of different certification (GOTS, kbA, kbT,Fairtrade) in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, Germany, also available online: www.siebenblau.de

Nelly Morelly (D) – GOTS certified retail store in Leipzig, Germany and online shop for ecologically certified yardware: http://nelly-morelly.de/

Meterwerk (D) – organic fabrics and notions in the online shop and local store in Augsburg, Germany: www.meterwerk.de

Das Blaue Tuch (D) – online shop and retail shop for organic fabrics in Munich, Germany: www.dasblauetuch.com

Stoffbotin (D) – German online shop for organic fabrics and notions: www.stoffbotin.de

Seidentraum (D) – GOTS certified online shop for organic silk fibres as well as yardware and fashion products made of ecologically and fair traded silk or Ahimsa silk / Peace Silk (non-violent silk), B2B service available: http://www.seidentraum.biz

Offset Warehouse – ‘All you need to create beautiful ethical clothing and interiors’: www.offsetwarehouse.com

Bio Tissus – GOTS certified online store selling organic cotton fabrics as well as linen and flax fabrics domiciled in France: http://biotissus.com

Truecolours Textiles – specialized online shop for certified organic, socially produced and naturally dyed fabrics, with B2B option and a showroom in Amsterdam, Netherlands: http://truecolourstextiles.com

Organic Textile Company – UK based online shop for organic cotton and sustainable, fair traded fabrics from bamboo and linen, available in wholesale prices (B2B): http://www.organiccotton.biz/store/

Maison d’Edition A.C. – online shop for private as well as wholesale costumers (B2B) with a range of organic fabrics that are produced in France: www.lestrouvaillesdamandine.com

 

FOR COMPANIES / FASHION DESIGNERS / STUDENTS (B2B)

 

Interloom (D) – international online database platform for (co-) sourcing and selling sustainable fabrics based on ecological and fair principles: www.interloom.org

> great choice of different materials and colours

> minimum purchase: ≥ 1 m or higher, depends on supplier and prices depend on quantity

> collective orders possible

Lebenskleidung (D) – GOTS certified Berlin-based textile agency with focus on ecologically and fair produced cotton as well as silk and linen fabrics: www.lebenskleidung.com

> great choice of jerseys and basic cotton weaves in various colours

> minimum purchase: ≥ 1 m, prices depend on quantity

> collective orders possible

Ecological Textiles – Dutch webshop of fabrics, fibres, yarns and dyes that are manufactured and processed in a sustainable way: http://webshop.ecologicaltextiles.nl

> minimum purchase: around 5 m, depends on supplier

Le Souk – online marketplace for global direct and transparent industrial fabric and leather sourcing from the ‘the world’s finest mills & tanneries’ in a ‘trusted supplier network’; at first under Source4Style with only sustainable artisan fabrics, initiated by the committed ‘Eco’-Topmodel Summer Rayne Oakes: http://www.lesouk.co

> great choice of artisan textiles from various continents, partly produced according to fairtrade and ecological standards

> minimum purchase: ≥ 1 m or much higher, depends on supplier; be aware of high shipping costs depending on distances

> our research results of fair and sustainable textiles producers on Le Souk (COMING SOON)

C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy) – consulting service and multi-platform network that showcases innovative and sustainable textiles at showrooms in Milan, London, Copenhagen, Madrid and New York: www.classecohub.org

BIMECO (D) – consultancy agency for purchasing suitable yarns, like GOTS and Fairtrade certified yarn, based on an ethical Code of Conduct according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Core Labour Standards: http://www.bimeco.eu

 

PRODUCERS OF TEXTILES AND NOTIONS

 

Cocccon (D) – GOTS audited German producer specialized in organic and non-violent silk fabrics, using traditional hand printing and embroidery techniques from India: www.cocccon.de

Organic Cotton Colours – socially and environmentally responsible Spanish manufacturer and producer of un-dyed organic cotton from Brazil for fabrics of different natural colours, available for private as well as wholesale customers (B2C + B2B), certified with GOTS for every phase of the production process: spinning, weaving, manufacture and distribution: www.organiccottoncolours.com or http://shop.organiccottoncolours.com

Cornish Organic Wool – company from Cornwall, UK that trades 100% organically produced, spun and hand dyed wool from Soil Associations accredited or OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd) certified farmers, who are dedicated to the welfare of their sheep: www.cornishorganicwool.co.uk

Knopf Budke (D) – manufacturer of GOTS certified buttons of natural material and also custom-made production: www.knopf-budke.com

Hartmann Knöpfe (D) – German supplier who offers ‘eco-buttons’ made of  renewable natural materials like cellulose, lignin, resin and wax, 100% biodegradable and free of substances harmful for the environment: http://www.hartmann-knoepfe.de/Kollektion/Oeko-Knoepfe®%20/3008/ (D, ENG) bzw. http://www.hartmann-knoepfe.de/Presseberichte/FTT/4003/

YKK – offers NATULON® zippers made of recycled materials such as PET bottles or made from chemically recycled (post consumer) polyester as part of a ‘perpetual’ closed loop recycling program; also  natural coloured ‘organic cotton’ tapes are available, but only with 45% organic cotton next to at least 9% polyester, as well as conventional cotton tapes produced in Germany: www.ykkfastening.com

GOTS certified sewing thread of organic cotton from Egypt by Scanfil (located close to Hamburg) available in different shops (s. above)

Johann Mueller AG – Swiss partner for yarn and fabric finishing – Cradle to Cradle, IVN Best and GOTS certified dyeing and manufacturing company, which also produces Sewing Yarn Natura made of 100% cellulosic fibers (Tencel® from Lenzing) or organic cotton, that has achieved Cradle to Cradle Certified™ GOLD: www.mueller-textil.ch or http://www.c2ccertified.org/products/scorecard/sewing-yarn-natura-johann-mueller-ag

Schoeller – Austrian spinning company that offers GOTS and IVN Best certified industrial knitting yarns from merino wool and cotton: http://www.schoeller-wool.com/Organic

Venne-Colcoton – Dutch René van der Venne produces as a global supplier next to other textile craft materials also GOTS certified cotton/linen yarns with the series name ‘Cottoline’ in various colours: www.vennecolcoton.com

 

TRADESHOWS

 

Future Fabrics Expo – annual event and virtual showcase that promotes innovative and commercially viable fibres, fabrics and products with sustainable values, presented by The Sustainable Angle in London, UK: http://www.thesustainableangle.org/future-fabrics/

 

MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

 

Common Works (D) – Berlin-based GOTS audited manufacturing agency for the production of clothing with in-house sample studio, which stands for transparent and sustainable production management: www.common-works.org

The government-funded project ‘Berlin Poland‘ offers a free investigation of Polish production partners resulting in up to five verified manufacturer contacts: http://berlinpoland.eu/produktion-polen

 

FURTHER SOURCING DATABASES

 

Fashion Sourcebook – B2B network for fashion designers, textile craftspeople, suppliers and services of the fashion industry to realize textile projects and productions together, with focus on Berlin fashion production, initiated by NEMONA placement and Common Works (s. above): http://fashion-sourcebook.net

Ethical Fashion Source Database – worldwide database of ethical fashion businesses and resources with a directory that lists suppliers of fair trade, ethical, organic fabrics, components and manufacturing services: www.ethicalfashionforum.com/source-directory/

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