Where to shop ethically and consciously in the city
Ahh, Berlin, Germany’s cultural capital, the original home of hedonism and historical hub, you truly have it all. Whilst many visit, travel to and live in Berlin for its extraordinary history, it’s abundance of green places, international vibe and impressive art and music scene, the city also has endless shopping possibilities.
If you’re to wander around the city, you’ll come across a plethora of boutique, designers and high street stores and sometimes the choice can be a little overwhelming. If, like us, you’re interested in shopping sustainably and consciously, then keep reading and seek out those places in the city that pride themselves on offering quality products and being ethically minded.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 5-5a, 10119 Berlin
The Ecoalf philosophy is one so candid and truthful you simply can’t ignore it: ‘There is no planet B’ it reads. With sustainability at its heart, the brand uses recycled fabrics to create new products, revolutionising the concept of raw materials.
Aside from providing quality clothing for women, men and kids, the brand has undertaken some pretty ambitious projects to help keep our planet healthy. From creating shoes made entirely from ocean waste, to improving the plastic waste in Thailand, Ecoalf is a brand that is serious about sustainable fashion.
Conveniently, Ecoalf have both an online and in-store shop so check them out and do your little bit for the planet.
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 19, 10178 Berlin
Located in Mitte, this community store buys, sells and trades second hand clothes. 1231 allows you to clean out your closet and shift some old garms in exchange for store credit or cash.
Here you can hunt for those one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and make some cash at the same time! It’s the ultimate win-win situation and is an initiative that helps keep clothes waste to a minimum.
There are several Humanas scattered across the city allowing you to thrift shop to your heart’s desire. This second hand shop has everything from household goods to vintage pieces and casual wear.
Humana is a totally accessible place to shop if you are just starting out on your sustainable shopping journey as the prices are cheap and the choice is endless!
Schönleinstraße 10, 10967 Berlin
Based in Kreuzberg, Moeon prides itself on being a conscious platform that advocates, as well as creates, beautiful pieces in an ethical and fair way. Combining design with sustainability, the brand showcases international labels and designers, proving fashion can be simultaneously sustainable and stylish.
Moeon say that each of their products has its own individuality and story, so if you’re in the market for a particularly special gift or piece, then Moeon is the place to go.
Manteuffelstraße 77, 10999 Berlin
If you’re trying to be a little more conscious with your consumer habits, start with your shoes!
LoveCO have a selection of vegan shoes and clothing online and in store and with shops in both Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, you’ll have no problem shopping around for the perfect pair of ethical kicks.They also sell natural cosmetics and other sustainable lifestyle products, like deodorants and water bottles. So if you’re interested in an ethical, interesting products, then check out LoveCO.
Manteuffelstraße 19, 10997 Berlin
Folkdays is a label specialising in contemporary, fair fashion, selling everything from clothing, accessories and homeware. The brand offer sustainable, handmade products from all around the world and pride themselves on providing high quality items. Resisting ‘the fast fashion hype’, Folkdays focus on producing timeless classics that you can wear again and again.
Firmly behind the fair trade movement, Folkdays trade directly with a number of carefully selected artisans from across the globe.
Shopping consciously has a lot to do with where the product has come from, so if you’re interested in the origin, source and journey of your special item, then Folkdays is the place to head to.