We were able to reduce CO2 emissions. That's over 3,068 flights from Frankfurt to New York. And that's just because of the use of organic cotton.
Water saved. This corresponds to 47,727,680 bathtubs.
we left behind healthy soil. With this we have protected an area of 20,706 football pitches from leaching. And preserves the fertility of the soil.
We audited or visited our partners in 2021 despite the pandemic. We know 100% of our partners personally.
The fibers we use are natural fibers.
our materials consist of only one material. This enables sorted recycling.
We think in cycles and give our cuttings and yarn leftovers a second life. This is how new favorite pieces are created from our own production leftovers. For a sustainable material cycle system. Resource-saving and without the use of harmful chemicals. This is our BetterRecycling collection.More about our leftover recycling
With our BetterRecycling Denim, we are laying the foundation for a revolution in fashion production.More about our fashion revolution
Mules, slip-ons, sneakers - our organic selvedge denim ensures a good appearance thanks to upcycling.More about our upcycled shoes
Our aim is to be an international role model for labor and social standards and to continuously develop them further. That is why we are regularly certified by non-profit and government organizations. Our Impact Report also documents every year how we develop, implement and further promote sustainable measures.
Transparency from cultivation to the hanger: Find out more about our production facilities and materials.
We select our production sites carefully and only work with partners who share our mindset.
We carry out regular checks and have introduced independent contact and complaints offices.
We regularly train employees and management in all our sites and areas.
We have been awarded leader status by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) since 2017 and are committed to implementing high social standards and good working conditions.
FWF is an independent, internationally active multi-stakeholder organization. Their goals are to improve working conditions in clothing manufacturers and to promote collective social responsibility. This happens, for example, through international dialogue with unions, workers, management and brands, through audits, training and the establishment of a neutral international grievance mechanism for workers in the textile industry. As the first German brand, hessnatur joined the FWF in 2005.
OUR VISION: A FAIR FUTURE. FOR EVERYBODY.
High social standards, fair working conditions, promising perspectives - the future of our partners' workers is also our responsibility. That's why we rely on fair prices, long-term partnerships, training and education. The Workplace Education Program (WEP) initiated by the Fair Wear Foundation informs workers and management about their rights, obligations and social standards. Awareness training also teaches communication mechanisms that can improve working conditions. At hessnatur itself, too, all new employees take part in an onboarding session on the values and practiced sustainability in the company.
For us, trusting in nature means using natural materials from controlled organic cultivation during production. Environmentally friendly processes and good working conditions are equally important. Learn more about the making and life of our fashion:
Strict ecological guidelines and regular controls ensure modern sustainability.
All organic - from cotton seeds and organic fertilizers to crop rotation and natural pest control.
Only good yarn becomes good fabric. It is strictly controlled that there is no contamination with conventional fibers.
The manufacturing process uses natural sizing agents to protect the yarn against wear and tear.
We conserve materials and resources by using oxygen for bleaching, dyes without toxic heavy metals and water recycling systems, among other things.
We are always in close contact with production facilities and, in cooperation with the FWF, we continuously strive for better working conditions.
We pay attention to short transport routes and environmentally friendly packaging - one of the reasons why we focus on production in Europe.
The eight core labor standards are based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the UN Declaration of Human Rights. They expressly regulate the working conditions at our production sites.
Our social standards address many issues that are also covered by local legislation in the production countries - however, the rules do not always correspond to one another. In all cases where there are differences between our social standards and local legislation, the stricter regulation takes precedence.
There must be no forced labour, including slave or prison labor (ILO Conventions 29 and 105). For example, employees must not be forced to give a “deposit” or identity papers to the employer.
Equal opportunities and equal treatment must be ensured in recruitment, wage policy, access to training programs, promotion and termination practices and all other aspects of the employment relationship, regardless of race, skin color, gender, religion, political opinion, nationality, social origin or other distinguishing features (ILO Conventions 100 and 111).
Child labor must not be used. Only employees who are at least 15 years old or have passed compulsory school age (ILO Convention 138) are hired. If child workers are to be dismissed, sufficient financial transitional aid and appropriate educational opportunities must be offered. Prohibited are "all forms of slavery or all practices similar to slavery, such as the sale of children and child trafficking, debt bondage and serfdom, as well as forced or compulsory labor[... ]". Young people between the ages of 15 and 18 are also not allowed to do any work that could endanger their health and safety. You may e.g. B. do not work at night or work excessively long hours (ILO Convention 182).
The right of all workers to form and join trade unions (“freedom of association”) and the right to collective bargaining (“collective bargaining”) is recognized (ILO Conventions 87 and 98). Worker representatives must not be discriminated against and must have access to all necessary workplaces in order to be able to carry out their representative function (ILO Convention 135 and Recommendation 143). In the event that the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining is prohibited by law, the employer should have a positive attitude towards the work of trade unions and be open to their activities in terms of organizing workers.
Wages and other benefits for a normal working week must at least correspond to the statutory or industry minimum wages. Wages should be sufficient to meet the basic needs of employees and their families and also include an amount at their disposal (ILO Conventions 26 and 131). The latter is a procedural requirement and every possible measure must be taken to achieve this goal. Neither are deductions allowed from wages as a punitive measure, nor are deductions allowed without the express permission of the workers concerned that are not made through the national laws are justified. Before starting work, all employees receive written and understandable information about the wage conditions and the exact details of their wages for each payment period.
Working hours must be determined in accordance with applicable laws and industry standards. Employees shall not be required to work an average of more than 48 hours per week and shall have at least one day off in any 7 day period. Overtime must be voluntary, must not exceed 12 hours per week, must not be ordered on a regular basis and must always be compensated with an overtime bonus in line with legal requirements (ILO Convention 1).
A safe and hygienic working environment shall be provided and the highest level of health and safety promoted in the workplace, taking into account current knowledge of the industry and any specific hazards. For this purpose, appropriate protective equipment should be provided and the workers should be trained in its use. Physical abuse, threats of physical abuse, unusual punishments or discipline, sexual and other harassment, and intimidation by the employer are strictly prohibited.
The labor and social obligations towards employees arising from the regular employment relationship must not be circumvented, not even through unilateral contracts binding only the employees or training programs that are not really aimed at imparting skills or regular employment. Younger workers should be given the opportunity to participate in education and training programs.
We want to rethink sustainability. That's why climate-neutral is not enough for us. We want more. We want to become nature-positive throughout our value chain. We think that the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity are equally important - that's why we're tackling both problems directly. In order to achieve this goal, we take a close look at every aspect of our supply chain and align the entire textile chain with a nature-positive future.
Tomorrow's world builds on today's resources. We see a sustainable production process not only as our responsibility, but as an investment in the future.
We save energy.
We use the latest technologies to reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gases in the production of our textiles.
We save water.
Thanks to our recycling system, we prevent water scarcity and pollution at every stage of production. And with just one BIO-DENIM we save up to 45,000 bottles of water.
We protect floors.
Through our ecological cultivation and grazing methods, we keep soil fertile now and for future generations.
We preserve biodiversity.
We protect ecosystems and biodiversity by using organic fertilizers and natural enemies of pests.
By the way: 99.6% of the fibers we use are natural fibers. In addition, 78% of our materials consist of only one material, which means that sorted recycling is possible.
Our fashion was organic before organic was fashionable. For more than 45 years we have stood for more tomorrow. Purpose has been a must for us since we were founded. Every day we prove that fashion and sustainability don't have to be mutually exclusive. This striving is an elementary part of our DNA, regardless of the zeitgeist. Because we are firmly convinced that consistent action in harmony with nature and fair cooperation will never go out of fashion.
Out of the desire for natural baby clothing, Dorothea and Heinz Hess founded hessnatur in 1976. Today, more than 45 years later, more than 350 employees work at hessnatur, who work every day for more tomorrow. Every year, we not only allow ourselves to be put through our paces several times by external organizations in terms of sustainability, but also set our own standards with the hessnatur guidelines.
Our mission has always remained the same: to produce fashion from sustainable and natural materials that Respects people and the environment while conserving resources. Fashion that takes responsibility - also for the people who make it. Because everyone has a right to fairness. We live this tradition every day out of conviction.
Heinz and Dorothea Hess found hessnatur with the idea of making fashion from sustainable and natural materials that respects the environment and people.
With the Sekem farm in Egypt, Heinz Hess realizes the world's first organic cotton project. Other organic cotton projects follow.
hessnatur starts an organic cotton project in Senegal and another organic cotton project in Peru.
The first website goes online.
hessnatur protects the old breed from dying out with a purchase guarantee for the wool of Rhön sheep.
hessnatur starts an organic cotton project in Turkey.
hessnatur supports the New SADLE project in Nepal and the Nepra eV initiative, which works to integrate people who were formerly leprous.
hessnatur becomes the first German member of the Fear Wear Foundation.
Together with the Swiss development organization Helvetas, hessnatur establishes a cultivation project for organic cotton in Burkina Faso.
Together with the Institute for Biodynamic Research (IBDF), hessnatur is launching the first production of Hessen linen.
hessnatur wins the German Sustainability Award in the Purchasing category and is recognized for the exemplary, fair and ecological supply chain.
hessnatur announces the first European design award for green and sustainable fashion, the Humanity in Fashion Award (HIFA).
The internationally renowned designers Eviana Hartman, Miguel Adrover and Clodagh create their own collection for hessnatur.
For the first time, a customer council is elected at hessnatur.
The first comprehensive sustainability report is published, documenting the high level of quality in social and ecological standards.
hessnatur is the first company to sign the federal government's "Alliance for Sustainable Textiles".
After the great earthquake catastrophe, employees and management initiate a fundraising campaign for our social project New SADLE.
The hessnatur foundation for research and development of applied sustainability is established to promote sustainability in the textile industry.
hessnatur starts the 40th anniversary year with a trend talk on the subject of 'slow fashion' at the Berlin Fashion Week.
With the Selvedge Jeans project, hessnatur shows that exemplary textiles can also be produced in Bangladesh.
hessnatur supports shepherds in Peru by building houses.
During Berlin Fashion Week, 200 like-minded people followed hessnatur's call to demonstrate for more fairness in fashion.
The entire hessnatur collection receives the German Green Button textile seal.
Hessnatur is rated by customers as the most sustainable fashion brand in Germany.
hessnatur launches the most sustainable denim and the BetterRecycling collection.
We win the Federal Ecodesign Award for our innovative soft shell made from pure organic cotton with sustainable impregnation.
hessnatur receives the 'Top Company' award from kununu.
"The reconciliation of economic and ecological requirements of our modern society can only succeed through sustainable development ."Heinz Hess
Progress only works if you get things moving. And that's exactly what we've been doing since 1976. Our motto "For more tomorrow" is based on the core principle of sustainability. The high social standards in our production facilities and the careful use of natural resources make hessnatur the most sustainable brand in Germany.
The fashion industry is considered the second dirtiest industry in the world. It causes 10% of global CO2 emissions, contributes significantly to global water pollution and employs workers on poor terms. For more than 45 years, hessnatur has been proving that there is another way and is working according to the highest standards. All products bear the Green Button and meet the hessnatur guidelines. We have the leader status of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). In addition, many of our products are GOTS-certified.
We strive to only use natural, organic materials. We exclude human and environmental toxic substances in the entire manufacturing process. The use of organic cotton alone saves an average of 91% water and 46% CO2. In addition, organic farming does not deplete the soil. 92% of our products made from plant fibers are of certified organic origin. All others correspond to our hessnatur guidelines and are therefore also of biological origin.
OUR IDEA OF SUSTAINABILITY: CONSTANT FURTHER DEVELOPMENT.
Sustainability is not a fixed state that can be grasped. Also no finish line to cross. For us, sustainability means constantly questioning the status quo; the further development and advancement of innovative, resource-saving ideas. This is the only way we can bring products and production into harmony with people and nature.
Together we are more sustainable:
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We not only promote the topic of sustainability in our production facilities and in the extraction of our raw materials. We develop practical solutions for sustainable management with external partners, companies and scientific institutions.
For more cohesion.
The future only works with companies that dare to innovate. hessnatur has been committed to sustainable standards in the fashion industry for over 45 years.
Hessnatur has been a pioneer for ecological and social standards in fashion since 1976. We were the first fashion brand in Germany to offer a completely natural baby collection and, as international pioneers, initiated the world's first organic cotton project in 1991. With our hessnatur foundation and in cooperation with NGOs and textile certification bodies, we work continuously to be the innovation leader for the coming generation.
More circular economy means greener, more sustainable production. Our BetterRecycling collection stands for products that we manufacture from our own production residues. Some of our products are also given a second life through upcycling. We also use mono materials to make the recycling process as efficient as possible.
Our innovations in the material cycle mean:
We are constantly setting new sustainability standards with our materials. Our new bio-stretch denim technology is based on natural rubber and completely dispenses with plastic and elastane. Our outdoor clothing also relies on the high performance of natural fibers and sustainable impregnations. When it comes to dyeing our fashion, we are also strong in development - the result: our Natural Dye series with favorite items from unbleached and undyed, colored grown to naturally dyed.
Our material innovations mean:
We continuously develop new concepts to set the course for a better future worldwide. For example, we founded the Solidarity Fund and the Innovations for Tomorrow Award. Perhaps the most innovative thing in the fashion industry is the way we deal with our suppliers: we see them as equal partners. We value long-term partnerships, the same values when it comes to sustainability and pay fair prices so that our part of the payment of living wages is made possible.
Our innovations on a social level mean:
We set things in motion. That's why we support initiatives and projects such as Fashion Revolution Week or the #fairbylaw online petition. We initiated the Fair Fashion Move and were the first German company to sign the Alliance for Sustainable Textiles. In addition, our entire collection is certified by the Green Button.
Our Sustainable Movement innovations mean:
Producing our fashion as resource-saving as possible has been a matter of course for us for over 45 years. But that alone is not enough for us. That is why we are involved in projects that make a positive contribution to climate protection and biodiversity. Because we think that the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity are equally important and we are therefore tackling both problems directly. To achieve this goal, we scrutinize every aspect of our supply chain.
Our innovations in strategy mean: