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For over 45 years we have been doing what we do best: sustainable fashion made from natural fabrics.

Fashion that respects people and the environment while conserving resources. Fashion that takes responsibility in the here and now and for more tomorrow. Also for the people who make them. This is how we make our contribution every day to make the now and the future a little better. We show you here how we act responsibly. FOR MORE TOMORROW.


  • 395 tons

    We have reduced CO2 emissions simply by using organic cotton. This is a flight from Frankfurt to New York. Every day!

  • 922 million liters

    We saved water just by using organic cotton. That's the equivalent of 369 Olympic-size swimming pools.


    We have left behind a healthy earth through organic farming. With this we have protected an area of 2,667 football pitches from leaching. And provided for more biodiversity.

  • 95.31%

    We have audited or visited our partners despite the pandemic. We know 100% of our partners personally.

  • 99.5%

    The fibers we use are natural fibers.

  • 67%

    our materials consisted of only one material. This enables sorted recycling.

  • 34%

    of our partners have been working with us for more than 10 years.

  • 56%

    our materials were produced in Europe.

  • 60.33%

    our production took place in EU member states.

  • 12.8 tons

    Leftover cuts and threads were given new life in the form of jeans, jerseys and fabrics. Because we create new favorite pieces from our own valuable production leftovers.

  • 2

    Beehives in hessnatur's own garden contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.

  • 6.628 kilometers

    our employees covered during our step challenge. 20 teams. 47 days. We walked from Butzbach to Nepal. On foot.

Innovations for Tomorrow Award.
We have launched our own sustainability award. And thus support sustainable, innovative and visionary start-ups that want to change the fashion industry. Just like us. In a very tight decision, our jury selected three impact start-ups from 60 applications, 13 nominees and five finalists:

We value natural resources and think in cycles. That's why we breathe new life into our cuttings and yarn leftovers. We only use our own leftovers for our BetterRecycling collection. Together with raw fibres, we process them into new, high-quality yarn. From this we create new favorite pieces and make a contribution to a sustainable material cycle system.

To date we have recycled 12.8 tons. And we continue.
We are again certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and offer a variety of GOTS-certified products. Most of our products are certified with the "Green Button". In addition, we were once again awarded leader status by the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). A great recognition for our work and that of our partners.
Functional clothing is often a burden on nature due to the use of synthetics and harmful chemicals. We saw that as a challenge and wanted to do better. That is why we have developed a natural Nature Shell together with our partner. It is made from organic cotton and is woven ultra-tight using a special weaving technique. The material is ecologically impregnated and offers full functionality.

Our Nature Shell has received multiple awards: the federal ecodesign prize and the German Brand Award 2022. The Nature Shell Ripstop jacket with eco-finish also won the Red Dot Design Award 2022.
Together with our partner Candiani we have developed a completely natural stretch denim. The jeans are made from organic cotton and the innovative stretch yarn Coreva™. The rubber used in it is obtained from the rubber tree. Coreva™ decomposes completely after only six months on the compost. And that without releasing harmful chemicals and microplastics.

Our next step towards a circular economy.
Together with ZEIT Studio we started the sustainability podcast FOR MORE TOMORROW. Moderator Kristina Kara talks to people who are already living, acting and managing more sustainably today.

We talk to experts about fair trade, the future of work, a sustainable lifestyle, Extinction Rebellion, biodiversity, living without plastic, the food of the future, sustainable finance, the future of fashion, beauty and self-acceptance, and about Children, that is, the future of all of us.

The podcast is available on Spotify , Apple Podcasts and Zeit Studio .

More environment.

Circular economy.

Re duce.
Re use.
Re cycling.
Re peat.

    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.

More human.

Anti Exploitation
Anti Discrimination
Anti Child Labour

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.



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.

This is how the textile chain works at Hessnatur.

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:

  • 1. The idea

    Strict ecological guidelines and regular controls ensure modern sustainability.


    All organic - from cotton seeds and organic fertilizers to crop rotation and natural pest control.

  • 3. Yarn

    Only good yarn becomes good fabric. It is strictly controlled that there is no contamination with conventional fibers.

  • 4. Cloth

    The manufacturing process uses natural sizing agents to protect the yarn against wear and tear.

  • 5. Processing

    We conserve materials and resources by using oxygen for bleaching, dyes without toxic heavy metals and water recycling systems, among other things.

  • 6. Production

    We are always in close contact with production facilities and, in cooperation with the FWF, we continuously strive for better working conditions.

  • 7. Transportation

    We pay attention to short transport routes and environmentally friendly packaging - one of the reasons why we focus on production in Europe.

Icon of the process-step

Social standards.
Our 8 basic rules.

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.

  • 1. Free choice of work
    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.
  • 2. No discrimination in the workplace
    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).
  • 3. No exploitation through child labor
    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).
  • 4. Freedom of Association and the Right to Collective Bargaining
    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.
  • 5. Payment of living wages
    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.
  • 6. Reasonable working hours
    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.
  • 8. A legally binding employment relationship
    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.

More us.

Sustainable strategy.

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.

More than 45 years of sustainability: We set standards.

  • 1976

    Founding of hessnatur

    Heinz and Dorothea Hess found hessnatur with the idea of making fashion from sustainable and natural materials that respects the environment and people.

  • ab 1991

    Pioneering work

    With the Sekem farm in Egypt, Heinz Hess realizes the world's first organic cotton project. Other organic cotton projects follow.

  • ab 1994

    New paths in West Africa and Peru

    hessnatur starts an organic cotton project in Senegal and another organic cotton project in Peru.

  • 1996

    hessnatur goes digital

    The first website goes online.

  • 1997

    Regional Commitment

    hessnatur protects the old breed from dying out with a purchase guarantee for the wool of Rhön sheep.

  • 1998

    New ways in Turkey

    hessnatur starts an organic cotton project in Turkey.

  • 2004

    Aid projects worldwide

    hessnatur supports the New SADLE project in Nepal and the Nepra eV initiative, which works to integrate people who were formerly leprous.

  • 2005

    Founded on fairness

    hessnatur becomes the first German member of the Fear Wear Foundation.

  • 2005

    Flagship project in Burkina Faso

    Together with the Swiss development organization Helvetas, hessnatur establishes a cultivation project for organic cotton in Burkina Faso.

  • 2005

    Innovation: Hessen-Leinen

    Together with the Institute for Biodynamic Research (IBDF), hessnatur is launching the first production of Hessen linen.

  • 2008


    hessnatur wins the German Sustainability Award in the Purchasing category and is recognized for the exemplary, fair and ecological supply chain.

  • 2010

    Promotion of young talent

    hessnatur announces the first European design award for green and sustainable fashion, the Humanity in Fashion Award (HIFA).

  • 2011

    Strong designs

    The internationally renowned designers Eviana Hartman, Miguel Adrover and Clodagh create their own collection for hessnatur.

  • 2012

    In dialogue with customers

    For the first time, a customer council is elected at hessnatur.

  • 2012

    Demonstrably sustainable

    The first comprehensive sustainability report is published, documenting the high level of quality in social and ecological standards.

  • 2014

    Sustainably exemplary

    hessnatur is the first company to sign the federal government's "Alliance for Sustainable Textiles".

  • 2015

    Donation aid Nepal

    After the great earthquake catastrophe, employees and management initiate a fundraising campaign for our social project New SADLE.

  • 2015

    Research for more tomorrow

    The hessnatur foundation for research and development of applied sustainability is established to promote sustainability in the textile industry.

  • 2016

    40 years of hessnatur

    hessnatur starts the 40th anniversary year with a trend talk on the subject of 'slow fashion' at the Berlin Fashion Week.

  • 2017

    Role model for Bangladesh

    With the Selvedge Jeans project, hessnatur shows that exemplary textiles can also be produced in Bangladesh.

  • 2017

    Houses for shepherds in Peru

    hessnatur supports shepherds in Peru by building houses.

  • 2018


    During Berlin Fashion Week, 200 like-minded people followed hessnatur's call to demonstrate for more fairness in fashion.

  • 2019

    Green Button Certification

    The entire hessnatur collection receives the German Green Button textile seal.

  • 2019
    Most Sustainable Fashion Brand

    Hessnatur is rated by customers as the most sustainable fashion brand in Germany.

  • 2020


    hessnatur launches the most sustainable denim and the BetterRecycling collection.

  • 2021

    Excellent soft shell

    We win the Federal Ecodesign Award for our innovative soft shell made from pure organic cotton with sustainable impregnation.

  • 2021

    Excellent company

    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


45 years of sustainability:
We set standards.

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.


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:
the hessnatur foundation

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.

Tip 1
Material cycle.

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:

  • holistic use of resources through the processing of excess cuts
  • longer-lasting products through upcycling
  • improved recycling through mono-materials
Tip 2

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:

  • No plastic and microplastics
  • naturally obtained colors
  • highest functionality while conserving resources
Tip 3
Social responsibility.

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:

  • long-term partnerships at eye level
  • fair prices that enable the payment of living wages
  • concrete and quick help in times of crisis
  • appreciation of all partners in the textile chain
Tip 4

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:

  • Stand up for our beliefs
  • Cooperations with other partners and brands, because together we are stronger
Tip 5
Sustainable strategy.

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:

  • Alignment of the entire textile chain towards a nature-positive future
  • to integrate sustainability strategies in other companies with our hessnatur foundation

More tomorrow

To the detailed Impact Report 2021/2022 from hessnatur.
From our magazine.
Nature positive
CO2-neutral is not enough for us, we want to become nature-positive.
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Our donation project
Build houses for more fairness.
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Natural colors made from organic cotton
More variety for more tomorrow.
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