Reusing materials

Slow the fashion cycle

Choose items made with repurposed materials and help give old fabrics a new life.

Reusing materials

Circularity in fashion

Recycling isn't just for rubbish

Right now, only 1% of textiles feed back into the production of new clothing. Circular fashion aims to reduce this waste and allow materials to live longer, which encourages manufacturers to get creative. Many have increased their use of recycled materials, while others have developed bio-based materials that incorporate everything from orange peels to pineapple leaves.
Right now, only 1% of textiles feed back into the production of new clothing. Circular fashion aims to reduce this waste and allow materials to live longer, which encourages manufacturers to get creative. Many have increased their use of recycled materials, while others have developed bio-based materials that incorporate everything from orange peels to pineapple leaves.

Circularity in fashion

Recycling isn't just for rubbish

Right now, only 1% of textiles feed back into the production of new clothing. Circular fashion aims to reduce this waste and allow materials to live longer, which encourages manufacturers to get creative. Many have increased their use of recycled materials, while others have developed bio-based materials that incorporate everything from orange peels to pineapple leaves.
Right now, only 1% of textiles feed back into the production of new clothing. Circular fashion aims to reduce this waste and allow materials to live longer, which encourages manufacturers to get creative. Many have increased their use of recycled materials, while others have developed bio-based materials that incorporate everything from orange peels to pineapple leaves.
Circularity in fashion

Browse your values

Reusing materials

Background check

Sustainability criteria you can trust

Look for certificates like these to see which items have been verified according to specific sustainability criteria. The ones here relate to the use of recycled, upcycled and innovative materials. Products with these labels are contributing to a more circular approach to fashion.

GRS - Global Recycle Standard
The Global Recycle Standard is one of the leading and most trusted certifications for products made from recycled content. Products with this label are made with at least 50% recycled content and every stage of the supply chain is independently certified, to ensure environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to the final product.
Made from recycled polyester
By using at least 20% recycled polyester over virgin polyester, this item was made using less water, energy and waste.
Made with at least 20% innovative materials upcycled from waste
This item is made with at least 20% bio-based materials, such as orange peel, coffee grounds, or even fish skin. The result? You help drive innovation in the fashion industry and give new life to materials that would otherwise go in the trash.
Made from recycled nylon
By using at least 20% recycled nylon over virgin nylon, this item was made using less water, energy and waste.
Made with at least 20% recycled cotton
By using at least 20% recycled cotton over virgin cotton, this item was made using less water, dye, energy and waste.
Made from recycled wool
By using at least 20% recycled wool over virgin wool, this item was made using less water, dye, energy and waste.
Made with recycled plastic
By using at least 20% recycled plastic over virgin plastic, this item was made using less water, energy and waste.

Behind the criteria

How we set our standards

We want to drive positive change in the fashion industry by highlighting products that exceed our sustainability standards. To determine these standards, we use data from independent certifications and the Higg Material Sustainability Index. The Higg MSI is the industry's most comprehensive tool for measuring the environmental impact of materials. These help us identify products that are leading the way, as well as opportunities for improvement. Our ultimate aim is to provide transparent and trustworthy information that enables you to make more sustainable choices.

Tips and tricks

Make your clothes live longer

It’s no secret that when you take good care of your items, they last longer. Only wash as needed on a gentle cycle, repair them when broken, and donate or trade them in when no longer needed. Someone else will give your old favourites a new home.

Our commitment

Reusing materials

We're committed to creating a less wasteful, more circular, future of fashion. In many countries, customers can now buy and trade in pre-owned items on Zalando. Our aim: to extend the life of at least 50 million products by 2023. We're also working to reduce packaging waste, for example, by eliminating single-use plastics in our packaging.
We're committed to creating a less wasteful, more circular, future of fashion. In many countries, customers can now buy and trade in pre-owned items on Zalando. Our aim: to extend the life of at least 50 million products by 2023. We're also working to reduce packaging waste, for example, by eliminating single-use plastics in our packaging.

Our commitment

Reusing materials

We're committed to creating a less wasteful, more circular, future of fashion. In many countries, customers can now buy and trade in pre-owned items on Zalando. Our aim: to extend the life of at least 50 million products by 2023. We're also working to reduce packaging waste, for example, by eliminating single-use plastics in our packaging.
We're committed to creating a less wasteful, more circular, future of fashion. In many countries, customers can now buy and trade in pre-owned items on Zalando. Our aim: to extend the life of at least 50 million products by 2023. We're also working to reduce packaging waste, for example, by eliminating single-use plastics in our packaging.
Our commitment