When we arranged to visit Hannover in Germany, we did some quick research online and we concluded this could be a green shopping heaven possibly. Not only did we have a number of vintage shops to visit but also quite a large list with shops that sell fair trade and organic sustainable fashion. Yay! Not that we were planning on spending a lot of money on clothes, but still… we did have some green fashion wishes on both our lists for summer. Curious to find out what kind of shops Hannover has to offer?
Maybe you’ve read one of our first two Hannover posts: most beautiful streetart in Hannover and an impression of Hannover through our eyes? In that case you already know we were pleasantly surprised by the city. Not only was the city quite charming, the streetart the most beautiful we’ve seen on a city trip so far, and the glass door shower very ehm… clear. We also enjoyed really good food and drinks and some fun shopping. All these things make us two happy women. In the 3 days we were exploring Hannover we visited fair and sustainable shops mostly in the centre, in Linden and on and around Lister Meile (a street in Oststadt). We’ve never published a list this long. If you see it, you definately want to book your shopping trip. And don’t worry, if you, like us, know a lot of people who do not really care about the fair and organic part, Hannover is basicly just a really good city for shopping as it has lots of stores and a car free city centre.
We definately plan on coming back and also visiting other neighbourhoods we did not have time for during this trip. And we’ll be sure to visit some of the stores listed below again.
Greenality. We had found Greenality online and we really liked what it has to offer in its online shop. It turned out that the shop was quite close to our hotel, in the middle of the city center. The shop is still relatively new in Hannover and offers a wide range of brands from Miss Green to Skunkfunk to Komodo and sneakers by Veja. They also sell some jewellery, underwear, bags and water bottles. If you can’t find something, do ask beacuse they do not have their whole collection in store. Some of it still has to be sorted in the basement. We bought 2 Skunkfunk shirts and we were both offered a lovely sustainable shopper and a drink for free. So sweet.
Greenality also has a store in Stuttgart.
Fairkauf. Right across from Greenality secondhand department store Fairkauf has one of its locations. You can enter via the bookstore part of the shop downstairs and in the back you will find stairs that’ll lead you upstairs to homeware and clothes (among other things). We bought a really cute blue and white striped blouse for Summer (to share) for €4,50. You’ll probably see this one pop up in an OOTD (Outfit Of The Day) post sometime soon.
Oxfam. Oxfam has stores all across Europe but not in The Netherlands for some reason. In Great Britain I love coming here for the books. In Germany it’s also worth having a look for the cheap clothes and the homeware (porcelain).
Backyard Store. Backyard Store is not a sustainable fashion store but does have a huge collection of Armedangels. So if you’re a fan, this store is a must visit for you (man or woman). To check if one of my parents actually reads the Not So Stuffy blog posts I will tell you I have bought a ‘green’Fathers Day give here that I’m planning on giving this Sunday (Father’s Day in The Netherlands). This streetwear shop also has stores in Münster, Dortmund and Hamburg.
UVR Connected. In a side street from Lindener Marktplatz we discovered UVR Connected. They sell fair fashion by their own name brand (great clothing line!) that’s produced in Poland, Italy and Portugal. The company thinks it’s important that the clothes are sustainable and you can keep wearing them for a long time. The material is not organic. UVR also has stores in Hamburg, Hannover and Berlijn and they also stock some other brands of which some are ‘green’ like Armedangels.
Biologisch. Linden has a few non chain organic supermarkets and Biologisch is one of them. I finally found the new line of 100% natural Weleda perfumes here so I was very happy. I bought ‘Rose’ and gave it to myself as an early birthday present. Biologisch also has a ‘Baby and childrens store’ in the same street by the same name.
Eins Bio Fair. Eins Bio Fair has only just opened and is a small but interesting store that only sells fair and sustainable brands like Armedangels, Thought Clothing, Recolution! and Nomads Clothing. They have mens and womens wear and also a few pairs of shoes and socks. This was the first time we saw British brand Nomads being sold in a store. Love it! A must visit when in the neighbourhood.
Lola – Schöne Dinge. Right across from Eins is Lola. The biggest part of the collection here is not ‘green’ (but really quite beautiful) but they do sell Fair and sustainable Scandinavian brand Pele Che Coco (not vegan). This brand recycles leather for 100% and makes beautiful biker jackets and bags. We especially love the weekend bag (see picture above).
Allerweltsladen. In the Limmerstrasse you can find Allerweltsladen. This is kind of like the ‘Wereldwinkel’ (world shop) stores we have in The Netherlands only they also sell some (sustainable) clothes from for example Anukoo.
Nature’s Food. For more info on this store check back soon when our blog about veggie and vegan food in Hannover is online.
Frau Schröder. Frau Schröder was the last address on our list on the third day and I was kind of tired from all of the impressions and the walking around. I did not give the shop a fair look. We both concluded it’s a filled to the brim store with some actual vintage clothes for regular prices. Really fun to take a look if that’s your thing. It’s in a side street off the Limmerstrasse.
(Around) Lister Meile:
Maas Natur. We visited Maas Natur before in Oldenburg (where the store is located quite far out of the city centre, next to the university). Maas Natur sells it’s own name brand (for Summer also great linnen tops!) , really nice sandals and sneakers – all of them looking modern and youthfull. This shop is 100% sustainable and fair. They have womens wear, mens wear and kids clothing. They also sell some other brands like Armedangels.
Anneloes bought a really great black sleeveless top here with a sort of knitted lacey front panel.
Kiwi. Kiwi is not 100% fair trade and organic but about 50% of the brands sold are green and the clothes are really great. Kiwi sells Toms, Wunderwerk, Armedangels, Seasalt, K.O.I. and 2 or 3 other sustainable brands of which we do not remember the names. The shop is small, but cozy and they have quite a large collection. Do drop by when you’re in the neighbourhood.
Eve in Paradise. Because it was already closing time (and we had a reservation at a really good restaurant!), we were not able to have a look inside Eve in Paradise that’s a few shops down the road from Kiwi (on the corner). This is a sustainable German fashion and accessories brand with shops in Hamburg (2) and Hannover. Everything is made out of sustainable material. It’s not 100% vegan as they work with wool and satin. We are not very familiar with the brand but if you’re curious, they also run an online shop.
Addresses in this blog post:
Greenality, Osterstrasse 1 (centrer)
Fairkauf, Limburgstrasse 1 (center) Also shops in Linden and other parts of Hannover
Oxfam, Karmarschstrasse 38 (center)
Backyard Store, Andreasstrasse 4 (center)
UVR Connected, Davenstedter Strasse 8 (Linden)
Biologisch, Stephanusstrasse 10 (Linden)
Eins Bio Fair, Lichtenbergplatz 8 (Linden)
Lola – Schöne Dinge, Lichtenbergplatz 3 (Linden)
Allerweltsladen, Limmerstrasse 44 (Linden)
Nature’s Food, Limmerstrasse 80 (Linden)
Frau Schröder, Kötnerholzweg 33a (Linden)
Maas Natur, Lister Meile 29a
Kiwi, Sedanstrasse 36 (close to Lister Meile)
Eve in Paradise, Gretchenstrasse 9a (close to Lister Meile)
This blogpost was originally published on June 16 2017.