Materials and ecological impact
For every piece of clothing, we research the most sustainable and feasible options. We only use recycled or organic materials and consider all phases in the production process of these materials. These are recycled polyamide, recycled polyester and organic cotton.
1.1 Recycled Polyamide Fabrics
For a big part of our uni-colored collection, we work with a sustainable techno-fabric that is made with Econyl® yarn, a 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials.
The Econyl® Regeneration system starts with rescuing waste, like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover all of the nylon possible. Through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity. That means Econyl® regenerated nylon is exactly the same as virgin nylon. The fiber is a product of the Italian company Aquafil.
For every ton of Econyl® raw material, we are able to save 7 barrels of crude oil and 5,7 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions. So as well as being a solution on waste, ECONYL® regenerated nylon is also better when it comes to climate change.
70% of our collections contain the Econyl® fiber. As we produce sportswear, we also need to include a percentage of elastane in our fabrics. The average proportion contains 80% fully recycled polyamide and 20%. Our elastane is sourced from the extremely durable LYCRA® XTRA LIFETM, which we cherish for its strength increasing garment longevity. We buy the fabric from the Italian companies Carvico S.p.A. and Jersey Lomellina S.p.A.
1.2 Recycled Polyester Fabrics
Our printed fabrics are made of recycled polyester from pre-consumer textile spills and post-consumer materials.
As we produce sportswear, we also need to include a percentage of elastane in our fabrics. The proportion is 78% fully recycled polyester and 22% elastane. Our elastane is sourced from the extremely durable LYCRA® XTRA LIFETM, which we cherish for its strength increasing garment longevity. We buy the fabric from the Italian company Carvico S.p.A. We use the recycled polyester fabrics in 18% of our collections.
1.3 Organic Cotton Fabrics
Our sweaters are made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton. The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) is the world’s leading standard for the production process for organic textiles. They guarantee the entire production process for responsibly grown cotton, including the environmental and social aspects of cultivation. This means no hazardous chemicals are used, the farmer is free to choose which crops they grow, and to grow their own food. Organic cotton uses less water and energy because it gets more time to grow. The land also gets more time to recover after harvesting, so the soil doesn’t slowly become infertile. GOTS sets strict conditions for factories where hand-picked cotton is processed: good labor conditions and a good working environment. 11% of our collection contains organic cotton.
1.4 Harmful Substances
All of our are certified with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. This is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. The certification means that no hazardous chemicals such as Azo colourants, Phthalates, Per fluorinated chemicals… are used. The standard contributes to high and effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view.
When we receive our garments from the factory, they are packaged in recycled plastic. We are currently working on an alternative for the plastic packaging of these productions. By 2019 we want to have a ban on these plastic packages.
All of our packaging for e-commerce is plastic-free and made from 100% recycled paper products or compostable bio-based films. Our hangtags are made from 100% recycled paper and serves multiple uses: after being a price tag, customers can use it as a travel tag to attach to their luggage.
1.6 Vegan and PVC free
We are a vegan brand. We do not use materials from animal origin. Also, our products are PVC free.
1.7 Use of materials