Closing the Loop
Why do we call it approach to a circular system? We understand sustainability as a constant process of improvement. Only with a complete Cradle to Cradle certification, which proofs the circulation possibilities of all components into their biological lifecycle, the best status quo (of what we know so far) could be achieved. Unfortunately minimum orders of Cradle to Cradle materials are often as high as conventional materials, which makes it difficult for otherways[project] to work with these at the moment. However, one might ask if it is still sustainable to produce masses of garments, even if their components are the most sustainable to get?
We use diverse materials with a variety of certifications and take the principle of a closed loop as a basis for our concept. All used materials offer different sustainable specifications. Beginning with the supreme discipline of Cradle to Cradle certification, bluesign, ecotex100 or recycled cashmere yarn. Species-appropriate husbandry is as well taken into account as the use of pre- and post-consumer waste. Material's naturalness would allow composting of almost every garment of our collection. Due to unknown manufacturing details of some of our used production leftovers, some products can only be up- or recycled.
If you want to find out more please visit the other pages about our material choices, production process and Craft of Use, a term created by Kate Fletcher, which reflects the design process through visible mending.
We also challenge how to access clothes. Successful sharing economies within other economies show, that we do not need to own all products we use. Why not share our wardobe and temporarily add garments, which don't belong to us? otherways[project] sets
an example for the other way. Its focus is not on selling, but on participative usage. Our garments can be yours, your friend's and many more.
Are you interested? Simply get in touch.