All used materials offer different sustainable specifications. Beginning with the supreme discipline of cradle to cradle certification, bluesign, ecotex 100 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.
The following overview shows materials we already use or plan for future production:
GOTS, bluesign, IVN, Ecotex 100, KBT and EXP certified. The yarn is also species-appropriate made, which means sheep are not exposed to torturous muelsing processes.
Supplier: Schöller (Austria), quality Supreme GOTS KBT EXP
Our cashmere is made of 95% recycled fibres and 5% virgin merino wool. For our production leftovers, so called pre-consumer waste, is used. With the usage of predominantly recycled fibres less virgin resources are taken. Some recycling processes require a lot of energy and sometimes chemicals to dissolve old materials into pulp. As opposed to this the waste for our yarn is sourced in Italy and selected European countries and transformed mechanically into new fibres.
Supplier: Filpucci (Italy), quality Ninetyfive
Woven fabric made from 100% British wool and dyed with natural indigo.
Supplier: London Cloth Company (UK), quality Sloane
Our raw denim comes from the production of Belgian brand letsbehonest.eu. Its components are 56% urbanfibres (post-consumer waste), 23% cotton and 21% tencel. For dying the ecofriendly technique by www.smartindigo.com is used, no chemicals need to be added.
Supplier: Let's be honest (Belgium)
Shirting cotton fabric
With a mix of 36% post-consumer waste denim and 64% cotton, respectively 34% post-consumer waste and 66% cotton, both fabrics relate to the principle of using waste.
Supplier: Enschede Textielstad (Netherlands), quality 37.17 Panama and 100.17 Chambray
With its natural qualities organic linen usually has a great compatibility to composting and can quickly recirculate to a 100%. As we use pre-consumer waste from other productions, we do not have detailed information about its origin. Therefore only up- and recycling processes can be considered for possible end of life solutions.
Supplier: Hamburg State Opera (Germany), pre-consumer waste
In contrast to conventional cellulose production, tencel requires no chemicals to dissolve from its base wood into pulp. Furthermore it can be composted depending on its certification. Sewing threads are Cradle to Cradle certified and are made of 100% tencel.
Supplier: denim letsbehonest.eu (Belgium), 21% tencel;
sewing thread Johann Mueller AG (Switzerland), quality tencel
On basis of cellulose production ramie is made of nettle plants. To transform nettles into textile fibres biological enzymes are added. This leads to corrosion of harder plant components, boiling the pulp makes it processible to its further production into yarn. Necessary water is recycled and used multiple times. Nettles grow quickly and do not need special treatment from seed to harvest.
Supplier: Anthyia (China)
To source the finest fibres of the metamorphosis process of the Erie worm only already left cocoons are collected and used. No animal is killed as through the conventional dissolving through cooking..
Supplier: Five P Venture (India)
The use of buttons and zippers is mainly avoided through special pattern cutting. Mixing different materials makes composting and recycling difficult, as every non biodegradable component has to be removed from garments before they can be recirculated. Buttons are made of 96% casein and are certified to be biodegradable.
Supplier: Courtney & Co. (UK), quality Codelite Tewkesbury 17
Distinct Threads, a documentary about Enschede Textielstad by Aldo Heubel