Production & Materials

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Production

We design according to slow fashion values: timeless stylish pieces, material-based design, and responsible close-by production. Nature, geometry, symbolism as well as high quality materials inspire our collections.

Mori produces small series in Estonia, in addition to pieces made in Finland.  Diamonds From Dirt clothes are made from recycled materials by local seamstresses in Helsinki, Finland. Our jewelry is made from Finnish birch, and they are laser cut and assembled in Helsinki. Rather than having seasonal collections, we aim to continuity and production according to demand and available materials.

Our goal is to use high quality materials and make designs that last with values that are based on taking care of the environment, and the people involved. We want our supply chain to be as transparent as possible, which is a challenge for a small company, but we are working hard for it and improving all our processes continuously.

Materials

Our aim is to consider the whole product life-cycle when selecting materials, and mainly prefer organic, and re-usable or recycled materials. All textile and fibre processes are based on chemistry. Traceability and transparency is a challenge for a small company because of complex and global supply chains. Sustainability is our mission and it is a long journey that requires continuous improvements and learning.

 Organic cotton

All organic cotton used in Mori clothing is GOTS-certified. Velour and sweater fabrics are produced in Turkey, and are sourced through trusted European and Finnish suppliers who visit the factories regularly.  The jersey fabric for Ariel dresses is a knit from GOTS organic cotton in Nokian Neulomo, Finland. GOTS-certification ensures organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

Read more about GOTS from here.

Mori Collective Metallic Shine Winter

Mori Collective Metallic Shine Winter

Organic wool

We use IVN Best certified organic wool fabrics that are knitted in Sweden. This IVN quality standard defines the highest level of textile sustainability by applying the maximum currently achievable parameters to production and product. The production of animal fibers such as wool must also meet high standards: no synthetic pesticide baths for sheep, species appropriate animal husbandry and organic feed. The certification applies to processes involved in fabric making, for example a spinning, dying, weaving, and knitting finishing.

Viscose

Viscose is a man-made regenerated cellulosic fiber that is formed from natural polymers that are chemically dissolved and then extruded as a continuous filament. The raw material for viscose is commonly fast growing woods, so there is no need for fertilization or irrigation. However, the viscose process uses chemicals that cause emissions which have significant environmental implications when not treated properly and discharged untreated as in any chemical process, so strict effluent treatment and discharge protocols are important.

The lining in some of our jackets and some digiprinted fabrics are made of viscose. We use European suppliers to ensure better production processes and following of rules and regulations. The lining fabric is made in Germany and digiprinted fabric is made in Italy. These are made according to REACH regulations and final fabrics are OEKOTEX-100 certified.

In the future, we would like to substitute viscose for example to Lyocell. It is also a regenerated cellulosic fiber in which the raw material comes more surely from sustainable grown forest, made in the EU, and have closed loop production where almost all of the solvent is purified and recycled back into main process. This way the impact to the environment could be reduced.

Recycled fabrics

Textile waste can be divided into pre and post consumer textile waste. Pre-consumer textile waste is for example cutting waste of garment industry or excess material from yarn production that are recycled again to yarns and textiles before being in use. Post-consumer textile waste means garments and fabrics that have been used. There are lots of challenges in recycling both of them but many innovations and new processes are making the recycling more widely possible.

Our t-shirts and tote bags are produced by Finnish Pure Waste Textiles. The products are made of leftovers from the clothing manufacturing process in India. The waste is sorted by color, then re-fibered and spun into new yarn. No dyeing is needed. These fabrics are sewed to garments. Precious textile is not wasted and huge amount of fresh water and chemicals are saved. Our print designs are printed at local prints in Helsinki.

We use also post-consumer textile waste. Mainly we use larger fabric pieces such as curtains and other home textiles from Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre and other second hand places. There is usually enough fabric for one or few pieces, which makes them very unique. Read more from our blog, link below.

Textile industry leftover materials are the third type of recycled fabric that we use. These surplus rolls have been left unused for some reason. Often the fiber content and country of origin is unknown. We have had surplus materials for example from a Finnish fabric company that doesn’t exist anymore, rolls with hangtags with dates from 90’s etc. It is great that these fabrics are finally turned into garments.

Recycled & reused textiles

Using recycled materials for textiles and clothing is a tough challenge. We want to take our part in this and keep turning waste into diamonds.

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