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 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.
We have used some viscose in jacket linings and digiprinted fabric. 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.
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.