We are committed to making pieces from the most sustainable fibers we can source. We know our customers have come to love our premium quality, buttery-soft fabrics so our design and development teams are continually exploring, with the help of material specialists, to discover as well as develop more sustainable fabric opportunities that we know you’ll love.
WHY WE LOVE ORGAINIC COTTON
Conventional cotton is not great. In fact, it has one of the highest environmental impacts per kilogram of material. However, organic cotton is a dramatically different story with up to a quarter of the environmental impact of conventional cotton. Click on the icons to learn why it’s good for the planet and good for the farmers:
Non-Genetically Modified: good for the planet and farmers are not unethically bound to GM multinationals.
Farmers work with nature rather than against it. Organic cotton is grown as part of a balanced ecosystem, resulting in healthy soils and strengthened biodiversity.
No nasties in the form of synthetic chemicals (fertilizers and pesticides) are allowed. A double win with no scary toxins poisoning the earth and additionally we have happy, healthier farmers.
With only a quarter of the environmental impact, the planet is loving organic. Organic has a 60% reduction in Greenhouse Gas emissions, so doing its part to fight climate change.
The highest international social and environmental criteria are met during the processing and manufacturing stages. No hazardous chemicals are used and all waste water needs to be treated. Great for people and the planet.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
We are committed to using organic cotton over conventional cotton wherever possible in our collections. Our preference is to have all cotton certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This provides us with assurance that every single cotton fiber used in the garments was certified organic. Additionally, it has a strict set of protocols focusing on the environmental, social and ethical impacts related to manufacturing. To date, all the cotton in our SATLG collection is 100% GOTS organic certified. By the end of 2018, across our entire production, we are aiming for at least 60% of our cotton to be organic.
WHY WE LOVE RECYCLING
Recycling and reusing may not sound exciting, but trust us it is! Whilst being a simple idea, it is one of the most effective sustainability initiatives, particularly in the instance of man-made synthetic fibers. Nylon, polyester and the rest of the synthetic family are no sustainability heroes. They are, in fact, made with non-renewable fossil fuels, produce heaps of greenhouse gases and then to top it off take around 200 years to decompose. But if we recycle existing synthetic fiber we can become part of the solution. Did you know that recycled nylon and polyester are actually made of old fabric, plastic bottles and abandoned fishing nets? Explore the icons to learn why we love recycled:
Conserves non-renewable resources. By not using fossil fuels to make fibers, the environment and communities are already happier.
Recovering abandoned fishing nets to make fabric saves our precious ocean ecosystems.
Recycled fibers have up to 75% lower environmental footprints than its virgin synthetic alternative! This means that we reduce carbon emissions and save precious water.
Our favorite…most modern recycled fibers are regenerative and this means that they can be recycled over and over again, so it never goes to landfill!
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
We recently made the decision to transition to recycled fibers where ever possible. Nylon, polyester and even cotton...if it's recycled we are in! We have sourced an innovative Italian made 100% recycled nylon fabric for our Little Gypsies swimwear. What's next? We are aiming for 80% of our swimwear to be made of recycled nylon. What's more, we are also looking to transition our best selling Spell intimates to a recycled fabric...So, watch this space!
WHY WE LOVE THEM
Did you know a number of our garments start their life as a tree? Our forest fabrics also technically known as Cellulose fibers include viscose, rayon, tencel and modal. The beauty of trees is that they are a 100% renewable resource. And in contrast to synthetics and conventional cotton, forest fibers have a place in the sustainability story. Explore the icons to learn why we love forest fabrics:
Made from trees, a 100% renewable resource. Under sustainable forest management, Eucalypt or Beech tree forests have proven to produce clean water, fresh air and are home to thousands of animal and plant species.
No irrigation needed. A huge win for our precious water resources…Especially when compared to how thirsty conventional cotton is!
Sustainably managed forests suck up greenhouse gases, therefore doing their part to fight climate change. Did you know the forest fiber, Lenzing Modal used in our Little Gypsies collection, is fully biodegradable and compostable?
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
Despite all these positive attributes, this fiber group has been linked to illegal forestry and the use of toxic chemicals in production. We have engaged independent consultants so we can integrate sustainably sourced cellulose fibers into our supply chain. In a huge step towards sustainable fibers 100% of our Little Gypsies collection is made from Lenzing Modal and GOTS certified organic cotton. Lenzing Modal is a forest fiber made from sustainably certified beech tree forests and all the chemicals used in the production process are low toxic and recycled in a closed loop system.
We are proud to embark on a path that will see fashion and apparel brands become champions for the world's endangered forests.
We have joined brands like Stella McCartney, Patagonia and Mara Hoffman in committing to Canopy's Fashion Loved by Forests Campaign.
We are committed to working towards protecting our ancient and endangered forests and to work with our supply chain to shift towards more innovative recycled fibers.
We care about our forests and the species that live in them so we look forward to working with Canopy to make the world's forests a safer home.
Click through to view our Canopy agreement.
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