WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
OUR VISION: CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Our vision is to make new clothes out of old clothes. This works particularly well with synthetic fibers because they degrade much more slowly than natural fibers. In the future, old clothes should therefore be our new raw material. However, we still have a long way to go before we can produce new yarns from old polyester fabrics. We stay on top of the latest international advances on the subject and work closely with our partners and suppliers to ensure that our funwear has the smallest possible ecological footprint.
We make a large part of our fibers from recycled plastic bottles or we buy REPREVE fibers directly from Unify Inc. To ensure that all plastic is second-hand, Control Union controls the supply chain and certifies the resulting fibers with the Global Recycle Standard. Under the REPREVE brand, Unify also uses so-called "clean-ups" to ensure that plastic waste is collected from nature and fed back into the cycle.
DRINKING WATER WITHOUT CHEMISTRY
Polluted waters, polluted air and polluted soil - the worldwide environmental pollution as a result of human activity is becoming increasingly apparent to us and is reducing our quality of life. are shown to us more and more clearly and reduce our quality of life.
Bluesign certifies a water- and soil-conserving textile production - especially with regard to the chemicals used, which would otherwise have ended up in the water and thus in the soil and air. If these chemicals are not used from the beginning, they cannot get into the waste water.
PFC FREE PRODUCTION
Exactly: PFC, for example, is a chemical that for a long time ensured that wastewater got into nature, which has poisoned the soil and drinking water. PFC contains phthalates that have been proven to be carcinogenic. They are difficult to separate from water and cause developmental damage to those who ingest it.
We wanted an alternative and have consistently opted for PFC-free production. The impregnation that makes our fabrics breathable is made of Eco-Teflon. Zelan ™ R3 is made from 60% renewable, plant-based raw materials, with non-genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and without substances from the food chain. Zelan ™ R3 is certified as a bio-based product by the USDA.
Why Oeko Tex? Better safe than sorry! If a textile item has been awarded the STANDARD 100 label, you can be sure that all components, including all threads, buttons and other accessories, have been tested for harmful substances. The product is certified according to the OekoTex standard and therefore harmless to health.
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, some of his equipment consisted of 3M products. Today, 3M innovations can be found in almost all areas of life, the world of work, medicine and technology. No wonder, 51 basic technologies, 8.100 researchers and over 120.000 registered patents…. 3M invests over one milliard USD annually in research and development. We cannot do so, but we can ask for this offer, because only knowledge, experience and interdisciplinary thinking can solve the demanding tasks of our time.
The key word here are the production conditions under which production takes place. It is nowhere near enough to just buy innovative technologies! Our workers are the ones who love our products. That's why they have to have a good life. Otherwise love won't work. In our factories there are canteens, e-scooters as company vehicles, occupational safety and social security.
Last but not least: a comparably above-average pay. The factories are certified by the BSCI standard.
Maintaining relationships with our sewers, sample technicians and factory owners is a top priority for us. That too has a lot to do with the love for our products! If you want to know more about it, you should definitely read our blog post about it. Come on an exciting journey with Antje!