Soorty is a manufacturer of denim garments, established in 1983 and located in Pakistan. Soorty is a leading company when it comes to sustainability and innovation. They are a big company who work for several – denim – brands with a lot of options for more sustainable production techniques. With their own policies they strive to become a more sustainable company and encourage the brands they produce for to do the same. They are strongly dedicated to offering the most innovative, environmentally friendly, and pro-social technologies available. Our denims made by Soorty are washed with sustainable laser and ozon techniques. Techniques that save a lot of water and chemicals.
Soorty has brought its vision towards vertical sustainability to live by minimizing its waste, water, and energy footprints throughout all steps of the manufacturing process. Soorty has an in-house spinning mill and laundry which means they make the jeans from raw fibre to final product.
Soorty has an impressive amount of certifications. They’re SA8000, ISO9001 and GOTS certified & BSCI and Higgs Index participant. This makes them a really transparent and regularly controlled company. To find out for ourselves Floortje Dessing & Peter Schuitema visited the factories in Pakistan in march 2017.
Dinateks is a manufacturer of denim and non-denim garments, established in 1990 in Turkey. They are responsible for producing approximately half of Kuyichi’s jeans. Dinateks’s main factory, is located in Tekirdag, 135km west from Istanbul. Two other sewing factories are located in Bulgaria. Production for Kuyichi takes place in Tekirdag. This factory has a sewing department and an inhouse laundry to wash and finish the garments, with its own wastewater treatment system in place.
Dinateks is being monitored by the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), an organization for transparant and improved working conditions. In 2015 Dinateks was audited by Fair Wear Foundation, on behalf of Kuyichi.
Trend Urbania is a new supplier for us. The first styles produced here will come online early 2018. This Italian manufacturer is specialised in jeans and sportswear. A lot of the thirty employees have built the company from the beginning in 1984.
It’s an Italian factory and therefor has high European social standards. The team of dedicated employees have an excellent eye for denim. They are moving forward with the brands they produce for and want to produce more and more eco-conscious garments. That’s why they have a separated 100% organic production line.
ALEC is a new textile producer we’re working with. The first items – made for an exciting collaboration – will be coming online next spring. They have over 30 years of experience and work with a diverse team of more than 50 professionals.
Since 2016 they are G.O.T.S. certified and Oeko-Tex certified since 2009. They’re still growing sustainably and are also completing the ISO 9001 certification and will pursue afterwards ISO 14001 and SA8000. They also signed for the Barcelos Corporate Social Responsibility scheme. This collaborate project with City Hall helps the young and elderly in need.
Our SS2017 tops and sweats collection are manufactured at Aswathi Exports in Tirupur, India. Aswathi Exports is a manufacturer of knitted and woven garments. There are approximately 200 people working for this company located in the centre of India’s garment industry.
Aswathi Exports has been audited by Fair Wear Foundation on behalf of one of their other clients Blutgeschwister who is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. The production of their fabrics is GOTS certified and they are also ISO 9002 certified. We visited the factories of Aswathi ourselves in february 2017.
Gap Pazarlama is one of our fabric suppliers, they are based in Turkmenistan and are a member of the ‘Çalik Family’ – Çalik Holding. They work in different areas from energy, to building to textile. Their mission is ‘To contribute to rising standards of living by using our talents and energy to develop solutions that add value to people’s lives in every region in which we operate.‘ We stand right behind this mission.
Gap Pazarlama consists of different factories They have a separate Textile Complex and Jean Complex in Turkmenistan, Balkan Weaving and Serdar Cotton Spinning factories. All of the factories are ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, WRAP Sedex and 6Sigma certified. The fabrics they produce for us are all GOTS certified. Their personal mission is to: “Provide a sustainable benefit with using resources effectively and efficiently.” Read more on their site.
Orta Anadolu is one of our fabric suppliers. It was founded in 1953, and transformed from a spinning & weaving company to a denim manufacturer in 1985. Today, Orta produces over 60 million meters of denim in its Turkish and Bahrain factories. They engage in all kind of sustainability projects. Orta uses organic cotton and better cotton for a part of their fabrics.
Production processes at Orta include yarn making, dyeing and weaving. Orta is a member of the Better Cotton Initiative and practices sustainability in the use of organic and recycled cotton. Aiming to be a leading denim producer pursuing sustainable production, Orta founded its sustainability division Orta Blu in 2010. They even have launched their own ‘Denim Academy’ to transfer their knowledge to a new generation. Read more about this and their sustainability policies on their site.
Kilim Denim is one of our four fabric suppliers. It was founded in 1953 and has been making fabrics for over 60 years within four textile companies. The weaving factory has the ability to produce 30 million meters/year denim, gabardine and highly technical military fabrics. They produce different kinds of denim fabrics. Some of them out of GOTS certified organic cotton, which is what we use.
Bossa is one of our fabric supplier in Adana, Turkey. They established in 1951 and specialise in denim fabrics. Bossa is member of the Better Cotton Initiative and aims to make Better Cotton 90 % of its cotton consumption in 2018, while the remaining 10 % will be organic cotton.
The list of certifications Bossa has is impressive, amongst others: GOTS, BCI, OEKO-Tex 100, ISO 14001. They are a truly transparent company, reporting about sustainability goals, standards and social projects thoroughly on their site. If you want to learn more, check out the sustainability report here.
Berning is our metal button supplier. Every metal button, rivet or snap comes from them. They are founded in 1888 in Germany and have been producing metal fasteners ever since.
Berning has been working on environmental policies since 1995. They aim to keep ahead of legislation. Their wastewater system is in place for nearly 20 years now and they’re EMAS and ISO 14001 certified. All the raw materials and finishes are OEKO-TEX 100 and ISO 9001 certified. The manufactured products are left untreated of treated with old handcraft techniques.
Social responsibility is also a core value of Berning. They provide fair working conditions and a good salary conform German standards. Health & safety is certified by OHSAS 18001 and their social accountability is measured by SA 8001. All the relations they engage in are founded on trust and sustainability.
All other buttons are made by Bottonificio Fenili SRL in Italy. This over a 100 year old button manufacturer was acquired by EU Design in 2014. They make buttons for us made out of corozo, urea and polyresins. Corozo is made from the fruit of the Phytelephas tropical palm. The nuts hid in the fruit are harder than wood and have a lot of comparisons with ivory, which gives Corozo the nickname vegetable ivory. Urea is also an organic material and looks alike but is a softer material, that’s why people call it vegetable horn.
Bottonificio Fenili SRL passed the knowledge and craftsmanship about button manufacturing on from one generation to another. This fits perfectly in the ambition of EU Design to preserve expertise and tradition. Bottonificio Fenili SRL proves that it’s still possible to manufacture in Italy in this time of globalisation.
When we decided to replace our leather patches for vegan ones, we needed a company who could produce an animal-free replacement. This way Cadica became our jacron – a washable paper – supplier.
Cadica has a high standerd on basic employment principles and rights. They create plenty of scope for women, support local initiatives and humanitarian associations. They’ve obtained a number of product certifications like OEKO-Tex 100 and ISO 9001. The paper used for the jacron patch is FSC certified.
YKK is the famous zipper supplier. If there is a zipper in your clothing there is a big chance it comes from YKK. Over the years they’ve established themselves as a manufacturer of good and durable zippers. YKK has a beautiful philosophy: ‘No one prospers without rendering benefit to others’, referred to as the Cycle of Goodness.
To transform the philosophy into action they have set up guidelines and strict policies. YKK works with a list of restricted substances, has a policy for conflict materials, wastewater treatment and recycling and measures their environmental and social impact with the Higg Indiex by Sustainable Apparel Coalition. They are constantly innovating and implementing new technologies like fast dying processes and the development of biodegradable products. Their process is Bluesign certified, the products are OEKO-Tex 100 certified and they participate in different education and community development projects. Read more about these projects and their sustainable policies on the site.
Coats is our yarn supplier, almost every bit of thread you find in our styles comes from them. Only our supplier Soorty uses their own yarn. Coats is making yarns for over 250 years now. They’re constantly working on lowering their environmental impact by looking at waste, water and energy-use during their manufacturing and packaging processes. They report annually about the progress they make. Coats is also a member of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme and eight of their plants are ISO 14001 certified.
All the manufacturers of Coats are bound to their employment standards. They have different programmes and processes to educate their employees about health & safety and ethics. In 2016 they also had a Safety Climate Survey. They have in-depth information about their corporate responsibility on their site.
In the search for sustainable packaging, we stumbled upon Rajapack. We like them because not only do they possess ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, member of FSC France and they also have a clear and determent vision on sustainability.
They have set themselves 10 principles and formulated their own goals. For instance they want to ‘increase the procurement of environmental products’, ‘communicate and promote their environmental actions’ and have founded the RAJA-Danièle Marcovici Foundation. This foundation co-funds charitable projects to strengthen the position of women at risk of violence, injustice and poverty around the world.
We love ourselves some green. That’s why we love using Growing paper. This paper has a little surprise for you. During the making process, flower seeds are added. The paper is made of potatoes and printed with biodegradable ink so it totally disappears when planted.
After reading, plant your growing paper. Cover the paper with some soil, water frequently, give it some love and wait till the flowers start to grow and bloom.
Blue LOOP is a Dutch company who has the big ambition to make waste history. They start by focussing on the clothing industry, jeans in particular. A pair of jeans is very valuable, because of the cotton it’s made of. They collect the jeans and put them in a powerful shredder to reclaim the cotton fibers. These light blue fibers get respun in Italy into yarn. This yarn is used to make new products, sometimes combined with recycled wool for warmth. Their philosophy is ‘WORN to REBORN’.
We collaborated with Blue LOOP to upcycle our post-consumer Kuyichi jeans. Together we made a limited edition Kuyichi x Blue LOOP scarf from recycled denim and recycled wool. Learn more about it on our blog.
Blue LOOP has their production chain in Europe, to minimize their carbon footprint and make sure the social conditions are looked after. They teamed up with REMO to inspect their production chain. The REMO label informs the consumer about the ecological footprint the product has.
Re-Bell is a shop concept by designer Blazinbell. She makes unique handmade pieces from dead stock and post-consumer clothing. She teams up with different fashion labels to minimize the textile waste. She uses the deadstock to make new beautiful garments. You can recognise them by their beautiful patchwork patterns she uses.
Re-bell also gives a platform to other young designers. It’s a collection of ‘unique handmade products that are made to last’.