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Sustainability / Materials

Materials

 
All our garments are produced by certified manufacturing partners
using sustainable methods and technologies. It’s fundamental.
 
Knowledge of fibers
KnowledgeCotton Apparel's business is built on the knowledge of sustainable fibers, the largest proportion being organic cotton. We carry this mindset with us every day when creating new products – all the way from the fiber to the finished result.

We produce in compliance with the highest sustainable standards in the world. Our aim is to use yarns and fabrics in our collection that make the garments especially long lasting and sustainable.

Innovation is very important to us and we push the boundaries every day on how products and fibers can be made. We are deeply involved in the innovation process with our suppliers and help to create new sustainable fibers.

At KnowledgeCotton Apparel, we classify our fibers according to their sustainable performance based on the “Made-By” Environmental Benchmark for fibers and the international standard for organic and recycled production.

Made-By website:
http://www.made-by.org/consultancy/tools/environmental/
Discover our sustainable fibers
Organic cotton
Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown on fields without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or defoliants. Only natural fertilizers such as compost and animal manure are allowed. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are prohibited in organic products.

We source most of our organic cotton from Turkey and India. Our organic cotton from India comes from the state-of-the-art organic cotton and Fairtrade project called Chetna Organic.

The coalition in Chetna is a network of different brands that share the same goal of sourcing fair organic cotton for their supply chain. The goal is to improve the livelihood options of smallholder farmers by making their farm systems more sustainable and profitable and creating access to ethical and fair-trade markets for cotton.

By using Fairtrade certified organic cotton, we ensure the wellbeing of farmers and their families with decent payment, fair working conditions and organic farming methods.

What does 100% organic cotton solve?

91% less water
Worldwide, most organic cotton is grown on rain-fed farms – meaning there is no irrigation. The soil is healthy and holds water 50% better than conventional soil. The water usage in growing organic cotton is 91% lower than that of conventional cotton.

0% Pesticides and fertilizers
Pesticides and fertilizers – It takes 400 grams of raw cotton to make one T-shirt. One conventional T-shirt contains 165 grams of pesticides and fertilizers. Garments produced with organic cotton contain zero pesticides and fertilizers and have a positive impact on almost 220.000 farmers, their families and your skin.

46% less CO2 emissions
CO₂ – Growing organic cotton saves 46% CO₂ compared to conventional cotton.
Recycled PET
PET is polyethylene terephthalate, a type of plastic derived from petroleum used to make soft drink bottles. Using recycled PET bottles, we create recycled PET polyester. The quality of recycled polyester is as good as virgin polyester – it is very resilient, quick drying, and easy to wash while keeping its shape.

Impact of human behavior
Over the past 50 years, plastic consumption has increased twenty-fold – from 15 million tonnes in 1964 to currently around 300 million. It has been estimated that this figure will double by 2025.

Every year, approx. 10 million tonnes of plastic waste are making their way into the oceans, the equivalent of one truckload of garbage being tipped into the sea every minute. Plastic waste is almost like an eighth continent, and by 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. It will take centuries for this waste to decompose; 450 to 700 years alone for PET bottles.

37% less CO2 emissions
CO₂ – Compared to the use of virgin polyester, using recycled polyester reduces carbon emissions by 37%.

25 PET bottles = One jacket
Did you know? – 25 old PET bottles are transformed into one KnowledgeCotton Apparel jacket.

Linen
Linen is a natural textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Garments have been made from linen for thousands of years and it is one of the oldest fibers used for textile production. Linen is well-known for its strength, absorption and coolness to the touch. Organic linen is grown without any synthetic fertilizers.

Wool
All of the wool KnowledgeCotton Apparel uses is certified organic or certified recycled wool from merino sheep. We call this wool ‘happy sheep wool’ as it is produced with animal welfare and biodiversity in mind. It is 100% mulesing-free and certified ethical. The wool we use is mainly from South America.

Tencel
Tencel is made from wood pulp from sustainably managed forest plantations. The fibre production is extremely eco-friendly since the wood fiber uses less water in the production process than cotton. The spinning process recycles water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%. Tencel gives the garments a light, soft and smooth feel.
Recycled Nylon
100% of the recycled nylon fiber that we use is generated from post-consumer land field waste. All of our certified recycled nylon products are an important part of our environmental clean-up work.

Vegan products
We have a strong commitment in animal rights and use only certified organic wool or certified recycled wool in our products. All labeling is from 100% certified recycled materials. 95% of our total product portfolio is vegan approved.