UPCYCLED FROM BIO-WASTE
The soy pulp that we use to produce our super soft clothing comes from the food industry waste. From the production residue of soybean oil manufacturing companies, to be precise. For centuries China has been the world's leading producer of soybean oils. This is also where the raw material of our garments is sourced from. The soy pulp fiber is then sent to Europe, Portugal to spin the yarns, and from then on, all the production of the fabric and the final garments takes place at our factory in Lithuania, Europe.
We aim to localize our supply chain as much as possible, to reduce our carbon footprint, support local craftsmanship, ensure fair trade conditions for the employees, and control the quality of our garments.
CULTIVATION AND FIBER
Every plant-based fiber begins with a plant. Our innovative soy fabric is no exception. The non-GMO soybeans that we use, are cultivated and processed in Shandong region of China by one of the most advanced food companies, operating by priciples of HACCP and complying with non-GMO Certification by SGS. They cultivate soybeans for food, not to make clothing. What our fiber suppliers use is their waste - a residue left after oil is extracted from the soybean. Therefore, production of soy fabric not only saves valuable virgin resources traditionally used for clothing, such as land, water, trees and other plants, but also diverts waste from entering landfills, making it one of the most environmentally friendly fabric choices.
Our fiber manufacturing plant is based in Henan province of China, and has been awarded with multiple awards for patents and inventions in their filed. They take the residual cake of soybean, abstract high polymer from it, and prepare a protein spinning solution. From this stage, all of the following production processes are carried out exclusively in Europe.
The yarns are spinned in Portugal, at a spinning mill, known for their new generation intelligent and sustainable textile yarns. Then they are sent to Lithuania, Europe, where we take care of all processes under one roof.
MAKING IT INTO THE FABRIC
When yarns are ready to be knit, they are delivered to our factory in Lithuania, Europe. Here - from knitting and dyeing, to sewing and packaging - all is done under one roof. What really sets our factory apart is its unmatched environmental responsibility. In 2017 it made a commitment to Detox, as part of Greenpeace's global Detoc My Fashion campaign, and more recently became the first factory in the world to meet Greenpeace's Standard for its own textiles procurement using natural fibers. In addition, the factory holds several certificated that recognize our eco-friendly processes.
At the end of life cycle
What happens with your clothing once it's served its purpose is an equally important part of sustainability conversation. Globally just 12% of clothing ends up being recycled. Only 1% is recycled to new clothing. Fibre recycling technologies do exist, but they are only used on a small scale because complex combinations of fibres, fixtures and accessories, that most of our clothes are made from, are hard to separate and recycle. Until those technologies are scaled up to an industrial level, our recommendation for end-of-life scenario is simply to choose clothing made of natural and plant-based fabrics that are entirely compostable or biodegradable. Our food waste material is exactly this type of fabric. One of nature's basic principles is that everything has its place: something springs to life, consisting of natural resources, and at the end it slowly dissapears back into the earth. This is the most advanced closed-loop system ever.