Fashion is the third most polluting industry in the world, and one of the largest consumers of water. Making fabric uses water, energy, chemicals, and other resources that most people don’t think about, or ever see. Sustainability is a buzz word in every industry right now; but what does it mean to us to have a sustainable brand?
We started with the design process. Every Recommence garment is designed to not only pair well with everything you already have in your closet, but also transcend seasons and trends. One of the biggest problems in the industry right now is fast fashion; inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass-market retailers in response to the latest trends. Sounds great in theory, however the reality is garment workers who cannot afford the cost of living, toxic work environments, and overflowing landfills. We're calling for a return to slow fashion; where the workers are happy and the clothing lasts.
This led us to our next step to sustainability: the materials. Sourcing fabrics is one of the most important parts of any fashion journey because it's what people are going to be living in. That's why we would never sacrifice quality for sustainability or vis versa. All of our fabrics are custom made for Recommence with sustainable and/or recycled fibers and dyed using organic dye.
Our soft-brushed twill is made with 98% organic cotton and is Global Organic Textile Standard Certified. This certification means our cotton contains a minimum of 70% organic fibers and has met strict environmental criteria in regard to the chemicals and dyes used in the production process.
You’ll never want to wear any other Terry cloth fabric after feeling our 100% Organic French Terry Cotton. The super- soft material is made out of 100% organic Global Organic Standard Certified cotton and colored with only low impact dyes.
Our Poplin is made from the perfect combination of 98% of our 100% organic Global Organic Standard Certified cotton and 2% of our nylon.
Our heavy weight luxury ribbed material is made out of environmentally friendly produced and manufactured cotton
If you’re not already in love with vegan leather, ours is about to win you over. Using vegan leather reduces energy waste and toxic chemical release from the production process while saving the lives of millions of animals. Our buttery-soft Polyurethane vegan leather is durable, washable and, of course, cruelty-free. Another bonus? Vegan leather never has imperfections and is water resistant. Finally, a leather you can wear in the rain.
Our pointelle style sweater fabric is composed of 55% TENCEL Lyocell FIBERS, 30% Organic Pima Cotton, and 15% Merino Wool. We cannot say enough good about TENCEL Lyocell. Manufactured from low-impact Eucalyptus trees and using 80% less water than cotton production, TENCEL fibers are certified by the European eco-label OEKO-TEX® as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and byproducts. All of the fibers in our sweater fabric are biodegradable and will completely break down with environmental exposure into organic carbon.
Our mission to sustainability doesn’t end at the garment. So our next step was to look at each and every detail to see where our efforts at sustainability could be improved, and then do the research to bring you the very best.
Our hang tags are made out of paper that has been created from cement leftovers - no trees harmed in any part of the process. On top of the physical tag being sustainable, each garment’s tag will have a unique QR tracking code on it that, once scanned, will take you to that garment’s entire history. From sourcing to production to your closet, you’ll be able to see the exact environmental impact of the garment.
Sustainability comes in many forms - and one of the best is recycling. All of the hardware on Recommence garments are made from recycled metal alloys, and many of our cute denim details are from upcycled denim deadstock.
Let’s talk about packaging. Disposable packaging has become a huge source of landfill waste and environmental pollution. Creating a way to send your products to consumers in a temporary vehicle can be one of the hardest parts of creating a sustainable fashion brand. Which is why we're excited to have found a new type of biodegradable bag to use for our packaging.
Remake's Seal of Approval
We are so proud to be a Remake Approved Sustainable Brand. Remake is one of the leading sources for sustainable fashion news, and uses a strict vetting system to find the most sustainable brands out there. Learn more about their approval process here.
But Our Factories are 100% Certified
Fair Labor - Sustainable fashion is not just about the fabric behind each and every garment but also the people who are making them. That’s why we look at a variety of different factors when choosing who is going to make our clothing including quality, certifications, speed, and working conditions for the people in the facility. A few of the certifications we are proud the factories we work with have obtained are OEKO-TEX® Certification, Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit, and Global Organic Textile Standard Certification.
OEKO-TEX® Certified - The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a global testing certification for textile products at all levels of the production process. The certification ensures the fabrics used in production are safe for the environment and consumer by checking for things like carcinogens and azo dyes.
Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) - As one of the most widely used ethical audit systems in the world, SMETA is an audit methodology that allows the organization to evaluate responsible business practices based on Sedex’s four main pillars of labor, health and safety, environment, and business ethics.
Global Organic Textile Standard Certified- GOTS is the global leader in standards for organic fiber textile processing, including ecological and social criteria. The standard includes the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of all textiles made from at least 70% certified organic natural fibers