The integrity of our brand is of utmost importance to us. We are constantly educating ourselves to ensure we are meeting and updating our sustainability criteria, an essential pillar of Ethos 33. Our product line incorporates materials that meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Energy efficient in cultivation, materialization, and production.
- Certified organic materials which covers the entire production process of organic fibres from textile processing and manufacturing up to licensing and labelling. This is a rigorous process in which all criteria must be met, providing a commitment to sustainable, ethical, and high-quality products.
- Fabrics dyed with eco-dyes that do not produce harmful chemicals or environmental pollution complying with environmental regulations. Eco dyes are non-carcinogenic and are free from or do not produce harmful aromatic amines and acute toxins while having superior dye performance to its competitors.
- Regenerative materials that reverse climate damage by carbon sequestering agricultural techniques, reverting land use change, amelioration of biodiversity, and the enrichment of soil micro-flora and micro-fauna.
- Textiles and supplies that are certified to be environmentally and socially responsible in make. These certifications rigorously screen for regulated and unregulated chemicals harmful to human health.
- Deadstock and vintage
- Social parameters - ethical working conditions, social practices, and fair wages within the working environment
- Fabricated from recycled textiles and materials
It is our pleasure to locate and source the newest innovations in sustainable textiles to infuse with our artistry, creating pieces that are holistically beautiful. We work with suppliers that do not merely cast a sustainable label but offer full transparency to the metrics of their practices and certifications for their product. We in turn offer the same to our clients with full descriptions of sustainable features for each item offered in our product line.
Sustainability Details Within our Product Line
- Bamboo: Much of our line includes pieces made from certified bamboo fiber. This certification rigorously screens for use of chemicals that are harmful to human health as well as social parameters like working conditions and fair compensation. Bamboo is fast growing and regenerates without a need for pesticides or large amounts of water. This material is biodegradable. Additionally our bamboo selection is dyed with eco-dyes which meet environmental regulations and omit harmful chemicals in its formulation.
- Cactus Leather: An import from Mexico that is regenerative and formulated with organic prickly pear cactus. The backing is made from recycled ocean plastic. Additionally, it is highly sustainable in materialization and production/cultivation practices. The plants are harvested by clipping mature leaves that naturally replenish every 6-8 months. An irrigation system is not needed as the cactus plant feeds on natural rain water and minerals. From their 14 acres, 8,100 tons of CO2 are absorbed annually while increasing biodiversity of the region, enriching the soil, and reverting land use in the process. The leaves are dried in a solarium which also cuts down on the energy expended in the process of its materialization.
- Lyocell: Lyocell and modal fibers help to maintain the environmental balance by being integrated into nature´s cycle. The fibers originate from the renewable raw material wood. The certified biobased fibers are manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process. The fibers are certified compostable and biodegradable, and thus can fully revert back to nature.
- Deadstock: While deadstock materials are not as sustainable as plant formulated fibers, it makes use of the excess materials that are a side effect of the over consumption and production of fast fashion. These materials, new and unused, are commonly discarded into landfills. Incorporating deadstock keeps these materials from adding to the millions of tons of fabric waste that accumulates annually. Although deadstock is not perfectly sustainable it does offer some sustainable benefits over status quo materials, especially when coupled with a slow fashion style production.
- All of our clothing tags are also certified and over 50% recycled yarn.