We use certified organic cotton because it has a significantly lower environmental footprint than regular cotton. Unlike regular cotton that consumes over 15% of the world’s insecticides and around 7% of pesticides, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or insecticides, and it is not GMO.
When compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown using 80% less water, and it takes 60% less energy to produce.
Organic cotton also provides protections to workers and communities:
- The right to freely choose employment
- The right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
- The right not to be harassed and subjected to violence
- The right to fair remuneration and assessment of the living wage gap
- No child labour
- No discrimination
- Access to occupational health and safety (OHS)
We are continuously looking at how we can further reduce our impact. For example, incorporating post consumer recycled cotton could reduce various impacts. However, this presents some challenges, notably in relation to fabric durability, market availability, minimum order quantities and premium pricing.
DRY OILED COTTON
Olive oil proofed cotton has similar overall weather performance to traditional paraffin waxed equivalents whilst avoiding the need to use petrochemicals. It blends natural plant-based waxes and oils from olives, rapeseed and castor beans.
The constituents are natural by-products from the food industry and are non GMO. All components are biodegradable and considered vegan. The fabric can be re-proofed to extend its life.
Our garments need some stretch and movement to make them wearable on a bike. Where we can’t achieve this through careful design, cutting and construction, we do use fabrics that contain some stretch. As is often the case, there are competing priorities, and where some stretch is required we made the decision to use fabrics with custom degradable elastane, rather than recycled elastane.
Our jeans and cotton jackets contain a degradable elastane - a custom version of Roica V550. This takes approximately 5 years to degrade as opposed to the 200+ years needed by conventional elastane.
This elastane is C2C Gold certified and Hohenstein Environment Compatible. We state clearly on our product pages where we've used it.
Candiani Denim, Italy : 001 jeans and cotton jacket
TRIMS AND FINISHES
We try to use zips with organic cotton tape wherever available and suitable, and when we can't (e.g. for the jeans), we use certified recycled polyester to provide the required strength and longevity. We note all instances of the use of polyester on our product pages.
Our supplier of bag zips is Lampo, an Italian company founded in 1887 that still manufactures all its products domestically. Lampo have been providing zips to brands like Dior, Chanel and Prada for over 60 years. Their wide ranging Sustainability Plan includes their employees, the local area and their services, in addition to the zips themselves. Lampo works hard on sustainability, and has many great initiatives, for example: the weaving factory has been solar powered for 10 years; the entire Lampo production is TF (Traceability & Fashion) certified; and, Lampo joined the Greenpeace Detox Campaign during 2015.
Lampo, Italy : 001 bike bag
Our 100% recycled polyester bag thread is REACH compliant as well as OEKO-TEX® and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified. We use polyester instead of cotton because it significantly extends the durability and life of the bag.
Gütermann, Germany : 001 bike bag
Our pannier clips are REACH compliant and made entirely from reprocessed Polyamide 6.
Rixen & Kaul, Germany : 001 bike bag
We have used OEKO TEX-100 certified Corozo buttons. Corozo is made from the seeds of the Tagua palm tree which grow in the equatorial forests of Central America. In addition to avoiding the use of plastic for the buttons, buying corozo contributes to it's value and thus adds an economic incentive to preserving rainforest environments.
Courtney & Co, UK : 001 cycling jacket