Eco Materials

Not all clothes are created equal. Our eco icon indicates clothing made from a minimum of 80% sustainable fibers and/or fabrics that are 3rd party certified for responsible manufacturing.

SUSTAINABLE FIBERS

Sustainable materials make a world of difference. In 2018 we reduced our emissions by 51 tons of CO2, enough to drive 150,000 miles. We achieved this by using organic cotton, recycled fibers, and other high-quality materials known for low-impact growing and clean manufacturing.

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NOT-SO SUSTAINABLE FIBERS

Conventional Cotton

Conventional cotton is grown with GMO seeds and uses 16% of pesticides used globally. It's a water-intensive crop due to irrigation and an average T-shirt takes 713 gallons of water. Organic cotton uses 91% less water and is grown from GMO free seed.

Acrylic

This cheap, synthetic fiber is made from polyacylonitrile, a soft plastic and known carcinogen in a chemical- and energy-intensive process. Waste water and toxic products are difficult to treat and acrylic fiber is non-recyclable when the garment wears out.

Silk

The growing and feeding of silk worms requires massive amounts of trees and growth hormones. Harmful de-gumming chemicals are also used to extract silk threads from the worms.

Rayon/Viscose

Viscose and Rayon products usually start with unknown tree sources and use toxic chemicals to strip the "natural" fibers. Emissions from viscose production heavily pollute water and air with things like nitrates, phosphates and iron. All by-products are non-reusable

Bamboo

Bamboo may be a water-friendly, fast-growing plant, but processing stalky bamboo into silky textiles requires some heavy-duty chemicals and energy in a viscose production. There are also many issues with unregulated tree-sourcing and deforestation in ancient bamboo forests.

RESTRICTED SUBSTANCES LIST

In addition to adding more 3rd party certifications, we regularly re-evaluate our list of restricted substances and work closely with our suppliers to ensure that all materials comply. We've made our RSL public so you can see exactly what we stay away from. You can download and review our most recent RSL here.