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OUR MATERIALS

When it comes to cleaning up fashion, fabric choice alone can account for up to 95% of a product’s social and environmental footprint4. We’re proud that 90% of our SS21 collection is made from responsible fabrics, and we’re working towards 100% in the future. We are constantly exploring new materials and embracing textile innovation as the backdrop for our signature prints. Explore our responsible fabrics below. 

 

ORGANIC COTTON > {15% of collection}

Conventional cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop on the planet5. 

We choose organic cotton to help keep toxic chemicals out of water ways, protecting local communities. Plus, organic cotton is kind to the climate, creating healthy soil that locks in carbon and emitting up to 46% fewer greenhouse gasses6 than conventional cotton. 

We use cotton which falls into one of the following certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, Organic Cotton Standard 100 (OCS100) certification, Fairtrade certification (by Flocert), Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification or BCI (Better Cotton Initiative). We do not source our cotton from Xinjiang, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan to help ensure our cotton is free from exploitation. 

LENZINGTMVISCOSE > {50% of collection}

Around 150 million trees are logged every year to be made into viscose, often harvested from ancient forests and diverse animal habitats7. 

As the raw material is turned into fabric, traditional viscose relies on harsh chemicals and a heavy water and energy footprint.

LENZINGTM ECOVERO viscose offers a responsible alternative, made from sustainably harvested wood using up to 50% less water from forest to fabric.  

LINEN > {2% of collection} 

One of the world’s oldest textiles, linen is inherently sustainable as it requires few pesticides, minimal water and it can grow in almost any soil.

All linen used in our garments must carry one of the following certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, Masters Of Linen® certification, Content Claim Standard (CCS) certification. We also allow for uncertified linen that carries full transparency and traceability from country of origin to finished material. 

WOOL > {Coming AW2021}

The most important factors for us when sourcing wool are animal welfare, soil health and chemical processing reduction. We choose suppliers who respect and uphold the ‘Five Freedoms’, an internationally accepted standard for animal welfare. Where possible, we also source mulesing-free wool.

All wool used in our collection must carry one of the following certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certification, ZQ™ Certification, Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) Certification, or Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Certification. 

RECYCLED SYNTHETICS > {20% of Collection}

Producing plastic-based materials uses around 342 million barrels of oil every year8. 

Synthetic fabrics, which are made from plastic, have a big impact at every stage of their life. Where we use these fabrics, we try to seek out recycled fibres to reduce the creation of new material. This is part of our journey to improve our impact, and we aim to phase out all virgin synthetic fibres by 2022. 

We work with REPREVE®, which is a recycled polyester made from plastic bottles and other single use plastics. Other recycled certifications we work with include: Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certification and Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certification. 

Where we can, we’re working to reduce the use of blended synthetic materials, making our products easier to recycle at the end of their life. 

MAKING FROM WASTE

We produce in careful quantities to help make sure we don’t send leftover materials to waste. At Nobody’s Child, waste is an opportunity, and we’ve turned some of our excess materials into scrunchies, tote bags, masks and limited edition dresses. 

 

STUFF WE DON’T LIKE 

Along with identifying responsible fibres for our collections, we have also restricted certain materials from ever entering our supply chain. Our restricted materials include: 

  • Animal Fur
  • Angora
  • Conventional Nylon Textiles
  • Conventional Polyester Textiles
  • Conventional Viscose
  • Exotic Skins or Hides
  • Endangered Species; we will never knowingly source any species listed on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and IUCN (International Union for Conservation Red) lists of endangered species.
  • Genetically modified or non (certified) organic cotton
  • PVC (polyvinyl chloride)
  • Virgin Animal Derived Leather
  • Virgin Down and Feathers 

 

THE FINISHING TOUCH

All materials undergo a certain degree of processing, known as ‘finishing’, when they are made into textiles. We uphold rigorous finishing standards to ensure our materials minimise chemical impacts. 

All of our products must meet at least one of the following finishing standards: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, OEKO-TEX® or BLUESIGN®. 

We are continuing to test and try materials and dedicated to ensuring that 100% of the materials in our collections follow our responsibility guidelines in the near future.