Cotton is the most used material in our jersey products and the majority of it is organic cotton. We constantly strive to increase the proportion of recycled materials and, for example, recycled materials have been used in our pantyhose, Dot and Bubble products.

How does the dyehouse and printing house deal with chemicals?

The printing house that dyes and prints the fabrics for us has a statutory water treatment plant with a pH control system. At the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the water is pre-treated before being discharged into the City Wastewater Treatment Center. Color recipes are made by automation, so the loss of color chemicals is minimal. The dyes are treated in tubes so that they do not enter the respiratory tract.

In 2018, the printing house introduced Higg-Index, a toolkit developed by Sustainable Apparel Coalition that helps brands, retailers, and businesses of all sizes to measure and evaluate the sustainability of a company or product. The Higg Index enables companies to make significant improvements to the well-being of factory workers and local communities and to protect the environment.

In addition, the printing house is GOTS certified. GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standars) is an organization that promotes organic textiles and is the world’s leading certification system for organic textiles. GOTS defines high environmental criteria, covering the entire organic textile production chain from farm to cloth, and also requires compliance with social criteria. All processes in cotton production are approved by GOTS.

The printing house has been a Bluesign partner since 2012. This partnership ensures that only products and dyes that are properly tested and approved and that do not contain any substances that are harmful to humans or the environment are used in the dyeing and finishing process.

What is our impact?

In 2019, our brand produced 8,4 CO t. of emissions.

62,5% of our materials were made from GOTS certified organic cotton, 9,7% BCI cotton, 7,7% recycled fibers, 2% lyocell and 1,1% linen.

In our premises we use 100% renewable energy (wind).

All of our suppliers and wages are listed in our sustainability report and we update this list every year. 85,5% of our products come from Portugal and 14,5% from Italy. 42,5% of the production comes from our own factory in Portugal.

Our products are all made in EU, under REACH and Öko-tex 100 class 1 certification. This means the products don’t contain hazardous chemicals.

On our webstore we use paper bags to pack the orders, instead of plastic and we eliminated plastic from packaging from all the products coming from our own factory.

Where do our raw materials come from?

Cotton is our most important and most used raw material and most of it is organic. We use GOTS certified organic cotton purchased from Turkish cotton wholesalers. GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) is the world’s leading standard for the processing of organic fiber textiles.

Organic cotton fiber is further processed in northern Portugal, where it is spun into yarn or the yarn is already spun when it reaches Portugal. Basic yarns are usually spun in Turkey and specialty yarns such as custom and specialty blends are spun in Portugal. Our partner Armaco, Lda manufactures all the fabrics used in our tricot products. In addition to knitting, Armaco also coordinates the printing and dyeing of our materials.

Dyed and printed fabric is then transported to our factory for storage, cutting and sewing. Production waste is recycled. Recycling is handled by Black Moda Portugal.

The wool we use in our knits is mainly mulesing-free merino wool and wool polyamide blended yarns. We use organic cotton and recycled polyester in our terry products. The “Bubble” series polyester is also recycled.  Most of our woven products are linen and organic cotton.

How do we transport the goods to Finland?

Completed orders are delivered by truck from Portugal to Finland to our warehouse in Pirkkala or directly to our dealers. Shipments requiring rapid response, such as prototypes or color and pattern samples, are sent from Portugal to Finland by air to the Pirkkala office.