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Sustainability

Sustainability

Environment friendly manufacturing process is part of our responsibility. That's why we choose our supplier chain partners with care. Our brand is working hard to find new eco-friendly materials, reuse textiles and reach a circular cycle with a positive impact on our planet's resources and climate conditions. Being open about where we source our materials and how we create our garments is core to our philosophy. We are producing with the following Standards.

Where does my clothes come from?

Organic Tshirts

Caracol Organic T Shirts are made of 100% organic cotton certified GOTS. “The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent third-party certification of the entire textile supply chain.”[1] Organic fibres are natural fibres grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides and GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms) according to the principles of organic agriculture. Organic agriculture is a production process that sustains the health of ecosystems, soils and people. To learn more about organic fibres go here (https://global-standard.org/the-standard/gots-key-features/organic-fibres)

Caracol Organic T Shirts are sourced from Stanley & Stella, a sustainable brand from Belgium. Blank product is sourced from Bangladesh. Stanley & Stella works hand in hand with the Fair Wear Foundation, which translates into its commitment to labour standards that protect the right to safe, dignified and properly remunerated employment.

Our partner factories in Latvia and USA print our designs on these Tshirts using water-based vegan inks with are non-hazardous, toxin-free, biodegradable, and certified with an OEKO-TEX Eco Passport. (2)

Activewear

Tank Tops are produced according to the USA CPSIA GCC industry and federal requirements. Our supply chain partners share a vision around environmental and social responsibility.

Tanks produced by Bella and Canvas are cut in Los Angeles, California (USA) and then shipped to Central America to be sewed. Bella and Canvas is a US apparel company that prioritizes sustainability by limiting and filtering its water supply, saving energy, and recycling leftover fabric. Blank product is sourced from Nicaragua, Vietnam, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico or the US from selected factories that share specific environmental and social responsibility values of the WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production).

Our partner factories in Latvia and USA print our designs on these garments using water-based vegan inks with are non-hazardous, toxin-free, biodegradable, and certified with an OEKO-TEX Eco Passport.

All over prints (Crop top, Tank Top slim fit and Leggings)

Our all over prints are printed then cut and hand-sewn at our supply chain partner´s facilities: in Latvia (EU) for deliveries in Europe or Mexico or USA for deliveries outside the EU. Fabrics are certified compliant with the USA CPSIA GCC and Safe Textile (EU) and sourced from China and Lithuania. Compression Leggings are made of the same material plus recycled polyester certified OEKO TEX Standard 100 (3). Blank product sourced from Italy and Spain.

Hangtags ecofriendly

Our online shop works through an on demand basis. We only produce garments after they are sold. This reduces waste generated and harm to the envirnoment. If you buy a Caracol garment from our online shop it won´t have any Hangtag attached. This also reduces waste. 

Our distributors require sometimes the use of Hantags for the proper management of their business. We only place Hangtags by request and want them to be as environmentally friendly as possible. In these cases, our Hangtags are made of a carton with Blue Angel certificate printed in offset with petroleum-free inks. The Blue Angel is the ecolabel of the federal government of Germany that sets high standards for environmentally friendly product design.

Our hangtags are secured with ECOTACH bio-PP fasteners. Which are made from a patented blend of polypropylene material specifically designed to biodegrade in less than one year once it reaches or enters the soil, without leaving any harmful substances behind. The technology used results in no microplastics remaining, so that when a stitching thread degrades, only carbon dioxide, water and microbes (biomass) remain. In comparison, the degradation of a conventional polypropylene stitching thread would take 20 to 30 years, depending on environmental conditions.

Packing

Our packaging is 100% recyclable, low-density polyethylene ROHS 3 (EU 2015/863) compliant, which means that our bags do not contain any hazardous materials. More information on: https://www.rohsguide.com/

Quality

We produce clothing meant to last and that is no fast fashion. We promote the philosophy of investing in superior quality, long lasting clothing that can be reused, recycled or upscaled. This demands higher production costs but offers a better outcome for our planet’s conservation and for us as human beings in the long term.

 

Sources

[1] GOTS. Key Features. https://global-standard.org/the-standard/gots-key-features

(2) ÖKO TEX PASSPORT https://www.oeko-tex.com/de/hier-beantragen/eco-passport-by-oeko-tex

(3) ÖKO TEX Standard 100 https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/our-standards/standard-100-by-oeko-tex

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