MATERIALS

Less impact.

Around the 80% of a product’s environmental impact is determined by the
materials it’s been made with. That's why we are introducing safer
materials into our garments.

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs.

Importantly organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.

RECYCLED MATERIALS

Polyester - Recycled polyester reduces our dependence on petroleum as the raw material for our fabric needs. Diverting PET bottles for this process reduces landfill, and thus reduces soil contamination and air and water pollution and requires less energy than virgin polyester. Garments created from recycled polyester aim to be continuously recycled with no degradation of quality, allowing us to minimize wastage. This means polyester garment manufacture could potentially become a closed loop system.

Cotton - Cotton is an extremely resource-intense crop in terms of water, pesticides and insecticides. This means that using recycled cotton can lead to significant savings of natural resources and reduce pollution from agriculture.

TENCEL ® (Lyocell)

TENCEL® is the lyocell fiber from the house of Lenzing. It is of botanic origin, since it is extracted from the raw material wood. Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system.

On the day that the fiber TENCEL® was invented, a new chapter was written in the history of fibers. Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.





OUR CERTIFICATES

In order to ensure the claims and the fair
traceability of our clothes, we are GOTS,
OCS, GRS and RCS certified.

GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD

GOTS was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognized world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.

ORGANIC CONTENT STANDARD

OCS relies on third-party verification to verify that a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material.

GLOBAL RECYCLE STANDARD

It is a holistic certification for products with recycled content. The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers.

RECYCLE CLAIM STANDARD

Recycled Claim Standard verifies the presence and amount of recycled material in a final product through input and chain-of-custody verification from a third party. It allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of recycled material conten claims on products.

INDUSTRY PARTNERS

We are aware of the integrity challenges that sustainable materials are facing today, therefore, we support those initiatives that aim to improve its transparency and traceability throughout its supply chain.

From 2015, members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Textile
Exchange, and advocates of the Organic Cotton Accelerator initiative:

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is an initiative started by Patagonia and Wal-Mart in 2009 with the aim to reach sustainable production. Their goal is to build the Higg Index, a standardized tool able to measure environmental and social labor impacts through the whole supply chain. Their vision is that brands and suppliers reach the transparency that consumer are already demanding.



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- “The challenges facing our industry require collective action on a global
scale” – Sustainable Apparel Coalition.

At Hallotex, our short term objective is to prepare us to successfully adopt the Higg Index, identify inefficiencies through our supply chain, and implement better practices in order to significantly reduce our environmental and social impact.

By 2020, we expect to be able to communicate our impact to consumers, through the inclusion of the Higg Index label into our cloth.



TE is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile industry. Textile Exchange provides the knowledge and tools the industry needs to make significant improvements in 3 key areas: fiber and materials, integrity and standards, and supply chain.

OCA is an initiative that is born with the aim of promoting the organic cotton sector to be more prosperous, in a way that benefits everyone - from the farmer to the consumer. Its mission is to create a market for organic cotton fair, solid and integrated at each relevant level while increasing supply and demand for it.

GREENER FACILITIES

Implementing good practices.

In 2015, Hallotex began a process of change and improvement with respect to our building and working environment. That is why we received the LEED Platinum certificate for Existing Buildings.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an innovative system designed to measure and certify the eco-efficient performance of buildings / facilities around the world, which is changing the way we plan, build, operate and maintain buildings and communities.

Its benefits include increased occupant health and productivity, savings in efficient use of resources, compliance with corporate social responsibility policies, reduction of operating costs and Increase in the value of the building.



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Our most significant changes:

We have become water and energy efficient.
We separate and recycle our waste and office materials.
Our employees count with free smoking areas.
We count with a beautiful green zone outside our building.

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