Go(ing) Green | V21.

04.22.2021
Go(ing) Green
What is sustainability in fashion? To be honest, it means different things to different people. As a brand we look at it as an evolving goal. For us, it’s mindfully choosing our materials and working only with ethically conscious production partners. However, that’s not enough. We also need to remain as transparent as possible about the lasting negative environmental impact our industry is leaving.

Our approach here is about progress, not perfection, and that inspired us to provide you with a fabric grading system. Our goal is to highlight the most sustainable elements of our fabrics, and also to acknowledge where improvements in our sourcing and supply chain can (and should) be made. We are committed to providing all of the good (and possibly the not so good) information on the sustainability (or unsustainability) of our fabrics and practices. We hope that empowers you to shop more responsibly on our website AND ask the right questions when shopping on other sites. At the end of the day, the more we all know about this, the more we can shop with intention and push the industry as a whole to do better.

In honor of Earth Day here is a roundup of our most sustainable fabrics. For a deeper dive, click on the fabric name.

xx, Nation LTD 

 

 Organic Pima CottonSustainability Score: A+WHAT WE LOVE: Our Organic Pima Cotton fiber is USDA and GOTS certified organic, which means the cotton is grown without harmful pesticides and chemicals. Pima Cotton is native to Peru and uses 50% less water than other varietals. Our Organic Pima Cotton goes from seed to garment all in Peru, minimizing supply chain pollution and lowering the carbon footprint.

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE: We can make this an A++ by sourcing an Organic Pima that is farmed regeneratively. Currently, this is not being grown in Peru, but we hope this will change in the near future.

LANDFILL LIFETIME: If a 100% Organic Peruvian Cotton item ends up in a landfill it would take approximately 3 months to biodegrade depending on soil conditions.Reverse Slub & Cotton PoplinWHAT WE LOVE: A low carbon footprint. Our Reverse Slub goes from seed to garment all in Peru, minimizing supply chain pollution from transportation. Additionally, Pima Cotton is native to Peru and uses 50% less water than traditional cotton.

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE: We know we can be even more sustainable by replacing our current quality with organic cotton that is farmed regeneratively.

LANDFILL LIFETIME: If a 100% Peruvian Pima Cotton item ends up in a landfill it would take approximately 3 months to biodegrade depending on soil conditions.Heavy Slub

WHAT WE LOVE: A low carbon footprint. Our Heavy Slub goes from seed to garment all in Peru, minimizing supply chain pollution from transportation.

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE: We know we can be even more sustainable by replacing our current quality with Pima Cotton to save water.

LANDFILL LIFETIME: If a 100% Peruvian Cotton item ends up in a landfill it would take approximately 3 months to biodegrade depending on soil conditions.LyocellWHAT WE LOVE: Lyocell is derived from the wood pulp of the eco-friendly eucalyptus plant. Not only does it take less water than cotton to produce, but it’s manufactured using a closed loop system. That eliminates chemical pollution and waste.

WHAT WE DON'T LOVE: We know there are more sustainable ways of sourcing this fabric, and in the future, we hope to make the switch.

LANDFILL LIFETIME: If a 100% Lyocell item ends up in a landfill it would take anywhere from 3 to 4 months to biodegrade depending on soil conditions in the landfill.

 

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