Sustainability all starts with being conscious, how is a garment made and by who? With these two questions we constantly asking our self how we can improve our production line. Being conscious is all about development, collaborate and thinking forwards so sustainability is not the next generations job.
Care for the environment
Since 2001 Kuyichi has been at the forefront of innovations in sustainable denim and fashion-wear. Kuyichi is always searching for new sustainable concepts and constantly exploring and developing new sustainable production processes and materials. In close cooperation with MADE-BY, Kuyichi is constantly working to clean up its production process and increase its use of sustainable materials.
What Kuyichi does
· using recycled cotton and PET bottles in its collections, as well as other sustainable materials, also with a lower ecological footprint, like hemp and Tencel®.
· using organic cotton, that is to be grown without the use of any chemicals, which poses healt risks to workers and the environment
· turning used jeans into new pair of jeans, with the unique recycle process called Deposit Denim; jeans that are collected are shredded, re-spun into new yarn, mixed with new sustainable yarns, and re-created into new gorgeous-looking Kuyichi jeans, ready for a new ride.
· working with natural (indigo) dyeing techniques, meaning that the dyestuff used in the process is not harmful to the environment.
· using water, energy and chemical saving production techniques throughout the supply chain, to reduce the environmental impact
· working with textile dye houses, laundries and mills with advanced water recycling and cleaning processes in place, where water is recycled and reused
· recycling of fabric waste in the denim mills as well as in the stitching lines; waste fabrics are returned to the mills where it will be shredded, from which new yarns are made and turned into new fabrics.
· using recycled vegetable tanned leather patches, recycled polyester labels and trims made of recycled metals called ‘Zamak’; which are aged and finished with natural processes and dyes, not containing any harmful substances.
· using recycled paper hang tags and recycled material for packaging.
Kuyichi is completely transparent of our sustainable status through our scorecard. Made-by publishes
this scorecard online and shows:
percentage of current suppliers who are socially compliant
percentage of organic cotton and other sustainable materials used
classification of our sustainable fabrics
For more information see www.made-by.org.
Care for the people
Through the use of organic cotton, Kuyichi is promoting responsible and ethical trading. In close cooperation with MADE-BY, Kuyichi is constantly working to clean up its production process and increase its use of sustainable materials. Above that, Kuyichi commits itself to work towards improving labour conditions in factories and further throughout its supply chain. To address this issue, Kuyichi has started creating its own monitoring system, in a step-by-step manner, to monitor conditions and support improvements in the supply chain. Kuyichi works with factories who commit to become socially compliant. Additionally, Kuyichi is willing to invest in the improvement of labour conditions along the entire supply chain and, as a result Kuyichi has joined Fair Wear Foundation.
Code of labour practices
Incorporates the following eight labour standards:
Employment is freely chosen
There is no discrimination in employment
No exploitation of child labour
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
Payment of a living wage
No excessive working hours
Safe and healthy working conditions
Legally-binding employment relationship
The Code of Labour Practices is based on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.