One day while searching for sustainable brands I realized that most of the information out there is related to brands from the US. Being totally honest, I am not surprised because they do such a great job finding all these innovative techniques to make it more sustainable.
However, that made me wonder what about other countries, what are their inputs in all this. Because I believe that sustainability should be everyone’s worry when creating a brand, I decided to search and share with you what other countries are doing about this matter.
That’s when have I decided to make a chain of posts that focus on different countries. Because I am in Spain at the moment, I thought that it would be a good idea to start here.
Without further ado here are the:
3 Sustainable Spanish brands
I simply love what this brand represents, they invest in innovative techniques to reduce the footprint of the industry, they use many recycled materials to create their products and on top of it they also started different projects to reduce the plastic that ends up in our oceans.
“I wanted to create a truly sustainable fashion brand and I thought that the most sustainable thing was not to continue using the planet’s natural resources indiscriminately, to guarantee the needs of future generations.” – says Ecoalf founder Javier Goyeneche
The brand is a true believer that fashion is not about following the last trend, they believe that a good design won’t look either new or old, they rather focus on the quality of the product and on how to make it as sustainably as possible.
Their mission is not to be the biggest company in the world but to be the best for the world.
Here are some good actions that Ecoalf has taken to help the environment:
- They are working with more than 3.000 fishermen all over the world to make our waters free of plastic. They were able to achieve the following:
- 500 tons of plastic has been removed from our oceans
- 200 millones of plastic bottles have been recycled
- 300 recycled fabrics have been developed into new quality garments
All these great achievements it’s due to their upscaling project that they do in collaboration with HAP Foundation.
Now you can also be part of all this! Isn’t that great?
If you purchase one of the products from the category “BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLANET B”, 10% of your money goes to upscaling projects.
What recycled materials do they use?
- Recycled Polyester
Because they use recycled polyester which is a valuable material for the circular-economy, they are able to reduce 20% of water consumption, 50% energy consumption and 60% of CO2 emissions.
- Recycled Nylon
Recycled nylon reduces drastically the production steps which of course leads to a reduction in water consumption and CO2 emissions.
- Recycled Cotton
Cotton production creates a massive negative impact to the environment due to its artificial production that needs huge amounts of water, which 90% of that is drinkable. That’s why recycled cotton helps reduce this impact.
- Recycled wool
Both Spain and Italy have been using recycled wool for a long time. The technique used to recycle wool it’s a similar one to cotton.
- Recycled tires
I have to say this one is what impresses me the most. I had no idea that it’s even something that you can recycle even less to make shoes with this. Take a look at their cool flip flops made with this material.
- Post-consumption coffee grounds
Wow, this one is simple mind blowing! The main reason they do this is to obtain yarn naturally that contains all the properties from the coffee, instead of resorting to chemical finishes. Take a look at their website if you want to know more about this process.
Lifegist it’s a lovely brand for women that are searching for a minimalist feminine style that it’s also sustainable.
Their main values are to create good designs, have the best ecological fabrics, small production scale, local production that helps the economy and social responsibility.
“We are not only sustainable, we are not only a contemporary fashion brand with a high level of image and design, but we combine the two”
Lifegist cares from where their fabrics come, that’s why they collaborate with european companies that are situated in Germany and Italy, which have opted to create eco-friendly fabrics with guarantee seals such as Global Organic Textile Standard.
What recycled materials do they use?
- Organic Wool
The Organic wool that they use comes from animals not subjected to hormones, steroids, antibiotics, vaccines, whose diet has been preserved from pesticides, insecticides and chemical additives.
In addition, in the processing, spinning and weaving of wool, no harmful chemical agents have been used, the use of energy and CO2 emissions have been minimized.
- Organic Cotton
This cotton is not genetically modified, meaning that it grows naturally without pesticides or artificial fertilizers, it is processed without using toxic chemicals, which means that it has less negative ecological impact on the planet, on the health of workers.
Bamboo, an ultra-soft fiber with a delicate satin finish, it’s a spectacularly fast growing plant that grows only fed by rainwater without requiring additional watering, highly resistant to pests and fungi, it does not need the use of any insecticide or pesticide in its cultivation.
- Ecological silk
Chemical elements harmful to health and the environment are not used in the process of production of the silk that lifegift uses.
Apart from this, the silk is extracted from the cocoons abandoned by the worms, thus respecting the life of these animals.
- Milk Fiber
According to the brand this fiber has antibacterial properties and a high level of moisture absorption, which allows the skin to breathe, in addition to constantly emitting negative ions, thereby improving air quality and stimulating blood circulation.
This plant grows naturally just with rainwater, which helps reduce the water consumption. Due to its great resistance it is not a victim of pests, so it does not need the use of pesticides or insecticides. It is an antibacterial textile, resistant to mold, like bamboo, it regulates the temperature, so it is equally useful for winter and summer.
I love the classic elegant style that CUS brings to the market, but what I love even more about them is the fact that they do not just care for the environment but they also care about their community.
CUS is one of the few companies that I know that also gives opportunities to women that are facing social exclusion. The brand believes that everyone deserves better and feeling part of a community.
They believe that luxury comes from being part and having close relationships with all manufacturing levels, that’s why their production is all in Barcelona, Spain.
They promote the local economy by supporting the local made production of high quality.
Just like Lifegist, CUS also is certified by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards).
If you are someone that likes the final artistic look of your garment then you will love this brand, as all their prints have a hand-drawn base, they are someone that believes that imperfection makes it unique.
What recycled materials do they use?
- Organic cotton
- Recycled materials
- Eco-friendly fabrics
- Don’t use virgin oil-based fabrics
If you liked this article checkout the one on Sustainable Italian Brands.
Let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite brand, I honestly can’t wait to purchase my Ecoalf sweater from the “BECAUSE THERE IS NO PLANET B” collection.