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Sustainability

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We live in a globalised world, full of individualism, and hustle and bustle. But that’s not our philosophy; ours is very different. At indi & cold we want to make durable, quality garments; we like the idea of contributing a conscious vision to fashion, slowing down and keeping on working, just as we have done so far— step by step and with full awareness.

We create quality garments using high-quality materials through a transparent production process that helps all involved, because we care a lot about the future of the planet and the world that we’ll leave to our children.



Where we manufacture


Proximity is a form of sustainability. That’s why we try to work increasingly with local suppliers. As of today, over 50% of our production process is based in Europe, mainly in Spain, Italy and Portugal, while we manufacture the rest with partners in Morocco and India with whom we have been working for many years.

We seek out small workshops and artisan techniques that have already been lost in our country, but that can add that rustic, artisan touch that is so characteristic of our brand. The relationship with most of our partners has been built over more than 20 years of work. We visit the workshops regularly, several times a year, which allows us to see first hand where and how our garments are produced.

In addition, we see that our suppliers outside of Europe are audited by SEDEX and BSCI (Ethical Trade Audit), which guarantees compliance with not only ethical work standards but also environmental ones. Our collaboration with the FVF for over six years reinforces our connection to India and our gratitude for the added value that its artisanal craft gives to our garments.




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Techniques



Dyes and Chemicals

All our garments are subjected to chemical tests that guarantee the non-use of harmful chemical substances in dyes and colorants (AZO FREE) in accordance with European regulation 2002/61/EC.

Digital Printing

For two seasons we have been working with many of our prints digitally instead of with a rotary press. The digital technique is more respectful to the environment, as it has a smaller ecological footprint since less water is used than in traditional printing while fabric surpluses are avoided since production minimums are not required.

This way we get a double benefit: we create less surplus fabric which doesn’t end up in landfills and we can better adapt to a limited production, as is our case.

Hereyou can see all the garments we have created this season using digital printing.

Vegetable Dye

Vegetable dyes are organic colourants extracted by plants and roots like madder and indigo which dye natural fibres like cotton, linen, wool and more. These products don’t contain harmful chemical components and are therefore more beneficial to our health and the environment than dyes involving chemical synthesis.

With the roots of the madder plant, you can get red, pink and orange tones. They are natural tones impossible to achieve with artificial colours thanks to their nuance and range. This natural dye also has antibacterial and astringent properties.

Vegetable dyes are a sustainable source as they are a renewable resource, they do not use toxic agents and natural auxiliaries are used with low or no impact.


Fabrics


Just as we are more rigorously overseeing the workshops and production techniques for manufacture, we also care a lot about the origin of the materials used. And in this sense, little by little, we are incorporating fabrics that come from organic cultivation and more controlled processes.

Organic cotton

In 2017 we began to incorporate this material into our capsule collections. Organic cotton is grown on certified land free of toxic substances, pesticides and insecticides. Organic agriculture is based on the rotation of crops instead of using artificial fertilizers.

We use GOTS-certified cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard) which verifies and audits that the material used has been produced and processed according to the standard of organic crops, complying with environmental regulations.

Recycled cotton

The cotton is recycled by combining the leftovers from clothing manufacturing. These surplus pieces are processed to form fibres that can be woven into a new cotton fabric or combined with other textile materials.

In addition, the recycling process is kind to the environment; it does not use new cotton, dyes or aggressive chemicals since the remains are classified and grouped by colour to make the new and recycled cotton in different colours. It is also more sustainable as it avoids the processes of collection, spinning and dyeing. It costs less time, energy and money as well.

For recycled fibres we require that they have been inspected according to the Global Recycling Standard (GRS). This document verifies that the requirements for recycled content, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions are met.

Linen

Linen is a natural, sustainable fabric. The flax plant is very resistant to pests, does not need much fertilizer and requires less irrigation than cotton.

Among the most natural fibres, this is one of the most durable. In addition, it is a breathable fabric and thermo-adjustable, so it offers comfort in winter and keeps you cool in summer. Another quality of linen is that it gets softer with every wash.

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Tencel Lyocell

Tencel® Lyocell is the most environmentally-friendly cellulose fibre available today. It is produced exclusively from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the fibre carries the Pan-European Forest Council (PEFC) quality seal. This fibre originated as the result of the need for an alternative to other processes carrying a higher cost and facing environmental problems, as well as an attempt to improve the properties of cellulose fibres.

Lyocell is impressive in its absorption of moisture, since it absorbs relative humidity depending on the temperature of the skin, always ensuring comfort. It is exceptionally soft and perfect for those with sensitive skin. Lyocell fabrics boast the comfort normally associated with cellulosic fibres combined with the additional advantage of having highly-resistant properties.

Why is it special?

Tencel® is very sustainable, as it is made only with a natural chemical substance. It is special because this natural chemical is continuously reused, minimising the environmental impact. In addition, the required use of water is minimal, a particularly important aspect in countries with strict environmental limitations, and it is more economical, both for the production costs and for those involved in the assembly of a new plant.

You can see all the Tencel garments from this season at this link. .

Modal

Modal is a regenerated cellulose fibre that is made from wood pulp. The chemicals used are almost completely recycled. The difference is in the origin of the wood used and the implication of this; Modal® fabric is made of beech wood, a type of tree that grows without the need for planting or irrigation.

In addition, a lot of Modal is created with what is called Edelweiss technology, a "symbiotic" production process in which the pulp (the raw material) is produced in the same place as the Modal® fibre itself, employing a chemical process based on oxygen.

It is extremely soft and light due to the fabric’s low stiffness level and the cross section. Another important feature is that it can be mixed with other fibres using conventional machinery and can also be mercerised, increasing its dimensional stability.


New goals


At indi & cold we believe that small gestures can lead to significant changes in how we take care of the planet.

This is why we hope to reduce the use of plastic in garment packaging for the 2019 winter season. Our initiative, in collaboration with our partners, is to replace the conventional plastic bag with a compostable bag made from renewable raw materials, such as corn. This way it can deteriorate with organic waste and be reintegrated into the natural cycle.

We also use FSC labels, a seal that means the product’s wood comes entirely from certified forests and guarantees that it is supplied by responsible sources. We hope that within a period of four years this seal will be present on all the paper materials we use. Likewise, we trust that over this period our Corporate Social Responsibility policy will grow at all levels, both quantitatively and qualitatively.

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