Sourcing responcibily

As Australian garment manufacturing has moved offshore, there's been a shift in responsibility. A longer supply chain means brands may not know about safety issues and poor working conditions.

 

 A recent report into clothing supply chains, the Australian Fashion Report from Baptist World Aid found:

  • 61% of companies didn't know where their garments were made
  • 76% didn't know where their fabric was woven, knitted or dyed
  • 93% didn't know the origins of the raw fibre. 

At Salia Jac we think this is unacceptable and aim to take responsibility for the supply chain we work with. Here is how we have taken responsibility so far:

  • We only use fabric that can be traced all the way back to their originalorigin. 
  • We use recycled fabrics
  • We use GOTS certified Fabrics

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  • We work with like minded businesses

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ORGANIC COTTON

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Why Organic cotton vs. Conventional cotton? 

Yes cotton is a natural fibre but sadly there is very little that is natural about conventional cotton. Conventional cotton production accounts for more than 10% of pesticide used and nearly 23% of agricultural insecticide sales. Contamination of ground water is directly linked to pesticide & fertilizers used on cotton crops, along with soil and air pollution.

Alternatively farmers have been growing cotton without harmful chemicals for years. Organic cotton is stronger because harsh chemicals have not damaged its fibres. Growing the crop organically leaves a light footprint on the soil, environment, human health, and uses less water. Organic cotton seeds are not treated with harsh chemicals or genetically modified. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, which means that humans and animals are not exposed to toxic chemicals, when the fabric is finished no chemicals are returned to the earth in a landfill or entered into recycling process and our environment takes a giant step to be much safer, more humane, world to live in.

Distinguishing the different between organic cotton and conventional cotton can be difficult; this is why we always require third-party certification. This means the fabric is monitored throughout the supply chain, at each individual stage, it has a criteria to pass before being label Organic. Organic certification organisations do not allow genetically modified (GMO) seeds to be labelled organic. 

 Salia Jac's Organic products are certified to the Global organic textile standard (GOTS), which defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Read more on GOTS certification

Organic farming is more time consuming, requires more knowledge and skill, and, for now, costs more. But it’s worth it.


HEMP

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WHY HEMP?

Hemp fiber also known as Cannabis, is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber.  The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn't wear out, it wears in. Hemp is also naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.

Hemp is a natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. Cultivation of hemp improves soil health by replenishing vital nutrients and preventing erosion. Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land.
Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. Hemp "breathes" allowing it to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

 

Hemp is extremely versatile and is used for countless things such as apparel, construction, fuel, medicine, Detergents, super foods and thats just naming a few, overall hemp reduces our carbon footprint. Hemp is a traditional fibre, that went out of favour in the 1930s for political reasons, rather than practical ones, we think its about time for a HEMP RECALL!


LINEN

Flax Flower

EVERYBODY LOVES LINEN, BUT DOES THE ENVIRONMENT...

Linen is made from flax. Flax is an incredibly useful plant, in addition to linen textiles flax is used to make products ranging from heat insulation, paper, and soap, to linoleum flooring. Flax and the linen textiles made from it are environmentally friendly in a number of ways.

First off the whole plant can be used, leaving no waste, Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it the more Eco-friendly fabric. Because it’s a natural fiber, flax linen is recyclable and biodegrade, also linen fabrics can be recycled into paper and insulation materials for the car industry.

Flax requires very little energy and the industrial process of spinning and weaving have very little to no impact on the environment. Flax linen is much stronger than cotton which means its build to last rather than end up in landfil, flax is gentle on the land and has similar qualities to hemp as it prevents soil depletion and it is suggested to grow well on land unsuitable for food production.

So now you know, linen not only looks and feels amazing but it also has a lighter foot print than many other fabrics on the market.


BAMBOO

Bamboo Plantation

 

Bamboo fiber has unparalleled advantages, including strength, versatility and luxurious softness.

Bamboo requires less energy, water to grow and grows at a rapid pace, in a very short time, bamboo can reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and over-building and clean the soil of toxins. Bamboo returns 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees, while consuming up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare.

Bamboo can be grown without pesticides and chemicals can be harvested sustainability and is 100% biodegradable.

Bamboo fabric in it's self is naturally soft, great for sensitive skin, absorbs moisture and is Anti-bacterial. Bamboo fabric contains a naturally occurring anti-microbial agent, kun, that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it, which means it helps keep you odor free.

Like hemp, bamboo also offers UV protectionand is "breathable" keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter.

 

However, the manufacturing process still requires development to support the 'green' claim of an environmentally-friendly product.

Several different manufacturing processes can be used to convert bamboo from the plant to the woven fabric, with varying environmental costs. The chemical processes which cause environmental concern center around the use of solvents which 'cook' the bamboo leaves and stems into a solution from which the fibers are drawn. A common method called 'hydrolysis alkalization with multi-phase bleaching' is not considered sustainable or environmentally supportable. However less pesticides and fertilisers are used, and it is still a sustainable choice compared to most other fabrics.

Bamboo has many benefits as well as down falls, it is not a core fabric we use a Salia Jac and when used in the future the manufacturing process will be question more intensely.  We would like to highlight we only source fabric that can be traced back to it's origin, we are proud of this fact, as it gives us a clearer understanding of the processes and environment the fabric has come from. We are continually learning and growing to offer you the best and most environmental and ethical produced products.

We thank you for your support and joining us to shake things up!