We aim to use as much recycled textiles and raw materials as possible, as long as it does not affect the durability and the longevity of the garments. We continue to source the market for recycled fibres of high quality, and work closely with our suppliers to increase the percentage of recycled fibres in our products.
Polyester is one of our most used synthetic fibres and the challenge is to find recycled material that meets our quality standards. We are starting to see improvements in the quality and aim to be using fully recycled polyester by the end of 2021. All our polyester is certified to oeko-tex 100 which prevents the usage of harmful substances in production and dying of the materials.
Nylon is our second most used synthetic fibre and has proven more challenging than polyester to source. We are steadily making progress and we aim to be using 50% recycled nylon by the end of 2021. All our nylon is certified to oeko-tex 100 which prevents the usage of harmful substances in production and dying of the materials.
Organic cotton is made without using damaging pesticides, powerful chemical bleaches or dyes and is allergy-friendly.
Conventional cotton can be soft and comfortable on the skin, but harmful to the environment long-term. There are more chemicals used in production of cotton than any other crop, and this has a heavy impact on our soil, air and water.
Organic cotton is similar in production to organic produce and uses many of the same processes. Organic cotton is produced in a less harmful way with processes that are more respectful to the environment and nature. Organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and other substances, and helps to increase the bio diversity and bio cycle.
Gerbase. uses 100% organic cotton.
Washing of garments made of synthetic fibres is contributing to the harmful pollution of marine environments and crops. There is extensive research going into how to tackle this issue, both short term and long term. We use high quality synthetic fibres which contribute less to the shedding of microfibres than low quality textiles, however that does not solve the immediate issue. As a short term solution we recommend the use of Guppy Friend (https://guppyfriend.com/en/) for washing synthetic garments in. The guppy bag collects most of the microfibres shedded when washing. The microfibres can then be disposed of in your usual waste, to avoid the micofibres ending up in our water supply.
We will continue to work with our suppliers to achieve even more shed resistant textiles and look for alternative materials whenever possible.