The canvas used in our products is made from recycled PET, a petroleum-based raw material that is used in plastic bottles and plastic packaging around the world. By reusing it, we ensure that it does not disappear into the oceans.
We work with the leading Taiwanese textile specialist HOYU, whose CYCLEPET fabrics are manufactured using an environmentally friendly process that meets the Bluesign* system standards. HOYU has also received the GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certification for its CYCLEPET collection and continues to innovate by developing other high quality RPET fabrics.
One recycled PET bottle (500 ml) can produce 18.8 grams of PET thread. This saves 15ml of oil and 2.7 litres of water. It also reduces 58.7 grams of CO2 emissions. That's not bad is it?
With frequent exposure to direct sunlight, the colour of the recycled PET canvas may fade over time. This gives the bag a cool vintage look, just like used cotton canvas backpacks. Wouldn't you prefer this? Then make sure you keep the bag out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
The Bluesign system focuses on resources, people and the environment. With a holistic approach based on 'Input Stream Management', the system reduces the impact on people and the environment, uses raw materials in a responsible manner and guarantees the highest level of safety for consumers. The strictest criteria and on-site monitoring of the implementation encourages companies throughout the textile supply chain to improve their sustainability performance.
Our cotton blend consists of 60% GOTS* certified organic cotton, 29% hemp and 11% recycled polyester. This strong material is perfect for lining our bags, while being soft enough for your child's delicate skin. The fabric supplier is not only GOTS certified but also Oekotex Standard 100* certified.
Conventional cotton growing creates more toxins in our oceans than any other crop. For this reason alone, choosing organic cotton makes sense. The organic cotton from our supplier HempFortex in China is grown using no harmful chemicals or pesticides and helps to keep our oceans clean. It eliminates the allergens found in conventionally grown cotton and is woven into a soft and high-quality fabric without the negative ecological footprint. In addition, organic crops are grown from non-genetically modified seeds and most of the world's production is watered instead of using irrigation, which significantly reduces water consumption.
GOTS promotes the production of organic cotton and other organically grown fibres (minimum 70% certified organic natural fibres) for sustainable clothing or textiles. It is the global standard for textile processing of organic fibres, and this includes ecological and social criteria. It is supported by independent certification for the entire textile chain.
This includes the standard requirements set for factories regarding the use of harmful chemicals. In addition, factories have an obligation to use a sustainable waste water system and to use water and energy efficiently. GOTS also includes criteria regarding working conditions which are based on the standards of the International Labour Organization, such as the right to trade union freedom and the right to safe and healthy working conditions.
The GOTS standard is used throughout the supply chain of organic textile processing. GOTS permits certain recognised standards and certificates for organic farming, then the GOTS based certification starts at the first processing step.
*Oekotex Standard 100
This is a globally consistent, independent certification system for textile testing for harmful chemicals, as well as the accessories used. It is the most common certificate in Europe focusing primarily on health standards.
vegetable tanned leather
Our high quality eco leather is tanned and coloured without the use of harmful chemicals such as chromium, heavy metals and formaldehyde. Our manufacturers in Portugal buy the leather from the Portuguese supplier Carvalhos. The hides come from Iberian cows and are processed according to a strict animal welfare policy with as much respect for nature as possible. This means:
- less CO2 emissions occur during transport
- less water is used during the tanning process
- less waste is left over during the tanning process
- all green waste is reused during the tanning process
- the hides are dried naturally at an ambient temperature
- the use of heavy metals is eliminated by using a water-based leather finish, and by metal-free pigments and anilines.
Our leather lives; it changes colour due to sunlight and gets older gracefully with regular use. This creates unique products that literally carry precious memories along with them. We choose this type of leather because its authentic nature suits dusq. Our leather products grow with you. They tell the story of where you've been.
This material is a blend of wool (90%) and polyester (10%) for our woollen First step shoes. The wool we use comes from sheep that graze on green pastures in the UK and New Zealand for their entire lives. Wool is one of our favourite natural materials: soft, warm and durable. Wool does not irritate the skin, and it has a moisture regulating effect. Our Italian supplier only buys certified mulesing-free wool and is affiliated with 4sustainability.it to develop sustainability within their supply chain.