ColieCo proudly operates on an eco-centric basis. This means that care for the environment is at the heart of our business decisionmaking and ingrained in our business model.
Materials and sourcing
We use a range of sustainable materials in the production of our garments. Each of the fabrics we choose when designing our collections is selected based on its environmental credentials as well as its quality.
And we pledge that every single fabric used to create every single ColieCo product will meet one of the following criteria:
The fabric is made from an inherently sustainable and sustainably processed natural fibre
These include the fabric made from TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres used in our TENCEL™ Intimate collection and the silk alternative fabric made from organically-grown and closed-loop processed bamboo found in our Bamboo collection
The fabric is made primarily from recycled materials
These include the recycled polyester fabric used in our RPET recycled collection, which is made primarily from reconstituted plastic drinks bottles
The fabric is reclaimed from fashion industry deadstock, line-ends or off-cuts otherwise destined for landfill
These include all of the mesh fabrics used in our Mesh collection (and elsewhere in the ColieCo range), all of the printed scuba jersey fabrics used in our Reclaimed prints collection, and all of the lycra fabrics used in our Swimwear collection
Where possible, we work with local manufacturers and suppliers to limit the transit of materials from source to the point of production.
All of our elastics are manufactured in Europe by suppliers carrying OEKO-TEX STeP certification for sustainable textile production. And where we commission printed fabric, the work is undertaken via an eco-friendly, zero-waste process of sublimation printing here in Portugal.
Developments in textile science and manufacturing see the emergence of new fabrics and more sustainable production processes each year, and whenever we use virgin natural fibre and recycled fabrics, we will continue to work to find best-in-class options for our collections.
You can find more information about each and every fabric we use here.
Our production processes are designed and continually improved to minimise waste and minimise energy consumption.
All of our garments are made to order, ensuring that we are left with no unusable, unsold, or end-of-line surplus stock.
Our cutting process is also optimised to ensure we waste as little fabric as possible. Rather than bulk cutting - a process responsible for much of the supply-chain textile waste produced by the fashion industry - we manually cut each pattern piece, meaning that we get best use from even the smallest pieces of fabric.
Across the fashion industry, 35% of all materials used in the supply chain end up as waste before a garment or product reaches the consumer. Through our made-to-order model, and intelligent garment design and cutting processes, we are able to reduce that figure to less than 10%. And all remaining, unavoidable fabric waste is separated for textile recycling.
Our purpose built studio is naturally and LED lit, is naturally air-conditioned, and is powered by 80% renewable energy.
Water use and quality
Water usage in the textiles and fashion industry is a critical issue: fashion is now the world's second most water-intensive industry, during an age in which freshwater scarcity and quality are growing ecological and human concerns.
Our fabric sourcing is focussed on identifying both textiles and fabric dyeing/printing processes which do not require intensive water use. It is for this reason that we no longer use any virgin cotton fabrics anywhere in any of our collections.
We also require that wherever we use virgin natural fibre and recycled fabrics, these textiles are manufactured in water-closed-loop processes or that water used during manufacture is treated and tested under monitored and certified processes prior to discharge.
Packaging and shipping
We exclusively use recycled paper and card across all of our supplies, and ship orders in recycled-and-recyclable and biodegradable packaging.
ColieCo works with Carbonfund.org to offset all of our shipping-related emissions, leaving the delivery of your order carbon-neutral. Carbonfund help us calculate these emissions, which we offset by funding their reforestation and forest preservation programme.
We want all of our customers to get the best possible use out of their ColieCo garments. We'll only ever produce garments from high quality textiles, and with high quality craftsmanship to give them the longest possible lifespan.
We also offer garment customisation, a free alteration service for all garments to help customers get the fit they need, and a free repair service to help customers get the very best and longest use out of their lingerie and swimwear.
Beyond the wider environmental impact, the fashion and textiles industry is a source of a great deal of immediate and unnecessary animal suffering.
At ColieCo, we are 100% committed to ensuring that we do not contribute to unnecessary animal suffering of any kind. For this reason, we do not use any animal-derived fabrics, glues, waxes or other components anywhere in our collection, and we never will.