The fashion industry has been known for itshigh pollution for many years. We have an obligation to respond to the pressureon the climate crisis. The industry has the tools, we just need learn how touse them. We will be part of the solution!

We have never claimed to be a sustainablebrand, but we have taken small steps towards better choices. We are aware ofour shortcomings as a brand in the fashion industry and have learned that beingpart of greenhushing is just as conflicting as greenwashing. We hereby committo be open and transparent with the choices we make as well as honest andhumble about our committed goals.

We are, committed to care!

*Greenhushing is when a company withholds information about their sustainable actions.

*Greenwashing is when a company gives false environmental impression, or providing misleading information about its products, or the perception of the brand.

OUR GOALS

According to the Global Footprint Network, we are consuming 1,75 times the earth’s natural resources yearly, and by 2030 we will need the resources of two planets on a year’s consumption. This leaves a massive pressure on our planet from the human demand on the ecosystem.

Unfortunately, are we in the industry that leaves the 4th largest pollution on the environment. On a positive note, this means we can do more, and this is what we intend to do. Our Corporate Social Responsibility plan is based on necessity and moral obligations to help our planet and the environmental footprint we leave in this industry.

To help focus and guide us we have chosen to work with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. – Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life on Landand Partnerships for the Goals.

First off, it has been important for us to go back and start from the beginning. Mapping all our groundwork, hereby have traceability within our supply chain. Even though, we have close partnership with all our suppliers and have been working with many of them for a long time, we needed to rebuild our Corporate Social Responsibility plan from a different perspective and start over, draw new cards and building the strategy from the foundation and up again.

MATERIAL GUIDE

A big part of our Corporate Social Responsibility plan is to use better materials. We know this can be a jungle to navigate in, so we have here made an easy overview of our current responsible and nature friendly materials.

Responsible Materials:

SEAWOOL

Seawool, one of the new methods to create circularity within textile fibers with a cradle-to-cradle mindset. The name, Seawool, comes from 99% similarities to wool, but is made from reused plastic bottles and oyster shells, hereby the Sea reference.

A lot of plastic end up in landfills or the sea, if not recycled, but many countries are getting better at recycling or gathering dropped plastic. This plastic can be used for melted and reused purpose.

1 kg. of Seawool approximately reuses 60 plastic bottles.

Same goes for oyster shell, where the waste is over 4 million tones every year, these are pulverized and used together with chopped PET bottles to spin Seawool fibers.

Seawool beneficials from the mix of fibers; PET bottles make it wrinkle free, quick drying and easy caring, where oyster shells benefit from being anti-static and anti-bacterial, also helping eliminate odor.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Polyester tends to be the bad apple in the pile, with the synthetic manufacturing to bring the PET and the high environmental impact on the energy source and greenhouse gas emissions, brings us back to the point. But many are forgetting the benefits polyester also contributes with. Polyester are long-lasting fibers, strong and resistant and can be reused many times if the process is done correctly. This makes the life circle for polyester garments longer and helps lower the need for disposals of the product.

However, we still need to have focus on lowering the impact from newly made polyester fabric and changing to recycle polyester. This way we can use recycle plastic or recycle polyester fibers, hereby prolong the life circle of the fibers.

Currently some of our suppliers are certified with;

o  GRS, Global Recycle Standard for Recycled Polyester

o  COC, on Eco Circle Recycled Polyester Fiber

ECOVERO LENZING VISCOSE

Lenzing Group is the solo international manufacture of the branded Lenzing products, based in Austria. EcoVero Lenzing viscose is a branded fiber with certified lower environmental impact, it is derived from sustainable wood and pulp from certified and controlled sources. EcoVero Lenzing viscose have the EU Ecolabel for its environmental standards and generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared with generic viscose.

NATURE FIRENDLY MATERIALS

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic farming of cotton uses crop rotation and biological method to control pests and pathogens instead of toxic chemicals and GMOS, this helps the reduction of the soil, air, and water contamination. Additionally, this helps fertilization and biodiversity of the soil, which are good for the human and wildlife health hazards. What’s more, it reduces the greenhouse gas emissions.

Currently some of our suppliers are certified with;

o  GOTS, Global Organic Textile Standard

o  GRS, Global Recycled Standard for Recycled Cotton

o  OEKO-TEX Certified Cotton

o  OCS100 Standard, Organic 100 Content Standard

Take care of your organic cotton item:

Do not wash to hot, wash on 30 degrees, unless very dirty, and save energy and your garment will thank you for being more gentle.

LINEN

Linen comes from the flax seed and is there foreknown as a plant-based fiber. The flax seed often don’t need more than waterfrom the rain and is in need for much less chemicals than many other fibers, this causes a lower environmental impact.

Currently some of our suppliers are certified with:

o  GOTS, Global Organic Textile Standard

It's a work in progress, stay tuned! We will be updating this page regularly.

All the best

The Coster team

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