Sustainability

At METTAMADE, we take pride in our commitment to sustainability and try our best to integrate environmentally responsible practices into all aspects of our business. From the beginning to end of life, our supply chain transparency is important for us to share with our community. Below is a detailed journey of how our clothing is sourced, produced and created! 

 

Manufacturing

Our production begins at a Women-owned and operated factory, located in Toronto Ontario. The factory prides itself in creating equitable and safe working conditions, paying every employee liveable wages. Although we had chosen this manufacturer due to their female employee base and working conditions, this factory has a close relationship with their clients allowing us to tour, visit and see the factory for ourselves. This transparency allows us to become heavily involved in the manufacturing process and developing more personal relationships with our creators, while ensuring the working conditions are meeting our standards. Our clothing is also made in small batches using high quality materials to provide strong and lasting pieces. Creating less overall fabric waste and more staple pieces that can be utilized with a variety of outfits.

 

Fabrics

All our fabric was chosen with a purpose. Currently, our clothing is organic and made with a mix of Bamboo, Tencel and Organic Cotton. We chose fabrics made with these elements due to their sustainable properties and the overall fit. These fabrics have an ultra-soft feeling while giving a beautiful draping fit. Bamboo is also very breathable, thermal regulating and has moisture wicking capabilities that make these fabrics even more appealing and comfortable.

 Is our fabric organic?

Our fabrics are considered organic and are grown in controlled settings without pesticides, herbicides, or other harmful chemicals. In growing these elements, only natural fertilizers are used during the process while the soil and water are consistently monitored. In addition to the growing process, our fabric supplier is certified organic by an agency within the organic trade associations worldwide.

 

Benefits of our fabrics

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown on soil that has been without chemical pesticides and defoliants for a minimum of three years. As the soil is created using sustainable farming practices, there is no effects of contributing pollution to groundwater, surface water soil or air and the overall soil quality is improved by the production of organic cotton. As organic cotton is created using these processes, the resulting textile is softer and less likely to cause allergies.

Bamboo

Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable resources as it is 100% biodegradable and naturally regenerative. Bamboo grows relatively quickly, averaging a foot in height per day. To create our bamboo fabrics, the bamboo is crushed and added with natural enzymes to create a pulp which is then spun into a yarn. The bamboo is spun into yarn with no chemical modification.

Tencel

Tencel is an all-natural fibre that uses much less water to produce. Tencel is also 100% biodegradable and is made from wood pulp cellulose from the eucalyptus tree. It uses non-toxic solvent during the extraction process which is also almost completely recoverable.

LENZING™ ECOVERO™

Our newest fabric, featured in the Nisha Jumpsuit is made from LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ uses eco-responsible production which meets environmental standards and contributes to creating a cleaner environment. To learn more about the production process of this fabric, check out our supplier here LENZING™ ECOVERO™.

Credit:  LENZING™ ECOVERO™ 

Leftover fabric

We strive to utilize every piece of our fabric and reduce any fabric waste. Our “unusable” and leftover fabric pieces are up-cycled to create our scrunchies and headband products while the remaining scraps are donated to a fabric recycler.

 

Hang Tags & Affirmation Cards

Our clothing tags and affirmation cards (included in orders) are made from recyclable materials. Each tag and affirmation card are locally printed in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Packaging

All our packaging and shipping materials are outsourced from a company called noissue. Noissue specializes in sustainable packaging with product ranges in categories designated as compostable, recyclable or reusable.

 

Tissue Paper

Our clothing is packaged in 100% compostable tissue paper. Our tissue paper is printed using soy-based inks and can be safely disposed at home or commercially without generating waste or toxins.

Labels

The labels used to secure our packages are also considered eco-friendly and printed using soy-based inks. They are made from acid-free and FSC-certified paper which also makes them completely compostable and recyclable. 

Mailers

The final step in our packaging is our biodegradable mailers. An alternative to poly mailer bags, our mailers are 100% compostable and can be fully broken down within 180 days after disposal. Made from several plant-based materials and biopolymers, we ensure each aspect of our packaging can be re-integrated and safely returned into our earth.

 

Shipping

During our checkout process, we use the merchant Shop Pay which strives to reduce the environmental impact of deliveries. For every purchase made using Shop Pay, trees are planted to remove carbon emissions from our atmosphere, creating carbon-neutral deliveries.

 Credit: Shop Pay

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