Balancing quality, comfort and sustainability is key when it comes to choosing our materials. We are not just perfect yet; moving towards a more sustainable collection is quite a process. Our goals are long-term based, with the ambition to use increasingly more sustainable materials with no concessions to quality, comfort and look. Our goal for the Winter 2023 collection is that 25% of all materials used in our products are recycled or originate from sustainable sources.
With quality, comfort and sustainability in mind, we continuously aim to use more and more recycled materials to help reduce the pollution caused by waste. In our products, we make use of recycled materials with a certification, such as the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), the Global Recycling Standard (GRS), or the Recycled Content Standard.
Also, all our hangtags and “black hooks” are made of FSC certified paper and carton, instead of plastic.
Recycled polyester diverts waste from landfills as it is made from post-consumer PET-bottles.
The production of recycled polyester uses 59% less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by 32% compared to virgin polyester.
Recycled polyamide diverts waste from landfills as it is made from pre-consumer fabric waste or post-consumer materials such as industrial fishing nets.
The production of recycled polyamide reduces CO2 emissions by 26% compared to virgin polyamide.
Recycled cotton diverts waste from landfills as it is made from pre-consumer fabric waste or post-consumer materials such as worn clothes.
The production of 1 kg recycled cotton saves 2120 litres of water compared to virgin cotton.
Source: Sustainable Material Guide
Besides recycled materials, we are also exploring other sustainable materials at BARTS®. We use a lot of man-made fibers like acrylic and polyester in our products, but we are continuously looking for innovative, commercially viable and sustainable substitutions for those materials.