AT ALL TOUCHPOINTS
The topic of sustainability should play an important role in all decisions. Let us show you, what we are doing.
The origin of sustainable action is one's own mindset. Decisions should be made consciously, resourcefully and efficiently. There are already a variety of means and methods out there, to act sustainably. We just need to use them. At Chilly Surfstyle we try to develop and implement all processes with a sustainable mindset.
Already in the design we have paid attention to meet the claim of slow fashion. That's why we only use biodegradable and compostable materials for our products, as well as a timeless and sustainable design. In this way, we want to prevent fast-moving trends and a short lifespan of textiles.
We only work with GOTS certified organic cotton suppliers. The GOTS certification process imposes strict regulations on production practices. One of the core restrictions states that no artificial fertilizers are allowed for the cultivation and no pesticides may be used. In addition, genetically modified cotton seeds are also not allowed in the certified production. It is estimated that conventional cotton, on the other hand, requires about 16% of the world's insecticides and 7% of pesticides. Thus, the following resources are saved in our organic cotton compared to conventional cotton:
CRAFTMANSHIP MADE IN EUROPE
Maintaining a close relationship with our suppliers is very important to us. That is why we manufacture all Chilly Surfstyle products in a small family business in Portugal.
THE NORTHERN REGION OF PORTUGAL HAS A TRADITIONAL TEXTILE INDUSTRY KNOWN FOR ITS HIGH QUALITY AND PRECISE CRAFTSMANSHIP.
Manufacturing in Europe means safety standards in the production facilities, that lead to better health in the workplace and no exploitation.
Wages and the safety of seamstresses are two big issues in the fashion industry - just think of all the terrible stories about collapsing production facilities in Bangladesh. As we commit ourselves to produce only in Europe, we can trust that the production sites are regulated under European standards and therefore are safe. In Portugal, there is a minimum wage, also and especially for workers in the textile industry. This means a living wage and not just a poorly calculated minimum wage at the poverty line.
"A current estimate of the global input of plastic waste into the oceans ranges from 4.8 to 12.7 million tons per year. That's equivalent to one truckload per minute."
We have decided to keep our logistics CO2 neutral. By sourcing our clothing from Portugal, we can already save significantly more CO2 than if we were supplied from Asia. Furthermore, we have chosen a logistics partner that offers a CO2 offset and already acts sustainably itself. With this DHL GOGREEN-Program all our transport-related CO2 emissions are offset by a surcharge from DHL. Furthermore, DHL already has 2,500 electric vehicles in use in city centers, which save around 7,500 tons of CO2 annually.