Eco Smarter

What is better? One decent dress or ten that will end up in the trash after one season? KH clothing is made to endure even the toughest seasons. Such an approach to this type of production as well as minimized shopping reduces the carbon footprint. The well-being of Mother Earth depends on our choices.

Did you know that clothes made of noble fabrics require less laundering?

Polyester clothing has to be laundered often. However, with linen or viscose dresses, washing is unnecessary after each use. The same applies to wool products. If you buy higher quality items, you also reduce unnecessary consumption of water.

I believe that companies and their designers, who are responsible for creating their own products, have to be aware of their role and the impact their decisions have on the environment. My goal as a designer and owner of a clothing brand is for sustainable, ecological, and ethical methods to become the standard of the fashion industry,” explains Karolina Holda.

In order to meet the expectations of our conscious clients and because we are concerned about the Earth:

01. The change starts with us first

At KAROLINA HOLDA we aim to be 100% carbon neutral. We use paper only to print indispensable documents. We recycle waste and try to keep our dustbin empty. We do not use foil.

02. We select high quality fabrics as they are safer and friendlier for all

Technological development has damaged our planet. However, the same technology can heal it. Using fabrics obtained from plants grown in a sustainable and controlled manner is the first step towards restoring the ecosystem. Organic nonwovens are biodegradable and their production requires significantly less resources.

03. We purchase certified fabrics

OEKO-TEX, GOTS, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ and RWS certifications confirm that the fabrics we use are genuinely ecological. You can trace their source at each stage of production. They are manufactured with respect to human and natural resources. Only a minimum amount of chemicals is used for their production and the fabric itself is free from substances that could be harmful to our health.

04. Even our labels are made of recycled and OEKO-TEX certified materials

05. The buttons we apply are manufactured from natural raw material such as wood or nacre

06. We use deadstock and recycled materials

07. Our online purchases are sent in 100% recyclable and compostable packaging

Our rigorous selection methods don’t only apply to fabrics. The poly mailers that we use are entirely natural in origin (corn starch), which fully decompose under appropriate conditions and become neutral for the environment. However, if you prefer a box, we offer an option of shipping in packaging that is 70% recycled and also suitable for further recycling and composting. The boxes we use are made of paper mass certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and contain paper material from responsibly managed forests and sawmills.

08. Our labels are also manufactured from recycled paper certified by FSC

When they end up in the trash, they will be recycled again.

09. We limit the production to real demand

We pay attention to what our customers like best and redirect our operating capacities to sewing the most popular choices. Thus, we do not use resources that would be wasted otherwise and unsold clothes do not linger in our warehouse.

10. We sew in local sewing rooms

We have a short supply chain and we sew locally near the company’s headquarters. When doing so, we make sure to only select sewing rooms that demonstrate the highest tailoring precision and offer good and ethical working conditions.

11. We reduce the carbon footprint and the consumption of water

Linen and viscose dresses and blouses do not need to be washed after each use. The same applies to wool products. Modern and natural fabrics are also more durable and they can be easily recycled when they have carried out their mission.

Fabrics that we use:

TENCEL™ Lyocell

TENCEL™ Lyocell is a relatively new material. The possibility of sourcing it appeared along with the development of modern technologies. It is a fully biodegradable and natural fabric as it is made of eucalyptus wood cellulose. It features very good thermal properties and keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Tencel nanofibers are smooth and display low stiffness; this makes the fabric feel soft and pleasant against the skin.

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose is a 100% biodegradable fabric and one of the most ecological as it is obtained from renewable wood coming from responsibly managed forests, which comply with the conditions set out by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC. Moreover, the entire production process is incredibly transparent and each stage of fiber processing can be identifiable. The production of certified viscose means 50% less emission of harmful substances and water pollutants.

SORONA® DUPONT

SORONA® DUPONT is a fabric of natural origin. Owing to the specific structure of the fibers, resembling springs, it is pleasant to the touch. Its production requires much less water, chemical substances and energy. It is also healthier for the skin due to the biological core and stain-resistant. It features very good thermal properties. Designers eagerly use SORONA® DUPONT for sewing blouses, T-shirts and dresses.

TENCEL™ Modal

TENCEL™ Modal is produced from beechwood. It is becoming more and more popular thanks to its properties responding to the needs of modern people. It is appreciated by those who live a dynamic lifestyle and are sensitive to the material that comes into contact with their skin. Due to a closed cycle, the fabric is manufactured with much less water than other traditional materials. Durable fibers will allow for the TENCEL™ Modal to remain in your wardrobe for a long time.

Cupro

Cupro is a modern silk-like fabric. It is obtained from linter, i.e. cotton particles that are too small to be used for manufacturing a typical cotton fabric. As with Tencel and Modal, it is possible to source Cupro thanks to modern technologies. It is produced with respect to water conservation. Companies that do so have their own wastewater treatment plants and use recycled water. Due to inventing a method of obtaining yarn from residues during cotton production, resources used for its growth are not wasted. The smooth, silky finish and luxuriously thin (yet slightly flexible) fabric will make cupro dresses and accessories your wardrobe’s crown jewel.

Silk with GOTS certification

Silk with GOTS certification (Global Organic Textiles Standard) provides certainty that it is an ecological material. It comes from a known and identifiable source. The entire process from sourcing to processing, packaging, labeling, trading and distributing complies with high requirements for working conditions, wages and the protection of the environment. The fabric is safe and free from hazardous chemicals and thus better for people and nature.

Organic cotton

Organic cotton is sourced from cultivations with a holistic approach to plant production. When compared to conventional crops, a very significant difference is that in the case of bio-cotton, only natural methods are used. Chemical weed control, which is lethal to people and the environment, is replaced with mechanical field weeding. Crop rotations and composting are conducted out of the desire to return to our Earth what it has given us. Apart from the production processes, caring for our employees is of vital importance to us – something that is often lacking on traditional plantations.

Linen

Linen – every time you add linen clothing to your wardrobe, you give a gift to yourself as well as to the environment. Flax, the plant used to make this fabric, has a beneficial effect on the enrichment as well as regeneration of soil. The perfect material for those hot summer days. While other fabrics may stick to the skin, linen makes you feel as though you were getting away with being ‘au naturel.’

Wool

Wool has wonderful properties – all provided for by nature. Due to its thermal properties, we often take it out of our wardrobes in autumn and winter. It is obtained from sheep, goat, llama and alpaca fur, which means that it is a renewable material. Ungulates have a beneficial influence on the reduction of greenhouse gases; therefore, if farming is carried out in
a sustainable way, wool becomes a choice supporting ecological activities. KH only uses wool from farms bearing an RWS certificate (Responsible Wool Standard).

Desserto®

Desserto®, i.e. cactus leather, is an organic and vegan alternative to animal leather. It was conceived by Adrian and Marte. Desserto® has a salutary impact on the condition of the Earth and it also provides designers with more opportunities. This vegan leather is easier to process and thus haberdashery, clothing items and leather inserts can take forms which were previously unattainable. In order to obtain cactus leather, it is not necessary to cut the entire plant, only young leaves. Unlike animal leather, ‘growing’ cactus leather requires significantly less resources as cacti are known for their resistance to drought. Planting cacti is also beneficial for the surrounding plants and animals as well as on the condition of soil. In contrast to other plants, cacti absorb carbon dioxide at night and bind it in the soil making it more fertile.
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