WE BELIEVE IN
ECOALF is a sustainable fashion brand whose objective is to reduce the negative impact of the fashion industry and the indiscriminate use of natural resources through different innovative and sustainable processes with the end goal of creating a new generation of responsible products with a level of quality and design to match the best in the market.
With the planet, with the environment and with people. With ourselves, our companions and all the people that work with us: providers, collaborators…
In what we do and what we say. In how we do it and how we tell it. Always with a single, unilateral message that transmits our compromise and our values.
Transparency guarantees this coherence and gives us credibility as a brand to third parties, but most importantly to our clients. Transparency implies being able to tell everything we do and how we do it, but to tell it, we have to first analyse our brand internally to know our processes and the impact we generate.
Suffice the current necessities without compromising those of future generations. A project for the future of our society, with the social, economic and environmental fundamentals in our nucleus.
Revolutionary technology through the constant investment in R + D and collaborative investigation to reach the best quality in new materials, fabrics and processes.
The honesty of a timeless design and the transformation of ideas into actions are the ethos of ECOALF and give energy and power to always search for new perspectives and ways to propose ideas in a sustainable and innovative way.
Both recycled fabric and organic fabric are sustainable raw materials. In ECOALF, we prefer to use the recycled fabrics because their negative environmental impact is much lower.
Using waste as a raw material allows minimising the consumption of natural resources. ECOALF turns residue to a great quality raw material - and in this way, the wasted material is reduced. In the majority of processes, ECOALF uses mechanical recycling - the most sustainable form of recycling. In terms of energy consumption and CO2 emissions, the production of a recycled material thread has a much lower impact compared with conventional thread.
When we talk about the impact of a fibre, we must take into account that its source is a small object in a larger picture. Currently, six parameters are used to determine the sustainability of a material: 1_Energy consumption/CO2 emissions. 2_Use of water. 3_Use of the ground. 4_Use of chemical products. 5_Relationship with biodiversity. 6_Production of solid residues.
ECOALF does not use natural fur in its collections; it stopped doing so 3 years ago. The main reason was not being able to guarantee the use of chrome in the furs, as well as the origin of the animals and the non-abuse of them. Being able to change the world and being more respectful with our planet is something that we can only do if everyone provides their grain of sand.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT IN THE PRODUCTION CHAIN
Every part of the process in our chain of consumption generates a direct environmental impact on our planet. This is why all of ECOALF’s providers have at least one Bluesign® certification, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
ECOALF is developing its own list of restricted products: ECOALF Products Restricted Substances List (EPRSL). All the water-resistant finishes are free of fluorocarbons. Taking a step forward, ECOALF has decided to stop using C6 in the water-resistant finish. Instead of C6, ECOALF uses CO, meaning that the water-resistant fabrics are free of PFC (free fluorocarbon). All ECOALF products abide with the REACH standard (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). REACH is an analytic that verifies that chemical products used in production are not harmful.
To guarantee the minimum adherence to environmental and social standards, ECOALF has created an internal compromise with all its providers, demanding at least one of the following certifications: BSCI or SA8000.
Respect for minorities. Right to privacy. Right to health. Right to freedom of opinion and speech. Right to security. Contribution to the fight against corruption. Access to shelter and drinking water.
Rejection of forced labour. Rejection of child labour. Rejection of discrimination and promotion of diversity. Respect to free association or belonging to a trade union. Protection of workers in terms of health and safety. Fair workplace standards. Fair salary.
Education and divulgation
ECOALF has taken part in more than 100 conferences and forums, accepting that scientific knowledge and its technological derivatives are an eminently social product and recognising the importance of tasks of diffusion and divulgation of science.
CERTIFICATIONS AND COMPROMISES
BCORP is a global movement of more than 2000 businesses in 50 countries and 130 sectors with a sole purpose: that one day all businesses compete to be the best for the world, and as a result of this, a society that nears shared wellbeing. BCORP companies go above and beyond the objective of generating economic profit and they innovate to maximise their positive impact on workers, on the communities they serve and on the environment. Like this, the business becomes a regenerative force for society and the planet.
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a certification that has the aim of making sure that there is recycled content in a product. It guarantees that all the processes of production in the whole chain have been submitted to the adequate measures to guarantee the integrity of the final product. As well as monitoring the recycled content that is present in a finished product, the norm also enquires the brand about their environmental and social criteria. It bases itself on certificates of transaction between all who participate in the chain, guaranteeing the traceability of the finished product.