The choice of raw materials has a big impact on the product’s overall sustainability performance. That’s why our sustainability team have developed a fiber tool that helps us divide commonly used fibers into four categories. Class A and B are considered sustainable and class C and D as non-sustainable. Our aim is to push the limits of eco-friendly fibers and to only use fibers in the sustainable classes before 2022.
When creating this tool we have looked at Higg's Sustainability Index, an internationally established material sustainability index developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, (SAC). Different aspects like water input, energy input, greenhouse gas emissions, animal suffering, human- and eco-toxicity have been taken into consideration. If the fiber is eco-certified, recycled or produced in a closed loop and sustainable system it jumps up one class. In our latest collection, 82% of our total use is ranked in class B or higher.
A - All-star team: all natural, vegan, plant-based & rapidly renewable fibers
B - Better than most: could still be better. Deadstock is considered "Class B" because we don't have to produce any new fabrics, however we cannot always trace the true origins of deadstock materials
C - Could be used: better than D-fibers but should be either mechanically recycled or eco-certified
D - Don't go there: environmentally, socially intensive & animal unfriendly materials
We’re proud to share that our primary viscose supply chain is fully European, traceable and forest-friendly compared to generic viscose production. Originating from wood pulp, our viscose is sourced from a Swedish biorefinery, which originates from local and sustainably managed FSC certified forests in Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Scotland. The wood pulp is made into cellulose fibers in the German manufacturer ENKA, which is one of the most sustainable viscose suppliers in the world. ENKA itself is FSC-certified as well and also certified to OEKO-TEX Standard 100, a standard to certify that it contains no harmful substances. The final eco-viscose textile is cut and sewn into beautiful garments in our lovely manufacturer in Portugal.
For AW19 we're introducing Tencel® into our collections. Produced by the Austrian company Lenzing AG, Tencel ® is the brand name for the cellulose fiber lyocell. Tencel® is produced from wood pulp from healthy FSC-certified forests and is produced in a closed loop system in which less chemicals and water are used. It also carries the OEKO TEX 100 certification.
30% of Mayla’s AW19 collection is made out of “deadstock” fabrics. It actually looks cooler than it sounds. Today the textile waste problem is destroying the environment, contributing to clogged landfills and pollution. By buying verified leftover and over ordered fabrics from other manufacturers, we’re not only giving a second life to fabrics that was destined for the landfill, but also decreasing the carbon footprint that would have been expanded in the production of new textiles.
Mayla’s eco-jeans are produced from 100% organic cotton and finished with a sustainable wash and dye in Turkey. When making our jeans we use eco-certified techniques by Jeanologia™, a Spanish innovative specialist in sustainable technologies for garment finishing. Compared to traditional treatments these techniques use up to 95% less water, 90% less chemicals and 40% less energy.