THE MATERIALS THAT MAKE OUR PRODUCTS

At Hunkemöller we are proud of our sexy products. At the same time, we also recognise that producing fibres and materials requires a lot of non-renewable resources such as energy and chemicals, which can all have a major impact on people and the environment. We, therefore, work closely with business partners and expert organisations to source more sustainable materials to reduce our carbon, water and waste footprints but also to limit chemical and pesticide usage, prevent deforestation and protect freshwater and biodiversity.

Our sustainable materials need to be certified according to different standards that depend on the type of sustainable material. The certification must be issued by an independent and credible third party, such as Control Union. Standards we use to certify our materials against include:

TOXIC-FREE

We’re aware of the impact chemicals have on our environment and health, but we also recognise that they are needed for the production of textiles. We aim to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and we have committed ourselves to developing responsible chemical management procedures for all our products, including accessories, prints and packaging materials. We also expect this commitment from our suppliers, which is why we have created a Restricted Substance List (RSL) to inform all suppliers about the chemicals that are banned or restricted in our production processes and finished products.

Our new RSL is based upon EU, China and United States’ legal requirements and also captures key requirement points from eco-label organisations or those mentioned by NGOs, for example, Greenpeace.

Non-toxic

THE MATERIALS WE USE

Sustainable materials: those grown and manufactured in a responsible way that preserves natural resources and respects human rights.

Recycled material: any material that would otherwise be useless, unwanted or discarded except for the fact that it still has useful physical or chemical properties after serving a specific purpose and can, therefore, be reused or recycled. Producing recycled materials is less resource-intensive than producing ones from scratch, which results in reducing pollution and energy consumption.

Organic materials: those grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. We use these materials:

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Recycled polyester is mostly made from old PET-bottles and food packaging and is often referred to as rPET. Recycling this packaging is a great way to prevent its waste from ending up on our landfills. Moreover, the production of recycled polyester requires 70% less energy in comparison to virgin polyester and its production generates 54% fewer CO2 emissions.We only accept recycled polyester made from reclaimed pre-industrial, pre-consumer and post-consumer materials. All recycled polyester used in our products must be certified according to the Global Recycling Standard or Recycled Claim Standard. Both nylon and polyester can be recycled in two ways: 1. Mechanical recycling: where plastic is melted to make new yarn. This process can only be conducted a couple of times before the fibre loses its quality. 2. Chemical recycling: breaking down plastic molecules and reforming it into new yarn. This process maintains the original fibre’s quality and allows the material to be recycled infinitely, but the process is more expensive.

RECYCLED NYLON

Recycled nylon (also known as recycled polyamide) is often made from old fishing nets, tights, carpets, used apparel and leftovers from production processes. In comparison to virgin nylon, its production uses much fewer resources such as water, energy and fossil fuels. Did you know that (in comparison to virgin nylon) for every 10,000 tons of recycled nylon we save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and prevent 57,100 tons of CO2 emissions to be released?

We only accept recycled nylon made from reclaimed pre-industrial, pre-consumer and post-consumer materials. All recycled nylon used in our products must be certified according to the Global Recycling Standard or Recycled Claim Standard.

ECONYL® regenerated nylon is made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill. It’s infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities for makers, creatures and consumers.

It’s exactly the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded infinitely. That means you create new products and buy new products without ever having to use new resources. The ECONYL® yarn is entirely regenerated from waste materials.

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. It is cultivated without fertilisers or chemical pesticides and its seeds are not genetically modified. The cultivation of organic cotton uses up to 91% less water than conventional cotton, and 46% less CO2 emissions are released during production. Besides reducing the negative environmental impacts of traditional cotton production, organic cotton production also reduces the adverse/negative social and economic impacts of traditional cotton production.

All organic cotton used in our products must be certified according to the Organic Content Standard or the Global Organic Textile Standard. The certification must be issued by an external party, such as the Control Union.

BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE

We are a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative! The BCI is a global, non-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. It exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment where the cotton is grown and better for the sector’s future.

By sourcing better cotton, we support BCI to train and monitor farmers. Better cotton is sourced via a mass balance system and is not physically traceable to end products. This means that sourcing it is not about a content claim on a product but rather about creating demand for better cotton and encouraging more farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices.

We are committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as organic or from Better Cotton by 2022!

SUSTAINABLE VISCOSE

Viscose is produced by breaking down cellulose from wood pulp and converting it with the help of chemicals. The process can have a high environmental impact in terms of emissions of sulfur, nitrogen and other pollutants, but there are good processes and more sustainable viscose fibers. Generic viscose is often associated with chemical pollution and deforestation.

 

 

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ are sustainable alternatives to generic viscose. It is manufactured only from certified and controlled wood sources and produced with significantly lower fossil energy use and water; its production generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres are certified via the Lenzing Certification, which confirms that at least 30% Lenzing fibres are in the fabric and some other quality features. LENZING™ and ECOVERO™ are trademarks of Lenzing AG.

Sustainable viscose

At Hunkemöller we are proud of our sexy products. At the same time, we also recognise that producing fibres and materials requires a lot of non-renewable resources such as energy and chemicals, which can all have a major impact on people and the environment. We, therefore, work closely with business partners and expert organisations to source more sustainable materials to reduce our carbon, water and waste footprints but also to limit chemical and pesticide usage, prevent deforestation and protect freshwater and biodiversity.

Our sustainable materials need to be certified according to different standards that depend on the type of sustainable material. The certification must be issued by an independent and credible third party, such as Control Union.
Standards we use to certify our materials against include:

Non-toxic


TOXIC-FREE

We’re aware of the impact chemicals have on our environment and health, but we also recognise that they are needed for the production of textiles. We aim to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and we have committed ourselves to developing responsible chemical management procedures for all our products, including accessories, prints and packaging materials. We also expect this commitment from our suppliers, which is why we have created a Restricted Substance List (RSL) to inform all suppliers about the chemicals that are banned or restricted in our production processes and finished products.

Our new RSL is based upon EU, China and United States’ legal requirements and also captures key requirement points from eco-label organisations or those mentioned by NGOs, for example, Greenpeace.

 

THE MATERIALS WE USE

Sustainable materials: those grown and manufactured in a responsible way that preserves natural resources and respects human rights.

Recycled material: any material that would otherwise be useless, unwanted or discarded except for the fact that it still has useful physical or chemical properties after serving a specific purpose and can, therefore, be reused or recycled. Producing recycled materials is less resource-intensive than producing ones from scratch, which results in reducing pollution and energy consumption.

Organic materials: those grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. We use these materials:

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Recycled polyester is mostly made from old PET-bottles and food packaging and is often referred to as rPET. Recycling this packaging is a great way to prevent its waste from ending up on our landfills. Moreover, the production of recycled polyester requires 70% less energy in comparison to virgin polyester and its production generates 54% fewer CO2 emissions.We only accept recycled polyester made from reclaimed pre-industrial, pre-consumer and post-consumer materials. All recycled polyester used in our products must be certified according to the Global Recycling Standard or Recycled Claim Standard. Both nylon and polyester can be recycled in two ways: 1. Mechanical recycling: where plastic is melted to make new yarn. This process can only be conducted a couple of times before the fibre loses its quality. 2. Chemical recycling: breaking down plastic molecules and reforming it into new yarn. This process maintains the original fibre’s quality and allows the material to be recycled infinitely, but the process is more expensive.

RECYCLED NYLON

Recycled nylon (also known as recycled polyamide) is often made from old fishing nets, tights, carpets, used apparel and leftovers from production processes. In comparison to virgin nylon, its production uses much fewer resources such as water, energy and fossil fuels. Did you know that (in comparison to virgin nylon) for every 10,000 tons of recycled nylon we save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and prevent 57,100 tons of CO2 emissions to be released?

We only accept recycled nylon made from reclaimed pre-industrial, pre-consumer and post-consumer materials. All recycled nylon used in our products must be certified according to the Global Recycling Standard or Recycled Claim Standard.

ECONYL® regenerated nylon is made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill. It’s infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities for makers, creatures and consumers.

It’s exactly the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded infinitely. That means you create new products and buy new products without ever having to use new resources. The ECONYL® yarn is entirely regenerated from waste materials.


ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. It is cultivated without fertilisers or chemical pesticides and its seeds are not genetically modified. The cultivation of organic cotton uses up to 91% less water than conventional cotton, and 46% less CO2 emissions are released during production. Besides reducing the negative environmental impacts of traditional cotton production, organic cotton production also reduces the adverse/negative social and economic impacts of traditional cotton production.

All organic cotton used in our products must be certified according to the Organic Content Standard or the Global Organic Textile Standard. The certification must be issued by an external party, such as the Control Union.

BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE

We are a proud member of the Better Cotton Initiative! The BCI is a global, non-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. It exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment where the cotton is grown and better for the sector’s future.

By sourcing better cotton, we support BCI to train and monitor farmers. Better cotton is sourced via a mass balance system and is not physically traceable to end products. This means that sourcing it is not about a content claim on a product but rather about creating demand for better cotton and encouraging more farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices.

We are committed to sourcing 100% of our cotton as organic or from Better Cotton by 2022!

Sustainable viscose


SUSTAINABLE VISCOSE

Viscose is produced by breaking down cellulose from wood pulp and converting it with the help of chemicals. The process can have a high environmental impact in terms of emissions of sulfur, nitrogen and other pollutants, but there are good processes and more sustainable viscose fibers. Generic viscose is often associated with chemical pollution and deforestation.

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ are sustainable alternatives to generic viscose. It is manufactured only from certified and controlled wood sources and produced with significantly lower fossil energy use and water; its production generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres are certified via the Lenzing Certification, which confirms that
at least 30% Lenzing fibres are in
the fabric and some other quality features.

LENZING™ and ECOVERO™
are trademarks of Lenzing AG.