DESIGN TO BE WORN, WASHED AND LOVED
For us sustainable thinking starts at the design stage. Our first step is to create garments with a purpose. Then we make choices throughout the design and production process to minimize our impact on the environment. Most of all, we make clothes that are designed to be worn, washed and loved – over and over again.
MATERIALS THAT MAKE SENSE
Since 2008, we have increased the use of sustainable materials from 20% to 93% (measured by weight of our total production in 2016). We aim to make that figure 100%. The sustainable materials we use today are organic cotton, lyocell and recycled polyester and polyamide. Read more about our sustainable materials here
All our production takes place in Europe, 51% in Portugal and 49% in Turkey. We place high demands on our suppliers when it comes to environmental and social responsibility and we only work with factories that respect our Code of Conduct. We don’t just hunt for the lowest price and the speediest delivery. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with producers that share our basic values about human rights and caring for the environment.
Our largest supplier is Irmaos Rodrigues located in Porto, Portugal. This is a sewing factory, specialised in the production of jersey. Perfect for Boob, in other words. They are responsible for almost half our garment production; 48% to be precise. And this is not by chance.
We have worked together with Irmaos Rodrigues since 2012. One reason is, of course, that they are skilled enough to deliver the high quality required of a Boob garment. But just as important for us, is that they share our values. They work hard to minimise their impact on the environment. They are also particular about offering good conditions for the people who work there. Irmaos Rodrigues currently employ 105 people, which makes them quite a small enterprise. The factory is a clean, nice and fair workplace. We visit every year, and our production agent goes there every week.
With Irmaos Rodrigues, we have a partnership based on a common understanding: that the responsibility for this planet, and the people who live here, is one that we must all share.
HOW WE WORK WITH CHEMICALS
Chemicals are necessary for all of the products we make. They perform different functions at different stages: from the creation of the raw materials to the dyeing and printing of fabrics, to functionality. The challenge is to avoid using harmful and toxic chemicals, which unfortunately are still very common and widespread in the global textile industry and end up in our environment and in living things.
We are actively working to limit the use of hazardous substances in all our products in order to protect the environment, those who manufacture our products and those who handle and use them. Here you can read more about how we work to minimize the use of chemicals in our production process.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX
For us it is important that our products do not contain any harmful chemicals. Therefore, we have chosen to certify all our products according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. This certifies that the raw material and all components of our garments are tested for substances that are illegal and hazardous to people’s health. It is a guarantee that you can safely wear our clothes closest to your skin.
The Chemicals Group (KEMIKALIEGRUPPEN)
Boob is a member of the Chemicals Group (Kemikaliegruppen), headed by Swerea IVF, which aims to provide information about changes in legislation, offer support in matters regarding chemicals, and act on a long-term basis for a healthier industry. The group includes many of Sweden’s clothing and electronics companies.
The EU's chemical regulation is called REACH, and we make sure that our suppliers follow it through regular sample tests. Above all, we work proactively by selecting factories with a high degree of maturity in this area, and by adjusting our designs to be more sustainable.
RESEARCH FOR THE FUTURE
We would rather be part of the solution than the problem when it comes to the future of the textile industry. Therefore, we have been participating in a research program called “Mistra Future Fashion” since its first phase. Now in its second phase, the purpose of the Mistra Future Fashion program is to deliver knowledge and solutions that the Swedish fashion industry and its stakeholders can use in order to significantly improve the fashion sector’s environmental performance and to strengthen its global competitiveness.