95% of a product’s impact comes down to the choice of material used to make it.
OMNES only uses quality fabrics that are grown, sourced and manufactured responsibly. For our first collection we’ve worked with FSC® (The Forest Stewardship Council) certified viscose - a renewable plant-source material that will eventually biodegrade entirely naturally. For yarn we use one of the top four suppliers in Canopy’s Hot Button Report, which ensures responsible disposal of waste, as well as monitoring and minimising worker exposure to chemicals and working towards recycling all waste.
We don’t stop there. The mill that weaves and dyes OMNES fabrics is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, where members commit to measuring and improving social and environmental sustainability impacts. The mills are audited annually on their energy, waste, water and emission management.
Want to see our credentials? We’re happy to show you, and we’d love you to start checking with your favourite brands to see where your clothes are really coming from. The information below gets pretty technical, but it’s essential that all fashion labels are transparent about their fabrics, processes and partners. If they’re not, we have to ask, why not? As you can see, it is possible to make fashion that doesn’t cost the earth.
Our fabric mill is the first FSC® certified fabric manufacturer of Bursa and they make sure that all of our yarns are obtained from sustainable sources or recycled fibres. The FSC certification is considered the "gold standard" designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious and economically viable.
Our viscose is Oeko-Tex certified, verifing that the finished fibre has been tested for and contains no residual chemicals which may be harmful to health.
Our fabric mill has been a member of the STWI (Sweden Textile Water Initiative) since 2016. Following implementation projects for water reduction and natural resource management.
Our fabric mill carries out proactive chemical management in line with REACH Standards to eliminate hazardous chemicals in the production process.
The digital printer and dye supplier that our mill is partnered with has been signed off for the standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. They have also received a letter of approval for ‘dye stuffs & textile auxillaries’ from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).
Why we choose digital:
Digital textile printing saved over 40 billion litres of water worldwide in 2019
It offers an efficient solution compared to the traditional rotary screen printing method, which consumes approximately 50-60 litres of water per metre.
Digital printing uses approximately 10% of the volume of colour used in screen printing
|Digital printing creates less pollution and fewer dispersions compared to traditional screen printing.||
On average a digital printing machine saves over 63% of energy vs. a conventional rotary screen printer.
The waste water from our fabric mill is treated and discharged in accordance with the legal requirements. Then the waste products are separated between hazardous and non-hazardous and sent to facilities for reuse and safe disposal. Our fabric mill also undertakes a rigorous zero waste project, where they have started to separate all wastes from production.
The OMNES design team are currently sourcing a range of sustainable fabrics. We believe that collaboration and transparency are crucial for creating change, so we’ll keep you posted on the exciting developments we come across.
Up to 30% of a garment’s carbon footprint is determined by what YOU do with it
To prolong the life and love of your clothes, you need to consider how you wash, dry and care for them. Up to 30% of each garment's carbon footprint is determined by how you treat your clothes after you buy them. Not sure what to do for the best? Here’s what we suggest:
Hand washing is ideal. If you need to use your washing machine, use eco-friendly, non-toxic detergents and set it to a cold wash or a maximum of 30 degrees. Don’t forget to hit the eco setting if you have one.
If you can, hang clothes outside to dry in the sunshine where they’ll benefit from the sun’s natural antibacterial properties. If the weather isn’t on your side, dry them inside on an airer. As well as consuming a lot of energy, the heat of a tumble drier will wear your clothes down quickly, meaning you’ll have to replace them sooner.
As little as possible. Experts agree that washing every piece of clothing each time you wear it is excessive, costing the planet and your finances. Fashion editors advise hanging items up as soon as you take them off, in the fresh air if possible, and placing them in a steamy bathroom to help creases drop out.
Should you dry clean your clothes?
Dry cleaning uses a lot of extremely toxic chemicals. If you absolutely can’t clean your clothes at home, there are a few more eco-friendly dry cleaning companies, but make sure you do your research about their processes.