At OMNES, our aim is to always use the lowest impact fabrics possible for our designs, prioritising organic, recycled and deadstock materials, whilst continually exploring new sustainability solutions and innovations.
We know there is an inherent environmental impact involved in producing new textiles. More often than not, it requires the farming, harvesting and mining of raw materials, use of resources including water and energy, and potentially hazardous chemicals and dyes. But by making responsible textile choices, considering not only the quality, feel, and functionality, but also the environmental and social impacts of a fabric – for example where the raw materials were grown and in what conditions, if pre-existing resources could be utilised, and what globally recognised certifications have been granted to the supply chain – we can bring to life designs that truly consider the wellbeing of people and our planet.
Our goal is to only use biodegradable, recycled, or existing materials that can fit into a circular economy.
Materials we love and use:
LENZING ™ ECOVERO™ viscose
A lightweight and drapey fabric, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose is produced using wood pulp from sustainably managed forests, a renewable raw material that will eventually biodegrade naturally. The non-profit environmental protection organisation Canopy has ranked Lenzing among the top viscose producers worldwide for its sustainable wood and pulp sourcing practices. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres are certified with the EU Ecolabel.
LENZING™ TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are extracted from sustainably grown wood using a unique closed loop system which recovers and reuses the solvents used, minimizing the environmental impact of production. We mostly use LENZING™ TENCEL™ for our trousers as it is a great alternative to cotton, and it can also be found in some of our jeans.
Satin-like and silky smooth, our certified Recycled Polyester fabric is made from post-consumer plastic bottles. REPREVE® polyester is the world’s leading brand of recycled performance fibre. Fully traceable, these materials give waste plastic bottles a new life as textiles can keep them in use for longer and out of oceans and landfills.
Cotton sourced from BCI members
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) supports licensed farmers by providing training on issues including water efficiency, caring for soil health and natural habitats, reducing the use of harmful chemicals and implementing decent work principles. Whilst BCI requirements differ from those of organic cotton standards, we will always choose cotton sourced from BCI members over conventional if organic is not possible.
Recycled cotton gives new life to waste from the production process, reducing the need for new resources to be used.
Soft and supple, our denim is produced by Bossa – a fabric mill in Turkey that has embedded sustainability into its operations - and is made from a blend of LENZING™ TENCEL™ Lyocell and Organic or BCI Cotton. Our black and grey colourways also utilise LENZING™ REFIBRA™ technology, which takes production cotton scraps and upcycles them into new TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres, contributing to a circular economy.
Biodegradable, recyclable, natural, long-lasting, easily repairable…the list of wool’s eco-credentials goes on and on. We use super soft Italian Merino wool and Mongolian wool that is responsibly sourced, always prioritising animal welfare standards.
Organic cotton is grown without synthetic pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers, and from seeds that have not been genetically modified. Eliminating toxic chemicals protects the health of workers and local communities as air and groundwater supplies do not become contaminated, and soil health and biodiversity are protected. We always choose organic cotton when possible.
Deadstock fabrics provide the opportunity to make use of existing resources over creating new materials. These could be fabrics that didn’t go to the intended buyer or weren’t made into finished garments. Historically, these deadstock fabrics could be simply destroyed and thrown away, eventually making their way into landfills. We have our own criteria for defining materials as deadstock, and ensure that any supplier certifies that their deadstock is a minimum of two years old.
Linen is a versatile, breathable, and biodegradable fibre that can be grown with minimal water and without the need for toxic chemicals. It is perfect for tops, dresses and trousers.
Sequins are a disaster for the environment. Most are made from petroleum plastics that are damaging to our natural ecosystems, and their shimmer is obtained through chemical or metallic coatings. These are not biodegradable and are also drawn from raw material sources that are limited. We will not use sequins in our designs until a satisfactory alternative is available.
Materials that end the lives of animals
We do not use animal skins, silk, fur, or horn buttons in our collection.
Animal welfare is a key concern when sourcing animal-based materials such as leather and wool, and the traceability issues linked to the industry can make difficult to identify animal welfare breaches in supply chains. We therefore have established an animal welfare policy that you can read here.