At Biscuit it is important to us to do our part in being more sustainable. Each season more and more of the brands we stock are doing their bit to ensure that sustainability is more than just a trend.
Currently, the fashion industry uses 4% of freshwater extraction globally in the production of clothes. If it continues this way it is predicted to double by 2030. On average to cultivate one kilogram of raw cotton it takes 10,000-20,000 litres of water, being the second most used fibre this contributes to huge sustainability issues in the fashion industry. Some Information taken from common objective.
New American denim brand DL1969 at Biscuit (available online and in the Glasgow store) are paving the way for sustainable denim. Naming themselves as the Circular Denim Company, DL1961 start by recycling fibres from old denim jeans and weaving them into new fibres with their trademark high stretch technology. By using 98% recycled water and clean dyes in their factories run by solar power, this US denim label is our best example of a brand leading the way in sustainability. This family owned business reduced their water used in the production of their jeans by 892,518,940 gallons in 2019 alone.
BCI is the Better Cotton Initiative. This is an non-profit organisation working across 21 countries to promote more environmentally friendly farming methods. In December better cotton launched their target to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions per tonne of cotton by 50% by 2030. Some of our best selling Scandi brands such as Mos Mosh and Part Two are leading the way with BCI cotton in their jeans and blouses.
A lot of our brands at Biscuit are striving to create change throughout the industry, many have started their own initiatives to ensure they do so;
Some items in the new Spring summer collection for part two are even exploring the use of more sustainable viscose. Viscose naturally is made from a wood pulp however, usually this is in a process that uses a large amount of water. LENZING ECOVERO viscose fibres use up to 50% lower emissions and water impact. This ensures that this collection at part two is qualified against the strict sustainable standards for clothing.
EcoVero Viscose examples:
By the end of this year Part Two is making it their goal to source 100% of their cotton from sustainable alternatives wither this be organic cotton, BCI cotton or recycled cotton. They are looking to source other fabrics more sustainably and make sure they use less water and chemicals to produce their fabrics.
Images from @biscuitclothing on Instagram and Part Two
All of the labels on Part Two clothing are made from recycled paper, as are their brochures and catalogues.
Part Two as a brand have an animal welfare policy, meaning that they do not allow the mistreatment of animals. Fashion as an industry have now developed many alternatives to using leather and fur. Biscuit as a brand now focus on buying a lot of faux leather and fur to contribute to the protection of animals.
Another sustainable brand at Biscuit is Cras, Although a new brand it is already proving popular in store and online! As well as looking fabulous Cras clothes are also sustainable. All of the packaging used to ship the items is recycled, the materials used to make the clothing are ECO Vero viscose, natural silk and organic cotton all very sustainable. All of the fabrics used are certified sustainable and natural however, just as high quality as they have ever been.
Shopping local is a fantastic way to do your part in moving towards a more sustainable planet. Shopping at independent shops like Biscuit ensures that you are getting high quality items that will continue to be staples in your wardrobe. They can also be passed on to the next generation as “vintage” and “retro” additions to their wardrobe.
Stine Goya is another brand that has committed to doing their part in being more sustainable. In 2019 the Danish fashion label had one whole capsule collection that was 100% sustainable and by 2025 they would like at least 90% of their collections to be this way. Although ambitious it is inspiring to see brands set these goals.
With recent deliveries we have also noticed a big uptake in a sustainable initiative with the use of dissolvable wheat peanuts in the packaging. Where possible at Biscuit we try to recycle packaging and waste.
Durability is what's most important for our French brand Bellerose, it is important to us when investing in these brands that they are all durable. Something we can all relate to is creating life lasting relationships as well as clothes! Bellerose visit their supplier at least once a year to develop a relationship with them, by working directly with the supplier the Belgian brand is then able to pay them directly, and ensure that they are producing the product that they envisioned.
At Biscuit we are doing our best to ensure that all our brands are sourced with the intention that they are of high quality, so that people will be wearing the Biscuit brand for generations to come.