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Wool is a natural and renewable fibre with many benefits. Wool is highly breathable due to its ability to absorb and evaporate moisture. In contrast to synthetics, wool is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature, helping you stay warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot.

The ability to absorb moisture gives wool anti-static properties and thus less likely to cling uncomfortably to your body. It also makes the wool garment less attractive to dust and lint. Wool fibres also have natural anti-wrinkle properties and a natural protective outer layer that prevents stains from being absorbed.

Wool has self-cleaning properties, which makes it easy to keep clean. The best way to keep your wool garment fresh is to air it from time to time, which also is water and energy saving. If you happen to live in a snowy area, lay your wool garment flat in the snow for an hour or so (turning it after a while), then shake it off, and it will be crispy fresh. If the garment should need to (and can) be washed, wash it by hand in lukewarm water, or use your washing machine’s wool program. Make sure to use a mild detergent such as & Other Stories’ Delicate Detergent. Let the garment air dry naturally, if possible, on a flat surface.

The goals of the Responsible Wool Standard are to provide the industry with a tool to recognize the best practices of farmers; ensuring that wool comes from farms that have a:

•       progressive approach to managing their land
•       practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep
•       respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare

Quality-wise, RWS wool is just as high-qualitative as regular wool. and at & Other Stories we require that at least 30% of the composition is in RWS Wool in order, to make an on-product claim.

The RWS also applies to Merino Wool, which is softer than regular wool and comes from a unique species of sheep: The Merino sheep.

More info on RWS Wool:

Responsible Wool (RWS) | Textile Exchange

By recycling wool, we save raw materials, use fewer chemicals, water, and land and reduce what ends up in landfills. Recycled wool is ideal for heavier, outdoor garments. It comes from the waste or cut-offs created during production or from clothes gathered via our garment collecting initiative. Our recycled wool is certified by a third party, i.e. GRS (Global Recycled Standard). 

To make an on-product claim, at least 50% of the composition needs to contain recycled wool.

The mohair fibres are long, fine and lustrous and take dye exceptionally well. All mohair used by & Other Stories must come from farms certified to the Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) that addresses the welfare of goats and the land they graze on. It ensures that the mohair comes from farms that have:

•      progressive approach to managing their land
•      practice holistic respect for animal welfare of the sheep
•      respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare

Certified recycled mohair is also ok to use.

Composition rules to make an on-product claim are:

>30% RMS Mohair
>50% Recycled Mohair

More info on RMS Mohair:

Responsible Mohair (RMS) | Textile Exchange

Cashmere is a high-quality, luxurious fibre. It’s delicate, and lightweight yet has strong, super soft, silky, and smooth fibres. Pilling occurs naturally, even in the finest quality, so comb the garment when needed.  

The Good Cashmere Standard® by AbTF (GCS) is an Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF) initiative. Its objective is to promote animal welfare in cashmere production and social criteria for small and large-scale herders, protect the environment, and promote biodiversity. All & Other Stories’ cashmere must come from farms certified to the Good Cashmere Standard or from certified recycled sources.

Composition rules to make an on-product claim are:

>30% GCS Cashmere
>50% Recycled Cashmere

More info on GCS Cashmere:

The Good Cashmere Standard

Cotton is a true go-to staple when it comes to natural fibres. It’s extremely versatile, soft, breathable and easy to dye, and can be blended with a wide variety of other fabrics. From 2020, all of our cotton is sustainably sourced, which for us means either organic, sourced through BCI (the Better Cotton Initiative) or recycled. At the moment, this is the most sustainable way for us to work with cotton, but as we continue to grow so will our use of recycled cotton.

So organic cotton essentially means that it is rooted in non-genetically modified plants, which are then cultivated and harvested without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. It also enhances the fertility and biodiversity of the soil it’s grown in. When it comes to look and feel, it’s identical to conventional cotton. All the cotton in our denim is 100% GOTS and OCS certified organic. Read more about these certifications here:
https://www.global-standard.org
https://textileexchange.org/integrity

Some of our cotton is sourced through the Better Cotton Initiative, BCI. BCI is a non-profit organisation that helps cotton growers to embrace more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable farming methods. It is linked to a mass balance system, where the cotton is not kept separate from other types of cotton on its journey from field to product. It is similar to the way, when you buy renewable electricity; you are contributing to cleaner energy production rather than ensuring that a specific kind of electricity comes out of your power sockets.

BCI works to train farmers to produce cotton in a way that cares for the environment through processesthat minimise the harmful impacts of fertilizers and pesticides as well as enhancing biodiversity and responsible land use. Through BCI and its Partners, farmers receive training on how to use water efficiently, care for the health of the soil and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and apply decent work principles Basically, it is about taking a holistic approach to cotton production. Read more about it here.

There are two major benefits from using recycled cotton: it reduces the need for virgin material, and it reduces waste that otherwise might have gone to landfill. Recycled cotton can either come from waste and cut-offs created during production or from clothes gathered via garment collecting initiatives. Increasing our use of recycled cotton is the next step towards a more circular approach.

Made from flax fibre, linen is durable, lovely to touch and keeps you cool during warmer seasons. It is also a good alternative from a sustainability point of view because the plant-to-harvest process is only approximately three months, it can grow in poor soil and requires little when it comes to fertilisers, pesticides and water.

Light, breezy and silky smooth against the skin, this material has an array of dreamy features. It is plant-based fibre, made from cotton linter (the fuzz around the cottonseed) that would otherwise have gone to waste. This fibre is also biodegradable and compostable, and will naturally break down after disposal.

This smooth, strong fibre creates a soft silky feel fabric with great lustre, that drapes like a dream and absorbs moisture. Produced from sustainable wood sources, harvested from certified and controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy, it is part of a closed-loop production process.

A strong and flexible, mainly beech wood-based fibre that provides an exquisitely soft, breezy, wrinkle-resistant and absorbent material. It is created by the use of renewable energy and by the recovery of process chemicals, and the fibre can fully revert to nature given the right conditions in the right environment.

Flowy, oh-so-soft and incredibly breezy, this viscose fibre is derived from sustainable wood and pulp from certified and controlled sources. It is certified with the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel, meeting high environmental standards throughout its whole life cycle.

Fabrics made with NAIA™ fiber are utterly soft, breathable, quick-drying and cool-keeping that drape beautifully. Made of renewable sources from sustainably managed forests, NAIA™ ensures brilliant colour with a luxurious luster, all produced in a closed-loop process.

Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf fibres. The leaves are byproduct of existing agriculture, turned into a wonderful non-woven material.

VEGEA™ is an innovative vegan material partly made from the by-products of winemaking.

Discarded grape skins, stalks and seeds are turned into a beautiful alternative to leather.

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” (PAV) is a certification owned and awarded by the animal protection organization PETA.

The following elements are included in the certification: 

• Fibers/materials used in the product
• Dyes, prints, glues (part of the final product)
• Trims

Read more here.

Conventional polyester is one of the most commonly used artificial fibres for clothes and made from crude oil. It’s non-renewable, carbon-intensive and takes over 200 years to decompose. That’s why we’re moving towards recycled polyester and away from conventional, virgin polyester. Recycled polyester is often produced from used PET bottles and other polyester waste, which helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills. 

Polyamide is another popular oil-based fibre, often used to make underwear and tights, but also outerwear. Polyamide also goes under the trademark name Nylon. Nylon was originally developed in the mid 1930’s as an alternative to silk stockings. 

We get our recycled polyamide from materials like old fishing nets and carpets. We also utilize leftover waste from production - a way of saving natural resources and reducing waste that would end up in landfills.