Made from carefully considered materials, our wardrobe treasures are designed to last. We have a strong focus on sourcing high quality materials and always strive to source materials in a more sustainable way. Delve deeper into our selection of materials below.
Since 2020 all of our cotton has been sourced in a more sustainable way, which for us means either organic, sourced through Better Cotton, in-conversion cotton och recycled.
Organic cotton is sourced from non-genetically modified plants, which are then cultivated and harvested without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. In the process of growing organic cotton also factors like fertility and biodiversity of the soil it’s grown in are taken into consideration.
In-conversion cotton comes from farms that are following a three-year program to convert their crop from conventional to organic – sustaining the health of soils, ecosystems and people.
With the growing demand for organic cotton, it’s important to support farmers that are willing to transition and increase transparency from field to finished product. In-conversion cotton farmers follow the same strict requirements included in the organic certification.
Some of our cotton is sourced through Better Cotton. Their mission is to help communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of mass balance where the cotton is not kept separate from other types of cotton on its journey from field to product.
Better Cotton works to train farmers to produce cotton in a way that cares for the environment through processes that minimise the harmful impacts of fertilizers and pesticides.
Read more about it here.
Recycled cotton can either come from waste and cut-offs created during production, or from clothes gathered via garment collecting initiatives.
The Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) is an industry initiative that is working to further strengthen the supply, demand and integrity of organic cotton.
Read more about it here.
All virgin down and feathers used by & Other Stories must either come from a recycled source or be certified to Responsible Down Standard (RDS). We never source down or feathers from exotic birds, including but not limited to ostrich and peacock. We use an 80% down/20% feather combination in the padding of our down jackets/puffers.
RDS – Responsible Down Standard
Since 2015 we only accept virgin down from farms that are certified according to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certifies down and feathers against animal welfare requirements and tracks it from farm to final product.
More info on RDS Down & Feathers:
Responsible Down (RDS) | Textile Exchange
Recycled Down & Feathers
Recycled down & feather is sourced from, for example, old blankets, pillows and cushions.
The recycled down & feather we use is certified by a third party and the padding composition must have 100% recycled down/feathers in order for us to make an on-product claim.
Using recycled down & feathers is always our first option, but please note that there are market restrictions for using recycled down & feathers – and in restricted markets we use RDS certified down.
Woven from the flax crop, linen is a natural and durable fibre that becomes softer and more lustrous with use and laundering. A fine, well-used piece of linen may have almost the same feel and appearance as silk.
Due to its high moisture-wicking properties, linen dries almost instantly since the fibre itself cannot hold air or heat. As a result, linen fabrics tend to be breathable and cool to the touch. Linen is additionally a bit more rigid than other fabrics which prevents it from clinging to the body. It also doesn’t produce lint.
Linen can grow in cool and rainy climates with poor quality soil and requires very little water, so less fertilizers and pesticides are used compared to crops like cotton. It is additionally a very productive crop, yielding a far greater amount of fibres than cotton cropping.
Known for its lustre and luxurious feel, silk is a natural, durable fibre sourced from the cocoons spun by silkworms. Thanks to its temperature regulating properties, this fabric allows you to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
ORGANIC MULBERRY SILK
With its pure white colour and refined texture, the mulberry silk is widely regarded as one of the finest. Produced by the Bombyx mori silkworms who feed on mulberry trees, this silk make up about 90% of the global silk production.
Organic silk guarantees that the mulberry trees are grown according to the requirements of organic farming, free from synthetic pesticides and other potentially harmful chemicals. Organic agriculture is a production process that sustains the health of ecosystems, soils and people. Organic silk has the same high quality as conventional silk.
Spun by the Tussah silkworm, this wild silk possesses a natural golden tone and a rich texture. This type is mainly used in its natural form since it’s difficult to dye.
The recycled silk we use is spun silk, from pre-consumer materials. It can either be waste yarn from the silk reeling, spinning and weaving or cutting waste from silk knitting and garment sewing. Choosing recycled silk is a way of saving natural resources.
Ramie is a strong natural fibre woven from the flowering Ramie plant, native to eastern Asia. It has large, heart-shaped leaves and is commonly known as China grass.
Ramie is a hardy perennial which means it can withstand an average winter and lives for up to 20 years. The crop can be harvested several times a year, so it is very productive. The process of transforming the ramie fibres into fabric is similar to the process used for manufacturing linen from flax.
Ramie is light and delicate in appearance and holds shape very well. It is extremely absorbent and ramie fabric breathes well, which makes comfortable clothing for warm and humid summers.
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. Our long-term ambition is to shift to more textile-to-textile recycled polyester.
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 source our recycled polyamide from materials like old fishing nets and carpets. We also utilize leftover waste from production.
Viscose belongs to the material group man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF). We have highlighted the different fibres (trademarks) of MMCF that we frequently use:
CIRCULOSE® is an innovative material made from 100% discarded textiles, recycling cotton from worn-out clothes and production waste. It’s a ”dissovling pulp” that can be used to make viscose, lyocell, modal, acetate or other types of man-made cellulosic fibers.
Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fibre, made from cotton linter (the fuzz around the cottonseed). The cotton linter is discarded as waste from cotton fibre production. Cupro fabrics breath like cotton, drapes beautifully, and look and feel like silk.
Ecojilin™ is a man-made cellulosic fiber made from cotton linter, instead of wood. Cotton linter is waste from the cotton production. Ecojilin™ is a filament fiber, meaning it is a long thread, similar to silk. This results in a fiber with a soft and lustrous feel.
This branded viscose fibre is derived from sustainable wood and pulp from certified and controlled sources. It is certified with the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel. Ecovero™ fabrics are typically soft, breathable and lightweight.
Naia™ is made from pine and eucalyptus, from certified and controlled sources. Naia™ offers a brilliant colour impact with a luxurious luster, all produced in a closed-loop process. The yarn transforms to soft fabrics with high comfort that are easy to care for.
Tencel™ Lyocell fibres are known for their natural comfort and environmentally responsible closed-loop production process. The wood is sourced from responsible forestry FSC and the fibres deliver quality, performance and versatility. Unique physical properties lead to their high tenacity profile, efficient moisture management and gentleness to skin.
The Tencel™ Modal fibres are extracted from naturally grown beech wood by an environmentally responsible integrated pulp-to-fibre process, which is self-sufficient in energy and recovers co-products from component parts of the wood. This flexible fibre is renowned for its exceptional softness.
Sourced from animals such as goat and sheep, wool is a natural and renewable fibre with many benefits. It’s also 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. Wool fibres additionally have natural self-cleaning properties, as well as a natural protective outer layer that prevents stains from being absorbed.
& Other Stories does not accept wool from farms that practice mulesing.
More info on our Animal welfare policy:
H&M Group Animal welfare policy.
RWS – Responsible Wool Standard
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) verfies wool fiber animal welfare and land management requirements and tracks it from farm to final product.
RWS wool is just as high quality as regular wool. 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
RMS – Responsible Mohair Standard
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). The Responsible Mohair Standard (RMS) verifies mohair fiber animal welfare and land management requirements and tracks it from farm to final product.
More info on RMS Mohair:
Responsible Mohair (RMS) | Textile Exchange
RAS – Responsible Alpaca Standard
Alpaca is a high quality fibers and is known for its warm properties and gorgeous glossy and soft texture. It’s a light and hairy fiber, but ‘fluffier’ than mohair.
The Responsible Alpaca Standard (RAS) verifies alpaca fiber animal welfare and land management requirements and tracks it from farm to final product.
More info on RAS Alpaca:
Responsible Alpaca Standard | Textile Exchange
GCS - Good Cashmere Standard
Cashmere is a high-quality, luxurious material. Delicate and lightweight yet with strong and super soft fibres.
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, social criteria for small and large-scale herders and to 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.
More info on GCS Cashmere:
The Good Cashmere Standard
It comes from the waste or cut-offs created during production.
By recycling wool we save raw materials. 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).