Responsible production is one of our pillars. From the outset, we have chosen to use sustainable fabrics and work only with production partners who value an ethical code of conduct. We require independent third party audits and conduct site visits in addition. Please see below for more detailed information on our materials and garment production practices.
Organic Cotton: We love cotton for its comfort and breathability. However, the vast majority of cotton production is non-organic, using harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to artificially increase the crop yield. That’s why every cotton garment at Aam is made using organic cotton, using 71% less water and 62% less energy than non-organic cotton, and keeping the soil it’s grown in healthy and alive.
Lyocell: Lyocell is our go-to fabric when we want a soft, silky drape without the hassle of actual silk (i.e. you can throw it in the washing machine). It’s produced using wood pulp via a circular production process in which 99% of the chemicals and solvents used are recovered and recycled to minimize waste. The fabric is also exceptionally durable, designed to last through many washes with incredible color retention.
Wool: Few fibers provide the warmth and breathability of wool. However, the fabric can come with a large environmental cost if not sourced carefully. This is why we have opted for deadstock. Deadstock fabrics are the byproduct of overproduction and would have otherwise ended up in landfill. Our luxurious deadstock fiber is sourced from Australia and has the hand feel of a great woolen fabric, with the added bonus of reducing textile waste.
All of our fabrics are dyed using azo-free dyes, which are better for the environment and human health.
Our garment manufacturers are SA8000 and SEDEX certified.
SA8000: SA8000 (Social Accountability 8000) is a standard that was developed by Social Accountability International (SAI), an international non-government organization focused on advancing human rights in the workplace. SAI conducts audits on a variety of issues including forced and child labor, occupational health & safety, discrimination, compensation, working hours, freedom of association and collective bargaining. Once an organization passes the audit, they are granted the certification.
SEDEX: Like SA8000, Sedex is a global standard that aims to drive improvements in ethical and responsible business practices in global supply chains. They conduct Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audits (SMETA) where they evaluate the labor, health & safety standards of the organization. Once an organization passes the audit, they are granted the certification.