The importance of a proper materials choice
Various items in the Zummy collection are made of TENCEL™ Lyocell, a textile fibre extracted from plant cellulose, mainly from eucalyptus. The wood providing the fibre comes from forests managed sustainably on both a social level, respecting the rights of workers, local communities and native populations, and an environmental level, protecting forests. Further, the fibre production process embraces circular economy best practices in that minimizing the use of natural resources and energy and recovering most of the solvent used.
The suppliers from which Zummy buys fabric and yarn made of 100% TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres are very sensitive, in turn, about the environmental impact of their products. Their fabric and yarn are covered by a certification that guarantees high eco-toxicological standards and compliance with requisites relating to chemical substances hazardous for our health. The supplier of fabric also adopts the Chemical Management 4Sustainability protocol for the elimination of substances harmful to humans and the environment. TENCEL™ is a trademark of Lenzing AG.
For its long coat (inside and outside fabrics, padding and stitchings), for the stitchings and bottoms of the bags and the elastic in the trousers, Zummy uses yarn made of certified recycled post-consumer polyester, thus promoting the reduction of consumption of resources (both virgin raw materials and water and energy) and therefore of the environmental impact of the manufacturing of its products.
The bottom of the bags is 96% recycled polyester, made by recycling post-consumer plastic bottles, a circular economy valorization of waste that also reduces environmental impact. Further, the supplier constantly monitors its production cycles and makes every effort to eliminate the presence of hazardous chemical substances from both processes and end products, in line with the ZDHC roadmap (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals).
The Zummy’s long coat is the true symbol of recycling: its composition is 100% post-consumer polyester, from stitchings, to the outside and inside fabrics, to the soft padding inside to any details as the labels (size, composition and logo) and the coulisse tape for the hood. The outside fabric is subjected to a water-repellent treatment that is sustainable and safe for the consumer’s health as it is PFC Free, ZDHC certified, and its supplier adopted the Chemical Management 4Sustainability Protocol for a responsible management of chemical substances.
One of the main components of the Zummy products, from the Spring-Summer bags to cardigans and winter hoodies, is organic cotton that’s rigorously certified as such. The certification accompanying the organic cotton we purchase guarantees specific environmental and social standards along the entire production chain. The standard used for certification purposes defines a series of requisites regarding, for example, the use of certain chemical substances, treatment of waste water and working conditions, so all the suppliers involved in our production, wherever they’re based, work to that standard. The cultivation and processing of organic cotton certified to that standard delivers benefits in terms of environmental protection, the safeguarding of workers and, last but not least, of consumers’ health. Zummy buys certified organic cotton fabric from Italian suppliers who, in addition to obtaining the certification and fulfilling all its requirements, guarantee high product quality standards: quality is a fundamental factor in the development of sustainable products.
The suppliers of accessories selected by Zummy are highly focused on the environmental impacts associated with the processing of their products and work constantly to significantly reduce them. These suppliers have joined Greenpeace’s Detox Campaign and committed to eliminating from their production processes chemical substances harmful to human health and the environment and also to engaging their own supply chain and publishing the results of their periodical analyses of waste water.
All our suppliers of accessories also strive to use percentages of recycled materials in their products, thus reducing the use of virgin resources and helping to promote a model of circular economy. Recycled hemp and polyester are used to make buttons for trousers and shirts and the zamak decorative items also contain a percentage of waste from previous processing, the ultimate aim being zero waste.