We all know sustainability is a dominant concern in fashion ethics and marketing. The variety of organisations that exist to boost consumer brand’s eco-credentials, foregrounds the nuance in what real sustainability means. Sustainability rating sites exist to tidy and summarise the impact of businesses in the context of a concept that’s stubbornly untidy.
The parameters of sustainability are further obscured by accreditations that are really branding tools and offer no legal status. Where social impact is concerned, sustainability ratings can be based on generalisations about the workforce in particular geographies in the world. In short, it’s murkier than we’d like it to be.
So we do our best and we don’t rest on our laurels.
Production & packaging
Kinga is proud to say, in our production of quality clothes that can reasonably be bought on a median salary, that we:
Only use recycled cardboard and bioplastic in our packaging.
Use regenerative fibres (like Hemp and linen) for 30- 50% of our collections.
Produce 30% - 50% of our collections using GRS certified Post Consumer Recycled Cotton.
Bring in digital printing which economises on water.
Offer a recycling service for end of use Cotton and Linen textiles.
Follow no-minimum agreements with both our Chinese and Indian suppliers meaning that we only order necessary quantities of stock. We hold occasional sales but we don’t need to discard or heavily mark down excess when the season is over.
As a customer we kindly ask that you take part of the recycle and compost process and dispose of packaging in a responsible way.
Synthetics are never used in our production process and we endeavour to repurpose textile wastage by creating smaller line products and accessories to reduce landfill.
This is a constantly evolving process of sustainability and we strive for transparency and improvement.
All Kinga treasure is sent out to your loving hands in a reusable biodegradable sleeve.
We endeavour to make sure there is no excess plastic used in the production chain. Our stickers are printed using post consumer recycled paper and vegetable inks.
Ethical, conscious fashion production involves open hearts, minds, and responsiveness to industry developments in the decrease of harm towards our climate. When you invest in a Kinga piece, you pitch in towards responsive, mindful design and manufacturing.
We are genuine participants of the eco-movement, transforming the way fashion is created and consumed. We believe that clothing should be made to last, be worn over and over again and to belong in your own treasure trove of timeless pieces.
We create pieces with inter-seasonal longevity, and move to increase transparency in our manufacturing. Thus, as a conscious consumer, you might not only feel good about investing in a Kinga piece – you also have a sense of how each piece develops from conception to its arrival in your hands.
In regions where audits are not possible and production transparency is limited, we endeavour to keep open communication lines with our suppliers and encourage them to uphold fair work standards. We make no-minimum agreements. Where no compulsory workplace regulations apply, we fund audits from the IRFT, and action their recommendations.
We are dedicated to encouraging our global production family to uphold sustainable procedures and fair employment.
We have introduced recycled cotton and hemp textiles into our fabric repertoire, alongside a buy-back initiative where old garments get recycled into new textiles. Our collections are increasingly produced in a closed loop production system through the use of our Rec' Club Post Consumer recycled cotton.
Thank you for your time taken to read our core values and beliefs in ethical and sustainable trade. This means the world to us.