Circular Fashion Recycling Credits
Have a heart to help Mother Earth.
Do you have clothing you’d like to save from landfill?
We will take back any cotton, linen or viscose garment that has outlasted its use. This is not just old Kinga Csilla clothing – it can be any brand with a fibre content that is 100% cotton, linen, viscose or a blend of the three (so check the care label).
What will we do with your old textiles? We will recycle them.
Yes! No land fill for your laddered t-shirts and frayed blouses.
Your cast-offs may be shipped offshore, where their fibres are extracted and regenerated into brand new garments with a renewed value.
It always stands, granted, that Kinga Csilla garments are crafted to retain quality.
If we find some magic left in them on their return, we may pursue an alternative way extend their life. Depending on their condition, they may be recycled offshore, or mended for future re-sale programs (in a future initiative starting at Christmas 2020).
Your returns need not be Kinga Csilla original garments and can be in any condition whatsoever. However they must be cotton, linen or viscose.
Aside from being an ultimate eco queen, what's in it for you?
A $30 credit towards your next Kinga Csilla purchase for every 500 grams of clothing returned.
We will also cover the transport and fees to have your old textiles recycled into brand new products. This process isn’t free but we are committed to closing the loop and believe the investment is worth it for current generations and the next.
Kinga Csilla’s next step in closing the production loop is to incorporate these beautiful recycled fabric and yarns into our collections. We aim to use 30% recycled fibres in our collection by the end of 2021.
Your support in this means the world to us. Literally.
The result contributes to innovative, sustainable production practices. The environment gets a break as resources headed for landfill are rerouted to make flawless, distinguished articles.
How to claim your credit:
You can participate in our buyback program by following these steps:
- Email email@example.com with buyback [your name] in subject
- Wait for a buyback code in a reply from our customer service team
- Send us up to 500g of natural-fibre textile garments in an Australia Post bag with your buyback code written clearly on the bag. If you’re not sure about the fabric, check the tag to see if it is made from a cellulose (plant-based) fibre - namely: linen, cotton or cotton viscose.
- We’ll send you a reply-email with a credit code for $30 toward your next order! This can be used at the checkout of next KC online purchase, subject to a few Ts and Cs.*
*Disclaimer - participants in the garment recycling program may mail us only 500g of textiles at a time, restricted to 1 mailout per customer per week. Only one discount code will be issued at a time and the discount is not to be combined with other discounts.
Ethical and Environmental Initiatives.
Here at Kinga HQ we understand innately it is cool to be kind: to our Kinga famiglia, our makers and Mother Earth. We are constantly striving to create production processes that are ethical and follow fair production practices.
Currently we work with the fair work guidelines set by IRFT - International Resources for Fairer Trade and their Social Compliance Code.
This ensures that we know in our hearts that each Kinga Csilla piece that passes through our hands and onto you is made not only with the utmost care but in a safe environment.
The people involved in producing our garments go to work daily with the knowledge that they will be treated with respect and be aptly remunerated for their labour.
We use these guidelines to assess and monitor the safety and well-being of our garment workers.
Assessments are carried out 1-2 times per year. Currently, employees of our small production unit in Delhi are interviewed in a safe, open setting and goals are regularly set to continue to improve the work place quality.
Craftspeople involved in the Kinga chain of production are paid at least the minimum wage, at levels set by the Indian government for workers in their respective skill level.
Our supplier allows freedom of association rights to be exercised with no threat involved to staff. We also ensure that regular health and safety audits are practiced.
All audits are carried out by IRFT at our own cost.
At the facility that crafts Kinga Csilla there is;
- No forced labour.
- No child labour.
- Fair wages.
- Freedom of association.
- Independantly monitored working environment.
We say this with conviction and heart. While ours is not always a perfect system we continually strive to improve our methods.
We believe this is ethical fashion, conscious fashion.
This is #KingaKind.
Our link to IRFT ensures we are constantly updated and advised in areas of development with ethical practice. This is an evolving process that is beneficial for all parties involved. if you are interested in the specific guidelines that our first tier factory is audited against, you can find more info here - http://www.irft.org/
In 2020, we strive to extend our continual improvement process towards our block printers and outsourced embroiderers.
Here at Kinga HQ we use biodegradable and compostable packaging.
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 reduct landfill.
This is a constantly evolving process of sustainability and we strive for transparency and improvement.
All Kinga treasure is transported from Mother India and then sent out to your loving hands in a reusable cotton bag or 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.
Creating ethical, conscious fashion is a process which involves an open heart, mind & awareness of what is happening on Planet Earth today.
Please know when you are investing in a Kinga piece, we understand that you entrust that we practice 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 made to last, be worn over and over again and to belong in your own treasure trove of timeless pieces.
We aim to create pieces with inter-seasonal longevity, and to increase transparency in our manufacturing. This way, you, as the conscious consumer, may not only feel good about the decision to invest in a Kinga piece – you also know in your heart how each piece develops from conception to being in your hands. We are dedicated to encouraging our India-based family business to uphold sustainable procedures and fair employment.
By mid 2020 we will have introduced recycled cotton and hemp textiles into our fabric repertoire.
Alongside a buy-back initiative where old garments are recycled into new textiles. Our goal is to produce an increasing percentage of our collection in a closed loop production system.
Thank you for your time taken to read our core values and beliefs in ethical and sustainable trade. This means the world to us.
Love Laura & Team Kinga x