Sustainability
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The value chain

The value chain or textile chain describes the totality of all production and trading stages that a textile product undergoes.
Here are the 6 steps that are particularly significant for the path of our fabrics, collected for you

Raw Material

Raw material

The textile value chain begins with the production of the seeds, the cultivation of the organic cotton, the harvest and the industrial ginning (separation of tufts and seeds). learn more

Spinning

Spinning

In the spinning unit, the cotton balls are broken up, combed, cleaned and finally spun into threads, which are then spun up on spools. learn more

Knitting/Weaving

Knitting/Weaving

In the knitting unit, we produce knits such as e.g. Jersey, interlock or sweat fabrics. In the weaving unit we produce, for example, satin, poplin or crettone fabrics. learn more

Textile finishing

Textile finishing

A raw knitted or woven organic cotton fabric has to be finished. That means it has to be preshrunk, dyed, softened or possibly printed and much mire. All finishing processes are certified to the highest environmental standards and according to the GOTS. learn more

Quality control

Quality control

All Lebenskleidung fabrics are subject to a double physical quality check. Once at each production location & amp; in addition a final physical inspection takes place at our warehouse location and in the laboratory in Germany. learn more

Logistics

Logistics

At the end of the textile chain, we will send your desired fabrics to your doorstep And that is carbon neutral with our service providers from UPS. Now for our fabrics a new life cycle begins in your studio or in your garmenting unit.

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Our
Materials

At the heart of Lebenskleidung are materials that are produced fairly and sustainably and have a long life. Our focus is on fabrics made from organic cotton, but time and again we supplement our portfolio with new qualities such as wool or Tencel™.

organic cotton

Organic Cotton

The majority of our fabrics, such as jersey, rib, sweat and corduroy, are made with yarns spun from organic cotton. Unlike conventional cotton, the BIO cotton of our fabrics is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. As a result, neither the plants are contaminated by pesticides nor "bathe" the cotton farmers in it. In addition, the working conditions are fairer than with conventional cotton cultivation. With the purchase of a single cotton T-shirt made of organic cotton, you can save around seven square meters of cultivated land from pesticides and artificial fertilizers!

Organic Linen

LINEN

Flax fibers, which form the basis for linen fabrics, are among the oldest fibers with textile properties. First displaced from cotton to second place, linen fabrics have been firmly established in the fashion world for several decades now. Our linen fabrics are made from certified organic flax. Such cultivation dispenses with pickled seeds and herbicides. Organic farming is thus closer to nature and more resource-efficient. The smooth fiber has a cooling effect, is absorbent and moisture-regulating and therefore actually a must-have for the whole year.

Organic Wool

Organic Wool

Since the Winter of 2018 we carry woolen fabrics couldn’t be more regional. Under the name elbwolle™, an idea has grown in recent years into something very special. The background was the observation that the wool of many traditional sheep breeds, which are used in the Wendland as natural "lawnmowers" for dyke care, is not or not sufficiently used. Other countries, so the economically convincing explanation, are simply faster in the utilization of sheep – but at the price that the natural rhythm of the shear is being adjusted and modified in ways that oftentimes aren’t considerate of the sheep’s wellbeing. Ute and Marcel start right here. They’re only shearing their Gotland sheep twice a year, and they also collect sheep's wool from the Ark region on the Elbe, which they then knit into yarn, thick wool and, for the first time, into fabrics. For the region of Wendland that’s benefitial in multiple ways: elbwolle™ on the one hand creates new jobs and also protects old sheep breeds. The fact that the path from sheep to finished fabric taken together is just 900 kilometers long and that we were already able to visit the spinning mill in Brandenburg and the weaving mill in Bavaria makes the cooperation so important to us: It is the first regional project that we’ve attended and built up from scratch.

Tencel™

Our Tencel™ fabrics have been with us since 2019 and are our answer to the huge demand for one of the most comfortable materials available today! The lyocell process used in the manufacture of Tencel™ is a very sustainable process that uses only two process steps and a non-toxic solvent, and 99% of the solvent and water used in the process can be supplied. Behind the great innovation of recent years is the Austrian company Lenzing. The company virtually does not know anything like "waste products": Almost all solvents and emissions can be recovered or dismantled. Water consumption in lyocell production is about 80% lower than in conventional cotton processing. And the things being created are really fantastic. Breathable, with better moisture absorption, antibacterial and bleach-free. It looks beautiful, is extremely high quality, falls perfectly and can, in turn, be recycled again to think the loop through to the end. Our Refibra™ qualities, which we once offer as knitwear and once as woven fabric, are another innovation from Lenzing. They combine traditional Tencel™ and cotton blends – creating a fiber that's not only wonderful in look and feel, but also makes an important contribution to the circular economy!

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Textile cerfification

Textile seals give you security. With them, you have the guarantee that your fabrics have gone through various independently approved certification steps.

GOTS

The GOTS Standard

GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and means a minimum standard that is indispensable for us and that takes account of ecological criteria as well as social standards. Many of our fabrics are GOTS certified and ultimately give both us and you safety & reliability. Once a year, GOTS conducts a comprehensive audit, which puts our production to the acid test. You can find our newest GOTS certificate here. What exactly does GOTS include though?

Fair for Life

The Fair for Life Standard

The Fair for Life standard identifies a product in which the raw materials AND the production are cultivated or carried out according to socially fair aspects. The Fair for Life Program was developed by the Bio-Foundation in collaboration with the Institute of Marketecology (IMO) as an alternative fair trade certification program to define fair trade criteria for all producers and for all products. The aim of the Fair for Life program is to create conditions to improve the lives and living conditions of particularly disadvantaged peasants and workers on all continents, in all cultures and in all areas of production. Therefore, the Bio-Foundation does not charge royalties for using the Fair For Life logo.

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Engagement

We take our credo "More Than Fabrics" very seriously. That's why our work does not end with the finished fabric, but goes far beyond. It involves close contacts with producers and customers as well as a network that is constantly growing and thriving. We are members of various alliances, regularly go to trade fairs & are very busy at all.

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Cooperations

IVN

Together with over 70 other member companies of the International Association of Natural Textile Industry (IVN) Clothing for sustainability, respect and responsibility to our environment. The IVN is a member of the IWG, the International Working Group on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This international association of ecologically committed associations awards the globally recognized GOTS standard for the production of natural textiles.

Unternehmensgrün

Since 1992 UnternehmensGrün is an industry-wide association of sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurs. The association was always party politically independent. UnternehmensGrün has often been one step ahead of other business associations in positioning sustainable development. Since 2017, Lebenskleidung has been active on the board of UnternehmensGrün.

Common Objective

Common Objective (CO)is an intelligent business network for the fashion industry. COs ambition is to take sustainable fashion from niche to norm. CO builds on ten years of work by the Ethical Fashion Forum, which now reaches a global network spanning 141 countries. Lebenskleidung is the proud winner of the CO Leader Award 2019 in the category Sourcing.

Future Fashion Forward

With our friends from the association Future Fashion Forward (FFF) we want to promote consumer protection and consumer advice in the fashion industry. We are convinced that it is only through the transfer of knowledge that consumers' trust can be strengthened, their consumption patterns changed and the economy sustainably changed. For this purpose, a platform is to be established which informs the population about abuses in clothing - both in the producing countries and here.

Slow Fashion Next

As part of the alliance Slow Fashion Next from Madrid in Spain, we are working with other international experts to increase the value and impact of the textile industry through innovation and green aspects. Like the founders, we believe companies should make the world we live in better. The common goal of Slow Fashion Next is therefore to transform the textile industry into an actor that brings about positive change.

Fashion Revolution Day

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza complex in Bangladesh collapsed with several garment factories. The disaster claimed over 1,100 casualties and several thousand injured. Since then, people around the world have been reminding them of the disaster with the Fashion Revolution Day . The Fashion Revolution Day reminds and urges change so that such a catastrophe never repeats itself.

The Sustainable Angle

The Sustainable Angle from London / UK is a non-profit organization and founder of #FutureFabricsExpo. Sustainable Angle's Future Fabrics Expo is the largest sustainable materials fair for the fashion and textile industry in Europe. The Sustainable Angle initiate and support projects with a focus on sustainability in the fashion and textile industries.

Sourcebook

Sourcebook is a business-to-business network for fashion designers, textile craftsmen, suppliers and service providers in the fashion industry. Sourcebook serves as a networking platform to realize textile projects together.

Partner

GLS Bank

The GLS Bank has been our partner in money and financing right from the start. The acronym GLS stands for "Community Bank for Borrowing and Giftgiving") and is a cooperative bank that claims to be the first sustainable bank in the world. The bank finances more than 11,000 businesses and projects mainly in the education, renewable energy, disability or sustainable construction sectors. Genetic engineering, armaments or animal experiments are not funded.

Atmosfair

Because of our activity we travel a lot. This inevitably produces CO₂ emissions. Of course, avoiding CO₂ is best. Where unavoidable, you should at least compensate for CO₂. In order to keep our CO₂ footprint neutral, we compensate for our trips with atmosfair. atmosfair invests in high-quality CDM Gold Standard climate protection projects.

Polarstern

We source our electricity as 100% sustainable and renewable energy from the Munich-based company Polarstern . Polarstern works as a welfare-oriented company and generates electricity, for example by hydropower, at the Feldkirchen Inn/Germany power plant.

Fairs and Showrooms

Munich Fabric Start

Twice a year, we showcase the current portfolio and standard qualities of Lebenskleidung at the Munich Fabric Start. With a consistently high demand for information, inspiration and innovation, Munich Fabric Start has established itself as the leading trade fair for textiles and accessories. Organic quality fabrics are presented in the special section organic selection. Since its inauguaration Lebenskleidung has been an active part of this special area.

Closed Loop

Closed Loop is a Copenhagen / Denmark based consulting agency specializing in the promotion and implementation of sustainable development. At its heart is the sustainable textile library The Fabric Source - showcasing the latest and most exciting new technologies most innovative materials that can be used in the fashion and textile industries. Today, The Fabric Source presents more than 2000 different sustainable fabrics and represents more than 200 suppliers from all over the world.

Première Vision

The Première Visionin Paris as one of the biggest fashion fairs in the world is awakening a little late but is also increasingly dedicated to sustainable fabrics and ingredients. As part of our cooperation booths, we can also be found at Première Vision.

Interloom

Interloom sees itself as a digital showroom for sustainable manufacturers of fabrics and ingredients. Interloom facilitates proper sorucing for designers and fashion labels.

Innatex

The International Natural Textile Fair, short the, Innatex under the auspices of the IVN (International Association of Natural Textile Industry) has been focusing on natural textiles for more than 25 years, but also on accessories, home textiles, fabrics or toys. Sustainable and socially responsible production are important participation criteria.

Neonyt

The Neonyt in Berlin sees itself as the global hub for Fashion, sustainability and innovation. Emerging from the Ethical Fashion Show and the Green Showroom Berlin, we have been closely associated with the trade fair for many years and numerous exhibitors are working with fabrics from Lebenskleidung.

Fashion Sustain

The Fashion Sustain Berlin conference organized by Messe Frankfurt during the Berlin Fashion Week, brings together decision makers from the fashion and textile industries to discuss topics related to sustainable textile production and to look at different perspectives.