Ukuthula & Sustainability

Encouraged by the ‘Wide feeling, high sense’, we promote a broad vision of nature, of outdoor spaces, taking care from the smallest and most fragile to the largest, to connect 100% with the Earth.

Ukuthula & Sustainability
Encouraged by the ‘Wide feeling, high sense’, we promote a broad vision of nature, of outdoor spaces, taking care from the smallest and most fragile to the largest, to connect 100% with the Earth.

We make sure that all our materials have all of our high sustainable standards, and that our customers are wearing not just what’s best for them but also for the planet. At Ukuthula we're committed to sourcing the most eco-friendly materials. We only work with trusted, certified factory partners that have the same values and vision as us.

We make sure that all our materials have all of our high sustainable standards, and that our customers are wearing not just what’s best for them but also for the planet. At Ukuthula we're committed to sourcing the most eco-friendly materials. We only work with trusted, certified factory partners that have the same values and vision as us.

Design

We only choose fabrics that care for our environment, and we only ever partner with factories that care about their impact, too. For us, this is one of the most important parts. We handpick every fabric based on its environmental footprint, quality, and durability. We only use fibers and look for the most responsible fabric material.

The Design Process

Every product begins as a canvas. Inspiration is found everywhere, from our cultures and surrounding to a quick photo snapped while on a hike

Our design principles:

Versatile and multifunctional

We design our clothes in a way that lets you use them for different kinds of activities, and lets you combine them with different styles and colors. That's why we only work with durable and versatile fabrics

Timeless – Born to last

Increasing the lifecycle of your garments is one of our goals

Our products should still look great and classy in a few years. That's why we focus on a timeless design over short trends 

Eco-conscious

We design with planet-friendly and natural materials, like merino wool and eucalyptus trees, because they're our best chance for a sustainable future

High Quality

Our goal is to design high-quality clothes and make sure that they are durable and long-lasting. That means investing in quality fabrics and workmanship - but it also means designing with simplicity and function in mind

Materials

We always look for the most responsible fabric material and technology available

 

Learn about the amazing sustainable materials and fibers we use:

POLARTEC®

Polyester POLARTEC RECYCLED

This fabric is designed for the sole purpose of keeping people warm during cold outdoor environmental conditions. Is lightweight, so you won't even feel like you're wearing much clothing at all. But at the same time, you can walk around outside in low temperatures and feel protected from the cold.

Polartec® Thermal Pro® is a diverse variety of knitting techniques that create unique surface structures without sacrificing performance. The adapted look and feel still deliver the warmth and comfort of classic fleece. The result is a garment that maintains heat but is versatile enough for a morning meeting or a night out in the city.

Polartec PowerDry © Is the most advanced next to skin moisture management fabric. This bi-component fabric technology is constructed with a hydrophilic interior to pull moisture away from the skin and transfer it to the outer layer and regulate the temperature in both hot and cold conditions.

Polartec Alpha© is Polartec’s patented active insulation, which works in a very interesting way that we have not come across as of yet. Originally, it was created for the U.S. Special Forces in order to meet their needs of advanced insulating materials for combative wear

Polartec Delta© is the ultimate fabric to maximize the cooling effects of sweat in hot conditions. This cooling technology intentionally reacts differently to sweat than wicking fabrics

Polartec POWERGRID© By having discreet areas of higher loft with voids in between, Power Grid™ allows greater airflow in and around the fabric. Travelling via these airflows, body moisture vapor is quickly transported away for exceptional breathability

Polyester Recycled

Unlike polyester, recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material. This is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles and recycling it to create the fabric prevents it from going to landfill.

This bi-component fabric technology is constructed with a hydrophilic interior to pull moisture away from the skin and transfer it to the outer layer.

SEQUAL

SEAQUAL® YARN is a high-quality 100% post-consumer recycled polyester yarn containing SEAQUAL® MARINE PLASTIC from SEAQUAL INITIATIVE. Is almost identical in physical properties to virgin polyester and is available in a variety of sizes and finishes

It's a cutting-edge, long-lasting substance that aids in collecting, transforming, and reusing marine trash for new garments.

Nylon Recycled

Recycled Nylon has the same benefits as recycled polyester: It diverts waste from landfills and its production uses much fewer resources than virgin nylon. A large part of the recycled nylon produced comes from old fishing nets.

 

Econyl

Is a 100% recycled and recyclable nylon-like fiber, which has the particularity of being made entirely from recycled waste such as plastic waste collected from landfills and oceans.

Old fishing nets and carpets, among other discarded textiles, are used to make this recycled fabric, which was designed as a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional nylon. They are shredded, melted, transformed into a new fiber, to give a new garment. Econyl is a registered trademark of Aquafil.

Merino Wool

Merino wool is a natural fibre grown year-round by Merino sheep. Every year these sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a completely renewable fibre.

The natural fiber is prized for its soft nature, and the wool is extremely fine. While traditional wool is notorious for being itchy, merino wool is one of the softest forms of wool and doesn't aggravate the skin.

 

Nilit Heat®

Nilit Heat®

Is a warming yarn that conserves and maintains natural body heat. The yarn, which incorporates coffee charcoal created from coffee bean residue, offers superior thermo insulation, antibacterial properties, a strong deodorizing effect, and a sweat-free sensation for comfort and performance that lasts throughout the day

 

Lyocell

Lyocell is a material made from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees (these trees don't need much water, any pesticides, or even healthy soil), is a sustainable fabric, it doesn't have quite the same moisture-wicking properties as synthetic materials, but it absorbs more moisture than cotton, it's extremely breathable, which makes it great for warm temps

 

Suppliers

AQUAFIL is the supplier behind ECONYL® - an innovative nylon yarn, produced entirely from recovered fishnets and other nylon waste. ECONYL® Through an advanced recycling process, the waste materials are broken down to their raw-material state and then rebuilt with the exact same performance as nylon produced from fossil materials. The ECONYL® process can be repeated infinitely and thus forms the basis for a closed-loop cycle of regenerated nylon

 

POLARTEC® is the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions. Their material is 100% recycled and biodegradable, from lightweight and breathable to mid-layer applications with 4-way stretch, Polartec's wide range of base layer fabric platforms always put performance next-to-skin, for any activity or weather condition

 

SEAQUAL® YARN is a synthetic type of fabric yarn made from recycled ocean plastic waste. It's an innovative and sustainable material that helps collect, transform, and reuse marine litter for new products in many industries. Seaqual contains 100% post-consumer recycled polyester

 

SENSIL® HEAT is verified to preserve body heat while absorbing and managing moisture and neutralizing odors. The specially crafted coffee charcoal and oxide additive integrated into the yarn absorb and capture body heat for an extended period of time.

 

SUPPLY CHAIN

We design our products and packaging with sustainability and a low climate impact and CO2 emissions at the very core

Suppliers

ETHICALLY MADE IN PORTUGAL

By offering clothes that fit all seasons, we´re able to maintain a small, tight-knit supply chain. Our production partner is Barata Garcia, a Portuguese textile company with 30 years in the textile and garment industry, which offers a complete and sustainable production process

CERTIFICATIONS

Barata Garcia is certified, meaning that they adhere to specific social, environmental, and health standards.

  • SA 8000 certification ensures that our practices protect our employees' basic human rights, as stipulated in the UN and ILO Declarations on Human Rights, domestic and international legislation, industry standards, and codes of conduct.
  • 100 by OEKO - TEX® certification underscores the safety of our clothing and the fact that it is free from harmful substances.
  • The GRS standard sets the requirements for third-party certification of our recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.
  • GOTS and OCS BLENDED / 100 trace the flow of raw materials, as in the production of organic cotton, and the inclusion of organic fibres and materials.
  • Better Cotton certification guarantees the best social practices in the textile supply chain.

ETHICALLY MADE IN TURKEY

Barco Textile is one of the most advanced manufacturers for active sportswear and swimwear. The company came into operation in Istanbul in 1993 by producing active sportswear. Since the day it was founded, it has always cared about technology and R&D activities.

CERTIFICATIONS

Barco is certified, meaning that they adhere to specific social, environmental, and health standards.

  • GRS Global Recycle Standard
GOTS
  • Global Organic Textile Standard OCS Organic Content Standard OEKO-TEX Sustainable
  • ISO Quality and Environmental Systems

 

Responsible Packaging

Using responsible forms of paper packaging is key to protect the environment, our pieces are wrapped in bio-degradable paper envelopes.

We keep our packaging as minimal and low-impact as we can, we have considered choosing other types of packaging, but have made the choice to stick with recycled paper envelops, because the reality is that most packaging are made from plastic end up in the garbage and then a landfill, and may never have the opportunity to properly biodegrade

 

What makes our packaging sustainable?

  • Is recyclable & non-plastic

We use recycled and biodegradable content paper shipping envelopes.

Reusable

  • We choose packaging that is reusable so you can use it for future shipments or returns

No over-use of material

  • We try not to overload your package with too many unnecessary extras and to minimize waste

PARTNERS

Our partners represent a range of organizations and individuals working to build a more sustainable and better future


CLIMATE PARTNER

To address our carbon footprint, we've partnered with Climate Partner. This means each year we measure our greenhouse gas emissions, purchase carbon credits to offset that footprint, and implement plans to reduce our emissions moving forward.

These carbon credits support a range of projects such as rainforest conversation. We're doing everything we can to deliver a product with the lowest possible impact

Our label features an ID number and an associated URL for tracking. You can use our label to trace each individual case of carbon offsetting right down to the last kilogram of CO2: the emissions volume yielded by the product, the project used to offset those emissions, and who guarantees the offset. We have been able to offset 5 TN of CO2.

SEAQUAL INITIATIVE

The SEAQUAL INITIATIVE is working towards a waste-free environment. This project extracts plastics from the sea to create high quality recycled products . It revalues post-consumer waste that is lost to the environment by developing and supporting cleaning initiatives as well as encouraging and inspiring industry and consumers. 

AQUAFIL

Aquafil has been one of the leading players, both in Italy and globally, in the production of Polyamide 6: a landmark in terms of quality and product innovation. Additionally, the Group is a leader in the research of new production models for sustainable development

Aquafil carefully monitors the chemicals used in its production processes, guaranteeing controlled and responsible use, compliant with the legislation of the various markets and in line with the best industry practices

SYMPATEX

Sympatex is a type of functional textile developed by the German company SympaTex Technologies GmbH. This fabric was developed as an eco-friendly alternative to other functional fabrics. It serves the function of promoting breathability while remaining 100 percent waterproof. Sympatex is a global supplier of high-tech functional materials for international brand partners in clothing

 

PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS

Our partners represent a range of organizations and individuals working to build a more sustainable and better future

Forest protection Project

This project offers the people in southeast Zambia sustainable development opportunities and thus counteracts the deforestation of local forest.

  • Clean Water and Sanitation: 67% of fresh water in the area is provided by project boreholes
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: 80% of local villagers have increased their household income
  • Climate Action: The project saves an average of 160,000 CO2 emissions per year
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities: 750+ farmers trained in sustainable land-use methods to reduce forest loss.
  • Life on Land: The project is protecting more than 40.000 ha of wildlife habitat. Lions returned to the area for the first time in 10 years.

Clean drinking water in Odisha in India

This project offers the people focuses on organizing the chemical treatment of water using chlorine. The chloride solution is made on-site so that the water can be made conveniently available in small village shops or delivered to people's homes.

  • Good Health and Well-Being: The project helps reduce diseases related to unsafe drinking water and air pollution from boiling it
  • Quality Education: Information campaigns and street theater help educate people about health risks from unsafe drinking water
  • Gender Equality: Strengthen the roll of woman through time savings and trainings

Sustainability platform for the United Nations

  • ClimatePartner supported AWorld, the chosen sustainability platform of the United Nations (UN) ACT NOW campaign, on their path to carbon neutrality.
  • The app helps individuals take climate action by merging educational content with gamification, it gives practical guidance on leading a more sustainable lifestyle, in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations 2030 agenda

The SEAQUAL Initiative

We have joined the Seaqual Initiative, a community working together to help clean our oceans, raise awareness of the issue of marine litter and highlight those helping to fight it.

Together for a Clean Ocean

This project offers different actions against marine litter, revalues post-consumer waste that is lost to the environment by developing and supporting cleaning initiatives

  • 200 tons of marine litter have been transformed into SEAQUAL® MARINE PLASTIC
  • 600 tons of waste have been cleaned from our oceans (estimated)
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