'Sustainability to me means, in the most simple way put, when humans and nature can exist in productive harmony or at a balance and equilibrium state. Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.' - J-Min
While we know there is still a lot to learn, J-Min Collections understands that sustainability is a necessity for us to move forward. As a young brand, we feel responsible for helping the industry transition from fast fashion to sustainable fashion. That is implementing sustainable practices and to us that also means, promoting our well-being, lessening the suffering of others while eliminating waste, repurposing, reusing, restoring, and reviving. Hence, we have factored in and mapped out all these elements in the life cycle of our products.
Manufacturing & Production
After careful, thorough research, and sampling sustainable fabrics for activewear, we chose our manufacturing & production materials with also intention and care- Fabrics that are not conventionally produced through the extraction and transformation of oil, and which are least threats to our environment.
We found that ECONYL®, product of an Italian firm Aquafil, is one that not only avoids the use of petroleum but, has resulted to have reduced carbon emissions and the best part - reduces waste because it is infinitely recyclable!
(More details on fabric below)
We selected a trusted partner based in Bali, Indonesia to work with. We ensured they had the same vision as us - continuously reducing their environmental footprints. They are a leading manufacturer that uses ECONYL® Yarn, Italian Carvico and they also streamline the design and development process especially for small and start up businesses like J-Min Collections.
We made sure the fabrics used are ECONYL®, OEKO-TEX & Global Recycled Standard Certified. They have also been tested for quality at the manufacturing plant. Their workplace provides exceptional working conditions where the team is paid above award wages. They also support their local community, where every order with them supports grassroot organizations that advance women’s education and the environment; The ROLE Foundation & Bali Wise. In addition, they implement business development and hiring practices that raise the standards for women, health and income in the industry.
MORE ON ECONYL®
What is ECONYL®?
ECONYL®, product of an Italian firm Aquafil, is a regenerated High End Nylon that is entirely made from pre-post consumer Nylon landfills and ocean waste. These include old carpets from landfills, fishing nets and ‘ghost nets’ (abandoned nets from fishermen) from the ocean, industrial waste and fabric scraps from clothing manufacturing companies.
How is it different from the production of conventional Nylon process? Why is it better for the environment?
The biggest difference is that the regeneration process eliminates the two most threatening processes to the environment- the oil extraction and oil transformation.
Oil Extraction - Drilling for oil as a raw material to make plastics or for the production of Nylon takes place under the ocean that has adverse effects including, disrupting marine habitats, oil spills during the process are also harmful for marine life, as well as, creating ocean pollution.
Oil Transformation - The process of distilling, converting the oil into chemicals prepared to produce the polymers or materials to create Nylon, emits nitrous oxide, which is said to be a substance that is partly responsible for depleting Earth’s Ozone Layer, contributing to global warming or climate change.
Instead, Aquafil recovers landfill and ocean waste and purifies (breaks it down to its original form) and recycles through their advanced or sophisticated Depolymerization ECONYL® Production Process to produce the new or regenerated Nylon.
How much better is ECONYL® for our environment?
Statistics have said it has reduced global warming impact. For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material: Saves 70,000 barrels of crude oil Avoids 65,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. Emissions. Also, global warming potential reduced up to 90% if compared with traditional oil-based raw material.
Where can I learn more about ECONYL®?
Check out the official ECONYL® brand website, www.econyl.com
Where can I learn more about the different ECONYL® Italian Carvico Fabrics?
Check out the official Italian Carvico Fabric Page www.carvico.com/en/