The question of which compromises we have to make with regard to our values and requirements for sustainable and social entrepreneurship has been with us since our founding.
In the search for thinner or non-brushed sweat fabric (French terry or summer sweat) for our new adult collection, it becomes clear once again - the market for fair and sustainably produced fabrics is tiny.
If you also include the possibility of recycling the fabrics and therefore only want to use as few blended fabrics as possible, the selection goes towards zero.
But it doesn't help: Because it's not just that Octopulli needs an adult collection made from new goods in order to finance the production of the kids' sweaters from leftover and second-hand goods and to be able to grow in peace and health. But we also need more resource-saving alternatives in the field of new clothing. So let's go truffle hunting!
We have the following requirements for our new fabrics:
🌱 Organic cotton
💯Certificate (the one whose name must not be named 😉)
🇪🇺woven & dyed in Europe
🌈a certain choice of colors
Unfortunately, the reality is that none of the fabrics that we have been able to find so far meet all the criteria. Because only 1% of the cotton grown worldwide is of organic quality, only a few fabrics are even woven and dyed in Europe and are then also certified according to the highest standards. And if you then look for fabrics without elastane because mixed fabrics contain microplastics and can hardly be recycled, the frustration is great.
If you then find another truffle, it is only available in three standard colours.
We are still looking for alternatives. We will have to make compromises, but which ones?
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