__this blog entry is all about the production of our paper material that we use for the outside of our bags. this blog is for those who wonder why and how we are sustainable. furthermore, we believe transparency is the key to trust.
__the story of the production begins in scandinavia, where our material is responsibly sourced from. it then moves on to germany where it is being processed. and finally heads to italy to undergo a tanning process. each step in each country is described in detail below.
__it all starts with wood from scandinavia. it is there that the wood gets sourced by means of sustainable forest management [sfm]. the management of the forests is in line with the forest principles adopted by the un [unced]. these principles require that there should be the right balance between 3 forces: ecological, economic, and socio-cultural.
__when this balance exists, all 3 forces can benefit. examples include safeguarding local livelihoods; reducing rural poverty; and protecting the biodiversity and ecosystems provided by the forests.
__once the wood is sourced it gets cut down to lengths, stripped of its bark, and finally shredded and stored. lastly, the wood undergoes a cellulose extraction by means of a sulphate process which gives us the core of our material: natural cellulose [wood] fibre. the whole process in scandinavia is closed-cycle in nature, which means that all chemicals used are recovered.
__to sum it all up; the whole production process in scandinavia is just the same as standard paper.
__the next step takes place in germany. it is there that the natural cellulose fibre gets blended with a non-woven impregnated felt by means of heating the materials. because of this felt, the cellulose can get impregnated with polymer microparticles which gives the material the following qualities:
/// stable material that does not shrink or stretch.
/// high scratch resistance.
/// water repellent.
/// free of harmful substances.
__all technical procedures involved are routinely tested to comply with worldwide restricted substances standards. to help contribute to a greener future in the fashion industry, the production of the paper material uses innovations that not only focus on developing sustainable products, but also on reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption, and the use of fresh water. the outcome is environmentally friendly paper.
__the last step in the production process takes place in the north of italy. close to milan, the cellulose fibre undergoes a tanning process [borrowed from the leather industry] which leaves the technical properties unaltered. with a rational use of energy the material gets heated [tanned] until it gets its authentic look. the distressing techniques used don’t involve the usage of any chemicals.
__furthermore, to be almost completely sustainable, the company in italy is installing a co-generation plant. this plant will be used to produce [by means of renewable resources] the energy and the steam that is used in considerable quantities
__that is the production story of our paper material. in 2017 we will apply a life cycle assessment [lca.] to better determine our environmental impact and what we can do to neutralize it.__finally, the paper material has the oeko-tex® and fsc® certificates.