At SANTICLER we want each garment to perform at the highest level for years and years to come. That’s why we use carefully selected materials that look and feel great, come from sustainable and renewable resources, and are easy to care for.
We purchase our incredibly luxurious and soft cashmere yarn from Filatura Papi Fabio in Italy. Family owned and operated, in 2020, the mill marks its 130th anniversary. Located in the hills of Bologna, the mill manufactures high quality wool and cashmere yarns in various blends and thicknesses. The company is committed to sustainable practices and has taken several steps to ensure the ethical sourcing of its materials and developed environmentally thoughtful manufacturing processes.
Filatura Papi Fabio has been awarded the Responsible Wool Standard, a voluntary program that certifies the wool and cashmere it sources come from farms that take a progressive approach to managing land and from animals that have been treated responsibly. The cashmere is purchased from farmers in the Inner Mongolia, a region in northern China with a reputation for producing some of the highest quality cashmere in the world.
The mill has been awarded additional sustainability certifications, with the Detox Greenpeace and Global Recycled Standard chief among them. Our cashmere is conforming to the Detox Greenpeace standard which ensures that no harmful chemicals were used in the making, dyeing or finishing of this yarn. Products are regularly tested in independent laboratories to certify compliance. To learn more about the Detox Greenpeace project please click here.
The Global Recycled Standard is a holistic and voluntary certification for products with recycled content. The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for a more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish transparency in the supply chain and to provide better information to consumers. To find out more about the GRS please click here.
We are fully aware of the negative impact the overproduction of cashmere has had on the environment. We are in the process of testing several recycled alternatives that comply with the Global Recycled Standard and we plan to choose the best option among them to introduce for Fall 2020.
EXTRAFINE MERINO WOOL
Our go-to ultrafine merino wool is ethically sourced and spun by the famed Italian mill Tollegno 1900. Using extra-long natural fibers of pure wool that are finished in the mill’s modern laboratory, the yarn becomes a breathable, uncrushable, luxurious material with high performance properties such as: a wonderfully soft hand, naturally elastic, moisture-wicking, temperature regulating and hypoallergenic to name a few. Our selected yarn quality has the added benefit of being WOOLMARK Total Easy Care certified, which means that our garments can be machine wash and tumble dry, thus eliminating the need for toxic and inefficient dry cleaning.
Tollegno 1900 purchases its merino exclusively from the Beaufront farms in Tasmania, owned by a fourth-generation family of sheep runners. Deeply committed to both the animals and the environment, they produce ethically grown, extra fine merino wool from a free-roaming heard and practice environmental stewardship in partnership with Bush Heritage and Tasmanian Land Conservancy. The farm and Tollegno 1900 conform with the Responsible Wool Standard, a voluntary program that certifies the wool to come from farms with a progressive approach to managing land and from sheep that have been treated responsibly. The standard is globally applicable to all breeds of sheep and mulesing is strictly prohibited. To learn more about the Responsible Wool Standard, click here.
In Italy, the Tollegno 1900 mills are state of the art. The facilities are equipped with the latest technologies in manufacturing, aimed at protecting both people and environment. Nearly all the electricity the company uses comes from its own renewable resources: from hydro turbines and from two photovoltaic panels systems. Capital investments in the latest technology and plant upgrades reduces overall energy consumption. The clean mountain water from the Italian Alps used to dye and process the wool is purified and fully treated before is released back in the environment.
For its commitment to sustainability and safety, Tollegno 1900 has been awarded additional certifications as follows: Associazione Tessile e Salute for products that meet consumer safety; Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which means all the mill’s yarns and fabrics have been tested and do not contain any harmful chemicals; the ISO 9001:2015 international standard for a quality management system (“QMS”).
Our washable viscose yarn is supplied by the Lineapiu Italia mill, locate outside Florence and is made entirely of traceable and renewable raw materials, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to come from sustainably managed forests. Like the rest of the mills we work with, Lineapiu is equally committed to being entirely transparent and offering products that are fully traceable. The mill itself and its entire upstream supply chain complies with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) protocol, which strictly controls the use of chemicals with the aim of reducing the presence of toxic substances throughout the entire production process.
2020 marks a milestone for the mill: this year Lineapiu will replace all its plastic bags used to protect yarn cones with compostable and bio-based alternatives. Additionally, in its packaging the mill uses only FSC certified paper and its shipping boxes are made from minimum 45% post-consumer paper.
ORGANIC COTTON/ RECYCLED ELASTANE
The luxurious organic cotton jersey used in our t-shirt collection is purchased from Tintex, an innovative Bluesign certified Portuguese mill. Our fabric is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. To view our latest GOTS fabric certificate, please contact us by clicking here. The material is knitted using recycled elastane and is finished using non-toxic, reduced water dyeing process, that is bleach and formaldehydes free.
Tintex is committed to monitoring and improving the efficiency of its operations. The company bettered its water management and decreased its greenhouse gas emissions by 70%, while its reduction, recycling or reusing of production waste materials reached an incredible 98%. Tintex conducts ongoing research in natural materials that are plant based and use less impactful dye techniques. Its supply chain is transparent and traceable and we look forward to incorporating some of the new fabrics in our collection.
The company has been awarded an impressive number of sustainability and quality certifications such as: ISO 9001:2015 for quality management systems; ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management system; STeP Sustainable Textile Production by Oeko-Tex that covers a wide range of areas from environmental performance to safety In the working place; member of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a global non-profit seeking to make global cotton production better for the farmers, for the environment and for sector’s future; the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), etc.
NYLON MICROFIBER JERSEY
The bottom portion of our bodysuits is made of high performance, extra-light jersey, developed for breathability and used by some of the most prestigious lingerie brands in the world. The fabric comes from the leading Italian fabric mill Eurojersey, and is part of the SensitivEcoSystem® program which ensures the material’s environmental impact is kept at a minimum and no harsh dyes and toxic finishes were used in the making. While we would prefer a biodegradable fabric, we are yet to find a superior alternative to our microfiber jersey, therefore, for the time being we are making sure this material represents no more than 5% of all the yarns and fabrics used across our collection.
At SANTICLER, we want to ensure you get the most out of your garments. Each item is created with every activity in mind: from your merino wool sweater perfect for in-flight comfort or for the ski slopes, to the lux bodysuit that easily transitions from the office to a night out, we strive to inform you of the easiest way to care for your pieces. On each product page under the details tab, we provide easy to follow care instructions. The content and care label inside the garment is also easy to follow. For any additional questions or concerns, you are always welcome to contact us directly by clicking here.