Nudie Jeans endeavors to take responsibility from the raw material to the end of life of the product.
Nudie Jeans is characterized by timeless design. We want to create timeless and seasonless garments, clothes you want to wear every day and keep over time, garments that last, and garments that can live through repairs. Long before circularity became a buzzword, we focused on longevity and knew that garments you love – you keep. We believe that denim is a material that grows more beautiful with time. Starting with a pair of dry denim and wearing them every day will produce the most beautiful and personal wear and tear and the jeans will tell the story of the life you spent wearing them.
93,8% of all the fibers used in our garments is cotton and we are proud to say that we only work with Organic, Fairtrade or Recycled cotton, as the largest environmental impact of our products is from growing the raw material. The first goal was reached in 2012 when all our denim was made in organic cotton and the journey has continued since. In 2017, we reached the same goal for the rest of our product groups.
Exploring new sustainable fabrics and fibers is also part of the design process at Nudie Jeans - working closely with our fabric suppliers, adapting new developments, and keeping track of new technologies. In 2019 we included more recycled fibers in our collection and thereby decreased our environmental impact. We define a garment or an accessory as sustainable when it contains at least 70% sustainable fibers defined in our material tool.
Nudie Jeans Material Tool
Although organic cotton is the main material we work with, we strive to use other sustainable materials for non-denim products. In 2018, we created the Nudie Jeans Material Tool with the aim of guiding our designers and product developers to achieve Nudie Jeans goal to work with 100% sustainable materials.
We have created Nudie Jeans Material Tool, based on Made By’s Environmental Benchmark for Fibers and the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (MSI), to guide our designers and product developers to achieve Nudie Jeans goal to work with 100% sustainable materials. The Nudie Jeans Material Tool has three categories of sustainable fibers, all of which are defined as Sustainable by Nudie Jeans. By sorting them as seen in the Material Tool, we want to highlight the most sustainable and circular fibers, with the aim of pushing our development further and challenging the industry to scrutinize the definition and use of sustainable fibers.
To complement the Sustainable categories, there is a Non-Sustainable category for fibers that may be used for Nudie Jeans products, that are not defined as Sustainable, and a Do Not Use category for fibers that should not be used in Nudie Jeans products at all.
Working with certified raw materials is enormously important to us at Nudie Jeans. The organic cotton used for our products is certified in accordance with Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), the Organic Content Standard 100 (OCS 100), or the US Department of Agriculture, (USDA Organic) depending on the origin and supplier. All cotton sourced in India through Chetna Organic is both Fairtrade and GOTS certified.
With new materials entering Nudie Jeans’ production range, we are also increasing the range of certifications with which we work. For human-made cellulosic textiles such as TENCEL™, FSC-certification, as well as PEFC certifications is applicable, while for recycled yarns, we endeavor to use the Global Recycled Standard.
With the start of the Winter 2020 collection, we are happy to introduce GOTS certified products in our online shop.
Due to our warehouse and distribution set up where we work with a few distributors and warehouses which is not yet GOTS certified, we do not label our GOTS certified garments with a GOTS label, as all B2B units need to be certified within the supply or distribution chain to do so. Instead, we communicate GOTS on product level in our online shop as all online orders go through our certified warehouse in Sweden. We see the digital GOTS communication as a first step and hope to be able to take further steps towards a physical labeling in the future.