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Materials Part 1

Sustainable Materials

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.

94% 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.

Organic cotton vs. BCI

We do not classify BCI cotton as a sustainable fiber as it is neither organic nor traceable. We recognize the need for a scheme to support the change from conventional farming by promoting better practices, but we do not think we can stop there. We have higher ambitions and will not use BCI cotton when we can use organic cotton. 

Material Change Index

Nudie Jeans participate in the Textile Exchange’s Material Change Index which is the largest peer-to-peer comparison initiative in the textile industry. It tracks the apparel, footwear, and home textile sector’s progress toward more sustainable materials sourcing, as well as alignment with global efforts like the SDGs and the transition to a circular economy. 

We are ranked as leaders and are proud to demonstrate our transparency and commitment to source sustainable materials.

Certifications

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.

GOTS-certified products

In 2020, we became a GOTS-certified brand, which means that we can sell GOTS-certified products. Communicating GOTS at the product level ensures that the full production process is in accordance with GOTS criteria. 

The first GOTS products were launched in late 2020 in our online shop, and we aim to develop more GOTS-certified products in the future, together with the GOTS-certified suppliers in our supply chain. 

Due to our warehouse and distribution arrangement, in which we work with few distributers and warehouses that are not yet GOTS-certified, we do not label our GOTS-certified garments with a GOTS label because all B2B units must be certified within the supply or distribution chain to do so. Instead, we communicate GOTS at the product level in our online shop, as all online orders go through our certified warehouse in Sweden. We see the digital GOTS communication as an initial step and hope to be able to take additional steps toward physical labeling in the future.  

In 2020, GOTS detected fraudulent use of GOTS-certificates for organic cotton which led to an investigation of GOTS certified raw material supplier, and several suppliers lost their GOTS certification. We could confirm that none of our suppliers were involved and we appreciate the fact that the fraud was revealed, as the integrity of organic cotton must be secured.

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