Sustainable textiles

Sustainable textiles

QUALITY IS IMPORTANT - INCLUDING WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY

For us, sustainability is not only about a product in isolation, but about an integrated process. By this we mean that all stages of the value chain are equally important, from the cotton in the fields to the economics of the laundry industry.

We will never compromise in relation to the qualities and their suitability for Textile Service, and we will always prioritise comfort and functional design.  We wish to continue to maintain a high level of quality, and we therefore test our sustainable qualities, such as TENCEL®, before we go out to the customer.

TENCEL® - the most sustainable fibre

TENCEL® is the most sustainable fibre and is made of FSC-certified wood pulp, which is obtained from European beech trees and eucalyptus trees from South Africa. The wood comes from natural forest thinning and from residues from the wood industry. It is produced in a closed eco-system. This means that the actual production of TENCEL® fibre does not influence, for example, the panda bear's natural sources of food, and no forest areas are felled to grow eucalyptus. TENCEL® carries the Nordic Ecolabel and the fibres can be recycled.

In addition, the TENCEL® fibres have good absorption capacity, and are often used in blends instead of cotton.

At Kentaur, for example, we use TENCEL® fibres in our new shirt collection and in our care series, Tencel Medical. We are still working on the use of TENCEL® fibres in several products, but because it is important for us that laundries can continue to handle our qualities and products, we regularly test TENCEL® in various combinations in relation to pilling, shrinkage, washing etc. 

Cotton and BCI cotton

For a long time, Kentaur has been experimenting with various alternatives to conventional cotton, and we continuously work to find better conditions for both the environment and for the farmer, including when it comes to cotton cultivation. BCI cotton (Better Cotton Initiative) not only takes responsibility for the environment, but also takes into account the health of the earth and the survival of the farmer. BCI cotton ensures crop rotation, so that we avoid degrading the soil. It also ensures decent working conditions for the individual farmer and minimizes the use of water resources. We will therefore strive to replace the share of conventional cotton in our products with BCI cotton.

 

Sustainability links
UN Global Compact

www.unglobalcompact.org/

BSCI

http://www.bsci-intl.org/

Read Kentaurs COP report

COP report 2017-2018

What is kentaur doing for the enviroment

  • Oeko Tex certified
  • Checking and validation from the Institute of Technology
  • Random sampling of our containers
  • Focus on air transport
  • Focusing on internal resources