Sustainability is a broad and complex concept and perceiving it as only one path is wrong. At Näz sustainability is our core, but it’s also something that we’ve been learning and improving, so we developed three lines in which our collections are divided - to be easier to understand what was the sustainable focus of a specific product.
If extending the life of a garment for 9 months reduces its carbon and water footprint by 20-30% each, think about using deadstock fabric to do an whole new garment. We believe using what already exists is always a better alternative to produce new.
What is Deadstock?
Deadstock fabrics are leftover fabrics from textile factories who, or overestimated their needs or needed to produce more than ordered due to minimum orders of yarn or even due to machinery. Traditionally, factories would hold on to their excess fabrics for a few seasons and then send them to the landfills. We rescue these deadstock fabrics before they are thrown away.
Its the perfect win/win. We get beautiful fabric without polluting the planet and the landfills aren’t quite as packed - when choosing deadstock fabrics we only choose fabrics made in Portugal, from natural fibers and great quality!
When we can't find a surplus fabric to work with (which, gladly for us, is not that often) we meet our partners to see what they have been producing and we always end up finding the perfect fabric to fit the collection.
Most of the times we already choose from their ecological segment, but sometimes we find something we really like and challenge them to make even better.
Together with small textile factories near Covilhã, that have a deep knowledge on the art of making fabrics we started developing fabrics and knits of recycled yarn. So this line of products it’s not only extremely sustainable, but is also fully traceable & local - the colors are sorted and the recycling process is fully mechanical, so it’s waterless and there’s no toxic waste (no chemicals nor dyes are used) – and everything from yarn to sewing is made locally in a radius area of 100kms!
Between 1975 and 2017 the production of textiles more than quadrupled (went from 24 million tons to 98.5 million tons), and, in U.S. alone, 16 million tons of textile waste was generated, of which only 16% was recycled and 19.6% was combusted for energy recovery. It's also an Industry that produces 1.26 Billion Tones of CO2 annually.
In Portugal, alone, there's 200 thousand tons of textile waste per year - we are a really small country for so much waste! Everytime we produce something new we don't do it out of thin air, we are taking away something from our dear mother earth, and let's face it, we already have too much of everything!
It's estimated that 80/100 billion pieces of clother are being produced per year, enough is enough! - With this in mind we always try to use what already exists instead of creating new fabrics.