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SUSTAINABILITY ETHOS

Burnt Soul's Sustainability Ethos

We're so happy to be seeing a growing backlash against throw away fashion, with people caring more about the quality of their clothing and the ethics behind the brands they support.

A lot of consideration goes into the design and production of our clothing. Our garments have an average of 16 panel pieces, are all UK made, and produced in small batches to allow us to react quickly to demands and not over produce unwanted garments.

We aim to be 100% transparent with our customers in all stages of production, so read on for all the good stuff you'll wanna know when buying from Burnt Soul, including:

  • Who made my outfit?
  • Where is my fabric printed?
  • Where is my fabric made?
  • What's in my outfit?
  • What about waste?
  • Our pledge

Production transparency

Who made my outfit?

We're really proud to say that all your clothing is designed, pattern cut, sewn, packaged and posted in the UK.

In general, if it's a custom piece you're after, a limited edition, kidswear or a particularly fiddly outfit to make - it'll be made in house by our studio team, Hannah or Robyn. Batches of our Bestsellers and stock items that sold all year round are made in Exeter by our incredible seamstresses Teresa and Kay.

It's really important for us that your catsuits and Lycra-wear are made to the highest standards, and by making them in house we can ensure the best quality control. This also means we can customise the pattern/length if needs be, to ensure our customers always get the perfect fit.

By having a close relationship with everyone making our garments, we're able to make sure everyone sewing your clothes are treated with respect and all workers are paid above the National Living Wage.

For our limited edition jewellery collections, we collaborate with independent UK brands.

Robyn (Founder, Designer and Lycra queen) & Hannah ( Head Seamstress)

Whats in my clothes?

Here's where our passion really comes to life! The majority of our fabrics (15 out of the 26 main options) are Lycra's made from regenerated yarns using polyester and nylon waste. You can read about all this in detail, including which specific products and fabrics are made from these on our Recycled Fabrics page.

Our recycled fabrics include our eco prints, plain colours and all our eco foils and we're working hard to source our mesh and glittermist from a regenerated source as well.

Check out our blog on '5 reasons we think the future of fashion is plastic' to learn more about the benefits of using Lycra made from regenerated yarns.

We do not use any animal products in our clothing, including the printing and dyeing process.

Our Eco Prints, Eco Foils and plain Lycra's are spun from yarns made of recycled plastic and nylon waste.

Where is my fabric printed?

All of our Eco Prints are digitally printed with non toxic, waterless dyes onto one of our plain recycled Lycras.

In order to bring you the best fabrics we can time and time again, we do go through a couple of different suppliers. The majority of our fabrics, from our eco prints and holographics, to our mesh fabrics, are printed and made glittery in Manchester, UK. We try our best to keep as much within the UK as we can to reduce your garments air miles.

For one or two fabrics, like our reflective fabric and the jewel collection, the technology to print them to our high standards isn't available in the UK just yet. So, these come from South Korea and China. On these occasions, we try and shop direct with the manufacturer to reduce the carbon footprint.

 

Where is my fabric made?

So where does the base fabric come from, before they're printed? Let's take it right back to the very beginning.

For all of our fabrics aside from the Jewel, Siren and the Reflective, these come from Italy originally. Our printers work exclusively with Italian fabric producers, Carvico. They also take their social and environmental responsibility very seriously. Here's their policy:

"Carvico and JL believe enforcing a sustainable development model means respecting our environment and using the available energy sources in a better way. We are committed to applying a business model aimed at achieving a higher social and environmental responsibility level, and at safeguarding and valuing people and the local territory...We rely on several independent bodies and authorities which can certify both nationally and internationally, that all data provided are true."

For our eco fabrics, these start out as waste plastics rescued from the Adriatic Sea, and from carpet factories in Italy. They are then melted down into yarns, which are then knitted into a brand new fabric. This, like all other Italian fabrics, is then sent over to Manchester to be printed and transformed into the fabrics you know and love!

As mentioned above, our Jewel range and Reflective fabric is sourced from South Korea/China where we shop directly from the manufacturer.

What about waste?

We use repeat prints that allow for minimum waste, with all fabric scraps being donated to our local scrap store, small up-cycling business and local projects. We try to offer a mixture of stock prints from our suppliers as well as printing our own using designs we have created or collaborations with other designers.

We're proud to have a Plastic Free Business Award from Surfers against sewage, meaning we take every step we can to not waste plastic in our brand and business. From production to packaging and everything in between.

Fabric waste donated as scraps to @BlackOliveDesigns