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Sustainability

We are committed to sourcing the most innovative, durable and sustainable athleisure out there. From fabric to thread, we keep nature at the heart of everything we create.

Our Production

All Ran By Nature pieces are produced at Studio 54 in Jesmond, UK. It’s a small batch production, sampling and development studio where seamstresses set their own rates, everything is recycled and all fabric scraps are saved so there’s zero waste. The embroidery is currently outsourced to freelancers. But everyone is invoiced from and through Studio 54 on a weekly basis. The small team of industry experts have free access to water, a fridge, amenities and a bathroom in the beautiful English building.

Our Fabrics

ECONYL®
A 100% recycled yarn used in our leggings and tops. It’s made from rescued ocean waste like discarded fishing nets as well as plastic bottles from landfill.

Amni Soul Eco®
The world's first biodegradable polyamide yarn, used to make our shorts. If this material ever ends up in landfill, it will decompose in just five years. (Normal sportswear takes around 50).

Tencel
Made from sustainably sourced natural raw wood and 50% more absorbent than cotton. We use this in our designs as it’s ultra breathable and ideal for exercising in.

Our Threads

We use Coats EcoVerde thread (which is vegan). The only globally available 100% recycled premium performance thread with ÖEKO-Tex Standard 100 certification. To give our athleisure some stretch we add organic eco-elastic from James Tailoring. It’s made in Austria, biodegradable and plastic-free. We also use natural rubber, which is ÖEKO-Tex Standard 100 certified and manufactured in Spain.

Our Trimmings

If we need a zip, we always opt for the YKK Natulon®, which is made from recycled plastic bottles.The hang tags, care labels, and neck tape are FSC recycled paper, organic cotton and recycled polyester with ÖEKO-Tex Standard 100 Standard 100 certification.To make sure those shorts don't slip down mid squat. We use biodegradable round organic elastic cord (40% organic cotton, 60% natural rubber). Made in Austria from certified organic cotton & sustainable natural rubber. Environmentally friendly and produced under fair trade rules.

Our Packaging

Our 100% sustainable, biodegradable and recyclable packaging is made in the UK by a company called Bundle. They always use sustainably sourced paper and water-based inks. Our bloom seed delivery slips are from the UK (Little Green Papershop), and are 100% tree-friendly and biodegradable. The polybags are from wastebased co and are fully dissolvable. Head to our socials to see how to dissolve of them. Pop your bloom seed delivery slip in a pot, and use the water from the poly bags to water your seeds. Nurture them to grow, just like your inner strength.

Our Shipping

All of our orders are sent from Studio 54, using carbon neutral shipping. Carbon neutral shipping is achieved by calculating the carbon emissions per transaction using the integrated Cloverly app on our website. These carbon emissions are then offset with a project as closely as possible to the location of the initial carbon producing activity. Customers are provided with a link and detailed information of this project within the checkout process.

Our Suppliers

Carvico S.p.A and Jersey Lomellina S.p.A
We source the majority of our fabric from Carvico S.p.A and Jersey Lomellina S.p.A . Our leggings are made using Vita Power (78% Recycled PA and 22% EA) from Carvico S.p.A (Via Don A Pedrinelli 96, 24020, Carvico (BG), Italy). And this fabric has a GRS Certificate, and OEKO TEX 100 certificate

Our headwear and tops are made using Renew Fine (83% Recycled PA and 17% EA) from Jersey Lomellina S.p.A (Via Don A Pedrinelli 94 24030 Carvico BG, Italy), which has an OEKO TEX 100 certificate

Electricity
They only use electricity deriving from renewable sources. In 2018 they saved 2.579.972 kwh (equal to the annual energy consumption per capita of over 3811 people). Since 2012 they have reduced the energy consumption per each ton of finished product manufactured, by 12.6%

Water
In compliance with the most recent European standards and with National and regional laws and regulations, Carvico have adopted a high tech waste water homogenization, aimed at reducing the amount of polluting agents before it is sent to the municipal water treatment plant. A sophisticated system to sort rainwater from civil and industrial waters has also been implemented, to harvest and re-use rainwater in the production process. 587.897 m3 of water was recovered and re-used in a year (equal to the annual consumption of about 8600 people).

Their water is extracted from their own boreholes and is first used to cool down the knitting machine oil. Then it is treated and used for cooling down the dyeing machinery. After that, it is collected and re-used for rinsing fabrics after they are dyed. Any water not used in these processes is sent to the homogenization plant. After an efficient equalization process it is sent to the municipal waste water treatment plant which, through a chemical-physical biological process, purifies it and discharges it inside the river Brembo. 83% of the water used in their production process in 2021 was actually recycled.

Heat Recovery
Their innovative heat recovery system, is aimed at exploiting the thermal power produced during their fabric production cycle to heat part of their premises: their offices, dressing rooms, the dyeing and knitting departments, the color kitchen and the maintenance department.

In 2021 they prevented 1.792.000 kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. This is equal to the emissions produced by their company cars if they were to go round the world 508 times.
– 907.245 Sm3 of methane gas was saved in 2020 thanks to the use of the heat recovered from the fumes produced by the finishing and dyeing processes.
– from 2002 to 2021 reduction by 55% in the thermal consumption per ton of finished products

Air
They enforce an efficient program for the reduction of emissions. Thanks to the use of last generation plants (BAT, best available technology), their emissions temperatures and values are far below the limits set by the law (10 times lower).

Waste
They reduce waste by using recycled raw materials, reducing packaging materials, and the recovery of non-hazardous waste. 99% of their waste is recycled and re-used (equivalent of the content of 160 garbage trucks avoids ending up in the landfill). Carvico and Jersey Lomellina is one of the largest eco friendly fabric companies and, since 2016, they have been supporting “Healthy Seas”, an initiative focused on cleaning our planets water.

Lemar fabric
Lemar fabric (Rua da Moura, Apartado Nº3032, São Jorge De Selho Guimarães, 4836-909, Portugal) are a small family run weaving mill, operating since 1939. They supply our Nilo Amni Soul Eco ®, which we use in our multipurpose shorts. Lemar are audited on a regular basis by Inditex. All parameters concerning working wages for employees, and Social Security responsibilities are monitored and respected. Additionally, they provided a written declaration in line with our ethical code of conduct. Like all of their fabrics, Nilo Amni Soul Eco is weaved in their plant in Guimaraes. It is then finished at a neighbor partner finishing plant that they have worked with for decades.

Amni Soul Eco® is the world's first biodegradable polyamide 6.6 yarn, which formula has been improved to allow clothes, made with this yarn, to quickly decompose after being disposed in landfills. Amni Soul Eco® is a major sustainable breakthrough for the whole textile industry, thereby we contribute to the environment of the future generations.

Amni Soul Eco® is the polyamide yarn with enhanced biodegradability, developed and produced by Solvay and distributed by FULGAR. Amni Soul Eco® biodegrades in around 5 years when disposed of in landfills, compared to more than 50 years for synthetics in general.

YKK Zipper
Our zips are supplied by YKK Zipper Shenzhen Co., Ltd. (China). We use the YKK Natulon® zip Natulon® zippers are a resource-conserving, recycling-oriented product made from PET bottles, old fiber and other polyester remnants. It is the result of a double-layered development system using both chemical and material recycling. The zips are Bluesign approved.

3,609 bottles, = 10,000 zips

The manufacturing process was carefully designed to reduce negative influences on the environment such as energy consumption, CO2 emission, the use of crude oil, and the production of industrial waste.

Sustainability
YKK created a Global Criteria of Compliance, which is a corporate social responsibility guideline (CSR). Their CSR is based on their philosophy of the “Cycle of Goodness”, and the ISO26000 guidelines. It is formulated to embody their contribution to a sustainable society through their core business. YKK implements annual audits of YKK Group factories based on the below criteria and conducts regular evaluations and improvements for sustainability:

Management System
Labor Condition
Hours and Wages
Safety and Health
Environment
Fair Business Practice.

Community support
At YKK’s Social Development and Vocational Center in India, young women learn stitching, embroidery, computer skills and English. They are empowered to pursue their dreams and help their community thrive. YKK’s manufacturing facility in Bawal invites 10-15 students from nearby villages to attend a 1 year training course. They are provided with uniforms, meals and study materials. They receive a sewing machine upon gradation, and some go on to start their own stitching business, others work in computers, or aspire to create their own apparel brand.

YKK also work with an elementary school in El Salvador, that was at risk of gang activity, to create a safe environment for learning. They designed and constructed a protective wall, keeping kids safe. Additionally as part on their ongoing community partnership, YKK provide support in terms of computer equipment, property repairs, and supporting music classes.

Coats
Our thread is sourced from Coats. We use EcoVerde, which is a 100% recycled premium polyester corespun sewing thread. It is certified to Öko-Tex Standard 100, class I, GRS certified. Suitable for vegan requirement. https://www.coats.com/products/threads-and-yarns/epic/epic-ecoverde#brand-family.

Sustainability
Coats sustainability strategy focuses on five priority areas:

Water
Energy
Effluent Emissions
Social
Living sustainably

22% of their total water used during 2020 was water recycled and reused within their plants. Their long term vision is to be able to dye without using water either as a dyeing medium or for heating purposes. In 2018 Coats invested $5m in Twine, an Israeli start-up that has been developing digital dyeing of yarns and threads.

Coats ensure that any water they return to the environment is properly treated. They have been members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) standards since 2016. They employee people from 60 countries and there are 31 nationalities represented in their senior management group. They promote an inclusive, respectful and diverse workplace environment. They are also supportive of the Better Cotton Initiative.

James Tailoring
Our elastic, rubber and drawcord is suppled by James Tailoring. The organic eco-elastic (65% organic cotton / 35% natural rubber) is made in Austria from certified organic cotton & natural rubber. It is biodegradable, recyclable and plastic-free. The natural activewear OEKO Tex rubber elastic is certified OEKO TEX 100% natural rubber. Manufactured in Spain to the highest OEKO TEX ‘Made in Green’ standard.

The drawcord is biodegradable and organic (40% organic cotton / 60% natural rubber). Made in Austria from certified organic cotton & sustainable natural rubber. Environmentally friendly and produced under fair-trade rules. James Tailoring is an independent family run business who are committed to minimizing their environmental impact as much as possible. They endeavor to source all our products from sustainable, renewable, responsible suppliers who share their values and are as passionate about changing the clothing trade.

We Nordic
We Nordic supply our care labels, hang tags and aglets. Their brand consists of studios, productions, and warehouses in Denmark, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, and Bangladesh. The ink they use in production meets all the standards for garment production in the EU.

Our woven recycled polyester care labels are OEKO TEX 100.
Our hangtags are made of FSC certified paper and recycled paper.