Quality & product responsibility

It is of utmost importance that our products meet our customers' expectations of quality. In order to ensure quality and compliance of applicable laws, quality tests are carried out at both internal and external independent laboratories. Here are some examples of how we test our products:
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Indiska's ambition is to increase the proportion of sustainable products. Our definition of a sustainable product is when 50% or more of a product consists of sustainable material. The definition follows industry standards, often the entire product is made of more sustainable material.

A sustainable product means that:
-       The material is produced or grown with low environmental impact.
-       For materials from animals like wool and down, the animals are taken care of in a responsible manner which is documented and/or,
-       the product is manufactured with low environmental impact from raw material to the final product.

For sustainable materials we include organic cotton, organic coffee, tea and chocolate, recycled materials, lyocell, modal, cupro, LENZINGTM ECOVEROTM viscose, LivaEco Birla cellulose™ viscose ,and wood and paper from sustainably managed forestry. Products that we classify as manufactured with low environmental impact are such as our Nordic Eco-labelled stearic candles.

Below we describe how we select materials and what the sustainable certificates and eco-labels mean.

Natural materials and life cycle perspective

Indiska mainly works with natural materials, which means that the raw material comes from renewable sources and is degradable. Another important reason why we choose natural materials to such a high extent is that our customers appreciate natural materials. Natural materials have high comfort due to its ability to absorb moisture.

A product that is used a lot and for a long time is the best choice from an environmental perspective.

Synthetic materials such as polyester and polyamide are still important for some types of products, given the function of, such as, jackets to withstand the weather and for tights. For these, we are working to increase the proportion of recycled materials.

We test all our products to make sure they have long durability to use and wash. At the same time, we include the aspect in our product development that the product one day will be worn out. Many of our products contain a type of material called monomaterial e.g., 100% viscose and 50% linen/50% cotton. This facilitates recycling. Cellulose-based materials such as cotton, linen, viscose, lyocell, modal, cupro are considered one type of material and can be recycled the same way. Recycling of textiles is limited today, but the development is progressing rapidly, and we are prepared!

Viscose

Viscose has the comfort of cotton as it absorbs moisture and is soft and comfortable against the skin. Viscose also has a nice drape, takes up colours in a nice way and has a shine that makes it look like silk. These properties make viscose suitable for dresses, tunics, blouses and thus one of our and customers' favourite materials.

Keep in mind that viscose often shrinks in the laundry, which can easily be ironed out after washing. Or even easier with a steamer!

Viscose is made from cellulose, wood pulp, a renewable source that can be broken down in nature. The wood pulp has been processed with chemicals and spun into fibre. It is important for the climate and biodiversity that the raw material comes from responsible forestry. The challenge with viscose is to ensure that the raw material comes from sustainably managed forests and that chemical management and water use in the process of producing the fibre takes place responsibly.

Indiska has mapped where our suppliers buy viscose from, most of which comes from well-known fibre manufacturers who work responsibly.

To ensure traceability i.e., make sure that our products contain more sustainable viscose, we work with the branded fibres below. All are a type of viscose fibre, also called regenerated cellulose fibre. All but are made from wood fibre pulp, except cupro which is made from cotton waste.

- Lyocell (TENCEL™)
- Modal (TENCEL™)
- Cupro (Bemberg™)
- Viscose (LENZING™ ECOVERO™)
-Viskos (Livaeco by Birla Cellulose™)

We are continuously working to increase our share of more sustainable traceable viscose. Read more about each fibre below.

Lyocell (TENCEL™)

Lyocell look and feel like silk or cotton depending on the properties given during the spinning process. The fibre is durable, soft and comfortable and gives a nice drape. Lyocell is made from cellulose, pulp, from eucalyptus trees. Indiska's Lyocell has the brand name Tencel and comes from the fibre manufacturer Lenzing, which only uses trees from responsibly cultivated forest with FSC or PEFC certification. The fibre is manufactured with a low environmental impact in a closed process where approximately 99% of the process chemicals are recycled. The process meets the requirements of the European ecolabel EU Ecolabel.

Modal (TENCEL™)

Modal is durable like cotton and has the shine, softness, and nice drape of viscose. Modal is made from cellulose, wood pulp, from beech. Indiska's modal comes from the fibre manufacturer Lenzing, which only uses trees from responsibly cultivated forest with FSC or PEFC certification. The fibre is manufactured with low environmental impact where a large part of the process chemicals is recycled. The process meets the requirements of the European ecolabel EU Ecolabel.

Cupro (Bemberg™)

Cupro fabrics are smooth and comfortable with a nice drape and luxurious shine like silk. Cupro is made from cotton linter, a by-product when extracting cottonseed oil. It is produced in a responsible manner with low environmental impact, the chemicals are recovered, and the water is purified. Cupro is made from 100% plant-based renewable material and thereby biodegradable. 

Viscose (LENZING™ ECOVERO™)

LENZING ™ ECOVERO ™ viscose fibres have a much lower environmental footprint than conventional viscose. The fibre has the same properties as conventional viscose.

The natural and renewable raw material used to produce the fibre comes from certified and controlled sources derived from sustainably managed forests and to prevent illegal deforestation. The production of LENZING ™ ECOVERO ™ viscose fibres generates up to 50% lower carbon dioxide emissions and 50% lower water impact. The fibre is certified with the EU flower, the EU's official eco-label which ensures as environmentally friendly production as possible with regard to climate, water and chemical management.

Viskos (Livaeco by Birla Cellulose™)

LivaEco Birla cellulose™ viscose fibre has a much lower environmental footprint than conventional viscose. The fibre has the same properties as conventional viscose.

The natural and renewable raw material used to produce the fibre comes from FSC certified and controlled sources derived from sustainably managed forests to prevent illegal deforestation. The production of the fibre meets EU BAT norms which means Best Available Technique is used with regard to climate, water and chemical management.

Organic cotton

Organic cotton is grown without chemical pesticides, fertilizers and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). About 80 % of the organic cotton is rain-fed thus requires less watering than conventional cotton, which reduces the pressure on local water sources. Our organic cotton is GOTS and OCS certified which means it is controlled at all stages by an independent certification body. GOTS also imposes strict requirements on chemicals in the dyeing process and on social responsibility.

Recycled polyester

Recycled polyester usually comes from PET bottles. There are several environmental benefits to use recycled polyester instead of virgin polyester which comes from oil. It consumes less energy when manufactured from recycled materials, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced as is the use of chemicals. A polyester product is easy to care for, can be washed at 40 degrees and rarely needs ironing. It has the conditions of a long life-time due to its good colour fastness and durability. Our recycled polyester is certified according to the GRS - Global Recycling Standard.

GRS - Recycled material

GRS (Global Recycling Standard) is a product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled material throughout the value chain. GRS also makes demands on social and environmental conditions. GRS today mainly comprises textiles. Choosing recycled instead of newly produced helps save both energy and nature's resources.

Responsible down standard

Indiska only uses RDS certified down. RDS stands for Responsible Down Standard and aims to closely monitor animal welfare at down-producing farms. It ensures that the down does not come from breeders where forced feeding takes place or where the picking of live animals occurs.

FSC

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a global and non-profit organization with the aim of promoting sustainable forestry worldwide and contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and combating illegal forestry. The certification shows that the raw material for wood and paper comes from sustainable managed forestry.

EU Ecolabel

The European Union's certification for organically grown crops inspects the entire organic chain according to strict EU standards. The EU organic farming regulation covers cultivation and processing, as well as the control and labelling of organic food.

Nordic Ecolabel “The swan”

The Swan or the Nordic Ecolabel is the Nordic region's official eco-label and is run on behalf of the government with the aim of helping consumers to make good choices for the environment. The requirements are similar to the EU Ecolabel and impose strict requirements for the environment, health, quality and safety. Indiska candles are labelled with The Swan.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade products help growers and employees to improve their working and living conditions with their own power. Fairtrade is an independent certification with stated goals of combating poverty and strengthening people's influence and ability to act with the aim of creating change and development.

KRAV

The KRAV mark shows that a product is organically produced, which means that the crops are cultivated in an environmentally friendly way without any foreign chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The labelling also includes extra stringent requirements for animal welfare, health, social responsibility and climate impact.

Premium materials

In addition to developing products in sustainable materials, our ambition is to offer products in sustainable design and in good quality. We believe that, in the long run, the best alternative for the environment is a garment or product that you like and can use a lot for a long period of time.

Below we describe our natural materials of extra high quality, which we call Premium. We also work to ensure that these are manufactured under good conditions, read more under animal ethical requirements below.

Silk

Silk is a natural material which is derived from the cocoons of the silkworm. Silk has a beautiful lustre with a soft drape, and it absorbs moisture well which gives comfort in warm climate. Wash your silk garment gentle by hand in cold water, never soak it, and use olive soap or mild detergent to keep the lustre for a long time.

Wool

Wool is one of our oldest natural fibres with several unique, natural properties. Wool absorbs moisture from the skin and has good insulating properties. Wool seldom needs to be washed; it is usually enough to air. Good for the lifetime of the product and the environment.

Cashmere

Cashmere is one of the world's rarest fibres with fantastic isolating qualities. The cashmere wool comes from Chinese and Mongolian goats. The goat has a warm and very soft undercoat to cope with the cold climate on the high plateaus between China and Mongolia. The cashmere yarn consists of thin and long fibres that provide an exclusive and soft product.

Linen

Linen is a durable natural fibre with a very good ability to absorb and release moisture. The fibre is derived from the plant stem and is both strong and soft and has a natural lustre. The smooth surface of the fibre helps to remove dust and dirt stains relatively easily. Linen is a material that ages slowly and becomes more beautiful and softer over time.

Leather

Leather is a natural and durable material that gets more beautiful over time. We strongly recommend impregnating the leather product to provide better protection against moisture and dirt, so it lasts a long time.

Suede/Nubuck

Suede is the lower part of the leather that is produced by dividing the leather skin. Suede is soft and beautiful. It is more sensitive than other leather, avoid moist and dirt. We strongly recommend impregnating the suede to provide better protection, so the product lasts a long time.

Brass

Brass is an alloy of copper and zink which gives a golden character. It has high resistant to corrosion so it will not rust. Brass gets a vintage look over time, enjoy it! If you prefer the shiny look, use polish and a dry cloth to make it shine.

Ethical requirements for animals

In our purchasing requirements we have strict animal ethics requirements, where we have stated that all animals must be cared for in accordance with the EU principles "Five Freedoms" for animal care.

1. We do not accept real fur nor angora in our products as we consider the risk is high that our animal welfare requirements are not met on these farms

2. All leather, bone products and feathers should be a by-product of the food industry.

3. The filling of down and feathers in our products is RDS-certified, which means that the farms are controlled so that there is no forced feeding or live picking of down and feathers.

4. We only accept merino wool from countries where mulesing is not present.

5. We do not use materials derived from endangered animals.

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