Marle / Commitment

Exclusive Use of Natural Fibres and Fabrics

When it comes to fabrics, nature simply can’t be beaten. Durable, luxurious and full of benefits - we work exclusively with natural fibres and fabrics. Durability is of peak importance to us, as we design with longevity in mind, so we need fibres that last, that age gracefully, are reliable and provide a level of texture. 

Another benefit of solely using natural fibres is that fabrics and yarn made of the earth can return to the earth and break down naturally, beautifully without contributing to landfill.

Natural fibres each have their own additional benefits such as antimicrobial properties, breathability, odour resistance and even self-cleaning. For more information on our natural fibres see our ‘Fabrics’ section here.

When it comes to fabrics, nature simply can’t be beaten. 

Protecting our Planet 

We aim to tread lightly. It is important to us that we create our garments conscious of our impact and as well as only using natural fibres we constantly develop initiatives within the business simultaneously.

Our first priority was the elimination of single-use plastic and synthetic fibres used in our care labels. We deliver our garments in biodegradable bags made of corn starch and our care labels are 100% cotton.

We reduce our impact through safe and minimised use of chemicals where possible, all of our knitwear is Oeko-Tex certified yarn along with majority of our silk pieces.  Our new basics collection is made using GOTS certified organic cotton. 

When possible we work with un-dyed fabric which conserves water, energy resources and reduces the overall footprint of the garment.

We choose sea freight over air shipments. Air freight has a Co2 emission over 40 times sea freight. Our offices have an environmental focus with our staff encouraged to take part in recycling schemes.

We are constantly researching new ways of working, new fibres, new advancements and better practices.

 
We aim to tread lightly. It is important to us that we create our garments conscious of our impact and as well as only using natural fibres we constantly develop initiatives within the business simultaneously.

Continual Learning

We have always been realistic about our impact on the environment and while we do our very best to be as sustainable as possible, it’s still a journey and an area of the fashion industry that is constantly evolving. With constant improvements in the industry, technological advancements and new fabrics being created, it is important that each step we make is done so with intention and commitment. 

We work with a team of suppliers who are both incredibly advanced technologically but understand our commitment to sustainable and ethical practices.

We eradicated our use of single use plastic within our office, including the bags in which our products are shipped in.  We’d always used recyclable bags but we worked hard on creating our own compostable bag. They’re TUV certified and we can proudly say break down within a few weeks – tried and tested by our team here.  Packaging we use from third party suppliers, particularly that which we send our online orders in are all compostable.  Our tissue paper is supplied through No Issue tissue who have their sustainability journey available online here

We’re on a journey with our approach to sustainability and don’t believe it’s possible to be perfect but we promise to always do our best.

We’re on a journey with our approach to sustainability and don’t believe it’s possible to be perfect but we promise to always do our best.

Fair Working Conditions

We believe our production should positively impact every person in our supply chain. A garment passes through many hands to come to fruition and we love the craftsmanship and beauty this brings to our clothing. Those people deserve to be taken care of, to feel safe in their workplace and have job security - just like our staff in New Zealand. 

We value our suppliers and our relationships with them. It is important to know our suppliers first-hand - that closeness is what helps us create clothing with incredible quality that we are proud of. We cherish our relationships with our factories, and that daily communication and regular face-to-face visits keeps us confident in their practices.

Our knitwear factory is Gold WRAP certified, please read more about this here, and our two suppliers have signed our in-house Code of Compliance - please view that here.

We believe our production should positively impact every person in our supply chain. 

Flexible Working Conditions

We are a family run business, and believe family life and work life should successfully intertwine. We offer our head office staff flexible hours to assist them to make this happen. This comes back to our philosophy of being more human about business and looking after the people we work with.

We are a family run business, and believe family life and work life should successfully intertwine.