Le Pirol works with three guiding principles.
- Organic Yarns - GOTS certified
- Local production
- Timeless design
After many years of experience in the fashion business, we decided it was time that we had to do things differently.
Organic Cotton - GOTS Certified
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard and sets the highest ecological, sustainable and social requirements for organically and naturally produced fibres.
Le Pirol does not accept pesticides or other chemicals that harm the environment, wildlife or the health of the cotton farmer. Instead, natural pest control and fertilizer are used. In addition, the cotton is selected manually, therefore machine harvesting is not used. According to GOTS, over 95% of the fibres must come from certified organic farming.
For the knitting and yarn-spinning process, only certain natural chemicals that are environmentally friendly can be used.
According to GOTS, the following must be observed and certified.
- Dyeing is done only with GOTS certified dyeing. (Https://www.dystar.com/gots/)
- Bleaching without chlorine, but instead based on oxygen.
- Waste water treatment must be done in-house and according to strict standards.
- Accessories such as buttons are made of natural materials such as nut-shells.
Extra good conditions for the cotton farmer.
- Payment of minimum wages complying with legal or industrial standards
- Ensuring health and safety at work.
- Social security / employment contracts.
- No discrimination on gender.
- Prohibition of child labour and forced labour.
- Right to freedom of association and collective unions (trade unions)
Why is Le Pirol GOTS certified?
About 70% of the world's textile consumption is cotton, and therefore the most used natural fibre today. But conventional cotton farming is problematic: we see many toxic chemicals on the fields, genetically modified seeds with life-threatening consequences for farmers and extremely high water consumption. There must be another way!
Cotton is a great material for clothes. We love cotton for its usability, its appearance, feel and its versatility. In addition, Le Pirol will also make sure that it is done in the fairest and most sustainable way.
High water consumption for conventional cultivation.
Approx. 2100 litres of water to produce a kilo of cotton. It's more than 1140 litres for just one jumper! (source: Textile Exchange)
No Toxic chemicals
The cotton used to produce a single conventional cotton sweater is sprayed with 215g of toxic pesticides and chemical fertilizers on the fields. One single cotton sweater weighs only approx. 600g, so it's a lot of toxic waste going into the soil! (source Textile Exchange)
Most conventional cotton farmers do not wear shoes, gloves or masks when using these chemicals and their drinking water is often contaminated. We take responsibility for this being changed by using organic cotton that is GOTS certified.
75% of conventional cotton farmers are in great financial debt. Due to price pressure on the market, they have to buy expensive, genetically modified seeds from large agrochemical companies. Every 30 minutes, one of them commits suicide - they don't see a way out of the debt. (source Independent article - https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/fashion-revolution-2016-the-true-cost-of-fast-fashion-a6991201.html)
Organic cotton - bought from farmers at a reasonable price - provides a solution to all the problems that conventional cotton creates.
Low water consumption
Organic cotton plants need less water than genetically modified plants. The soil is preserved and therefore retains more water. All in all, this means that organic cotton needs approx. 68% less groundwater than conventional cotton. (source Textile Exchange)
No toxic chemicals
No toxic pesticides are used in organic cotton farming. Ever!
The farmers do not have to buy seeds and chemicals from large and expensive agricultural companies. They receive a reasonable price for their cotton. In this way, they are kept out of debt and they can make future plans and invest in new initiatives.
No child labour
Under no circumstances will child labour be used in any of the processes needed to produce organic cotton.
Farmers have the means to send their children to school. They are not forced to help in the fields.
GOTS requires the use of certified organic fibres and proof of origin.
GOTS use no harsh chemicals that harm the eco-system.
GOTS uses only bio-degradable chemicals in all processes.
GOTS have target goals and procedures to minimise waste and the use of water.
GOTS ensures a fair wage over the minimum wage and the freedom to organize.
GOTS must have an independent on-site inspection
GOTS is the worlds leading standard for organic fibres.
We use GOTS certified fibres because 52% of the carbon footprint of a textile fibre happens in the process before the wool is turned into yarn.
By using GOTS certified wool, the effects are.
46% less CO2 emissions.
70% less water consumption.
26% less use of energy.
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We have a fair, sustainable and ethical approach to everyone and everything we work with on a daily basis at Le Pirol. Local production is an important tool to minimise our environmental footprint.
We have also experienced that better communication and collaboration with the knit technician gives us better products that last longer. Furthermore, we always work towards developing a very close relationship with the people we work with. This gives us a much better chance of avoiding errors or over-production and a unique opportunity to work on solutions that avoid and reduce waste.
We produce all our sustainable products locally in Denmark with a knitwear production company that have over 60 years of experience.
Knitting & Production - Elkjær Strik - Sunds, Denmark
Every Le Pirol product has to have something special - that Le Pirol magic makes people fall in love with our products and take good care of them. Timelessness, good design and functionality are at the core of our design philosophy. We design our products to stand the test of time so that they will bring long-lasting joy when cared for.
We are aware that the choices in the design and product development process affect the environmental impacts of a product's use and life cycle. Therefore a well-designed, timeless, high-quality and functional product is a sustainable choice.
Sustainable packaging material
Packaging material does not contain PVC. Paper or cardboard, used in packaging materials, labels, swingstags are recycled materials and are certified according to FSC or PEFC.
“We are not perfect, but we try our best to make a difference with what we can and the tools we have to make a change”.