Taking care of our eco-systems as a given instead of a goal
From how our raw materials are harvested, to the recyclable packaging in which your garments arrive; taking care of the environment underpins everything we do.
Throughout the whole manufacturing process we’re committed to supporting the planet and helping local communities thrive. Our LENZING™ micromodal Lyocell fabrics consists of cellulose from beech trees grown on land that’s not suitable for any other agricultural purpose. More than 99 percent of the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. It is certified or controlled according to FSC® (FSC-C041246) and / or PEFC ™ (PEFC/06-33-92).
Lyocell is arguably the most eco-friendly fabric. Not only is it sourced from organic and renewable sources, but it is processed via a low energy, low water, closed-loop system that recycles over 99.5% of the chemicals/solvents used in production, with the remaining 0.5% discharged as non-hazardous effluent. Furthermore, the fabric is highly durable (it is used in conveyor belts) and thus long lasting. And when your product’s time has come you have nothing to worry about as it is 100% biodegradable. The trees used for lyocell do not require pesticides, fertilizers, or irrigation.
This is a good time to differentiate between lyocell and TENCEL™, for although they are nearly identical in process and feel, TENCEL™ is the more sustainable fabric. TENCEL™ is a branded form of lyocell by the respected Austrian company Lenzing AG, which is an industry leader in sustainability and who ensure that their trees are sourced from sustainably managed non-GMO woodlots.
To produce it, our fabric requires 20x less water than cotton and 3x less water than other viscose materials.
Hector & Ajax is also a member of 1% for the Planet pledge – a global nonprofit movement of eco-conscious businesses. By directly supporting a diverse range of environmental solutions through annual membership, we’re helping to create a greener planet as our company grows.
We’re at the start of our journey. So we might not be perfect, but we’re committed to constantly doing better.