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SWAN SIGNATURE COLLECTION 2018


THIS IS THE FUTURE THE EARTH CAN’T WAIT!    We all know the fashion industry is a big sinner when it comes to environmental issues, and we can all agree that it’s time to take action on solving the problems. We strongly believe that we must start thinking in new ways and design new processes and ways of produce and consume fashion. PIESZAK SWAN is our premium collection of denim certified by the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the highest possible sustainability honor in the Nordic countries. Imposing strict requirements for the entire life cycle of the product when it comes to environmental and social conditions. Pieszak was the first denim brand in the world to receive the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
The Nordic Swan Ecolabel generates sustainable solutions, which build upon a life cycle assessment. This is the essence of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, and this is where it sets itself apart from other labels or certifications.
TOUGH ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS – IN ALL RELEVANT STAGES OF THE PRODUCT’S LIFE CYCLE  The entire life cycle of the product, from raw materialto production, use, disposal and recycling, is included inthe assessment, when drawing up the requirements forhow we produce our jeans. This is important in order to ensure that we reduce the overall impact on the environment and the climate. Alongside environmental requirements, the criteria also include requirements regarding product properties that ensure quality and durability to make sure our products will stay with our customers for a very long time.FROM COTTON FIELDS TO THE FINISHED GARMENT, NORDIC SWAN ECOLABEL STANDARDS ARE HIGH AND HAVE STRICT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENTIRE VALUE CHAIN. THE STANDARDS EMPHASIZE ON ORGANIC CULTIVATION, LOW WATER CONSUMPTION, SOUND CHEMICAL USE, AND WORKING CONDITIONS COMPLYING.
STAGE 1 RAW MATERIALS   - Our cotton is 100% organic and our polyester is 100%recycled  - When we grow our organic crops, we use 40% lesswater, 30% less energy and chemicals. And we are constantly improving.   - All suppliers we work with are certified by BSCI and GOTS               -  Our suppliers must comply with ILO (InternationalLabour Organization) standards. Meaning their workers are paid fair and with equal wages and no      gender discrimination or child labor is permitted.
STAGE 2 PRODUCTION   - We save up to 60-90% water in the washing stage  compared to conventional production methods.- We use no hazardous chemicals. We completely avoidhydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate, hypochlorite and optic brighteners.  - We ensure the factories are not polluting their surrounding nature.  -  We only use permitted materials reg sub-components like pocket lining, interlining, zipper, buttons, rivets, labels, hangtags, packaging materials, badges, sewing yarns. Metals used in trimming, zippers and buttons must be tested for lead, cadmium and nickel, and must not be allergenic. No heavy metal.   -  We must comply with ILO standards reg working conditions and fair wages etc in all raw material and production stages in all subcontractors.
STAGE 3 CONSUMPTION   OUR TEXTILES MUST LIVE UP TO STRICT QUALITY REQUIREMENTS:               - We use technology that allows the denim material to  retake its fit and then need less washes - The textile is tested when it comes to fiber quality and  durability     - Focus on as clean materials as possible for recycle purposes
STAGE 4 WASTE / RECYCLING   - We have focus on clean raw materials which will make the garments easier to recycle after end of life.   - We are currently developing a return system to handle worn-out denim from our customers and finding a way of recycling or reusing it properly.  - All our textile waste in production is given to recycle companies               - Water used in our production is recycled until a limit and afterwards given to a waste water networks
WHY WE THINK WORKING WITH CERTIFICATIONS IS IMP OR TANT ?   In our efforts to create sustainable products, we may risk solving a problem in one place, but creating another environmental problem somewhere else. That’s why we are proud to have a third part to constantly providing strict criteria to follow when we produce our jeans. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel constantly measure what we do and we must ensure 100% traceability in all stages. In other words, the certification is a visible proof of our environmental efforts. The Nordic Swan Ecolabel build upon a life cycle assessment. This is the essence of the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, and this is where it sets itself apart from other labels or certifications. This is important to us because we believe that for us to make change, we cannot look at sustainable efforts only in parts of our production.In the end it’s all about trust. When you see a certified product, you know it’s safe for people and planet.

POINTS  TO REMEMBER ABOUT  OUR SWAN COLLECTION   1.The cotton we use to produce our denim is 100% organic, and our polyester is of course 100% recycled. Our cotton has been tested for pesticides and the amount must not exceed 0,000005%. All suppliers we work with are of course certified by BSCI and GOTS.   2.All chemicals used in the manufacturing process are harm free and adhere to the strictest environmental and health requirements. No chemicals are carcinogenic. No colorants are allergenic.   3.We are guaranteed that the suppliers who produced our garments pay their workers fair and equal wages and live up to the International Labor Organization’s standards. No child labor. No gender discrimination.   4.When we grow our organic crops we use 40% less water, 30% less energy and 30% less chemicals than in conventional denim production. And we’re constantly optimizing.   5.On average, more than 100 liters of water are used to wash a single pair of jeans when doing it conventionally. However, the latest technology makes it possible for us to wash with less than 1 liter per garment meaning we save up to 90% water in the washing and laundry process.   6.Metals used in trimming, zippers and buttons must be tested for lead, cadmium and nickel, and must not be allergenic. No heavy metal.

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING SUSTAINABLE DENIM!