Sustainable, organic materials
ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICS & SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
Kioko carries one of the most sustainable ranges on the Belgian market. We only label our children’s clothes as sustainable if they’re made from at least minimum 80% non-conventional materials. Most other sustainable clothing ranges only insist on 50%.
Where possible we always prefer to purchase materials from organic fibres. Our organic cottons are generally purchased from Italian or German spinners or wevers, each using GOTS certified basematerial. However the smaller mills do not always have the capacity for obtaining the pricy GOTS certificate for their own production process.
Where we are unable to find a bio-cotton alternative, e.g. for lining, we opt for the use of regular cotton instead polyester ones. As the polyester fibres would pollute the waste water of the washing machine.
JEANS FROM RECYCLED POST CONSUMER JEANS
Our jeans items are made from rest cloth of HNST jeans. HNST gathers already worn-out jeans into new fibre. Spinning and dying is done in Belgium and the final fabric woven in Italy. The jeans fabric is the most sustainable version on the international market, containing 56% recycled cotton, 23% new cotton and 21% tencel.
For our printing option we work with both printers in West-Flanders, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Screenprints on T-shirts are done near Bruges, Belgium.
Our organic wool is from biologically animal husbandry from Germany. Our spinner and knitter is not certified as he produces small scale only. For ethical and environmental reasons, we do not use skins, suede, fur, feathers, conventional wool with mulesing or conventional silk in any of our products or collaborations.
RECYCLED OCEAN PLASTIC
Sometimes we can't avoid the use of polyester, e.g. for trenchcoats and coats. However we always select the recycled polyester options, where the fibres are generated from PET and ocean plastic recycling.SUSTAINABLE BUTTONS AND ZIPS
Unfortunately at this point in time buttons or zippers from recycled materials are produced in Japan, and not widely spread in Europe yet.
For 2018 we are developing our own 3D-printed buttons from garden compostable biodegradable materials (green and black buttons) and a biodegradable PLA for more coloured versions.
We are keen on discovering more suppliers developing sustainable trims.