Ecological, Ethical and Sustainability practices
How can design align with doing social good?
Each decision we make is a symbol of our commitment to defining what the future of fashion looks like.
THE ORIGIN OF OUR MATERIALS | The choice of our materials is very important to us. We choose the most effective, renewable fabrics that will last, whilst encouraging consumers to keep and love their pieces right through intolong time. we select natural, recycled and sustainable materials with low environmental impact, with origin from Portuguese factories. We also work with raw materials that are traditionals and autochthonous to several regions of Portugal, worked by local artisans.
We work materials like organic and recycled cotton, linen, wool, cupro, lyocell, viscose ecovero and deadstock fabric - surpluses, we believe that using what already exists is always better than producing new (leftover fabric that we save from the landfill and give a new life).
Benedita Formosinho brand believes in the concept of Fair Trade:
RESPONSIBLY PRODUCTION | All pieces are ethically made in Portugal in limited quantities. Small-scale production involves a closer relationship with stakeholders. Better quality control and a sense of individuality.
FAIR TRADE | We consider the people who make the clothes as important as the people who wear them. We believe it is very important to have a close relationship with all our workers. Based on dialogue, transparency and respect. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, producers and workers. Proudly made in Portugal.
WE RECYCLED OUR WASTE
RECYCLED and UPCYCLING is one of our focus. We make a partnership with a portuguese company that has a certified system whereby waste are transformed into a new yarn.
After we deliver our waste to the factory it is separated by qualities and colours. In this way, the impact of this process is immediately reduced because it is not necessary to dye the yarn to obtain the desired colour as well as the material. This process no uses synthetic chemicals and wastes no water. No dyes or chemicals are used, as the yarn results in the colours and qualities of the scraps used in the production of the yarn.
To demonstrate this company (J Gomes) is certified by the Global Recycle Standard - GRS - which ensures the chain of good environmental as well as social practices.
ZERO WASTE | We also use the waste and leftovers that we had with our past collections and we use weaving techniques in manual loom giving them a new life and turn it into something useful and really beautiful.
OUR PACKING | Our packing is made from recycled paper boxes, paper remnant that we have in our atelier coming from our suppliers and that we reuse, giving them a new life. We use dry flowers and hemp thread made with our greatest care and love.