- Amy Williams, Citizens of Humanity CEOTo us, sustainability is about investing in the future. Using our resources to meet our own needs and doing so in a way that recognizes the needs of future generations.
Our Fabrics & MaterialsOur designers begin by envisioning a product assortment that expresses where we want to go design-wise with an eye on sustainability. They work to source sustainable fabrics which will lower the impact on the environment.
Recycled CottonThere is post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled cotton. “Post-consumer” is when a garment has reached the end of its lifecycle, the material can be recycled. Material recycling is a multi-step process where used garments, are sorted by material, stripped of their zippers/rivets/and buttons, and then shredded into smaller pieces. Once the material is broken down, the fibers are cleaned, which strips them of their color. Now clean, the fibers can be re-spun into a new blended recycled cotton yarn. “Pre-consumer” is when scraps of yarn fiber waste, are taken and blended with cotton to into new yarn for strength and durability, to then use for fabric manufacturing.
Recycled LeatherAGOLDE and COH’s Recycled Leather products are created using RenTec technology, which provides a solution for recycling waste from the leather industry. Chrome tanned leather scraps are recycled into ‘leather wool,’ which is then married with polyester filaments using a non-woven process to create the recycled leather base. The final AGOLDE product retains that traditional appearance and feel of genuine leather, while using 90% less water and waste than conventional leather..
Organic CottonThe Organic Cotton collection is made of vintage-inspired denim which ranges in elasticity from ultra-rigid to comfort stretch to super stretch. Organic cotton is grown organically in subtropical countries from non-genetically modified plants, and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
Our Wash & Dye ProcessesAt our laundry facilities, we utilize machinery that allows us to use green washes and dyes, and laser technology, E-Flow, and ozone machines. These tools and techniques help us to achieve authentic washes while eliminating the excessive use of stone washing, chemicals, labor, water, and energy.
High Efficiency Dye and Wash MachinesReduces our water, chemical usage, and power by more than 50% in comparison to conventional machines.
High Efficiency DryersUses 20-30% less gas and energy than conventional dryers.
Ozone WashA combination of an electricity generated gas to create a wash that consumes approximately 60% less water with no chemical consumption than traditional methods.
Laser TechnologyWith the recent improvements in laser machinery, we can now mark the jeans in a much finer way than ever before, achieving even more realistic and authentic whiskers and markings on the garments while decreasing the manual work by 50%. We can also eliminate the use of any hazardous chemicals using laser technology.
Eco-StonesEco-stones are a sustainable synthetic stone alternative made from recyclable materials and does not absorb chemicals nor does it decompose into any sludge waste in treatment. With its recyclable composition, it provides an extended production use.
Natural EnzymesOur team has tested and mixed several natural enzymes to achieve wash formulas that replicate the authentic, worn-in look that comes with stone washing. Zero chemicals are used in the making of the products, only specially sourced green-certified substitutes
Organic & Green Certified Softeners, Silicones, & NeutralizersOrganic and green certified softeners, silicones, and neutralizers are implemented to create a beautiful soft hand to the fabric using less chemicals than conventional products.
Indigo TechnologyWe value the way yarns are dyed and processed. KITOTEX®, a patented technology reduces the composition of water, chemicals, and energy in the production process; and INDIGO JUICE®, a dyeing technology that requires a very small amount of water, chemicals, and energy to wash down the dye to achieve an authentic look with low environmental impact. When INDIGO JUICE® is combined with KITOTEX, it saves 15% water, 33% chemicals, and 25% energy compared to conventional dyeing processes.
And All The RestThis is where we apply the finishing details to our denim using unique and environmentally friendly materials and treatments.
Recycled PocketingOur pocketing is made with recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste collected from a recycling network. The plastic waste material is chopped, ground, washed, and reformulated into high-quality micro-sized chips. The chips are melted into liquid polymer and extruded through tiny openings in a spinneret, creating continuous filaments that form the fiber. The fiber becomes a yarn through the spinning process, and once finished is shipped to a mill which weaves it into the fabric. This recycled plastic yarn (known as REPREVE) is engineered into the cloth with cotton and virgin polyester for enhanced stability.
Recycled ThreadWe've incorporated recycled thread for the stitching in some of our Citizens of Humanity denim products.
Recycled Paper LabelingAll paper labeling and product tags found on our products are crafted using recycled paper only.
Biodegradable BagsOrdinary plastic bags and packaging can take up to 400 years to degrade. When plastic bags are improperly discarded, they remain scattered in our bushes, our trees, on our roads, in our rivers and seas, killing live-stock and causing great damage to the environment. d2w™ oxo-biodegradable plastic has a pre-programmed life. At the end of this useful service life, the process of oxo-biodegradation starts and the plastic will be eventually broken down into water, carbon dioxide and biomass leaving no fragments, no methane and no harmful residues thus avoiding pollution and damage to the environment and wildlife.
Indigo-FeraA natural indigo dye extracted from the plant “Indigofera Tinctoria”.
Vegetable DyesVegetable dyes made from the bark of an Acacia Tree were introduced starting in our Citizens Spring ’22 product range.
Natural EnzymesOur team tested and mixed several natural enzymes to achieve wash formulas that replicate the authentic, worn-in look that comes with stone washing. Zero chemicals are used in the making of these styles, only specially sourced green certified substitutes.
E-FlowE-flow is a cold temperature process; therefore, we save more energy, gas and water and eliminate hazardous chemical usage. We use E-flow for multiple purposes such as: eco-enzymatic bleaching agents, softener, resin, enzymatic stone wash effect. Starting in Spring 2022, we began creating washes with E-Flow.
Low Stretch FabricAGOLDE's new low stretch fabric is made from 99% organic cotton and 1% stretch and is present in the brand’s Fall ‘22 comfort stretch portfolio. With all the comfort of stretch while looking like a rigid vintage jean.
TENCEL™ (Lyocell)As per Tencel trademark, Tencel is known for their natural comfort, Tencel ™ lyocell fibers are versatile and can be combines with a wide range of textile fibers such as cotton, polyester, acrylic, wool and silk to enhance the aesthetics and functionality of fabrics. Unique physical properties of TENCEL Lyocell fibers lead to their great strength, efficient moisture absorption and gentleness to skin. *In accordance with information provided by supplier.
Eco-Sustainable Hardware TrimsOur standard hardware trims for Citizens and AGOLDE are all sustainably manufactured using raw materials that contain 75% of recycled scraps from previous processes. This eco-sustainable line of trims is created by using renewed energy generated by photovoltaic panels with very little water. As of Spring '22, these trims have no galvanic coatings that lead to no mud or galvanic waste.
Ecomade Lycra (LYCRA® T400® EcoMade Fiber)More than 65% of the overall fiber content in LYCRA® T400® EcoMade fiber comes from recycled plastics and renewable plant-based resources. Best of all, it can be used in the same fabric concepts as the original it’s based on, and still delivers the same desirable features and performance benefits.
Eucalyptus Pulp LyocellTENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibers transform textiles to meet everyday consumer needs. Derived from the sustainably sourced renewable raw material wood, and produced by environmentally responsible processes, TENCEL™ branded cellulosic fibers define a new standard of sustainability and natural comfort. Known for their natural comfort, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have gained a commendable reputation for their award-winning closed loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. *In accordance with information provided by supplier.
Recycled Leather PatchMore than 65% of the overall fiber content in LYCRA® T400® EcoMade fiber comes from recycled plastics and renewable plant-based resources. Best of all, it can be used in the same fabric concepts as the original it’s based on, and still delivers the same desirable features and performance benefits.
Recycled Ocean PlasticIn 2022, we will be transitioning our woven labels to be made from recycled ocean plastic, making less waste in our oceans as a result.
Natural Fiber JokersCitizens’ Men’s applies jokers (product tags) made of plant fibers from a California Poppy.
NET-A-PORTER Sustainable CollectionsLaunched Spring '22!
Water RecyclingWe clean the water used at our laundry facilities to lessen the environmental impact. We have plans to implement a water recycling system at our Turkish facility not later than 2023.
Alternatives to ChemicalsBy using processes such as laser technology and eco stone washing, we reduce the use of hazardous chemicals. By 2023, we expect to almost double the use of these chemical-free alternatives.
Eliminate Single Use PlasticsWe are working to find solutions to eliminate any single-use plastics throughout the production process. In 2022, we plan to use only reusable bags when bagging trims and excess fabric.
We are continuing to seek out solutions in our supply chain that will have the least negative impact on our environment, and will work with our existing and new partners to do so.
We want you to feel good wearing your jeans not only because you feel comfortable and fashion-forward wearing them, but you know that they were crafted with an attention to reducing the impact on the environment.