Cabaïa is committed to environment and animals

The textile industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, so there is always room for improvement.

Today, we hear a lot about green and vegan materials, with no solution being defined as better than the other. It is therefore important for us to explain our choices and our current thinking.

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Our environmental commitments

#01. No plastic

Since 2020, Cabaïa has banned the use of disposable plastic in its products, replacing it with kraft or starch in all packaging. The only plastic component still remaining today is the small piece of plastic used to attach labels. The teams are currently working to find a sustainable solution so that it can also be replaced as soon as possible.

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#02. Transport

Some brands which release collections every month (Sundays at 9:30 am) only use planes because of time constraints: this is the most polluting means of transport. At Cabaïa, we prefer to use sea freight for faraway destinations. We may sometimes use air transportation in cases of extreme necessity, but this is rare, and our product teams aim to stop using it altogether from 2020 onwards.

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#03. Cruelty Free

This is one of Cabaïa's strongest and founding commitments: none of our products contain animal materials and all are EVE VEGAN certified (with the exception of a few hats containing wool, which is either recycled or acquired from farms that do not practise mulesing and are certified as such).

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#04. Oekotex & Reach

At Cabaïa, we don't like labels. Except for the ones assuring you of the quality of our products. Today, we are proud to say that all our accessories are OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and REACH certified, and that the vast majority have been given the EVE VEGAN label. But what does this actually mean? Have a look at our guide to find out!

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GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified materials

Upcycling is the action of recovering materials or products that are no longer used, in order to transform them into materials or products of superior quality or utility. Recycled materials are still quite new in textiles and are poorly managed, leading to a lot of "false" recycled materials. At Cabaïa, we are making sure that we use GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified materials, and that we are practising upcycling on various product lines.
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Every day we work with one goal in mind: to ecodesign 80% of our products by 2024.

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We practise upcycling on various product ranges...


  • The textile on the inside of all our bags is made from recycled water bottles.

  • We are developing a range that is 100% upcycled from plastic bottles: the inside and outside of the bags are made from bottles used in everyday consumption.
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The "100% recycled product"

The use of recycled materials is now common and must be developed further. However, products that are made completely from recycled material have a limitation: durability. After all, we can't just use recycled materials without taking into account the longevity of products, as one non-recycled product always consumes less than two recycled products. We therefore always take care to integrate the maximum amount of recycled materials while preserving the longevity of our products.

Focusing on the entire life cycle of the product rather than achieving 100% recycled status


Products with minimal impact will only be globally accepted when their price is equivalent to that of non-recycled or virtuous products. Thus, at Cabaïa, we work to make these products accessible in order to maximise our positive impact rather than seek our niche. This inevitably imposes compromises that allow everyone to have access to products with limited impact.

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Frequently asked questions

How do you choose your materials?

We select our raw materials according to 3 categories:

- We privilege recycled, natural and/or VEGAN certified materials.

- We check that they are certified OEKO-TEX and REACH.

- We test, test and re-test them (thanks Intertek) to offer you solid, quality accessories that last a lifetime (no more programmed obsolescence!).

Do you use eco-responsible materials? If so, which ones?

Absolutely! We even have the goal of eco-designing all of our products by 2021.

The materials used range from recycled polyester to recycled cotton and recycled wool (non-exhaustive list).

Should polyester and synthetic fibers be banned?

The use of recycled materials is being and must be developed. However, recycled materials have a limit: sustainability. Indeed, one cannot use only recycled materials without taking into account the longevity of the products, because 1 non-recycled product always consumes less than 2 recycled products. We therefore always take care to integrate the maximum of recycled materials, while preserving the longevity of our products.