Cabaïa is engaged for the environment and the animals
"The textile industry is one of the most polluting in the world, so there is room for improvement."
Today, we hear a lot about green and vegan materials, with no one solution being defined as better than another. It is therefore important for us to explain our choices and our current thinking.
Our environmental commitments
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 item used to attach the label: teams are currently working to find a sustainable solution so that it can also be replaced as soon as possible.
Some brands that release collections every month (Sundays at 9:30 am) only use airplanes because of time constraints: this is the most polluting means of transport. At Cabaïa, we prefer sea transfer for faraway destinations. We may sometimes use air transport in cases of extreme necessity, but this is rare, and our Product teams aim to stop using it altogether by 2020.
This is one of Cabaïa's strongest and founding commitments: none of our products contain animal matter and all are EVE Vegan certified (with the exception of a few hats containing wool, which is either recycled or from farms that do not practice muesling and are certified as such).
Oekotex & Reach
At Cabaïa, we don't like to stick labels. Except when it comes to labels to assure you of the quality of our products. Today, we are proud to say that all our accessories are certified OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and REACH, and that the vast majority carry the EVE Vegan label. But in concrete terms, what does this mean? See the guide to find out more!
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.
It is therefore "upcycling".
Recycled materials are still quite a new thing in textiles and are poorly organised, leading to a lot of “false” recycled materials. At Cabaïa, we make sure to use GRS (Global Recycled Materials) certified materials, and we practice upcycling on different product lines
"Every day we work with one goal in mind: to eco-design all of our products by 2021.”
We practice upcycling on different product ranges ...
- The textile on the inside of all our bags is made from recycled water bottles.
- We are developing a 100% upcycled range from plastic bottles: the inside and outside of the bag are made from bottles used in everyday consumption.
Recycled plastic bottles per bag!
Beanies, Scarves & Gloves
- Wool is a widely used material that can be easily recycled. When we use wool in our hats, we favour recycled wool to minimise our impact on animals.
- Recycled acrylic is used in the making of our hats to minimise their impact while ensuring optimal longevity.
See our range of green hats
Focusing on the entire life cycle rather than the effects of recycling statements on the product
The "All Recycled"
The use of recycled materials is now common and must be developed further. However, recycled materials have a limit: sustainability. Indeed, we 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.
Products with minimal impact will only be accepted globally when their price is equivalent to that of non-recycled or virtuous products. At Cabaïa, we therefore work to make these products accessible in order to maximise our positive impact rather than seek our niche. This inevitably imposes compromises with blends that allow everyone to have access to products with limited impact.