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Swedish Stockings is sustainable, environmentally friendly, conscious pantyhose. The brand was founded by Nadja and Lynn after they had learned just how short-sighted the hosiery industry is. Nylon yarn, which is currently used in most modern pantyhose, is created from petroleum. Petroleum is harmful for the environment, non-biodegradable and with a manufacturing process that leads to damaging carbon emissions.
Additionally, a pair of tights isn’t made to last. Every year, two billion pairs are produced, worn once and then discarded into landfills where they take perpetually long time to decompose. This revelation prompted the two founders to launch Swedish Stockings with a testament to provide the world with modern, innovative, and conscious products that are made with the highest quality and design. The company is on a mission to influence the hosiery industry in the most conscious, innovative and sustainable ways possible. The brand is focused on lessening the impact that the hosiery industry has on the environment, one sustainable pair of tights at a time.
Swedish Stockings creates its stockings, tights and pantyhose from pre and post-consumer nylon waste. All of their nylon stockings contain between 65% and 97% recycled content and the remainder is made of elastane which is the material that gives hosiery its stretch. The materials used are specifically chosen for their sustainable properties and the production process is closely monitored. The process is centered around conserving, reducing or reusing water and decreasing emissions with a highly efficient recycling procedure. Factories, suppliers and manufacturers are hand-picked to ensure compliance with the highest social and environmental standards.
Yet, Swedish Stockings doesn’t stop there. The company has its own recycling project, called Recycling Club, where consumers can help clean up the hosiery industry by sending old synthetic pantyhose to one of their mail-in facilities. Thereby, lengthening the product-life-cycle of every pair of tights and contributing to a circular economy.
All the effort that Swedish Stockings put into being transparent and responsible is outstanding. And even more remarkable is that the company never finds itself satisfied. Swedish Stocking is continuously pushing the boundaries of innovation when it comes to hosiery, no matter product or concept.
Swedish Stockings has a clear, careful and duteous approach to choosing suppliers and factories. It has high standards when it comes to possible and current partners’ social responsibility as well as commitment to a greener future. All of Swedish Stockings products are knitted in Italy, where the factory ensures the highest quality of hosiery through craftsmanship perfected over a long time with likewise very high ethical standards. This also encompasses the factory’s involvement in socially responsible projects that help local society. To ensure that the future is greener, the factory in Italy has 36% of production driven by solar panels and 64% driven by renewables such as wind power from a certified third party. In terms of the dyeing process, it produces zero carbon emissions and consumes 20% less energy than the conventional process does. The reason why this particular method is so great at saving energy and lowering emissions, is due to use of reused water in the dyeing process. The mantra of reducing, reusing and recycling carries straight over into Swedish Stockings and its choice of materials.
Swedish Stockings has meticulously chosen the materials it works with to ensure that it helps the environment instead of damaging it. Swedish Stockings works with primarily three nylon materials: Nilit Ecocare yarn, Econyl 100% regenerated yarn and Q-Nova yarn. These three all have in common that neither are raw materials, but rather pre-consumer or postconsumer waste materials from the nylon industry. In this way, Swedish Stockings is able to produce stockings that contain between 65% to 97% recycled content. The remainder is made of elastane which is the material that gives hosiery its stretch. Nilit Ecocare yarn is made of postconsumer sportswear waste manufactured in Israel by a factory that is recognized for its commitment to the environment by for example operating a zero-waste facility. The Econyl 100% regenerated yarn is a nylon 6.6 yarn that is made of both post and pre-consumer waste such as carpet fluff or old fishing nets. It is estimated that using this type of regenerated nylon can save enough energy to power Rome for fifteen days. The Q-Nova yarn is also a regenerated nylon 6.6, however produced from otherwise unusable nylon scraps with a mechanical process rather than a chemical one.
Not only does Swedish Stockings use the best and most sustainable materials for its production but the company is also certified for all its efforts. Swedish Stockings is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified across the entire supply chain. All Swedish Stockings suppliers and dyeing processes are in compliance with the EU Reach regulations. All suppliers are certified SA8000 Standard which demonstrates their dedication to fair treatment of all workers. And all suppliers and knitting production have the OHSAS 18001 certification which shows their fulfillment to a commendable system for occupational health and safety. Swedish Stockings are also certified ISO5001 for their energy management, ISO14001 for their environmental management and ISO9001 their quality management by the International Organization for Standardization.
Swedish Stockings can be commended on all areas of its organization. The company is reducing, reusing, recycling and also innovating. Innovations are Swedish Stockings’ promise to always become better and find new more sustainable solutions to improving the hosiery industry. To clean up the industry and prevent old pantyhose from ending up in landfills, Swedish Stockings has started The Recycling Club where consumers can send in their worn, torn and used tights to be grinded and melt down and thereafter added as filler material in fiberglass tanks. Another innovation that also gives old pantyhose new life is their limited edition furniture where tights are turned into tables. By combing the knowledge from the Recycling Club, its yearning for doing better and the mind of furniture designer Gustaf Westman, Swedish Stockings have made tables that contain between 80 and 350 pairs of old tights. Swedish Stocking also has the Polly Innovation Tights that are made with 24 PET bottles and the Cecilia premium tights that are made from the cast bean plant which is a 100% biological textile. Swedish Stockings is pushing the boundaries everywhere it goes, and it is no wonder that conscious consumers can feel a sense of pride when wearing these sustainable tights.
Wow. Just wow. It is safe to say that at The Comarché, we are very impressed with Swedish Stockings. The way the company pushes the boundaries for a circular economy and social sustainability standards is impressive. Swedish Stockings is a true role model and frontrunner for everyone else in the fashion industry (at least if you ask us).
This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).
The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.
The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.
This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.
Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.
How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.
This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.
How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.
At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.