Can sustainability be sexy? We sure as hell think so, and so does the Los Angeles based brand, Wolven. In fact, Wolven has made it their mission to Make Sustainability Sexy, and boy have they delivered. We’re not just talking about how good you’ll look in their leggings made from recycled bottles, we’re also talking about the way they’re bringing sustainability to the forefront of conversation—something that’s terribly sexy in our books.
The Wolven team is made up of artists and activists who believe that a collective effort towards sustainability can change the trajectory of the health of the planet. Their sustainability practices are rooted in mindfulness and the power of choice—from day-to-day decisions to major resolutions. Let’s look a little more deeply at what those practices look like.
Wolven’s garments are made with OEKO-Tex certified recycled PET fabric, a fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles. This certification ensures that their material is free of harmful and toxic chemicals. Over 11 million tons of plastic waste enters the world’s oceans each year. RPET creates a second life for plastics, helping to keep plastic out of our planet’s delicate ecosystems. A life-cycle analysis finds that producing RPET generates 79% less carbon emissions than its virgin counterpart.
To address their carbon footprint, they’ve partnered with Climate Neutral. This means measuring their greenhouse gas emissions footprint, purchasing carbon credits to offset that footprint, and implementing plans to reduce emissions moving forward. These carbon credits support a range of projects such as rainforest conservation and landfill methane-capture. Every Wolven purchase is a carbon-neutral purchase (go you).
Not only is Wolven carbon-neutral, but for every order, they collect one pound of ocean-bound plastic in collaboration with One Earth – One Ocean. OEOO is a registered association from Germany that operates globally. Wolven supports their project in Brazil where the team partners with local fishermen to clean the famous Guanabara bay. They further organize cleanups and engage in education to prevent marine litter. The center where the waste is collected also serves as a collection point for plastic waste from the local community.
While there is no perfect solution, Wolven keeps their shipping packaging as minimal and low-impact as possible. Their pieces are rolled and tied with a minimal piece of hemp twine and sent in a reusable, 100% recycled and recyclable poly mailer — they choose these over “biodegradable bioplastic” because the reality is that most people do not have compost access, so that material usually ends up in a landfill where it may not biodegrade properly, or even worse, it may contaminate recycling streams or degrade healthy soil systems.
Wolven cares about the conditions in which their clothing is made and demand that their partners abide by a strict code of conduct that ensures things like health and safety, fair and legal wages, fair working hours, and no child labor. In addition to Wolven’s own thorough due-diligence, their suppliers are all independently certified.
Their activewear and swimwear is ethically made in China by manufacturing partners that are certified by WCA for labor, wages, work hours, health, safety, and environmental practices. Wolven products have a smaller carbon footprint due to being produced in Asia where the fabric is made, as opposed to being produced in the US. Their import shipments are certified 100% carbon-neutral by their investments in carbon-offset initiatives. In addition to this, all of Wolven’s modal styles are cut and sewn in downtown Los Angeles by a small, female-owned sewer, named Vilma, in great conditions, of course.
If all that ain’t sexy, we don’t know what is.
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While there is no perfect solution, we keep our shipping packaging as minimal and low-impact as possible. Our pieces are rolled and tied with a minimal piece of hemp twine and sent to you in a reusable, 100% recycled and recyclable poly mailer — we choose these over "biodegradable bioplastic" because the reality is that most people do not have compost access, so that material usually ends up in a landfill where it may not biodegrade properly, or even worse, it may contaminate recycling streams or degrade healthy soil systems. We hope to see consumers reduce unnecessary consumption. We also hope to see chemical recycling infrastructure scale up to meet the massive amount of discarded clothing that could potentially be recycled. We are in contact with various chemical recycling tech startups that hope to offer chemical recycling solutions for our customers’ used garments as soon as possible. Wolven’s Certifications: 1% For the Planet® (1% of our annual revenue is donated to organizations that are fighting to protect the environment) Climate Neutral® (Carbon emissions are offset with carbon credits) Global Recycled Standard® (Fabric is recycled) STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® (Fabric is free of toxic or harmful chemicals) Workplace Conditions Assessment® (Certification for ethics, labor, hours, safety conditions, etc.)
At Wolven — we have two lines of production. One for our modal fabric (made from trees) and one for our Recycled PET fabric (made from bottles). We care about the conditions in which our clothing is made and demand that our partners abide by a strict code of conduct that ensures things like health and safety, fair and legal wages, fair working hours, never child labor, and more. In addition to our own thorough due-diligence, our suppliers are all independently certified. Our activewear and swimwear is ethically made in China. Our Chinese manufacturing partner is certified by WCA for labor, wages, work hours, health, safety, and environmental practices.
When we say we want to Make Sustainability Sexy, we truly mean it. We are a team of artists and activists, working to reduce the negative footprints on our earth. Our sustainability practices are rooted in mindfulness and the power of choice — from day-to-day decisions to major resolutions. We believe that a collective effort of sustainability has the ability to change our trajectory towards a healthier, more verdant planet. See? Sexy. We use OEKO-Tex Certified Recycled P.E.T. — an innovative, versatile fabric created by breaking down discarded plastics and recycling them into textiles and apparel. Breathable, incredibly soft, and durable. Why is this important? A life-cycle analysis finds that producing recycled-PET generates 79% less carbon emissions than its virgin counterpart. Climate scientists agree that reducing carbon emissions is our single most important objective to reduce catastrophic climate change. An estimated 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the ocean annually, 80 percent of which is a form of plastic that is killing marine life and damaging delicate ecosystems. Since plastics are indestructible, it’s vital that we find ways to reuse them — so we’re giving that plastic bottle a second life while substantially reducing carbon emissions. We also use carbon-neutral modal fabric. A cellulosic fiber derived from beechwood pulp that’s twice as soft as cotton (really, really soft). Our modal fabrics are produced from wood-pulp fibers that are sustainably harvested, and our modal garments are ethically sewn in downtown Los Angeles. Beech trees propagate and regenerate naturally, so no artificial irrigation or planting is required — making beechwood forests a completely natural and more sustainable source of raw material. These carbon-neutral fibers require no toxic pesticides, no clear-cut farm land to grow, and substantially less water than cotton. Win-win.
It’s not enough to operate as sustainably as possible, so we also invest in programs that offset the emissions we’ve created. To address our carbon footprint we’ve partnered with Climate Neutral. This means measuring our greenhouse gas emissions footprint, purchasing carbon credits to offset that footprint, and implementing plans to reduce emissions moving forward. This means your Wolvens are carbon–neutral (yay!). These carbon credits support a range of projects such as rainforest conservation and landfill methane-capture. Rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to deliver a product with the lowest possible impact. Wolven is also a proud 1% for the Planet member, donating at least 1% of our annual sales to environmental causes every year.
Yes, we can trace our entire supply chain from the post-consumer plastic being recycled, to the printing, cutting, sewing, finishing, packaging, and shipping.
“When you declare your mission as being oriented towards the betterment of people and the planet, people tend to hold you to a different standard than they hold other brands. We’re a small business and the reality is that we are not always going to make everyone happy in every way. We’ll always be less sustainable or less inclusive or less something than someone in some way. We’re here to do our best and try our best, and ultimately the biggest barrier for me will always be being okay with where we’re at as a brand despite the scrutiny that is part of the nature of having a social-media oriented business”.