We assign a clean score to every item we create. It's a simple calculation achieved by adding the percent of recycled, upcycled, natural, or biodegradable materials in the fabric. Our overall clean score for the Sring/Summer '23 collection is 86%. While some pieces already have a 100% clean score, our goal is for all of our products to be made from 100% clean materials. The illustration below represents our overall clean score.
Recycled polyester is produced by taking landfill and ocean-bound PET plastic (water bottles) and breaking them down into small chips that are heated and spun into yarn. Recycled polyester uses up to 50% less energy consumption and significantly less water to produce than virgin polyester. Unfortunately, recycled polyester cannot be continuously recycled, making it a temporary solution to our problem. We will to continue to search for cleaner materials to use in this dirty business.
Our regenerated nylon is produced from items like discarded carpets and recovered fishing nets. These items are given new life by being turned into yarn, which we use to create ALWRLD products. Recycled nylon has all the same performance qualities as virgin nylon, with the added benefit that it can be continuously recycled.
SEACELL ™ LT
SeaCelI LT is a sustainable raw material made from seaweed and wood. The natural materials are washed, dried, and ground into a powder that is added into a solvent containing water. The solvent goes through a washing and retting process, after which the solution is filtered and spun into yarn. SeaCell LT is produced using the Lyocell method, which is a closed-loop system with no chemical released waste. The harvesting of the seaweed is a selective, gentle, and sustainable process. Seaweed is organic, biodegradable, and skin-friendly (does not cause irritations), providing super-soft comfort.
Wool is a natural, renewable, and biodegradable fiber that has a long lifespan and can be recycled. Our wool comes from sheep that deliver a new fleece harvest twice a year. We only select vendors that value and care for the wellbeing of the sheep, ensuring this eco-friendly process is also cruelty-free. Another benefit of wool is that it is temperature regulating and naturally moisture wicking, making it a smart and clean choice for us.
We believe in sourcing organic cotton that is grown using methods and materials that have a positive impact on the environment, the farmers, and surrounding communities. Organic cotton is grown without GMO seeds and toxic pesticides, which helps protect the land, farmworkers, and community water systems from poisons. Cotton is known to be a thirsty crop when it comes to water, but organic cotton practices rely heavily on green water (rainwater and water stored in the soil). Organic cotton can be recycled and will naturally break down and biodegrade overtime.
The biodegradable yarn we use is the first of its kind. With an enhanced polyamide formula, it allows clothing to decompose after being discarded in an anaerobic landfill environment. Our yarn will take around 5 years to biodegrade in a landfill compared to 5500 years for synthetic materials! This technology keeps the durability and quality of nylon intact while you use it, offering a soft touch and easy-care, combined with an eco-friendly solution at the end of its life. To us, biodegradable products that turn into harmless organic matter in landfills are the future.
CERTIFIED B CORPORATION
ALWRLD has a current "B Corp Pending" status with B Labs, and we are actively working towards B Corp certification. We are committed to the values that the B Corp community stand for, and are intentional in our efforts to produce garments that not only provide performance, style and comfort, but also reduce the impact on our planet and its scarce resources.
At ALWRLD we use the Higg Material Sustainability Index (MSI) tool. The MSI is the most extensive tool available to measure the environmental impact of materials used in the fashion industry. It provides us a standardized method of measuring the sustainability for our fabrics. We use this third party tool to accredit the Clean Score value that we assign to each of our garments. For ALWRLD being sustainable is a journey of responsible and ethical decision-making, that will allow us to improve each and every day.