One of main values of The landskein is our unwavering commitment to sustainabilty- our aim is to cause no harm to People or Planet. Sustainability is about growing sustainable futures for the local economy, the environment, and for all the people and animals involved in the production of our pieces.
Every decision that has been made in the development of this brand has considered our impact on the people and environment involved. Quality and sustainability are the main criterion in our purchasing decisions, cost has always been secondary.
The fabric we use only uses natural sources, such as our Donegal tweed- which is woven in Adara,Ireland from 100% wool. Many of our yarns are spun in Donegal, which supports the local economy and reduces our carbon footprint. The yarn spinners only source their fibres from farms with high animal welfare standards.
Our Coat linings have FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council), which means the wood pulp comes from reforested forests in Northern Europe. Our Linings are woven in Italy and are produced under the companies ECO range, which means the environment is put first at every stage in the production process. Our fusing’s are produced in France and are also sourced from their Eco range. Our linings and fusing are fully Oeko Tex standard 100 and Blue sign certified according to European REACH standards, which means our partners facilities are monitored for safe chemical use, and air and water emissions to ensure that products are safe for end user, workers, and the environment. Our Swing tickets are made from FSC certified papers and are fully recyclable and made in Ireland. All our sewn labels are made using recycled polyester. Our Threads are made by Guterman who follow very strict ecological guidleines. All our packaging is sustainable, such as our plastic polybags which are fully Bio- degradable. Our Buttons are sourced from Germany- and are natural horn- that are produced using materials recycled from food industry prodcution, all are certifiable.
At the Landskein we chose a CMT route to production, we supply every item to our tailoring facility which means we have full transparency on the source of each and every one of our componenets. We seek to partner with suppliers who share our vision of sustainability, accountability and transparency.
We always aim to source our materials locally and domestically first. We are proud to say that 80% of the components required to make each coat is made in Ireland. We only source outside Ireland, when it is proven impossible to source an Irish made version. The balance of our components have been made in as close to Ireland as possible, in Italy, France and Germany. Our labels and Swingtickets are designed and made in Ireland. Sourcing locally not only creates sustainable futures for the local economies but also reduces our carbon footprint, and we manage waste by only producing the required quantities, which suppliers can offer in the EU.
The wool yarn suppliers that our weavers use, only source from farmers that adhere to high animal welfare standards. We do not use Merino yarns in our Tweeds, and so our fabrics are are Mueslings free, which is cruel process carried out on Merino Sheep. Our Horn buttons are made form waste from the food industry. Our suppliers work under Oeko tex, Blue sign, and/ or European directives that ensure the local environment and its biological Ecology is protected.
At the Landskein we are conscious of our carbon foot print- always ensuring that we source locally where possible, all our components are produced in Europe and we allow adequate time for our components to be produced to allow them move slowly across Europe and so we avoid using Air carriage. We manage our production plan well, so we can consolidate shipping in order to minimise carbon emissions. We seek to partner with suppliers who share a common vision of sustainability, accountability and transparency. At the Landskein we chose a CMT route for our production- which means we have full control of every componet that goes into our garments-so we can trace the source and producer of every elelment. When a company choses to "outsource" there prodcution, they lose this transparency and control. It is more labour intensive and more costly to chose the CMT route- however it was essential for us to control these detils to ensure highest standard of quality and sustainability. We also ensure that we only produce what we need, we do this by working with smaller suppliers, that way we avoid waste. We ensure that all areas of our business considers our use of materials, and of course we recycle or reuse as much as possible. Also please see the reply to RAW materials question- where we explain the Environmental and Ecological impacts of our prodcuts,and our approach to sourcing partners.
All the manufacturing partners that we work with are based in the EU, the employees of each of these factories are fully protected under European work Directives. These directives protect the staff under labour law regarding working hours, part-time work, fixed-term contracts, and the employment of young people. These directives enforce a Healthy and Safe work environment and provide equal opportunities for women and men. They protect against discrimination, based on gender, race, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. We frequently visit our manufacturing partners and work with them in their facilities during the design prototyping and production stages, we know our pattern makers, cutters, and machinists by name. We chose a CMT route for our production, which means we have full access to every person on the production team, and full transparency about the prodcution path of our product. There is a a mutual respect and friendship in our partnerships, and we can personally see that those who make our product are treated with respect and dignity.