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The fashion industry dumps 2.1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. That’s equal to the pollution from 460 millions cars in the same timeframe. Fashion industry loves fossil fuels—to power factories, ship things, and make materials. In other words, most of what we wear is made from plastic, and plastic comes from oil, a fossil fuel.

OEKO-TEX®

We should be holding ourselves accountable to the impact we make. Our objective is always to ensure minimal harm to the planet and its inhabitants which usually means no toxic chemical usage and high standards for animal welfare where applicable.

At WUZZA we use certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® raw materials for our products.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is one of the world’s best-known labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. It stands for customer confidence and high product safety.

What does the label mean?

If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by  independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of our extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation concerning harmful substances every day.  Experts from the OEKO-TEX® institutes do this for you.

Our Responsibilities

Like we said, we should be holding ourselves accountable to the impact we make. At WUZZA, reducing our environmental impact has been our priority since day one. Sustainability is one of our most important guiding principles. We aim for a low water impact and carbon footprint, following our beliefs in protecting the environment.

RENEWABLE MATERIALS:

OUR GOAL FOR 2025:

  • 75% sustainably sourced natural and recycled materials
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of raw materials by 25%
  • Reduce raw materials use by 25% across footwear and apparel products
  • Double the lifetime of footwear and apparel products.

Roughly 57% of footwear and 64% of apparel is made from synthetic materials. The problem with synthetic materials? They’re made from plastics. Plastics come from oil. And oil is a fossil fuel that’s accelerating climate change. What’s even weirder about the link between fashion and fossil fuels is that these materials weren’t widely used in our industry until the 1980s. But we’ve quickly become dependent on them. The reliance on fossil fuels is accelerating climate change, creating negative impacts on waste, biodiversity, and more. Which is why we need to transition back to renewable, natural materials. At WUZZA, like our brand “I was a bottle” we are set out to turn plastic bottles into slippers.

 

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FELT FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES

A 100% polyester felt with 96% polyester recycled from post-consumer plastic bottles (30 bottles yield 2.20 Pounds of felt). Turning plastic waste into a value-generating resource is the challenge met with the felt Pett. It boasts all the characteristics of a felt produced with new fibers, but has the great plus of sustainability and is totally recyclable.

It is available in a wide palette of colors, the dyeing process (carried out by external companies) uses newly developed products that reduce the presence of chemicals, for a certified low environmental impact dyeing. The origin of the bottles is also certified, guaranteeing that they are actually bottles at the end of their life cycle.( https://www.bigagli.it/circular-economy2)