A Mindfully Made Brand
Eleven Six is taking the following steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
CARBON FOOTPRINT: They use materials/yarns at the source of their manufacturing in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Their manufacturing is predominantly in Peru thus using Peruvian alpaca yarns for their Fall/Winter collections and Peruvian pima cotton for Spring/Summer. They constantly strive to minimize the amount of shipping and combine as many shipments as possible. When shipping to their online customers they always utilize the UPS's carbon neutral option that supports projects that offset the emissions of the shipment's transport.
ALPACA: They promote the use of Alpaca yarn that is natural, sustainable, eco friendly and ethical. They work with two prestigious Peruvian Mills who commit and strive to achieve the highest standards of sustainability and care for the animals during shearing. Both mills are fair-trade certified. Learn more about their mills alpaca origins and their licenses /certifications HERE. The Peruvian Alpaca industry is also very close to achieving a certification called RAS (Responsible Alpaca Standard) offered by the Textile Exchange for more compliance recognition.
DYES: The Peruvian mills they work with only work with dyes that are OEKOTEX 100 and REACH certified to ensure transparency in the dying process showing that they are not using toxic, non - environmentally friendly substances. They all comply with EU and US regulations.
RESPONSIBLE DESIGN: At ELEVEN SIX they strive to be as thoughtful as possible in their approach to design and development. Co-founder: Catherine Carnevale designs and creates collections to be timeless, pieces-to-keep and worn throughout seasons and potentially generations. Although striving to feel modern, they reject the notion that fashion is disposable and a seasonal trend. They develop their collections carefully and efficiently, usually adopting and producing almost all styles they prototype. Their bulk production is crafted to-order to also prevent additional waste and surplus. Predominantly, they use stock service yarns in order to use almost exact quantities and avoid yarn wastage. Where possible they up-cycle any dead-stock into new developments and wish to drive into the up-cycle concept further.
PACKAGING: Compostable Poly Bags: As of the Fall 21 collection they have committed to shipping their products from their manufacturers using 100% compostable poly bags. Trade regulations require that each production product is packed in a poly bag but by using compostable bags they can reduce landfill and the negative impacts associated with plastics and they decompose.
SHIPPING: They use recyclable cardboard boxes, unreinforced, kraft tape and tissue paper to ship to their customers.
FOR THE FUTURE…
ELEVEN SIX is continuously striving to improve their sustainable efforts and standards. They are not perfect and ‘reducing our impact’ is a work in progress. They want to be as transparent as possible about their sustainable developments. Like the Andes mountain-scape that inspired them to start their brand, the task is vast and as their brand evolves they must keep climbing the mountain of sustainability and being responsible through their actions for the future of the planet!