SOPHIE H carefully designs its products within the framework of a sustainable approach:
- For each item, a particular attention is paid to the selection of organic, natural or recycled fabrics.
- Special attention is paid to the cuts and design to propose trendy but also timeless pieces.
- SOPHIE H collections are produced in France whenever possible or, in any case, in the European Union. Respect for workers is indeed a key value for SOPHIE H. Hence, shorter distances reduce transport-related pollution and the use of conservation’s chemicals required for long-distance transport of clothes. These products are regularly accused of causing allergenic issues and other skin problems.
What do we use for our products?
We pay specific attention to find the best materials to achieve the finest clothes with minimal impact on ourselves and our planet. We monitor and test the latest developments in fabrics production, from recycled materials to new environment friendly raw materials or new dyeing processes.
Organic cotton :
Cotton is considered as one of the most polluting crops in the world. The cotton industry is racing for profitability with a massive use of pesticides and fertilizers. As consequence, farmers are exposed to toxic products, often without adequate protection and these chemicals then pollute soil and groundwater. Hence, shortages of drinking water cause diseases and population displacement.
The exclusive use of organic cotton is therefore imperative for SOPHIE H.
Organic wool :
Far from petrochemical textiles, natural and pure wool, offers comfort and well-being without harming the planet. SOPHIE H only uses certified wool ensuring that no pesticides or chemicals have been used during its production and processing or treatment.
SOPHIE H is interested in the evolution of certifications around this luxury product and looks forward to certifications ensuring the welfare of wool-producing animals.
Recycled cotton :
The cotton’s recycling process is very simple and does not require any chemical.
At the end of the process, the fabric has the same characteristics as a conventional fabric but with a much lower energy footprint. Another advantage of recycling is the reduction of waste.
Recycled cotton therefore has multiple interests.
Tencel® is produced from wood pulp. The trees used come from sustainably managed plantations and are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. The solvent used in its manufacturing process is 99% recyclable and the fiber does not require whitening treatment. Furthermore, an important production chain is present in Europe which provides Europeans with a local raw material. Last but not least, Tencel® is also completely biodegradable.
Tencel® therefore is more ecological than most other natural fibers and is a pertinent ecological solution.
Recycled polyester :
Polyester is a synthetic fiber made from petroleum and is widely used as textile material in the fashion industry. Although it is extremely polluting when made from new raw materials, this material can be easily recycled into new textiles.
Moreover, recycled polyester allows reusing various waste types such as plastic bottles and discarded garments.
Recycled polyester therefore is an interesting alternative as the fiber can be recycled almost indefinitely.
Organic Linen :
Linen is a very ecological fabric. Indeed, when organically produced, linen does not require fertilizer nor watering; the rain is enough.
Its transformation into yarn is done through natural processes, without using chemicals.
The plant grows in mild and humid climates. 80% of linen cultures are located in Europe, mainly in France.
Linen is a healthy substance with hypoallergenic properties and an important absorbency capacity. This makes it an ideal material for direct skin contact.
Corozo Buttons :
Corozo, also known as vegetable ivory is 100% natural and its consistency are similar to hard resin. It comes from a palm tree that produces seeds called caryopses.
One of these trees gives as much ivory a year as an elephant throughout its life, about 20kg.
Corozo buttons are therefore ecological, resistant and sustainable.
When these are used in an article, it will be mentioned in its description.
Packaging of SOPHIE H
Our sustainable approach also concerns packaging where the use of plastic is limited to the minimum and totally suppressed when possible.
Paper production contributes to deforestation and carbon storage, while tons of paper are discarded each year. The most successful recycling processes nowadays make it possible to obtain a recycled paper relatively equivalent to traditional paper. The use of recycled paper packaging is therefore obvious to SOPHIE H.