Sustainability & Ethics
Not all fabrics are equal.
Presently, the garment industry is saturated with synthetic fossil fuel fibers and chemically treated organic materials that are processed in facilities that spew harmful waste into the environment, contributing to carbon pollution, biohazardous waste, disease and much more.
Naz&Court fabrics are inherently different.
They are sourced based on eco-ethical considerations and produced using today’s cutting edge sustainable technology without compromising old-world craftsmanship literally “weaving” the passion and focus to protect our planet into practical, modern classic clothing.
Regular Cotton is not eco-friendly. More chemicals are used to produce cotton than any other crop in the world. Cotton uses about 3% of the world’s farmland and accounts for 25% of worldwide pesticide use. The EPA has determined that many of these pesticides cause cancer.
Naz&Court Organic Cotton
Naz&Court uses certified organic cotton; harvested from crops free of pesticides, synthetic chemicals and herbicides grown pursuant to the rules outlined by The National Organic Standards Board and Organic Foods Production Act.
The process for producing and dying regular silk is toxic to the environment often requiring the use of chemicals like Aniline that are carcinogenic, or even explosive.
Naz&Court Ahimsa Silk
Ahimsa means “non-violent, cultivated” - a term by popularized by Gandhi who developed the ethic during his political movement which led to India's independence.
Naz&Court Ahimsa silkworms are cultivated laying hundreds of eggs which then feed on mulberry leaves that don't require pesticides or fertilizers to grow. Textile manufacturers are contracted with local South Indian silk mills to save their breeder cocoons which are collected, spun and woven in small local mills which are often no more than village homes with limited electricity and using hand looms.
It takes about 1,500 gallons of water to produce the 1.5 pounds of cotton used to make a single pair of jeans. These cotton crops are drenched in pesticides and the fibers are later stained with toxic dyes, sandblasted and chemically softened. Additionally cotton yarn is starched to increase its strength for weaving, bathed in oil-derived paraffin to smooth and lubricate it, and, in some cases, "mercerized" in caustic soda giving it the popular “worn look." Pesticides, dyes and related chemical mixes are killers.
Starch biodegrades, but when dumped in waterways the microbes that eat it also consume oxygen wreaking havoc on local aquatic life which depends on that oxygen. Caustic soda, a key ingredient in Drano, can also kill aquatic life and burn the workers who handle it.
Naz & Court Denim
Naz&Court Denim is a thick,mega durable yet biodegradable, organic,denim twill which uses very little water in it’s production. N&C uses only azo-free dyes. The spinning, weaving and dyeing of N&C denim is done by hand in cooperatives’ certified as Fair Trade by the WFTO. The process uses virtually no electricity.
Turning skin into leather is an absolute environmental nightmare requiring massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals such as chromium 6, formaldehyde, arsenic, coal-tar and cyanide based derivatives which are pasted on to the local ecosystem as waste products. Ironically,chemical “tanning” literally pulverizes the collagen rich protein fibers in skins so that they actually stop biodegrading.
Synthetic Leather (Pleather)
Synthetic Leather, vinyl and other petro-chemical based materials take centuries to decompose. Pleather is essentially made of fossil fuels and its popular cousin Polyvinyl Chloride, better known as PVC is considered "the most damaging plastic on the planet,” releasing dioxins when produced and toxic emissions when it’s discarded and burned as rubbish.
Naz&Court Vegetable Tanned Leather
Naz & Court vegetable-tanned leather is made from free range skins. Vegetable tanning is an old world craft utilising the tannic acids found naturally in plants, using bark, branches, leaves and even fruits. Vegetable-tanned leather is stronger and more durable than the majority of the synthetic materials and is ultimately naturally biodegradable.
Naz&Court introduces Pisces Leather
Naz&Court and Open Blue, the global leader in open ocean aquaculture, have become real time collaborators in sustainability. Open Blue provides skins from a delicious, nutritious Cobia fish that they sustainably farm in huge floating spheres called aquapods moored 8 miles offshore in clean ocean currents.
Naz&Court have incorporated the unique vegetable-tanned sustainable Cobia-Fish skin leather into many of their designs both in their runway and Legacy collections. Naz&Court has given Open Blue the opportunity to now literally “Walk the Talk” on fashion runways across the globe.
Naz&Court’s soft, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, luxurious Lyocell fabric is an environmental dream come true. It’s made from a naturally occurring fiber found in eucalyptus trees. The amine oxide solvent used to break down the wood pulp is non-toxic and can almost be completely recovered and recycled during the manufacturing process. The fiber will customarily degrade completely in a short time with no harm to the ecosystem in which it’s properly discarded.