Sustainability

Saqua Studio is fully transparent regarding all materials, sourcing and manufacturing. 

We create a radically sustainable product, made with non-conventional materials inside out. This includes the fabric but also all trims and packaging.

This page details all materials that go into Saqua Studio products, giving you the opportunity to better understand what you choose to purchase.

 

STUDIO

We develop and produce our collections in our studio, located in Berlin. Pattern-making, research, fittings and production take place in-house.

We want to have a positive impact on all of our community: this includes our customers but also all of our collaborators. We don't work with suppliers or factories where workers can't access fair working conditions and enjoy a decent standard of living. Currently, we produce everything in our studio after orders have been placed - or in small batches - to avoid over production. 

 

FABRICS

UPCYCLED FABRICS: PRODUCTION LEFTOVERS & DEAD STOCK

Why not using what is already available before producing more materials?

We save fabrics left behind by other designers and turn them into beautiful intimates. Sometimes we get a few meters of fabrics, sometimes we get only scraps, sometimes vintage clothing: we constantly look for new materials and we get creative with what we find!  

 

ECONYL® REGENERATED NYLON

This is the only new fabric we ever bought. ECONYL® regenerated nylon is a yarn made by recovering nylon waste - such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill (no problematic plastic bottles turned into yarn!). The yarn is then spun into high quality fabrics. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with the same material made from oil.

This fabric is made in Italy, it's comfortable, soft, stretchy, and offers UV protection. Tests show it is twice as resistant to chlorine, suntan creams and oils compared to similar fabrics. It is Ökotex-100 certified. 

This is the only fabric we buy new, everything else in the shop is dead stock. 

 

FABRIC SCRAPS

We use fabric scraps that are too small to make intimates with to create and experiment for our new collections, and we recycle all fabric scraps that are too small to use in the studio.

 

RECYCLING

We disassemble and recycle pieces that have ended their lifetime with you. Please get in touch if this sounds like something you need and we'll give you 10% off on your next purchase. Don't put Saqua Studio in landfill!



METAL PIECES

The metal rings are safe to use in swimming pools & in the sea. This will not alter their appearance as they are designed to last and shine through time. 

They are made of zamak metal with a nickel-free finishing to limit risks of allergies. They contain no heavy metals, are made in Italy and are Ökotex-100 certified.

In the future, we can hopefully find recycled metal trims, but we haven't found this option on the market (yet).

 

ELASTICS

All elastics are deadstock, be it bra straps, decorative elastics or invisible elastics are also sewn inside our garments to ensure their longevity. This allows the garment to stay in place and hold its shape through time.

We develop our samples using biodegradable elastic (the world's first proven ecologically sound elastics made by the company Charle), but we don't use this for the final products as we found out it doesn't age so well and makes seams pucker over time. 

These are great options to conventional plastic elastics widely used in the fashion industry.


YARN & CARE LABELS

Gütermann Black 100% recycled polyester thread is used where possible through the collection. It is made of PET bottles that are shredded into flakes and turned into high quality yarn, made in Germany. 

The care labels are also made of recycled polyester, and they are made in Vietnam.

Both yarn and care labels are Ökotex-100 certified.

 

 

PACKAGING

We ship your items wrapped in silk paper, in a biodegradable mailers. Paper tags are made from recycled paper.

All mailers are safe for home compost (except the shipping label and tape). They are made from corn starch and cassava roots.
Ideally these should be sent to composting facilities, but if you want to compost them at home, then cut them up and place in your compost bin. They will completely break down within 90 days in a compostable environment. They are stable and will not disappear from your shelf, though!

 

 

 

FIND OUT MORE

 

Ökotex-100 certification→

GOTS certification→

ECONYL® regenerated nylon process→

Charle's ecological alternative to conventional elastics→

Gütermann recycled thread→