Fair trade organic cotton from Peru. Visit About our Design for the story of our partnership with Peruvian artisans and other stories about our commitment to sustainable design practices.
What Makes It Eco
The classic earth-friendly fiber, hemp grows to towering heights at rapid rates, without the need for pesticides or fertilizers. Its long stalks produce abundant fiber. It can be knit or woven for effects that are either rustic or refined.
Fair trade means an equitable and fair partnership that provides workers with a living wage. EILEEN FISHER's Peruvian partners follow the guidelines of the Fair Trade Federation, a group whose members commit to:
- Providing fair wages.
- Supporting safe, healthy community workplaces.
- Supplying financial and technical support.
- Ensuring environmental sustainability.
- Respecting cultural identity.
- Offering public accountability and transparency.
- Building direct and long-term relationships.
- Educating consumers.
The life cycle of a garment involves four phases:
- raw material (growing cotton or raising merino sheep)
- manufacturing (spinning, knitting, weaving, dying, cutting and sewing)
- use (how well a garment wears and how it is washed or dry cleaned)
- recycling or disposal
Because EILEEN FISHER clothing is timelessly designed and made with high-quality fabrics, it tends to have a long use phase.
Oeko-Tex and GOTS
Dyeing, processing, washing and finishing fabric are chemically intensive. Green claims are often confusing. EILEEN FISHER relies on ecological textile standards such as Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These organizations verify that mills have avoided harsh substances-chemicals that endanger human health and the environment.
A system of farming that strives for a balance with nature. Organic fiber is cultivated with methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment-no sewage sludge, no irradiation and no genetic engineering. Organic farming uses nontoxic pesticides and fertilizers that are not made with petroleum. Currently EILEEN FISHER makes clothing with organic cotton, linen and wool.
Made entirely of recycled plastic bottles, discarded garments and factory byproducts, recycled polyester requires less energy to produce than virgin polyester, which is a petroleum product.
This high-tech process knits garments without any seams, which creates a beautiful drape, fewer production stages and reduced waste. EILEEN FISHER produces seamless sweaters at a family-operated factory in New York City.
Practices that do no lasting harm to the Earth's resources. Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to survive and meet their own needs.
Tencel is the registered trade name for lyocell. Its cellulose comes from sustainably farmed trees; the water and ingredients used in its processing are almost entirely recycled. Strong, soft and drapeable it is processed according to Oeko-Tex standards.
Undyed and Unbleached
Both conventional and organic fibers are more eco-friendly if they are not whitened with bleach or colored with dyes as part of the manufacturing process. Unbleached and undyed denim, linen and organic cotton are usually a shade of ecru that reflects the color of the raw fiber. Undyed cashmere and undyed alpaca come in a range of browns, grays and creams, reflecting the different coats of the animals.