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Is your activewear ethically made?
We manufacture the majority of our products in London - United Kingdom and regularly visit our factories to maintain a high standard of working conditions, pay and product quality. Our products made in London include our Timeless range - Sports Bras, Leggings and Tops. Our manufacturers is a Sedex member and have been audited with their SMETA audit which stands for Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit and is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world.
Our sweaters and Hoodies are made in Bangladesh where we partner with an incredibly forward thinking company whois a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and is focused on respecting the rights of the men and women that create the garments and giving them the means to acquire new skills and receive education and training. All of these factories are GOTS-certified and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation.
Is your activewear sustainably made?
We're completely focused on sustainability at SOS, so being eco-friendly is our priority. Here’s a breakdown of each of our products so you're completely in the know.
Packaging: Our packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, so don’t throw it away! The tissue paper makes great gift wrapping :D
Vaquita Power leggings + Minke Bras: Made from recycled fishing nets and other waste using ECONYL® yarn, our fabric is made up of 72% recycled nylon and 28% elastane.
Sweaters: Our sweaters and are made from 85% Organic Cotton because we believe conventional cotton can not be ethically certified. The cotton seeds have not been genetically modified (NON- GMO) and is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides plus organic cotton farming uses natural methods which helps the soil and create biodiversity. The remaining 15% is from recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic PET bottles and is GOTS Certified
Tie Top: Made from 95% Bamboo Viscose and 5% elastane. We have partnered with a OEKO-TEX and FSC certified manufacturer who avoid harsh chemicals and pesticides helping to maintain the biodiversity of our soil and environment.
What about Microfibres?
All synthetic fabrics shed tiny pieces of plastic called microfibres in the wash even our lovely activewear and so although we are doing everything we can to help save our seas, we recommend washing all of your synthetics in a washing bag or filter. We don't yet sell these unfortunately but hope to when we grow and in the meantime check out whats available out there with a quick search online.
How do you turn ocean waste into fabrics and activewear?
Roughly 10% of the estimated 14 billion pounds of waste discarded in the ocean every year is made up of abandoned, lost, or discarded fishing gear. Pretty horrific stuff and this is effecting waters globally. We make our timeless pieces with ECONYL®, a fiber made from recycled fishing nets and other waste that would otherwise be discarded into oceans and landfills to help our seas recover from this ever increasing issue. By using this recycled material, we help clean our oceans, recycle that waste, and cut out the need for raw materials like crude oil, which are traditionally used in the production of nylon.
What about your shipping?
The transportation sector is a major contributor to carbon dioxide levels and it is essential for all business to reduce this as much as possible if we want to help our ecosystem and planet survive.We work with a courier and pay a little extra for carbon neutral shipping however we know although it's a good start it isn't perfect so we also plant a tree when orders are placed with us to help combat our carbon footprint.
As technologies progress here or we grow big enough to tackle them ourselves we will be first in line but in the meantime we highly advise you pressing this importance wherever you shop to ensure the demand is there to make change.
We have designed our products to last for a long time, we use fabrics that are durable and reliable and premium manufacturing but to ensure your products have a long life they need to be cared for properly.
We are really excited to partner with smol. smol make high-performance laundry capsules that are available via subscription so that you never run out!
Their laundry capsules come in plastic-free packaging and fit through your letterbox. We recommend using smol on your SOS Activewear clothing.
To make your SOS Activewear clothing last longer smol recommends:
- Using non-bio detergent where possible and washing at lower temperatures
- Do not use detergents or laundry products containing any sort of bleaching agents. smol is free of bleaching agents.
- Choosing a liquid detergent over a powder one can quadruple the life of your clothes.
-Avoid over-using laundry detergent as this can damage the fibres. smol laundry capsules are perfectly pre-measured so you can be confident that you are always using the right amount of detergent.
- We recommend 1 capsule per wash for a standard load (5-6kg) and 2 capsules per wash for larger washing machines (8kg+)
- Avoid using fabric softeners or conditioners
Click here for your free trial of smol!
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