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 OUR COMMITMENT

HUMANS ARE PART OF NATURE

Humans are part of nature. It is imperative to engage in its conservation to ensure natural resources are protected and that future generations are knowledgeable enough to make the right consumption choices.

JOINING FORCES

We are proud to be a member of the Outdoor Industry Association in North America and the Sustainability Working Group to support actions taken by the outdoor industry in the fight against climate change. We do our best to uphold the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations.

Credit source:  UN.org

Credit source: UN.org

WHERE WE STAND

Indygena wants to adopt sustainable measures in its business practices. Our initiatives, whether environmental, social or economic, must follow our corporate philosophy and values without compromising the development of our products of being durable, functional and modern in its design to the respect of all beings.

OUR CALL TO ACTION

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – IPCC is calling for drastic actions to limit the world’s temperature to a maximum of 1.5°C by 2030.

2025 GOAL

Indygena is committed to replace synthetic fibers with recycled plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET), recycled nylon, natural and/or organic fibers by 2025 in its entire collection. 100% of our materials contain polyester or nylon, where our greater environmental impact takes place right now in the supply chain.

We prioritize mechanical instead of chemical recycled PET for many reasons:

•  Recycled PET derived from post-consumer plastic waste avoids getting dumped into landfills and oceans

•  It reduces the demand for new petroleum extraction as plastic bottles are used as a reusable resource

•  The transformation of recycled PET requires less energy & less water while generating less C0² emissions compared to virgin polyester

•  As far as performance and durability goes, recycled PET fiber versus virgin polyester are the same

We choose mills and partners under the Global Recycled Standard certification issued by third party to ensure content claim and good working conditions while harmful chemical use and environmental impacts are minimised.

Climate change is our call to action. The chart below compares virgin polyester and recycled polyester in terms of energy, water consumption and GHG emissions.

PCR – Post-consumer recycled content can be found in the PRIMALOFT® GOLD INSULATION in our P.L.I. and POLARTEC THERMAL PRO® in our F/W19 collection as a sustainable component.

*Based on 2014 published and internal data specific to the REPREVE® brand for textured polyester yarn. Percentages may vary depending on the recycled PET facility transformation management system.  REPREVE® is a registered trademark of Unifi, Inc. in the US and other regions.

*Based on 2014 published and internal data specific to the REPREVE® brand for textured polyester yarn. Percentages may vary depending on the recycled PET facility transformation management system.

REPREVE® is a registered trademark of Unifi, Inc. in the US and other regions.

 PRODUCT CYCLE

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The product development cycle requires multiple steps from the selection of the raw materials to the end use of the product. The design is at the center of the cycle as it addresses functionality and innovation.  It is the starting point where the products come alive. The complexity of the supply chain and multiple components of a garment lay great challenges in our quest for sustainable measures. Design is a key element in the decision making of the sustainable components we are addressing everyday.

 RAW MATERIALS & TEXTILES

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection of our material is based on a methodology that helps us focus on our sustainable goals and avoid risk in the supply chain management. Indygena prioritizes partnerships with fabric mill partners under the bluesign® certification. The bluesign® organization set the highest standards regarding sustainable manufacturing of textile consumer products.

Management manufacturing process is based on high criteria that sets standards for sustainable working conditions and consumer’s health while ensuring responsible management of water use, water waste and multiple components (dyes and chemicals) involved from the raw material to the end of the fabric process.


 ANIMAL WELFARE

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Although there is no legislation that requires us to do so, Indygena chooses its entire supply chain to be certified by the Control Union for the Responsible Down Standard. Our hopes for the down insulation we use is to respect the Five Freedoms for the ducks and geese that provide us with the warm and lightweight properties in our coats and jackets in the most rigorous climate. 

Down is a sustainable resource. Therefore, it is an obvious choice to choose a natural insulation since it reduces our footprint at the end of the product life cycle because of its biodegradability compared to synthetic insulation. Virgin polyester fibers require extraction of crude oil to develop synthetic insulation and takes longer to decompose while having a greater impact on landfills if a second life is not given to the product.

Look for the logo on our products in stores.
Indygena Certificate number CU 857449.

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FINISHING 

PFCs

Perfluorinated compounds are a class of chemicals used on textiles to achieve Durable Water Repellency (DWR) while maintaining breathability and desired hand feel. Concerns have been raised on C8, long carbon chain fluorinated DWR, regarding the impact on the environment, human health and concerns on other types of fluorinated DWR products as well.

Indygena uses C6 short fluocarbon chain DWR as the industry is looking for replacement options which will provide same water repellency performance for our outerwear products. C6 is a better option versus C8 as it uses by-products that break down faster over time in the environment with less toxicity on human, wildlife and fish.

There is a trend in the market that by 2020 all PFOS, PFOAS (perfluorinated compounds) will be completely prohibited. Until alternatives are offered and these compounds are banned, our intention is to phase out the use of C6 DWR treatment in our collections and explore available sustainable avenues when available.

 GARMENT MANUFACTURE

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LABOR AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Indygena is presently working with manufacturers that possess accreditations and certifications related to working conditions, human rights and management systems. It is our responsibility to select partners aligned with labor standards that are recognized internationally.

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 PACKAGING

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Packaging has multiple purposes. It protects the garment during transportation, shares valuable information to consumers about the product, the packaging (recyclable or not) and safety issues. It can also enhance consumer experience with the brand.

In 2017, Indygena decided to change the polybags it uses to LDPE (Low Density Polyethylene) plastic and introduced EPI® technology. LDPE is a lower density plastic using less raw materials while being recyclable as well. However, plastic bags aren’t always put in the recycling bin by consumers. Approximately 35% of recyclable material end up in the bin. In order to counteract this issue, we decided to add EPI® technology for bags that might not make it to the recycling facility.

EPI® oxo-biodegradable plastic additive (TDPA™) accelerates the degradation of the plastic bag in landfills. The bag decomposes more rapidly and does not release methane. (GHG)

 CONSUMER USE / END OF USE

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CARE, REPAIR & REUSE

Two thirds of the environmental impact of apparel occurs during consumer use. The impact on CO² emissions, water and energy consumption is much more compared to the production itself  in the life cycle of the product as the garment is washed and dried multiple times by the consumer during a long period of time.

Washing when necessary reduces the consumption of water and energy and extends the garment life span. It also prevents the number of microplastic fibers released in the water system that end up in rivers and oceans. guppyfriend.com

Some good options to mitigate our footprint include taking care of the garment by washing it less, airing the garment, using a washing bag and laying it flat to dry. Consumers should follow care instructions on the label at all times.

Zippers and pockets should be closed while washing the products. A washing bag may be used to protect the material from being torn or stretched out.

In order to expand the performance of the DWR – durable water repellency, washing less is also the way to go. Avoiding fabric softener will also expand the DWR life span of the garment.

Since our inception, we have been providing repair services on a portion of our products. We will be expanding that avenue in the near future. In the meantime, see the FAQ section for more information on our warranty and contact us for repairs.

8% of the GHG emission comes from the apparel and footwear industry worldwide. End of use in the life cycle of a product needs to be improved as millions of tons of garments end up in landfills each year worldwide. Textiles left behind can be reused, transformed or recycled into new products without using new resources. Give your clothes a second life and join us the fight against climate change.

 CORPORATE CERTIFICATION

Indygena has been selected by the city of Montreal, our hometown in Canada, to participate in the ECORESPONSIBLE™ Program of the CID (Council of Sustainable Industries). We working towards obtaining the ECOLEADERSHIP™ METHODOLOGY LEVEL 1-ENGAGEMENT. This certification is recognized by the ECOCERT Group certified body. The methodology provide businesses with support in achieving sustainable management processes. In 2020, after a full year process, Indygena will be recognized under the certification.

OUR PARTNERS

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The Conservation Alliance was founded in 1989 by industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who all share the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. The organization now has over 240 member companies and plan to disburse $2 million in 2019.

Since they were founded, they’ve helped to protect 51 million acres, 3,107 river miles, stopped or removed 34 dams, acquired 14 climbing areas and designated 5 marine reserves.

Indygena is proud to be a member of The Conservation Alliance celebrating 30 years of existence in protecting wild places for the habitat and recreational values in North America.

Twice a year, Indygena nominates organizations to be funded by the Alliance in order to continue their work towards making a difference in their community. Find the list of Canadian organizations grantees here.

 

Indygena is proud to join the Outdoor Industry Association and supports actions taken by the outdoor industry in the fight against climate change. We have been members of the association since 2019.

OIA is dedicated to industry-wide collaboration in order to achieve meaningful change in recreation, trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increased outdoor participation.

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