made in Portugal
Portugal’s textile industry has earned global prestige for its quality, innovation, creativity and responsiveness. Take a look at the label on the shirt, trousers or jacket you’re wearing. There’s a good chance that at least one item bears the tag “Made in Portugal”. In recent years, Portugal has emerged as one of Europe’s most innovative textile and clothing production hubs, owning the entire production chain, from spinning and weaving to dyeing and finishing.
Portugal has a long history of textile manufacturing and, over the past decade, factories have invested in RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, placing Portugal has currently one of the strongest textile industries in Europe and well known for its impressive craftsmanship and expertise in high-quality clothes and home textiles. “Made in Portugal” is a symbol of quality & reliability and it also means the product was made in an environment that is socially and ecologically responsible.
DID YOU KNOW?
All companies in Portugal have to comply with environmental legislation in order to be able to operate. Over the years Portuguese apparel and textile industry have worked towards harmonizing systems, procedures and process with European Union and ISO environmental standards and we are now up to a stage of implementing coherent and harmonised strategies with the other environmental concerned countries.
- 84% national companies have invested in reduction of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
- 71% is the national recycling rate.
It’s also a country at the forefront when it comes to respecting human rights. Portugal is a Party in most Universal and regional Human Rights covenants, every Council of Europe protocols and covenants, as well as United Nations, International Labour Organization, UNESCO, Hague Conference on Private International Law, amongst others.
One of our main goals, as a Portuguese company, was to produce in local factories. Not only to reduce costs in logistics, but also and primarily, having an ecological and micro-economy motivation.
The choice of a local factory to be environmental friendly and socially responsible was key to us! We wanted to encourage local growth, by supporting job creation, and to limit the amount of energy that our production requires.
Printing local means higher possibility of control: the farther the producer, the more difficult the communication. This might cause misunderstanding about the quality standard expectations, and, eventually in some cases, bad surprises.
A local factory allows us:
- a better control on what is produced and how the quality standards are respected at every stage.
- first hand experience of the materials and processes: there is always the possibility of touching and feeling the material to be the best for our idea or get an appointment at the factory to see how our fabrics are being printed.
- as we carry a small stock of each fabric, it can be reprinted faster and easier.
OEKOTEX certification is very important when it comes to textile printing. All our fabrics are certified with OEKOTEX STANDARD 100. This way, you can be certain that every component (thread and ink), has been tested for harmful substances and that the fabric, therefore, is harmless in human ecological terms. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements.
We comply with two OEKOTEX label certifications:
5532CIT – by CITEVE
Type of certified article: commission digital printing (with reactive dyes) of knitted and woven fabrics in Cotton, Viscose, Lyocell, Flax, Silk, their blends, Cotton/Elastane and Viscose/Elastane. Commission sublimation printing (with disperse dyes) of woven fabrics in Polyester and Polyester/Elastane. Commission digital printing (with reactive dyes) of terry fabrics in 100% Cotton.
7728CIT – by CITEVE
Type of certified article: digital printed woven fabrics in Cotton, Cotton/Elastane and Viscose. Digital printed knitted fabrics in Cotton, Viscose and blends with Elastane. (Based on starting materials already STANDARD 100 pre-certified).
As the textile industry continues to grow on research and improving quality to respond the high demands of manufacturers, we go along on improving, as we are always in the quest for new materials to expand our fabric range. Working to add GOTS certification in a near future!
We also work hard to use and choose OUR RESOURCES in a conscious and environmental friendly way. For example:
- all our card bolts and boxes are made of recycled paper and are foldable, meaning we save a lot on shipping and storage, minimizing transports and gas impact.
- our tags are printed in toxic free paper and ink
- we protect our fabrics with recycled plastic and paper filling
- all of these elements can be easily re-used or recycled.