If you create an impact make sure it is a good one
At Tropicfeel, we are constantly working on making our business more sustainable. We want to transform the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet.
On the journey to changing the way we do business, we have set up 5 principles to always have in mind:
Transparency is the first step to being sustainable
Don’t cause unnecessary harm
Reduce your footprint and compensate for everything you cannot reduce
Durability is the key to sustainability
Activate the power of collaboration to challenge the status quo
Recycled Polyester (rPET) gives us the possibility to create lightweight designs that dry quickly. While working with it, we avoid using petroleum, which is a raw and nonrenewable source of material. Most of rPET comes from recycled plastic bottles, which means we are turning waste into new products — while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water usage for manufacturing.
For the Spring 2021 season, 88% of our polyester fabrics are made with recycled polyester. As a result, we reduced our CO2 emissions by 14% compared to virgin polyester fabrics.
Nylon is one of the strongest synthetic materials we use in our products. When we need a super lightweight fabric, we use it as it is vital for the type of functions we want. Incorporating as much recycled nylon as we can lessen our dependence on virgin petroleum, helps eliminate discarded material, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing. It also promotes new recycling streams for nylon products that are no longer functional.
100% of the Nylon fabrics we use are made with Recycled Nylon.
Recycled EVA is a lightweight, water-friendly material — which makes it ideal for the type of products we want to offer. EVA plastic waste is transformed into a soft, flexible plastic sheet for accessories or packaging when reused. Depending on availability, the source of the material can come from either post-industrial or post consumer production.
With our partners’ support, we are working to increase the percentage of recycled EVA we use in our outsoles.
Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton requires less water for its whole production, and it does not require the use of pesticides or toxic chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers. This procedure helps promote soil health, and in the meantime helps to tackle climate change.
Our supply chain
To choose the factories with whom we want to work we go through an internal procedure to asses them, which is also backed with external certificates and audits. We have also defined a Code of Suppliers that 100% of our suppliers must sign to work with us. This way we are sure our partners are informed of our expectations. It outlines our policies on the following topics & more:
Law and compliance
Labor, occupational health & safety
Wages & Benefits
We work with suppliers that not only carry certifications, but also a specific transparency criterion based on fair-trade ethics. It is crucial to us that the working environment is safe and inclusive for everyone involved.
Business Social Compliance License. Is a code of conduct that was developed by leading companies and the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in order to create unified social standards. BSCI members must have two-thirds of their suppliers audited in accordance with the code.
A partnership between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (ICF) to improve labour standards.
Environmental management systems. The partner can demonstrate that they are responsible and committed to protecting the environment.
The OCA Platform brings together those who grow, supply and buy organic cotton to create the conditions for this fibre to thrive.
BLUESIGN is an independent authority that provides solutions in sustainable processing and manufacturing to industries and brands. To bear the bluesign® label, the manufacturers and brands are required to act responsibly and sustainably with regard to people, the environment and resources. BLUESIGN checks the progress that a company has made in this effort, provides continual further development of solutions and continuously optimizes its strict criteria.
GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
This is just the beginning of our journey
to becoming a more environment-friendly company
If you have any questions regarding our present processes on sustainability,
fill out the form and we’ll be happy to sort things out.