Cabaïa is engaged for the environment and the animals

The textile industry is one of the most polluting industry in the world, so there is always room for improvement.

Today, we hear a lot about green and vegan materials, with no solution being defined as better than the other. It is therefore important for us to explain our choices and our current thinking.

Our environmental commitments

#01. No plastic

Since 2020, Cabaïa has banned the use of disposable plastic in its products, replacing it with kraft or starch in all packaging. The only plastic component still remaining today is the small item used to attach the label. The teams are currently working to find a sustainable solution so that it can also be replaced as soon as possible.

#02. Transport

Some brands which release collections every month (Sundays at 9:30 am) only use airplanes because of time constraints: this is the most polluting means of transport. At Cabaïa, we prefer sea transfer for faraway destinations. We may sometimes use air transport in cases of extreme necessity, but this is rare, and our Product teams aim to stop using it altogether by 2020.

#03. Cruelty Free

This is one of Cabaïa's strongest and founding commitments: none of our products contain animal matter and all are EVE Vegan certified (with the exception of a few hats containing wool, which is either recycled or from farms that do not practice muesling and are certified as such).

#04. Oekotex & Reach

At Cabaïa, we don't like to stick labels. Except for the ones assuring you of the quality of our products. Today, we are proud to say that all our accessories are certified OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and REACH, and that the vast majority carry the EVE Vegan label. But in concrete terms, what does this mean? See the guide to find out more!

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From a bottle to a bag, there is only one step ...

GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certified materials

Upcycling is the action of recovering materials or products that are no longer used, in order to transform them into materials or products of superior quality or utility. Recycled materials are still quite a new thing in textiles and are poorly organised, leading to a lot of “false” recycled materials. At Cabaïa, we are making sure to use GRS (Global Recycled Materials) certified materials, and we are practicing upcycling on different product lines.

Every day we work with one goal in mind: to eco-design all of our products by 2021.

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Amandine
Eco-design manager

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We practice upcycling on different product ranges ...

Backpacks

  • The textile on the inside of all our bags is made from recycled water bottles.

  • We are developing a 100% upcycled range from plastic bottles: the inside and outside of the bag are made from bottles used in everyday consumption.
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The "All Recycled"

The use of recycled materials is now common and must be developed further. However, recycled materials have a limit: sustainability. Indeed, we cannot only use recycled materials without taking into account the longevity of the products, because one non-recycled product always consumes less than two recycled products. We therefore always take care to integrate the maximum of recycled materials, while preserving the longevity of our products.

Focusing on the entire life cycle rather than the effects of recycling statements on the product

Accessibility

Products with minimal impact will only be globally accepted when their price is equivalent to the one of a non-recycled or virtuous products. Thus, at Cabaïa, we work to make these products accessible in order to maximise our positive impact rather than seek our niche. This inevitably imposes compromises that allows everyone to have access to products with limited impact.

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Frequently asked questions

How do you choose your materials?

We select our raw materials according to 3 categories:

- We privilege recycled, natural and/or VEGAN certified materials.

- We check that they are certified OEKO-TEX and REACH.

- We test, test and re-test them (thanks Intertek) to offer you solid, quality accessories that last a lifetime (no more programmed obsolescence!).

Do you use eco-responsible materials? If so, which ones?

Absolutely! We even have the goal of eco-designing all of our products by 2021.

The materials used range from recycled polyester to recycled cotton and recycled wool (non-exhaustive list).

Should polyester and synthetic fibers be banned?

The use of recycled materials is being and must be developed. However, recycled materials have a limit: sustainability. Indeed, one cannot use only recycled materials without taking into account the longevity of the products, because 1 non-recycled product always consumes less than 2 recycled products. We therefore always take care to integrate the maximum of recycled materials, while preserving the longevity of our products.