Measuring environmental sustainability in fashion.
Sicels is very focused on raw materials sourcing: fabrics used on Sicels scarves range from the classic Silk twill and Crepe de Chine to Organic Peace silk, Merino virgin wool, Cotton voile and Ecovero Viscose.
All dyes used are water soluble and the fabrics are coated and prepared for printing using a mixture of natural products only. Branded viscose fibers are certified with the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel Lenzin and Ecovero. The wood pulp comes from forests that are located in Austria and Bavaria which are either certified with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). The silk is sourced from India from certified Peace Silk supplier.
The brand as well as the Indian supplier are opposed to “regular” silk where the silk worm is boiled alive and toxic chemicals are used to degum the cocoon. The Indian suppliers have created a modern form of rural cooperation where it’s important to them that they treat the silk worms, themselves, their community and their environment with utmost care. By working as a co-op, the production is cleverly decentralized to allow the silk farmers, spinners, weavers etc. to work directly from their own areas.
The production has been splitting between Italy and England. English suppliers are strongly committed to use innovative technology to reduce water usage and recycle excess dyes in the process.
Packaging is made by 90% recycled cardboard and it is printed with water-based ink and ready to be used again.
Value Chain Textile accessories