LEXICON OF ECO-RESPONSIBLE MATERIALS
WHAT ARE OUR ECO-RESPONSIBLE MATERIALS?
VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER
This is leather originally made from the skins of animals raised and slaughtered for food and produced by the process of vegetable tanning. This material then allows us to manufacture our vegetable tanned leather shoes with a lower impact on the environment.
It can come from all kinds of everyday products (used tires, industrial rubber, etc.). By using recycled rubber in the manufacture of our shoes, particularly in the manufacture of the soles of our eco-responsible sneakers. Thus, we give a second life to this material and we avoid environmental pollution.
Polyester (plastic material) can be recycled from textile scraps but also from plastic bottles. Crushed and recycled, it is possible to recreate a fabric and thus be able to use it for the production of our eco-responsible canvas sneakers. By favoring this material, we participate in the protection of the oceans and more broadly, of the planet.
Organic cotton is cotton that does not use any pesticides, insecticides or chemicals during its manufacture. There are different labels to identify and verify that the material is organic cotton (GOTS, OEKO-TEX). All our socks are made of organic cotton and made in France.
WHAT ARE OUR LABELS AND CERTIFICATIONS?
WHAT DOES THE GRS (GLOBAL RECYCLED STANDARD) LABEL GUARANTEE?
The GRS label certifies that the material supplied to design a product is made up of at least 50% recycled components and also meets environmental and social criteria (water consumption, waste reduction, health and safety at work, etc.). At KOST, we use GRS-certified recycled polyester for the manufacture of our shoes.
WHAT DOES THE GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD) LABEL CERTIFY?
The GOTS label certifies that the material includes the presence of organic fibers up to a minimum of 95% and respects the health of consumers (prohibition of the use of products toxic to health, etc.). At KOST, our socks are GOTS certified.
WHAT DOES THE OEKO-TEX LABEL GUARANTEE?
The OEKO-TEX or OEKO-TEX Standard 100 label certifies that no substances harmful to health or the skin have been detected in textiles, especially cotton.
WHAT IS LEATHER WORKING GROUP CERTIFICATION?
LWG certification is a guarantee of sustainable and responsible production within the tanneries that supply the leather. All of our tanneries, with which we work, are Leather Working Group certified.