Sustainability is at the core of everything we do, and we acknowledge the fact that it is never a stationary state of being, but instead requires constant re-evaluation of our actions. That’s why we keep our eyes open and constantly look for new and innovative ways of making clothes, as well as new ways to contribute to social sustainability.
We want to be part of the solution and help people make good choices and live more sustainable, active lives. We believe that offering better – but uncomplicated – alternatives is the best way for us to make a difference.
Some of the ways we go about this are using materials sourced in an ethical and environmentally friendly fashion and designing for recyclability from the very start of the creative process.
To provide a more concrete view into how we have progressed this plan of ours so far and what new steps are coming up in the future, we will be launching our detailed sustainability roadmap in the near future. Follow us on social media to make sure you don’t miss it!
Designing for recyclability & circularity
Making sustainable clothing and shifting towards a circular economy starts on the design table. We always aim to design high-quality durable clothes that can be used for a long time and repaired instead of thrown out at the first sign of damage.
We also try to design our clothes to be as easily recyclable as possible, so that when a jacket or a pair of trousers finally reaches the end of its lifetime, its materials can be given a new life through recycling. Improving the recyclability of our products with every collection is one of our current main priorities.
Recycled plastic is a good example of a material that fits into our design philosophy, as recovered plastic waste is turned into new textiles that are again recyclable at the end of their useful life. We are, however, looking into alternative design and material options that reduce the shedding of microplastics.
All of our fabrics go through careful testing before entering production.
Certified sustainable materials
We keep up with the latest developments in certified sustainable materials and incorporate them into our collections whenever possible. This includes recycled materials, plant-based and other renewable fibres as well as traditional fibres produced in more sustainable ways.
Production and supply chain
One of the best ways to ensure environmentally and socially sustainable production is to foster long-term relationships with trusted, reliable factories and material suppliers.
We are currently using recycled packaging materials and taking steps towards improving the transparency of our supply chain.
We strive to reduce our carbon footprint by increasing the amount of recycled material in our collection and by favouring eco-friendly processes. We are also looking to increase the share of renewable energy sources in our production.
We have two main criteria that we use to select our materials. First, they need to be comfortable and functional to fit our urban and lifestyle-oriented sportswear designs, and second, they need to meet high requirements in terms of their sustainability.
Torstai has collected a material portfolio with a versatile selection of sustainable options, from recycled materials and Fairtrade-sourced cotton to wood-based textile fibres, but we still keep our eyes open and constantly look for new material options to offer to our conscious customers. All fabrics are tested and evaluated thoroughly before production.
Conscious cotton production is based on socially sustainable practices and compliance with strict environmental standards. In 2016, Torstai was the world’s first sports brand to join the Fairtrade Cotton Program, which creates fairer trading conditions for the cotton farmers and prohibits child labour.
Wood fibre is a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material that leaves a significantly smaller environmental footprint than traditional textile fibres. Our eco-friendly choices – TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres and LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibres – use raw materials derived from sustainably managed forests and are manufactured using more eco-friendly processes than traditional alternatives.
Recycled materials make less of a negative impact on our environment. REPREVE® fibres are made from post-consumer plastic bottles that might otherwise end up in landfills or as litter. As an excellent contribution to the circular economy, using REPREVE® fibres helps conserve water, energy and non-renewable resources by giving existing materials a new lease of life.
No fur, no down
All Torstai products are completely free from animal fur and down. Instead of real down, we use synthetic down-like insulation and other wadding alternatives to hold in warmth in colder weather. Synthetic faux down insulation is designed to replicate the qualities of down, but with added resistance to moisture.
Our clothing collections are entirely PFC-free. For the water-repellent impregnation, we use ecological alternatives such as Bionic-Finish® Eco, a fluorine-free coating that, in addition to repelling water, protects fabrics and keeps colours looking new for longer.