Chetna Organic Project
Skunkfunk is proud to be part of the Chetna Organic Project.
In order to promote the protection of biodiversity and improve the livelihood options of small farmers in India, Skunkfunk has joined the CHETNA project in 2015.
The CHETNA cooperative, located in the rain fed regions of central India, works to train farmers to enhance agricultural productivity and produce natural pesticides and compost. To this day, CHETNA has trained about 35,852 farmers in organic agriculture, giving them access to the international organic cottonmarket. By doing so, CHETNA helps to make farming a sustainable and profitable occupation.
Skunkfunk joined a coalition of brands committed to buying CHETNA cotton, in an effort to secure sustainable raw materials, while supporting local communities and improving social and environmental impacts of the textile supply chain. We are proud to introduce this organic cotton in our collections.
We are committed to increasing the use of sustainable fibers in our collections
Sustainability is also about creating collections that endure different trends, to make goods that you use in different occasions and in different ways
We exclusively use bio plastics for polybags, and are committed to reusing and recycling all of our paper and cardboards
Over 95% of our products are transported by sea to reduce our carbon footprint
We strive to bring new ideas, to create networks and opportunities to new talents working towards Sustainability
Being our biggest challenge, we are constantly working to bring transparency and information from the origin to your wardrobe
Your role is essential in the impact of anything you consume. Find out how to make a difference
Skunkfunk becomes GOTS certified
Skunkfunk started in the mid 1990s with a simple t-shirt line. It was all sourced, manufactured and distributed locally in the Basque Country, by our own means. Step by step, the project grew, making it necessary to expand to new sourcing, new partners. Before we knew it, our supply chain had grown to a totally new scale. We understood at that time it would be a challenge to maintain the same knowledge and control of our supply chain.
Farmers, spinners, weavers, knitters, finishers, printers, manufacturers, warehouses, packers, and shippers. Keeping track of each step of processing. Not only for the sake of transparence, but to identify where our social and environmental impacts are.
In this long process, some tools have helped us move forward. The GOTS certification system is one of them.
GOTS is known as the world's leading standard for environmental criteria along the entire organic supply chain, and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical inputs such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries used must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with minimum social criteria. Read more about the GOTS standard.
Skunkfunk started using organic cottons early in its collections. The additional strength our GOTS certification gives us is the peace of mind of full product integrity: from crop to fabric to finished garments and from environmental to social criteria. Now, all of our GOTS certified garments will have a label and hangtag of approval from when it leaves our doors in Bilbao.
Our goal is to have 100% of our environmentally-friendly fibers certified by 2015 either with the GOTS standard or more globally with the CCS (Content Claim Standard) for all material inputs. In our long journey towards Sustainability, we do not have the answers to all the challenge we face as a company, but the possibility to progress step by step, learn and contribute to making a difference.
While we strive to durably establish these fibers in the heart of our collection, we invite you to discover their environmental benefits and innovative applications.
At Skunkfunk, we are committed to improving the social conditions at the factories which produce our collections.
Our staff regularly visits our suppliers to maintain direct contact and a better control on the field. Any new Skunkfunk supplier is requested to have a social certification (BSCI, SA8000, ETI, FLA, FWF or WRAP). Regarding former suppliers which do not have a certification yet, we work out with each of them a plan towards their certification.
Skunkfunk's certification with the GOTS standard is another step forward in our ongoing commitment and investment for sustainable practices anywhere on the globe.
Read Skunkfunk Social Corporate Responsibility Requirements.