After the petroleum industry, the apparel industry is one of the worst global polluters. A plethora of brands manufacture cheap and disposable products that are not designed to last and decay after a season. Some brands even use petroleum based chemicals that cannot biodegrade for years. This is a typical scenario that is carried out by many known and major brands around the world. Unlike them, we will not let any of these factors stand in the way of our production. As Bassigue, we are an apparel brand that stands for both our people and our environment.
Our sustainability vision incorporates every stage such as but not limited to; procurement of raw materials, manufacturing of the thread, knitting of the fabric, dyeing, sewing, packaging, shipping, garment care, and recycling.
Our fabrics have the following properties; comfort, colorfastness and durability to minimize our environmental impact. We mainly use high quality cotton that blends with elastane and polyester. We do not use toxic pesticides or chemicals. Each garment is thoroughly inspected before shipment, ironed, and packaged according to customer requirements.
- In House Manufacturing
Since 1985, our factory’s expertise has primarily been washed garments. Our in-house fabrics include three yarn fleece, two yarn fleece, single jersey, double jersey, pique, interlock, ribbing and spacer fabric qualities. Every raw roll is inspected before shipping to the dye house. As Bassigue, we avoid transportation emissions by going through 95% of the manufacturing processes in-house.
- Energy Efficiency
As an apparel brand, it is our duty to be conscious of our energy consumption. Therefore, we are proud to be vertically integrated with environmentally conscious suppliers. Our main thread supplier acquires the majority of their electricity through 2350 kWh wind turbines on their facility
- Environmentally Conscious
It takes 2,720 liters of water to make just one t-shirt. That’s why we recycle and reuse human and industrial water waste for powering the factory. Since 1985, we work with a “Zero Waste” policy. Paper, plastic and fabric waste is separated for recycling.
- Designed to Last
The world is overproducing. The forecast shows that the global apparel manufacturing market will reach $992 billion in value in 2021, with an increase of 26.2% since 2016. Unfortunately, most of the overproduction will end up in landfill. This is accelerated by fast fashion. We need to buy less and buy better. Bassigue promises to provide long lasting, timeless pieces.
We take several measures to maintain the quality of our garments:
-Pre-production quality control
-Quality control during production
-Quality control to developing a sampling plan
-Post-production quality evaluation
Garment Accessories are inspected in the same manner as other textile and apparel products. Closures, interlinings, sewing threads and elastic waistbands are checked during pre-production, production, and post production.
- %100 Recycled Bags & Biodegradable and Recyclable Boxes
We use %100 Recycled plastic bags that are made out of waste. Recycled plastic uses 30-80% less energy than traditional plastic, and in many cases is more energy efficient and less polluting than bioplastic.
There are multiple creative ways you can reuse Bassigue packaging. Stay tuned for our packaging link to see our ideas about how to reuse our boxes.
More Travel, Less Footprints;
As Bassigue People, we find our greatest inspiration while traveling. However, the aviation sector currently accounts for about 2% of global emissions, and is one of the fastest-growing polluters. Therefore we have to be conscious of our carbon footprint and work to reduce it. That is the message behind “More Travel, Less Footprints;” We are calling everyone to act and work hand in hand for a better future. We have to take care of our planet, so that it can continue to take care of us. Here are some tips to reduce your carbon footprints while travelling;
- Take a carry on and pack light.
When the plane has to carry heavy luggage, it uses more fuel.
- Look for alternatives to flying.
Consider taking a bus or train to get to your destination. Taking a bus that uses renewable energy can extremely diminish CO2 emissions.
- Take a direct flight.
Planes release the most carbon during takeoff and landing. Instead of taking the cheaper flight with one or two stops, opt for a nonstop. If you're flying internationally, search for the flight with the least amount of stops.
- Avoid water waste by carrying a reusable bottle.
- Fly economy.
Studies estimate that a first-class seat could have a carbon footprint as much as nine times as big as an economy one.
- Calculate and offset your carbon footprints per flight.
Carbon offsetting offers you a way to balance out your pollution by investing in projects that will reduce CO2 emissions. You can use Bassigue’s carbon footprint calculator to calculate your carbon footprints for each flight you take. We suggest to offset your flights with; https://www.qantasfutureplanet.com.au. They invest in projects such as reforestation, forest protection and renewable energy. Just remember that offsetting your carbon footprint does not give you a free pass, we all have to be responsible travelers at all times.
- Wear Bassigue!
As a sustainable apparel brand, each product has a lower carbon footprint compared to traditional brands.