[fade]LEAVING PLASTIC BEHIND

We’ve worked hard to keep plastic out of our products. When you buy a Benjamin Siggers suit, the hanger is wooden, the garment bag organic cotton, and the retail bag and labels made from recycled cotton. Behind the scenes we are currently working with suppliers to eliminate plastic from our supply chain, so that even our packaging is made from recycled and biodegradable materials.  

As well as moving away from plastic, wherever we can we switch to organic alternatives. That means no toxic fertilizers and pesticides have been used, protecting local biodiversity, water quality, and our customers. [/fade]

 
 
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[fade]ORGANIC AND
RECYCLED COTTON
 

 Cotton is one of the world’s most resource-intensive crops. Two per cent of all arable land is farmed for cotton and yet it accounts, respectively, for 12 and 24 per cent of all fertilizer and pesticide use. 

The Aral Sea is a famous example of the damage poorly-managed cotton can do. It was the world’s fourth-largest lake as recently as 1998. Today, after an extensive water-diversion and irrigation project, it’s almost gone, leaving a legacy of devastation to the local environment. 

People living nearby now suffer from a lower standard of living and significant health problems, as a direct result of conventional cotton production. What happened there is regarded as one of the worst-ever environmental disasters.  

For us, the transition to sustainable cotton is vital. We are the region’s only formal menswear brand - actually, one of the few in the world - that offers a full range of organic cotton shirts. We’re continuing to expand our selection and by 2020 we intend to be 100% organic.  

All of our garment bags are already organic, and you’ll only find recycled fibres in our labels and retail bags. [/fade]

 
 
 
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[fade]TENCEL 

Derived from eucalyptus tree pulp, Tencel - or lyocell - is an increasingly popular fabric because of its sustainability. It’s a durable material with a production process similar to rayon or viscose, but it has an almost closed-loop production process and a significantly lower environmental impact.  

Tencel is naturally biodegradable and uses less water and dye than cotton. It’s breathable and absorbs moisture, keeping you cool. In the hand, it has a fine, silky feel. You’ll find Tencel in our Perfect White Shirt. [/fade]

 
 
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[fade]ORGANIC SILK  

The silk in our ties comes from Sichuan Province in western China. The region is famed for its natural beauty, diverse landscapes and bamboo forests. It is home to watery rice terraces, beautiful Himalayan terrain and the world’s only wild pandas. 

All our silk is organic, meaning its production is free from fertilizers and pesticides. There is a direct correlation between the quality of a silkworm’s diet and the silk it produces. That’s why our silkworms are fed the best available mulberry leaves. 

Looked after properly, their cocoons grow bigger and stronger, creating super-long silk filaments that can be spun into extremely soft silk that is even in texture and color. 

Our silk farms offer stable work for local people from farmers through to tailors. To encourage local biodiversity the farms also plant a wide range of tree species to create bird nesting sites and a rich habitat for local wildlife.[/fade]

 
 
 
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[fade]ORGANIC COROZO

 Instead of plastic, horn or mother of pearl, we use organic corozo for the buttons on our suits and shirts. Corozo is sustainable and comes from the Tagua tree that grows in the lowland rainforests of Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Panama. It is also known as vegetable ivory because of its similarity to real ivory. Our corozo is sourced from Ecuador and then it is made into buttons in Italy. They are durable and resistant to scratching but also biodegradable unlike plastic.  

 

Each Tagua plant produces up to 15 fruit clusters that are called “mococha." Each mococha has approximately 30 seeds, which are called Corozo or Tagua Nuts. Other than being biodegradable, they are a sustainable resource for two reasons. Firstly, the mococho clusters only fall from the plant when ripe. Seeds that are picked from the palm before they fall are not ripe enough for button production. So there’s absolutely no need for deforestation. Secondly, once mature, the Tagua trees can produce up to 50lbs of nuts annually for 100 years.   [/fade]

 
 
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[fade]ORGANIC WOOL 

We looked everywhere, but finding the right quality and the range of patterns and colors we wanted for our wool proved impossible. That’s why we decided to make our own. Most brands and tailors buy fabric from cloth merchants, but we wanted complete ownership of the process. 

By buying wool directly from the farm, we can get exactly what we want, while shortening the supply chain. Working in this way requires up-front investment, but the reward is premium quality organic wool for our clients, without having to pass on the cost incurred when dealing with several middlemen. 

We’re developing our supply chain now and will be ready to launch our first range of organic wool suits in April 2019.  [/fade]