By expanding our materials strategy, we are taking a crucial step towards our goal of being a sustainable brand and offering nothing but sustainable products by 2023.
Organically grown natural fibres. Grown using crop rotation without genetically modified seed, synthetic pesticides or fertilisers. In the interests of workers’ health and soil quality. Many of our products containing organically grown fibres are certified in line with the Organic Content Standard (OCS) or Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which are both well-known textile standards.
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ is sustainable viscose manufactured using a process which conforms to high environmental standards. The cellulose used for it comes from certified, controlled sources, i.e. sustainably managed forests. The natural cellulose is bleached using an environmentally friendly process. LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibres are associated with lower emissions and a reduced water impact.
MARC O’POLO has the origins of the down and feathers it uses checked by the independent IDFL Laboratory and Institute. These checks are intended to ensure that there is no force-feeding or live plucking.
Products labelled ‘OUR CLEANEST JEANS PROJECT’ are MARC O’POLO’s most sustainable denim styles. ‘OUR CLEANEST JEANS PROJECT’ is founded on three separate criteria: selecting sustainable raw materials, using innovative, responsible dyeing methods, and finishing the denims with low-impact washes. Because we care for the planet.
Linen is a natural fibre which comes from one of the oldest crops in the world: flax. Flax is a natural, renewable raw material which is grown in temperate climate zones. Linen is known for its permanent sheen and refined wrinkles. Its durability makes it a long-lasting fabric. The fibre is breathable and light with a cool feel.
The sheep’s wool for our Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) products comes from certified sheep farms where attention is paid to animal welfare, environmental protection, and the responsible, sustainable use of agricultural land. Independent third parties check the textile production chain to ensure that RWS-certified sheep’s wool is used in the product. RWS-certified products are identified by a logo on their care label and on our product page. MARC O’POLO commits to using only sheep wool in certified (RWS, GOTS, OCS), non-mulsed or recycled alternatives by 2023.
Cork is a natural material which is very flexible and light. Harvesting the bark does not damage the cork oak, which can regenerate its bark. Cork forests are also natural carbon sinks.
The fibres for our products made from SeaCell™LT Lyocell are manufactured using an eco-friendly, closed production loop. As part of this process, carefully harvested seaweed is embedded into the fibre. The seaweed’s unique properties help to protect the skin from harmful environmental influences and are permanently preserved within the fibre. Natural moisture in the skin releases the seaweed’s beneficial substances.
Coming soon: we use latex to produce our natural rubber. This involves latex from the rubber tree. Different grades of natural rubber are obtained from the latex. The raw rubber bales are processed into lengths that vary in thickness. This is done using an environmentally friendly production process. In addition, the processing waste can be recycled and re-used in the production cycle.
The Leather Working Group (LWG) has set itself the objective of fostering sustainable changes in environmental practices within the leather industry and making these more transparent by means of recognised procedures. The LWG Audit Protocol is the standard with the strictest requirements and the highest acceptance. The leather used for many of our products already comes from LWG-certified tanneries and is labelled with the LWG logo.
Recycled wool comes from textile waste. Its advantages lie in reducing refuse and protecting agricultural land, which comes under heavy strain from the grazing associated with wool farming. Choosing recycled textile fibres conserves natural resources and decreases the use of chemicals.
Recycled cotton is primarily made using remnants from textile production. Using recycled cotton reduces the negative environmental impacts of growing cotton, meaning that it helps to conserve resources. It extends the useful life of existing fibres.
Thermore® is a lightweight, polyester thermal insulation made using recycled PET bottles. The percentage varies: Thermore® Ecodown® contains 100%, while both Thermore® Classic and Thermore® Thermosoft® contain 50% recycled material.
Fibres made from recycled material reduce the use of petroleum and the volume of waste.
Instead of virgin polyester, MARC O’POLO is increasingly using recycled polyester fibres made primarily from recycled PET bottles.
TENCEL™ Lyocell and TENCEL™ Modal are industrially produced, regenerated cellulose fibres made from natural raw materials. The cellulose is extracted from trees grown in sustainably managed forests. Thanks to its closed production loop, TENCEL™ Lyocell is very environmental friendly.
A fusion of organic cotton and viscose, both soft and fine with a subtle sheen. Cotton-viscose knit is temperature-regulating and absorbs moisture. Firm and soft, it is also sustainable and natural. The viscose used is made from natural cellulose which comes from bamboo.
We are also committed to animal welfare. MARC O’POLO does not use angora wool.
Our collections have been fur-free for many years now. We only use faux fur made from synthetic fibres. To underline this commitment, MARC O’POLO has committed to a no-fur policy as part of the Fur Free Alliance’s Fur Free Retailer programme.