We, at One Puram, believe that style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. We will always be environmentally responsible and ethically and morally thoughtful. We want to place people, communities and the environment at the heart of our design and manufacturing processes and have started as we mean to go on.
Conscious style is our core belief. We believe clothes should be valued and treasured and the skilled artisans who are part of our team should be valued. We encourage our community to buy responsibly, look after their items and re-wear the pieces they love as often as possible. Sustainability is something we believe should be innate to any clothing brand and we see this as a duty to the environment and it's something which is in line with our personal morals and ethics. We also want to create interesting styles and stand by our belief that prints can be re-worn again and again and we should celebrate re-wearing and re-using clothes we love without any stigma.
To combat over-consumption and offer exclusivity to our customers, we produce small quantities of garments and currently do a maximum of 24 pieces per style. This reduces our deadstock and wastage.
Read on to learn more about our sustainable practices.
OUR FABRIC SELECTION
All of our garments are made from 100% TENCEL™ fibres. Lenzing is the supplier of certified Tencel ™ , otherwise known as lyocell which is a fibre harvested from wood pulp. Working with an official certified fabric supplier ensures that the production has been ethical, the wood has been sourced from sustainable forests and that the production process has been carried out in a closed loop process. A closed loop process ensures there is minimal water waste and chemical solvent seepage into the environment as 99% of the water and solvent is reused.
TENCEL ™ is luxuriously comforting on the skin. From its hypo-allergenic qualities to its cooling capabilities, it is the perfect fabric for warm and humid climates. Our fabric can have many different drapes and feels, such as linens, voile, canvas and sateen.
Being produced from 100% Tencel ™ fibres means the fabric is biodegradable requiring no special conditions at all and will take 12-22 weeks to revert back to nature.
Emulating TENCEL™ closed loop production methods, we aim to repurpose our scrap and deadstock fabrics in our own circular practice, by saving them for future projects.
OUR TRIMS AND FINISHINGS
We use corozo nut buttons, also known as ‘vegetable ivory’ which are sourced from Tegua nuts grown on trees in Panama. They have a beautiful, natural grain that is unique to each button and are durable and smooth. Being organic, they are also fully biodegradable.
In line with the transparency we strive to achieve, we want to state our gold slide and rings in any garments are sourced from China. We hope to continue on a journey to source as much as we can locally and reduce our carbon footprint as we progress.
By 2025, we aim to find a solution to avoid using synthetic elastic, zippers or labels within our clothing which are not 100% organic, natural and biodegradable. We know we can do better and will strive to improve on our base principles.
Our clothing tags are made from laminate-free paper and attached using pandanus string (organic plant fibres). We are happy to share that we have improved on our packaging. We place your items in a reusable, fabric drawstring bag made with 100% Tencel Tm fibres. This is then enclosed in a compostable bag. Simple and minimalist, the package is smaller and more eco-friendly than our previous packaging.