Materiel sources organic, recycled and natural dyed fabrics sourced from responsibly operated farms in Turkey, China, South Korea, and Italy. The team at Material ensures all providers operate in alignment with their transparency priorities by visiting facilities on a regular basis. Materiel's entire production process takes place in Tbilisi, Georgia, the brand owns its own factory and therefore has full control over the production methods in use and the working conditions at its facilities. Materiel’s facilities undergo third-party audits on a weekly basis to ensure and guarantee the safety of workers in its production facilities. In terms of disclosure of the material composition of products, Materiel provides a list of materials in use across all product pages.
Materiel is currently working on creating environmental efficiencies along its supply chain by implementing recycling and upcycling practices at the manufacturing stage, reducing its reliance on air freight shipping, using 100% biodegradable and compostable bags for outer packaging and using recycled paper for all labels and shipping envelopes.
The brand is proactively working on reducing its water footprint with initiatives such as re-using water in its manufacturing facilities.
Materiel prioritizes responsibly organic, recycled and natural dyed fabrics. Their supply chain is closely monitored by the logistics team who often visit these manufacturers. Currently, up to 80% of fabrics used in the collections are recycled. As evidence of its good sourcing and manufacturing practices, Materiel has earned the following certifications: Recycled Claim Standard, Organic Blended Contact Standard, SGS Certificate, Responsible Wool Standard, GOTS, V-Label, European Flex, OEKO-TEX, and Global Recycled Standard.
Materiel operates its own manufacturing facilities in a responsible manner, in accordance with Georgia's labour legislation and in line with International Labour Organisation (ILO) labour standards - which guarantees fair and safe working conditions for workers. The brand is proactive at providing workers with training opportunities and wellbeing programs. In addition, as a women-led and operated company, Materiel is proactively promoting gender equality in the workplace - with a 98% female workforce. Lastly, Materiel is a certified ISO 9001 company, which sets out the criteria for a quality management system. In accordance with this criteria, Materiel has a robust policy staff training system which helps guarantee that workers are supported via training opportunities and wellbeing programs. Materiel runs 12 local and international training programs every year on Marketing, Computer Programs, Advanced, Sewing, and Pattern Making classes.
Waste and Chemicals
Materiel’s products are safely produced without the use of harmful ingredients and techniques. In addition, Materiel is proactively working to minimize waste in its production process. The brand upcycles unused materials from and for its co-brand to ensure no fabric goes to waste. In addition they don’t hold any deadstock and reuse fabrics from unsold items for new collections whenever possible.
Materiel is proactively committed to upholding the rights of animals throughout its supply chain. The brand doesn't use animal-derived leather, fur or feathers.
Biodiversity and Forestry
We are still exploring how we can work with Materiel to advance our shared goal of protecting endangered species and forests.
Materiel encourages responsible consumption amongst shoppers through its focus on producing timeless designs as opposed to on-trend garments, and is mindful of its use of all sustainability-related marketing. Lastly, all of Materiel’s products are made to last, which helps in limiting overconsumption.