MATERIALS AND MAKING
|Base Range is underpinned by a strong belief that sustainable products should not be a luxury. This philosophy has led to the affordable pricing of the label.
We work exclusively with small family based factories. And build a close and trustfull relationship with our producers that last.
All Baserange underwear t-shirts, sweats and leather garments are produced in small towns around Porto in Portugal. This area is very near Toulouse, where our company's head office is based. This enables us to make regular visits and reduce the time, cost and carbon foot print of transporting the garments.
Our woven garments are all produced in a small town called Odemis near Izmir. Odemis sits in one of the richest fertile valleys of Turkey. Here, our supplier produces garments made from only natural fabrics such as silk, linen and wool, with an old knowledge of natural fabrics and
In selecting the fabrics, we place a lot of importance on the production process. We consider to what extent this process impacts on the environement, for example the amount of water used in production and most importantly the chemical used. Working sustainably is very much a process of always doing the best you can and trying to push things in order to get a product as "clean" as possible. When organic certifications or sustainable solutions are not possible, we seek to work transparently and consciously, providing our customers with as much information about the production process in order that they can make an informed decision on their purchase.
Natural fibers such as organic cotton ,recycled cotton or wool, natural silk or linen and bamboo are used at the heart of Base Range’s fabrics.
Base Range uses only certified Öko-tex dyes or GOTS. It consume a lot less water in the dying process and does not utilise any heavy metal dyes or toxic elements that are still used by a many large garment producers outside of Europe.
A big part of baserange’s product group is raw or ecru (off white) . Meaning that there has been no dying or chemical bleaching processes on these products.
Bamboo : We have choosen the bamboo fibers for our underwear and t-shirts because of its softness and lightness . Bamboo yarn is not as cotton, a mechanical produced yarn, the bamboo needs a chemical treatment for the spinning, so it can not be organic certified. Stil bamboo is considered sustainable as it needs very little pesticides and agrochemicals. Water consumption is very small too, and it needs very little land space to grow, unlike cotton. Naturally disease and pest resistant, bamboo is also fast growing. Compared to trees, certain varieties of bamboo can grow 1–4 ft long per day, and can even branch and expand outward because of its underground rhizomes. Bamboo also helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption, making it a solution for excess nutrient uptake of waste water from manufacturing, livestock farming and sewage treatment.
Cotton : All of our cotton garments, are 100% organic certified cotton. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers. Methods such as beneficial insect releases, strip cutting of alfalfa and new weeding machinery help reduce the environmental impact of cotton crops. Third-party organizations certify that organic cotton farms use only these approved methods and do not spray toxic chemicals on their crops. We also find that organic cotton products are softer and easier on your skin
Wool and Silk : This natural fibers comes from animals. The yarns are done mechanically, so with this type of fibers our only concern is the dye and finish. We also look at the origin to make sure it does not fligh all around earth.
Linen : The linen fibers are some of the most sustainable and natural. These plants grow fast, without any irrigation and any intrants like pesticides. Our linen production is all grown and done in Europe. All the process from the fields to the fabric is natural and mechanical.
The hole plant is used for something, so waist is very limiteded.
Wearing linen has a very nice feeling. The fiber is very hydrophile/absorbent, which suppose as positive aspect to lower the static electricity around the body, and by consequence, reduce the stress.