MATERIALS AND MAKING
|Baserange is premised on the 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 owned factories, that we have built a trusting and lasting relationship with. This enables us to work closely with them and regularly visits our productions sites.
All Baserange underwear, t-shirts, sweats and leather garments are produced in small towns around Porto, Portugal. This area is very close to Toulouse, France, where our company's headquarter is based. Due to the proximity, the cost and carbon footprint of transporting the garments is greatly reduced.
Our woven garments are all produced in a small town called Odemis near Izmir. Odemis sits on one of the richest fertile valleys of Turkey. Here our supplier produces garments made only from natural fabrics such as silk, linen and wool. With a traditional expertise on natural fibers and fabrics, our producers use organic and proven methods bequeathed over centuries.
When selecting our fabrics, we place high importance on the production process. We take great consideration of their environmental impact; particularly the amount of water and chemicals used in production. 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. Thus providing our customers with as much information about the production process so they can make informed decisions on their purchases.
Natural fibers such as organic cotton, recycled cotton, wool, natural silk, linen and bamboo are the core of Baserange’s fabrics.
Baserange uses only certified Öko-tex dyes or GOTS. Which consumes less water in the dying process and does not utilize any heavy metal dyes or toxic elements, that are still used by 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 chosen to use bamboo fibers for our underwear and t-shirts because of its softness and lightness. Bamboo yarn is not as cotton, a mechanical produced yarn, bamboo needs a chemical treatment for the spinning so it cannot be organic certified. Nevertheless bamboo is considered sustainable, as it needs very little pesticides and agrochemicals. Water consumption is very low and it needs very little land space to grow, unlike cotton. Naturally disease and pest resistant, bamboo is also grows quickly. Compared to trees, certain varieties of bamboo can grow 1ft to 4ft 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 to 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 find that organic cotton products are softer and easier on your skin.
Wool and Silk: These natural fibers come directly from the plants and animals. The yarns are done mechanically, so the only concern with this type of fibers is the dye and finish. We also look at the origins to insure the sustainable nature of the wool production.
Linen: The linen fibers are one of the most sustainable and natural. These plants grow fast, without any irrigation or chemicals, like pesticides. Our linen production is all grown and done in Europe. Every step of the process, from the fields to the fabric is natural and mechanical. The whole plant is used for something, so nothing goes to waist.
Linen has a very nice and smooth feel. The fiber is very absorbent and is known to lower static electricity around the body.