The Harrison jacket is made of an animal-free and ecological alternative to suede. The fabric is produced in Italy. Its unique production process is similar to that used for paper recycling, in which no harmful chemical substances are used. The fabric contains 70% recycled polyester, deriving from disregarded clothing and PET bottles. The polyurethane used in the production process is water based, which in contrast to normal production cycles does not contain solvents that are harmful to human and environmental health. The fabric is coloured using neutral, non-toxic dyes and is designed to be 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Recycling polyester significantly reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions into the atmosphere compared to the traditional petrol-based polyester production process.
The fabric obtained Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and PETA-Approved Vegan certification.
The lining of the Harrison jacket is made of Bemberg cupro. Cupro is known as the vegan alternative to silk. It is an eco-friendly regenerated fiber made from cotton linter, a raw material that is pre-consumer waste of the cotton industry. The yarn is produced in a zero-waste emission facility in Japan. Its production process is closed loop, which means that the chemicals and water used are extracted afterwards for reuse. The yarn is woven in Italy. The anti-static and breathable lining fabric is gentle on the skin. Cupro is a biodegradable and compostable fiber that breaks down naturally after disposal.
Bemberg cupro acquired a Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification.
All cotton used in the Niels Heineman collection is certified and produced according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Organic cotton is grown sustainably, without the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides that are being used in the production of conventional cotton. The natural farming methods used preserve the soil health and are better for the farmers, their community and the environment where the cotton is grown. The crops are mainly rainfed instead of irrigated, resulting in the use of significantly less water and energy. The GOTS certification guarantees that the people who make the cotton are paid fair wages and are working under safe conditions.
All buttons are made of Corozo nut, a natural animal-free product often referred to as ‘vegetable ivory’ because of its similarity to real ivory. Corozo is the seed from the Tagua tree. The seeds are naturally harvested; they can only be collected once the fruit is ripe and has fallen from the tree. This means no trees are being cut down. The seeds are extracted from the fruit and dried to be processed. Corozo is highly durable, scratch resistant and completely biodegradable.