We are passionate about making our business more sustainable. We’re always looking for new ways to positively impact our planet, people and animals.
We are constantly in search of the finest technologies and new ways to reduce our footprint.
We have a partnership with REPREVE, a leader in transforming recycled bottles in the U.S. To date, they have kept more than 10 billion plastic bottles out of landfills and oceans. We source our plastic thread from them and use it to make fabrics in our facilities.
Unfortunately, not all kinds of plastic are recyclable. There are seven different categories. PET is identified by the number 1.
PET or polyethylene terephthalate, has the same chemical composition as regular polyester. The plastic bottles marked with #1 can be recycled and used in many new applications such as furniture, toys or clothing. Using recycled PET fabrics over virgin polyester saves energy and reduces emissions.
Post-consumer water bottles are shredded into plastic flakes and then melted into chips. These chips are then melted again and extruded to make filament, which is processed into thread for making fabric.
How does it actually work?
Plastic bottles are collected and washed
Then machine-cut into flakes
And transformed into chips
Then melted again to make filament
The filament is then processed into thread!
We use the plastic thread to knit the new sustainable material, combining it with elastane
… and a new garment is created from a manmade material that was once 10 to 12 plastic bottles destined for the trash!
By looking and feeling the material, it is impossible to know that it is made from plastic bottles. It took us eight months to develop a unique super soft fabric—BPA free, 4-way stretch with high stretch memory, breathable, anti-bacterial and durable fabric. Our products are smooth and silky yet compressing while allowing you full range of motion.
Recycled polyester decreases our use of petroleum, keeps waste out of landfills and lowers our carbon footprint. Producing recycled polyester is better for the environment, creating 75% less CO2 than virgin polyester.
We protect workers and the environment by making sure no chemicals are used in producing our garments.
They say… Go vegan, save the planet.
It is no secret that the meat industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world and it contributes to climate change. The emissions and water usage in meat production are much higher than in vegetable farming. We believe choosing a plant-based diet is helping the environment. We’re proud that no animal by-products are ever used in any of our products. This is part of our engagement to a loving and cruelty-free lifestyle.
So-called “fast fashion” also plays a significant role in pollution. While fashion brands used to create two collections per year, they now produce up to 12 collections. Billions of pounds of clothing end up each year in landfills. Fabrics not only release gases, but most are made with chemicals that contaminate our soil. We embrace slow fashion and production according to demand—two to four collections per year with exclusive pieces here and there. At ORAKI, we focus on quality. Every item is made with care and focus on all the details. We make sure to have the best quality fabrics, threads, cutting and sewing, printing, labeling, fitting and after-wash conditions. There’s no doubt that the better the quality of a garment, the more it will be worn and the longer it will last, far from the landfills.
This is important to us and always will be.
There is absolutely nothing we’re prouder of than creating jobs for families in our home province. Not only are we making sure that workers have safe working conditions and fair benefits, we avoid overseas garment manufacturers and their negative impact on the world. Also, because our products are made in Canada and a portion of them is sold here, they travel less distance and have a smaller footprint than if they were made, for example, in China or Bangladesh.
We use dye-sublimation to transfer our art onto our fabrics. This requires only fabric, transfer paper and dye. The paper used for sublimation is reused and recycled within the facility. Sublimation is the most eco-responsible and sustainable method of garment printing in today’s industry. It creates zero waste and no water is used or contaminated in the process. It is safe for workers and safe for the environment.
We chose dye-sublimation that is dramatically better for the environment than water-based print or discharged techniques. Through the sublimation process, the colors are transferred by heat. No chemicals and no water are used. The color stands on top of material without going through the fiber completely. It is different than when a garment is dyed in colored water tanks with chemicals. We worked so hard and are still trying new ways to get the best sublimation quality, but remember, if you see a little white through your legging, don’t consider it as a defect but know that this is for the best.
Our entire business process is focused on the environment, from the beginning of production to getting the product into our customers’ hands. All our extra cut fabric is sent from our facilities to companies that stuff teddy bears or cushions or make home décor, jewels or furniture! At ORAKI, nothing goes to waste. Everything is either reusable and/or recyclable. You’ll find an elastic to hold our tags—use it for your hair! You’ll find a book mark with a love message as an outer label—use it to mark a page in your book or give it to someone who needs extra loving! We won’t include any ads or catalogues in your orders so we won’t produce waste by creating unwanted items. Internet ads are so much more eco-friendly!
All inside garment tags are directly printed on the garments to avoid extra paper-tag production. ORAKI’s outside hangtags are made of recycled kraft board paper and are reusable and recyclable. Your package will arrive in a recyclable poly mailer made of 100% recycled and recyclable polyester. It was developed for easy returns requiring no other packaging. Every prop used for shows, events and store advertising is made from recycled material. Even our ordering process is paperless!
How awesome is this super eco-friendly option? If you live in the designated area of Montreal, there is a good chance your package will be delivered by bike. In summer… and winter!