The Cazinc The Label Eco-Conscious Linen and Bamboo collection was inspired by the elegance of timeless silhouettes, reworked as versatile staples that will take the wearer from day to night in comfort, style and quality sustainable fabrics.
It was created for the woman who rejects fast fashion, and instead seeks a wardrobe that is contemporary, considered and environmentally conscious. All pieces in the collection have been crafted exclusively using linen blend and bamboo fabrics as a reflection of Cazinc The Label’s commitment to high-quality, sustainable clothing that is accessible for every woman.
Where do you purchase the deadstock fabrics from?
Our linen and bamboo collection was manufactured in India, where we could purchase the highest quality linen available. It's beautiful to wear and holds it's shape. We have a few smaller manufacturers over there, who are 100% ethical and use 100% of all their fabrics. They went to other fashion houses to purchase their dead stock that they were throwing out to landfill to use to make the bags.
The dead stock fabric is leftover stock from our list of ethical factories we use based in India. We ensure that the dead stock comes directly from our factories to ensure this stock is actually dead stock and not just available stock. At CTL, we have strong values in ensuring that what we are portraying to our customers has been triple checked by our team industry professionals. The dead stock had accumulated as offcuts, seconds, and leftover fabric from other labels utilising the same factories as CTL, this is shown in the different fabrics and colours the dead stock bags are created in.
By using the dead stock - this meant that there is no consistency among all the bags & there are different colours and fabrics that have been used. All the dead stock used is a linen based fabric which is an eco-conscious decision we have made. It is aligned with our values on this collection, and we are excited to see how much further we can take our research in becoming a much more eco-friendly label.
Why was it important for you to create these dead stock bags? Will this be an ongoing practice at CTL?
We are eliminating the use of plastic at CTL and have found there are many ways around this to be a more eco-conscious label. We take pride in the quality of workmanship behind each garment, so doing "no packaging" is not an option for us - protecting the garments is always a top priority. The concept behind the dead stock bags is we wanted to create this capsule with packaging that could have a "second life". To us at CTL we didn't want to create a wasted bag - we always try to give all packaging a second life, whether it be utilised for makeup brushes, to pack shoes to go on holiday etc. Creating the bags were discussed and brainstormed heavily with the team because there will be some customers who won't utilise a "second life bag" and that is something that we needed to factor in. It was essential to us to use the "deadstock" because it was a way we could justify creating an additional product that will in most cases, potentially have a second life. It was a way for us to environmentally justify the additional drawstring bags out of "waste”.
We are always researching how to eliminate wastage. The alternative to our dead stock bags we have replaced all poly bags with cornstarch bags. These are certified home compostable (AS 5810) alternative to the traditional poly bags. The polybags are made from corn starch with a human-made binding agent added for flexibility. When our customers are finished with their bags, they can put them in with their food scraps and garden waste, before they know it worms will be eating them for breakfast.
To further our elimination process of plastic, we have changed all postage satchel bags to a compostable courier satchel bag, which is waterproof and robust and also created from corn to be composed of in the garden with food and garden scraps.
How is the linen/bamboo range sustainable? What specific fabrics, practices, etc. makes it sustainable?
The capsule is sustainable due to the fabric used to create the garments. We have focused on using fabrics that are based on natural fibres to minimise the pollution into our land. This eco-conscious decision was also made due to what is right for our skin/bodies and not only what is excellent for the environment. Given our primary demographic, we are focused on using fabrics that are body-friendly - for example, breathable fabrics.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the word and is naturally organic. The fabric we have used is made from eco-friendly plants where no pesticides or fertilisers were used. The soft hand feel of the fabric is perfect for the bodysuits created using this garment as it is close against the body. Bamboo naturally absorbs moisture from the skin, so they are an ideal asset to everyone's wardrobe during the warmer months.
Linen is made from the flax plant, which doesn't require much energy or water resources to produce the plants and leaves a small environmental impact.
The linen blend fabric is used due to being biodegradable. It is a durable fabric, so given these styles are created to be in our customer's wardrobes time after time, a fabric known for its durability had to be used. A linen blend fabric has been used to ensure they are easy to wear pieces for our customers to wear and not have to iron or sit in a creased garment.
The garments are dyed at dye houses that reuse and utilise the water within the dying process. When creating the garments for CTL, we only dye the fabric required for the capsule to ensure a minimised wastage.
A lay plan is created with the patterns before ordering fabrics to ensure that we only order and create enough fabric for what is required. We work very closely with our expert team to ensure that all wastage is minimised throughout the whole process - from design through to final product.