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Makia produces contemporary Nordic clothing that stands the test of time – both in terms of quality and trends – to become a part of our everyday lives.

Find out how we´re helping to make clothing more sustainable.
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  • Current fashion industry practices
  • CO2 emissions per capita
  • The clothing industry’s environmental impact
  • Calculation of water use
  • Calculation of CO2 emissions
  • Calculation of land use
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  • Materials
  • Wool in the circular economy
  • 100% recycled textiles
  • Data from Makia
  • Merino wool
  • Lyocell Tencel
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Current fashion industry practices
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
 
A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future (2017)
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Materials
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Wool in the circular economy
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International Wool Textile Organisation
 
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Pure Waste Textiles
 
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Merino Wool
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Merino Wool
 
Our Merino knitwear is made from Italian yarn and then knitted in Bulgaria and Finland. The products knitted in Finland are mulesing free. We also produce high quality woollen accessories in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland. Consumers tend to use woollen products longer between washes due to its natural ability to keep itself clean, which greatly reduces energy and water usage.
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Lyocell Tencel
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Lyocell Tencel
 
Produced from sustainably sourced wood by environmentally responsible processes.
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The clothing industry’s environmental impact
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The World Bank: McKinsey analysis
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Calculation of water use
The volume of one olympic-size pool is 2,500 m3

 
water use +20% = 29 billion m3

29 billion m3 / 2,500 m3 = 11.6 million olympic-size pools

 
*These estimated figures assume that the rest of the world maintains its current per capita consumption.
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Calculation of CO2 emissions
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The World Bank

 
Europeans' CO2 emissions per capita in 2014 were 6.4 metric tonnes
 

CO2 emissions +77% = 1,316 million metric tonnes

1,316 million metric tonnes / 6.4 metric tonnes = 205,625 million Europeans

 
*These estimated figures assume that the rest of the world maintains its current per capita consumption
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Calculation of land use
Most sports fields are one hectare in size

 
land use +7% = 3 million hectares

3 million hectares / 1 hectare = 3 million sports fields

 
*These estimated figures assume that the rest of the world maintains its current per capita consumption
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  • Trillions of plastic microfibres are released through washing
  • Environmental impact of the textile and clothing industry
  • Calculation of GHG emissions
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Trillions of plastic microfibres are released through washing
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
 
A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future (2017)
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Manufacturing
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Environmental impact of the textile and clothing industry
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Calculation of GHG emissions
In 2015, greenhouse gas emissions from textile production totalled 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2

1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 x 44% lower GHG emissions = 528 million tonnes of CO2

Europeans' CO2 emissions per capita in 2014 were 6.4 metric tonnes

528 million tonnes of CO2 / 6.4 metric tonnes of CO2 = 82,500,000 Europeans' CO2 emissions
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  • Reusable packaging
  • Packaging
  • Impact of RePack
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Reusable packaging
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RePack
 
Reusable packaging
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  • Caring for nature
  • Protect the Baltic Sea and its cultural heritage
  • Keep Finland’s coastlines and archipelago clean
  • Phthalates
  • PVC
  • Chromium
  • Bionic-Finish Eco
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Protect the Baltic Sea and its cultural heritage
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JNS Foundation
 
Protect the Baltic Sea and its cultural heritage
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Keep Finland’s coastlines and archipelago clean
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Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association
 
Keep Finland’s coastlines and archipelago clean
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Phthalates
Phthalates
 
Phthalates, or phthalate esters, are esters of phthalic acid. They are mainly used as plasticisers, i.e. substances added to plastics to increase their flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity.
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PVC
PVC
 
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, after polyethylene and polypropylene. About 40 million tonnes are produced annually.
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Chromium
Chromium
 
Chromium VI is used in textile manufacturing as a catalyst in the dyeing process and as a dye for wool (chrome dyes). But you may know much more about it through its use in tanning leather.
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Bionic-Finish Eco
Bionic-Finish Eco
 
We use only this ecological, sustainable and fluorine-free impregnation in our jackets.
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Sustainable development goals
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The United Nations
 
Sustainable development goals
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  • Carbon Neutral Parcel Service
  • Posti Green Services
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Carbon Neutral Parcel Service
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UPS
 
Carbon Neutral Parcel Service
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Posti Green Services
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Posti
 
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Through the rough seas
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Designed to stand the test of time
The problem
Current fashion industry practices are not sustainable:
Over 50%
of fast fashion is disposed of in under a year
Some garments are discarded after  just 7-10 uses
The clothing industry’s environmental impact
Current western consumer habits are unsustainable. As consumer spending increases, especially in emerging economies, the clothing industry’s environmental impact will most likely expand greatly.

Here’s what would happen if 80% of emerging markets achieved western per capita consumption levels:
CO2 emissions
(millions of metric tonnes)
2015
1,714
2025
3,030
+77%
That's equal to
205,625,000
Europeans’ CO2 emissions in a year
Water use
(billions of cubic metres)
2015
141
170
2025
+20%
That's equal to
11,600,000
olympic-size pools
Land use
(millions of hectares)
2015
2025
41
38
+7%
That's equal to
3,000,000
sports fields
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We believe that more sustainable, long-lasting fashion is part of the answer.

Makia is a Helsinki-based clothing company producing contemporary Nordic designs that stand the test of time.
The solution
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Straightforward designs and quality for years to come
Depending on the season, we can be bombarded with all kinds of rain and snow. Living amongst these elements gives our designers the first-hand know-how to ensure that their experiences translate to the drawing board. Every detail is carefully thought out as a new design develops from idea to finished product.
Functionality in meeting urban requirements and adapting to our daily routines
Our goal is to minimise the challenge of getting dressed
appropriately, so you’ll have time to worry about the bigger picture – whether it means waking up to a hectic routine with kids, an overwhelming day at work or just plain harsh weather.
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Makia is focussing on a long-term partnership in our supply chain.
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In 2018,  56%  of our production was done in Turkey (sweatshirts, T-shirts, shirts and trousers).
Turkey
Inbound transport by road.
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In 2018,  16%  of our production was done in China (jackets and bags).
China
Inbound transport by rail.
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In 2018,  8%  of our production was done in Finland (Merino accessories).
Makia Clothing's headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland.
Finland
96% road transport
Outbound transport
4% air shipped
Outbound transport
Our outbound shipping via
UPS and Posti is
100%
carbon neutral
What does this mean?
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In 2018,  7%  of our production was done in Bulgaria (knitwear).
Bulgaria
Inbound transport by road.
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In 2018,  6%  of our production was done in Portugal (shoes).
Portugal
Inbound transport by road.
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In 2018,  5%  of our production was done in India (Pure Waste products).
India
Inbound transport by sea.
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In 2018,  2%  of our production was done in Lithuania (gloves).
Lithuania
Inbound transport by road.
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The problem
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Design philosophy
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Manufacturing
Our manufacturing processes support our goal of creating ethical clothing at fair prices.
Long-term partners
We have worked together with our main manufacturing partners for years.

Our products are manufactured in Turkey, China, Bulgaria, Portugal, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland.
A strict code of conduct
We visit our manufacturing sites regularly. For example, in 2019 we visited 100% of our manufacturing partners in Turkey, our main supplier country, and Portugal.
100%
of our suppliers follow our code of conduct
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Transparency
For better transparency, all of our garments are labelled with the country of origin.
 

In the beginning of 2019, we also started to label the composition of the main materials and where they are made.

We do not have all of our CO2 emission figures from 2018, but we are now gathering data for 2019.
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Materials
When it comes to fashion, the materials matter.
In 2019 we used
18%
environmentally preferred materials
What does that mean?
But that’s
just a start!
Each season, we aim to increase the amount of environmentally preferred materials we use. Our goal for 2025 is to be using
environmentally preferred materials
75%
Our use of environmentally preferred materials
13%
2018
18%
2019
75%
2025
In 2019, Merino wool made up 11% of the material in our knitted garments and accessories.

The average life of a wool garment is:
2-10 years
For cotton or synthetic materials, this is  just 2–3 years
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Animal welfare
We don't use any vulnerable, endangered, exotic or wild-caught species, fur or rabbit hair, feather or down, bone, horn, shell or teeth, mohair or cashmere silk.
What about leather?
Pure Waste recycled cotton
In 2019, Pure Waste textiles made up 7% of the material used in our products.

Pure Waste Textiles are created from
100%
We have saved
73.4 million litres
of water (2016-2018)
27,185
newly produced T-shirts
It takes  2,700 litres of water  to make one T-shirt. An average person drinks that much in  2.5 years.
That’s equal to
recycled materials
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Conventional cotton
We acknowledge that this is the biggest challenge we need to address in the coming years.

in 2019, conventional cotton represented
51%
of our production
In 2020, we're introducing  organic cotton  to our main jersey styles, cutting the use of conventional cotton by over half.
Synthetic materials, labels and hangtags
We have made a significant improvement in our approach to synthetic materials in 2019, with many recycled materials in use.

In 2019, 48% of our jackets were made from recycled polyester or recycled polyamide.

We started using recycled materials in all of our woven labels and hangtags from the beginning of 2019.
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Taking care of our clothes
As consumers, we can make more sustainable choices about how we use our clothes.
Timeless vs fast fashion
Fast fashion encourages us to replace our clothes constantly.

However, this might end up costing more than you think.

To get the true cost, you’ll need to think about both how often you’ll wear the item and how long it will likely last.
Explore the impact on greenhouse gas emissions from the textile industry if everyone in the world were to double the number of times they wore each item of clothing:
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Greenhouse gas emissions
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Europeans’ CO2 emissions
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Make your clothes last
Making your clothes last makes a difference. Here’s how to keep them in top shape:
Washing
Storing
Repairing
Caring for knitwear
Recycle
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Always follow the washing instructions provided in the care label. This will ensure a longer lifetime for your garment and be less damaging for the environment.

If the garment isn't really dirty, try airing it or putting it in the freezer to get rid of any smells.

 
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Each year, an estimated half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres (equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles) are released into the ocean from the washing of textiles.
Knitwear should be stored by folding it into a shelf or a drawer. Hanging knitwear on a hanger will cause the garment to stretch and lose its shape.

Shirts can be hung on a hanger. Make sure that your clothing rack is not too full – this will keep the clothing fresh and reduce wrinkling.

 
Do you need to buy something new?
 
More than 30% of the clothes in Europeans' wardrobes have not been used for at least a year.
Before you decide to throw a garment away, check if it can be repaired.

Buttons are easy to sew back on, zips can be replaced and even tears and holes can often be repaired easily by a tailor.
Knitwear requires care to keep it looking neat. Remove pilling with a special cutter, a knitwear comb or a soft clothing brush.

Do not machine wash wool knits, as even wool washing programs can be too harsh.

You can air your knitwear to get rid of smells and hand wash cold with mild detergent if needed. After washing, gently squeeze the item to remove excess water, then lay flat to dry at room temperature.
When the time finally comes to get rid of an item of clothing, take it to a clothing recycling point or give it a second life by reselling.
RePack
100%
of our webstore shipments
use RePack.
This year, Makia will send about  10,300  items packed in reusable RePack packages. If RePack packages are used over 20 times, the packaging results in  80% less CO2 emissions  and  96% less waste  when compared to single use packaging.
Why we use RePack
Packaging
We work to minimise our impact on the enviroment and we're focussed on preserving the Baltic Sea.
Cutting down on plastic
Our goal
plastic packaging
0%
We are currently testing biodegradable corn starch packaging, which we hope all of our garments will eventually be packed in.
How will we achieve this?
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Caring for nature
We work to minimise our impact on the enviroment and to help preserve the Baltic Sea.
Cutting down on chemicals
All our products follow Reach guidelines about chemicals.

We also use no phthalates or PVC, and we only use ecological coatings in our jackets. Our shoe linings, inner socks and leather accessories are made from vegetable-tanned and chromium-free leather.
Saving
the sea
A portion of our collection's sales – over €20,000 (excl VAT) so far – are allocated to activities that promote the protection of nature in the archipelago and lake regions of Finland.
JNS Foundation
Keep the Archipelago
Tidy Association
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About us
Life is a rocky road with its ups and downs.

Through the rough seas is a state of mind that means perseverance in the face of adversity.

We have spent enough time standing in the cold rain to favour simple, functional designs focussing on materials that respect the harsh northern climate.

Makia was born in the harbour of Helsinki according to these basic principles – to stand the test of time and to be with you for years to come.
Through the Rough Seas
Makia’s flagship store
Our Helsinki flagship store is powered by renewable solar energy from Nordic Green Energy.
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No sales policy
Makia's  no sales policy  supports our vision of long-lasting and valued products. 
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The United Nations sustainable development goals
We support UN SDGs:
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Help us spread the word about the benefits of long-lasting fashion
You're always welcome to drop by our flagship store in Helsinki or go to your local retailer.

 
Helsinki Flagship Store
 
Mannerheimintie 22-24
00100 Helsinki
Finland

Official website of Makia Clothing - simple and functional streetwear from Helsinki:
www.makiaclothing.com
responsibility@makiaclothing.com
If you have an idea that could support us on our journey towards a more sustainable future, please contact us:
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Makia Code of Conduct
 

Makia Clothing Ltd (later ‘Makia’) is committed to respecting human rights and ensuring sustainable working methods. This Code of Conduct aims to set out the values and principles that Makia strives to implement in its supply chains. The Code of Conduct is based on international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, key UN conventions, UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions and recommendations.
The principles set out in the Code of Conduct represent minimum expectations that Makia have for their suppliers and other subcontractors. It is the responsibility of Makia suppliers to inform their subcontractors about Makia’s Code of Conduct.
To monitor our business partners’ conformity with our requirements, we shall have the right to make unannounced visits to all units producing goods for Makia. Makia also reserve the right to appoint an independent third party to conduct audits to evaluate compliance with this Code of Conduct. Unwillingness to cooperate, or repeated violations of the Code of Conduct, may lead to termination of the business relationship with Makia.

 
Legal requirements
 
All Makia business partners must follow the national laws in the countries in which they operate.
Business partners are also committed to the requirements set out in this document. Business partners should note that these may go beyond the requirements set out in national law.

 
Workers’ rights
 
All Makia business partners shall have written employment contracts with all employees. Employment contracts must be written in the local language and include employment terms and conditions.

 
No bonded labour
 
Makia does not accept any form of forced, bonded or non-voluntary labour. Every employee shall be treated with respect and dignity. Business partners shall ensure that migrant workers have the same entitlements as local employees. All workers shall have the right to leave work and freely terminate their employment without any punishment.

 
No Discrimination
 
Makia does not accept any discrimination. Business partners shall not discriminate against employees because of gender, age, religion, race, caste, pregnancy, disability, social background, sexual orientation, political opinions, diseases or any other condition that could give rise to discrimination. Workers shall not be harassed or disciplined on any of the grounds listed above.

 
Freedom of Association
 
All Makia business partners shall respect their employees’ right to form or join associations of their own choosing and bargain collectively. Discrimination against workers because of trade union membership is not permitted.
When operating in countries where trade union activity is unlawful, business partners shall allow workers to freely elect their own representatives with whom the company can enter into a dialogue about workplace issues.

 
Child labour
 
Makia does not accept child labour. Business partners shall not employ children younger than 15 years of age. All business partners must ensure that they do not employ anyone below this age.
In cases when business partners are removing children from the workplace, they should identify, in a proactive manner, measures taken to ensure the protection of any affected children. When appropriate, they shall pursue the possibility to provide decent work for adult members of the affected children's families or households.

 
Young Workers
 
All Makia business partners must follow the legal limitations on the employment of persons below the age 18. Where young workers are employed, business partners should ensure that the kind of work is not harmful to their health and that their working hours do not prevent their attendance at school.

 
Wages
 
All Makia business partners shall respect the right of the workers to receive fair remuneration that is sufficient to provide them with a decent living for themselves and their families. Wages must be paid regularly and on time, refer to regular working hours and reflect the skills, education and experience of the employee.
Business partners shall pay at least the statutory minimum wage, the prevailing industry wage or the wage negotiated in a collective agreement, whichever is higher.

 
Working hours
 
All Makia business partners shall ensure that workers are not required to work more than 48 regular hours per week. Overtime work must be exceptional, always voluntary for employees and compensated in accordance with the law. Overtime hours should never exceed 12 hours per week. Furthermore, business partners shall grant their workers the right to rest breaks in every working day and the right to at least one day off in every seven days.

 
Health and safety
 
All Makia business partners shall ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. The premises must be regularly maintained and cleaned and must provide a healthy working environment.
Business partners shall ensure that there are systems in place to detect, assess, avoid and respond to potential threats to the health and safety of workers. Hazardous equipment or unsafe buildings are not accepted. Relevant first aid equipment must be available. Emergency exits must be clearly marked and unblocked. Everyone must have the right to exit the premises from imminent danger without seeking permission.
Business partners shall ensure access to drinking water, safe and clean eating and resting areas and clean and safe cooking and food storage areas.

 
Environment
 
All Makia business partners must respect the environment and comply with all environmental laws in the countries in which they operate. Business partners must have the relevant environmental permits for their operations.
Water is a scare resource in many parts of the world, and it should be used as efficiently as possible. Business partners must ensure that all wastewater is treated and disposed of according to local legislation.
Business partners shall work to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste during their production. All waste must be taken care of in a responsible manner and in accordance with local laws.

 
Chemicals
 
All Makia business partners must follow the current European chemical regulation REACH. There should be a material safety data sheet (MSDS) available onsite where chemicals are used. We also do not permit the use of any Phthalates or PVC in our products.

 
Animal welfare
 
Makia does not accept any harm or cruelty to animals during production. Business partners shall ensure that materials derived from animals are from animals that are treated according to the animal welfare laws and international recommendations. Makia does not use any part of vulnerable, endangered, exotic or wild-caught species, fur or rabbit hair (angora), feather and down, bone, horn, shell or teeth, mohair, cashmere or silk.

 
Commitment to the Code of Conduct
 
By signing up, business partners commit to complying with Makia's Code of Conduct and also take responsibility for informing all subcontractors about it to ensure their compliance.
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Environmentally preferred materials used in 2019
 

Recycled cotton 7%, recycled polyester 5%, organic cotton 4% and Lyocell Tencel 2%.

Environmentally preferred materials are more environmentally friendly, with less negative impact on the environment and human health.
We’re looking for alternatives to leather – so far we’ve tested cork and recycled textiles. We currently use mostly vegetable-tanned leather and cow leather leftovers.
Pure Waste Textiles  use only materials that would otherwise go to waste.

Globally, almost 3 million tonnes of cotton are wasted yearly in fabrics. That’s enough material to manufacture
3 T-shirts
for every person on the planet
Due to the high quality and durability of wool fibre, wool garments are inherently suitable for re-use and recycling. The average life of a wool garment is 2-10 years depending on use, compared to 2-3 years for a typical cotton or synthetic garment.
Each year, an estimated half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres (equivalent to
more than 50 billion plastic bottles) are released into the ocean as a result of the washing of textiles.
More than 30% of clothes in Europeans' wardrobes have not been used for at least a year.
Our manufacturing partners have all signed  Makia’s Code of Conduct  based on BSCI guidelines, as well as ILO and UN human rights regulations.

All of our garments comply with European Union REACH regulations. 
Our Code of Conduct
Impact of RePack
Why we use RePack
 

RePack is a reusable and returnable packaging service.

We chose RePack packaging because it achieves a neutral carbon footprint after just two reuses.

RePack is a reusable and returnable packaging service.
Our first packaging trial didn’t work - the bags had talcum powder to keep them from sticking, and that left white spots all over our clothes.

We are currently testing biodegradable corn starch packaging, which we hope will eventually be used for all of our garments. 
We use UPS’s Carbon Neutral solution, meaning that for every tonne of CO2 produced in transportation, an equivalent amount is saved by a verified emission reduction project somewhere else in the world.

All our webstore deliveries by Posti in Finland are also carbon neutral.

We also use PostNord Logistics for our outbound shipping.
As any production house starting from nothing, we’ve had our share of challenges along the way. Over the years, the quality of our garments has improved hand in hand with our production processes. In order to continue this trend, we've reviewed our company values and decided to end all discounted pricing of Makia goods.

Not only will this help keep our pricing at a level that allows us to continue producing our clothes ethically and ecologically, but it will also reinforce our philosophy of making quality clothes that survive seasonal trends for years to come.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. The goals are interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind it's important that we achieve each of them by 2030.
Makia's concept for producing clothing that stands the test of time, both in terms of quality and trends, supports the UN's SDG 12 for sustainable consumption and production. We are now focussing on using more sustainable materials in our collections and educating customers about caring for their garments well to ensure longer lifecycles and less environmental impact. Our no-sales policy supports our vision of a timeless, durable clothing collection.
Makia was founded in 2001 in an old Helsinki dockyard neighbourhood called Punavuori. The sea is close to our hearts and it affects our daily lives, so we must take care of it and preserve it for future generations. We support the protection of the Baltic Sea and Finnish inland lakes in close collaboration with Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association and the John Nurminen foundation with donations and educational marketing collaborations.
Makia has set a target of using 75% Environmentally Preferred Materials in our production by 2025. In 2020, we are changing most of our conventional cotton to organic cotton. We are also following new inventions in material R&D (pulp, pineapple, etc.) and we work with carbon neutral transportation partners (UPS and Posti). What we can all do now is to start using our clothing for longer in order to greatly lessen their environmental impact. We want to lead by example in setting this trend.
JNS Foundation
 

The John Nurminen Foundation’s mission is to save the Baltic Sea and its heritage for future generations.
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Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association
 

The Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association (Pidä Saaristo Siistinä ry) is a Finnish environmental organisation for boaters and all those travelling in and around Finnish waterways.

Finland, known as the 'land of a thousand lakes', is famous for its unique Archipelago sea. In cooperation with the Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association, we've created a collection of everyday essentials to promote the well-being of our coastal and lake areas.
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