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SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABLE ACTIVEWEAR


RECYCLED FABRIC

Our sustainable activewear is made with recycled fabrics, removing plastic from landfills and oceans around the world and turning it into high quality garments. The recycled fibers we utilize in our activewear fabrics are REPREVE (recycled polyester) and ECONYL (recycled nylon).

REPREVE is the world’s number one brand of recycled performance polyester fiber. Our high-quality fibers are made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles and pre-consumer waste. They are also certified and traceable. REPREVE diverts plastic bottles—billions of them—from landfills and oceans. We also collect and reuse industrial waste. Compared to virgin polyester, REPREVE helps to offset the use of petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process.

ECONYL regenerated nylon originates from old fishing nets and carpets. Fishing nets are one of the ocean's biggest polluters, making up 46% of the ocean waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. As well as being a solution on waste, ECONYL regenerated nylon is also better when it comes to climate change. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with the material from oil. This nylon has the potential to be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. 

Because “sustainable” means different things to different people, Repreve and Econyl have also received the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, a well-known international eco-label. Oeko-Tex offers “Confidence in Textiles,” qualifying that our yarns are tested to be free of harmful levels of more than 100 restricted chemicals. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is the world’s leading label for textiles screened for harmful substances.

COMPOSTABLE PACKAGING

Our sustainable activewear ships in eco-conscious packaging including certified home compostable mailers and individual item bags.

SMALL BATCH PRODUCTION

In an effort to be gentle on the Earth, our sustainable activewear is made with intention in small batches, avoiding overproduction of excess items that don’t get sold and end up in landfills or burned.

PRINTED APPAREL

 

MADE TO ORDER, NOT TO WASTE

At BUESPARK we only print a product when a customer places an order for it, creating items that already have a known buyer. This lets us avoid overproduction of excess items that don’t get sold and end up in landfills or burned.

We aim to make the printing itself as eco-friendly as possible by partnering with manufacturers that use solar energy, limit water use, and recycle waste by-products, lowering our carbon footprint.

PRINTED WITH WATER BASED INK

The inks we use for printed apparel are water-based and free of harmful chemicals. We take care to dispose of any left-over ink according to our supplier guidelines, so we’re not harming the environment.

PRINTING METHOD

Our products are made with direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, more sustainable option than older apparel printing methods, such as screen printing. Not only does screen printing use a lot of water and plastisol inks that don’t biodegrade, but it’s also tended towards bulk orders which can lead to overproduction. In comparison, DTG printing is more eco-friendly because items get printed only when there’s already a customer for them.

PACKAGING

We are currently taking action to reduce the use of plastics and looking into ways to make our packaging materials more sustainable. We know that there’s still room for improvements, but meanwhile, we recommend recycling packages:

Plastic Film: No marking, or #2 or #4 symbol, or 'Plastic Bag/Film/Wrap' marking

Recycling: Do not put in Zero-Sort Recycling
Suitable for plastic-film recycling, same as plastic grocery bags
Find a recycling drop-off: www.plasticfilmrecycling.org