Orvec’s product life cycle management process (‘PLM’) aims to continuously monitor and reduce the environmental impacts of products we manufacture and supply. Currently the textile industry in general produces many products that have a significant impact on the environment during their PLM.
Sustainable and ethically sourced raw materials lie at the heart to an environmentally friendly product, with the ability to recycle or dispose of the product in a sustainable manner also key.
For some time Orvec has been taking steps to reduce the environmental impact of its products to ensure that its PLM is as ethical and sustainable as possible. Orvec’s raw materials are either recycled, fully recyclable or ethically and sustainably sourced where the raw material cannot come from recycled sources or be recycled.
Recycled polyester (‘RPET’) fabrics are becoming more commercially viable with alternative materials such as bamboo and hemp-based fabrics also coming to market which will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Non-woven materials are typically fully recyclable and contain recycled content. Fills in duvets and pillows can also be manufactured using 100% recycled polyester fibres.
For materials such as cottons and paper that are not recyclable but are biodegradable Orvec procures from sustainable and ethical sources. Cotton for example can be procured from farmers supported and accredited by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). The BCI initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who product it and better for the environment it grows in. Orvec’s papers are also FSC Accredited ensuring that they are sourced from sustainable forests.
Products used within our core manufacturing processes also benefit from water-based earth inks meaning that our manufacturing facilities are solvent / oil based ink free. Orvec is also a proud member of SEDEX, an initiative that empowers responsible supply chains.