LOW IMPACT DENIM
At Tom Wood we are passionate about our denim. From its origins as heavy-duty workwear to a modern wardrobe staple, denim has been around for centuries. There as been growing concern however, that producing the beloved blue fabric has some drawbacks in terms of the footprint it leaves on our planet. So back in 2019 we started our journey with low impact denim with the aim of making long-lasting quality denim with the lowest possible impact on the planet. Like with every great project, we had to find the right partners. We knew we needed to find people who shared our willingness and desire to innovate and who was in possession of the right technology. Today we work with the Italian jeans manufacturer Blueline, the denim fabric suppliers Candiani and Evlox, and the finishing technology experts in Jeanologia. The result is our Low Impact Denim line, which launched in 2020.
Reduced Water Consumption
Water consumption is one of the biggest environmental issues related to the process of producing denim. By using different water saving techniques such as dry ozone treatment, handmade scrapings and stone wash with natural enzymes we are able to make high-quality garments with an authentic look and a lower environmental impact.
Responsible Purchasing and Sustainable Sourcing
At Tom Wood we’re committed to ensure fair and safe working conditions throughout our supply chain. To achieve this we have established long-lasting relationships with suppliers who share our desire and willingness to find better ways of conducting business together. Our code of conduct requires suppliers to meet our standards for social responsibility and safe working conditions.
EIM* certification ensure that our products meet these standards.
Tom Wood’s commitment to reduce its environmental impact means that we work towards limiting the use of synthetic chemicals.
The trims used in our Low Impact Denim have a natural color as a result of being made without synthetic chemicals. Buttons and rivets are made from brass and all trims are made in factories which utilise solar energy and are committed to reducing their water consumption and CO2 emissions.
Our Low Impact Denim are packaged in poly bags which are made out of 100% recycled plastic, thereby using fewer natural resources and less energy than traditional, non-recycled plastic.
Low Impact Denim is one of multiple initiatives that we are taking at Tom Wood to reduce our impact on the environment.
* Environmental Impact Measuring (EIM) – Powered by Jeanologia
EIM is a tool developed by sustainable finishing company Jeanologia which assesses the environmental impact of garment finishing processes by measuring key factors like water and energy consumption, the use of chemicals and the health and safety of workers. Based on these calculations, the garment is given a score of 0-100, 0-33 indicating low impact, 34-66 medium impact and 67-100 high impact.
The Low Impact Denim-collection has achieved an EIM score between 0-33, thereby indicating that the process of making the jeans has had a low impact on the environment.