OUR ENVIROMENTAL CONTRIBUTION
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8SIX400 specialises in creating motorsport apparel fashion out of sustainable fabrics derived from recycled materials.
We provide a carefully curated range of items manufactured to the highest European standards from traceable & sustainable sources. These garments are embellished with detailed applications and ornamentations.
We are all very familiar with plastic environmental damage that is being caused. WWF state that 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the sea every year.
Thankfully the call for action to save our natural planet is in motion, with the many amazing initiatives in place. The time to save our planet is running out and from this point forward...every second counts.
Is everything environmentally friendly?
Being environmentally responsible, as well as providing you with as much information as possible, is more essential to us than any competition. This is a comparison of our products to see how they compare.
Don't throw away our packaging! because it's 100 percent
recycled and recyclable!
All tees are made of 100% cotton. They are produced from 12 recycled post-consumer bottles and contain 50% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 50% organic cotton.
Our yarn is produced at a zero-waste, low-emission facility in Portugal, and then assembled in our SA8000-certified plant in the same country.
How do you make garments out of discarded water bottles?
Did you realise that plastic is included in practically all synthetic activewear? We just make ours out of things that would otherwise end up in landfills or in the oceans. It all starts with 100 percent post-consumer water bottles that have had their labels removed, then smashed into billions of small fragments and washed until they are spotless.
You get a soft, recycled yarn after a bunch of science stuff with titles like "polymerization," which eliminates the need for petroleum while also diverting water bottles from landfills.
SA8000 is a certification and benchmark for social accountability produced by Social Accountability International (SAI). They designed this certification to assist and safeguard workers all over the world by offering a standardised guideline to ensure the integrity of workers' working conditions and salaries. While SA8000 and Fair Trade certifications are similar, Fair Trade is primarily utilised in farming, whereas SA8000 is primarily used in industry settings.
Why Portugal and not Asia?
You may not realise it, but Europe, particularly Portugal, is home to many of the greatest makers of high-performance fabrics. For basic knitwear, Europe has excellent manufacturers, but for our luxury fabrics, Portugal's machines were the only ones suited to the task. We knew it was a match when we located our SA8000 certified manufacturer. To us, quality is paramount, therefore we wanted to make sure you got the greatest product at the best price possible.
How do we know you're using recycled fabrics and are truly fair-trade?
We want to be completely honest, thus we're pleased to share our certificates with you.
SA8000 certification has been granted to our facility. This certification guarantees that our operation follows the stringent rules that ensure factory workers are well-paid, safe, and lead healthy lifestyles.
Oeko-Tex, the world leader in testing fabrics for hazardous chemicals, has certified our recycled fabric as Standard 100. They make sure the origin and contents of every cloth are completely transparent, so you know precisely what you're putting on your body.
What can I do about microfibers?
Did you know that when you wash synthetic clothing, little bits of plastic called microfibers fall out?
All of your synthetics should be washed in a washing bag or filter. There are bags available on the market that attaches to your home washing machine and collects microfibers before they enter water streams, keeping them out of the oceans and away from the wildlife who live there. Let's get this place cleaned up.
How do you dye?
Our fabric is dyed with eco-friendly dyes and the wastewater is carefully cleaned and cooled before it is released.
How Our Fabric Gets Made
As soon as the spinning mill takes the delivery of our raw PET chips from the recycling centre the bags of chips go through another wash, and are dried. Once they dry, the chips get sent to storage silos and are sent to a machine where the chips get heated up and extruded into long thick spaghetti like strands. From there, they are chipped down to little pellets.
The pellets then get reheated and are extruded again to make superfine threads that are spun together into our yarn. From there they are spun onto large bobbins, packaged, and sent to the knitting factory.
Our fabric is softer and more stable than standard single-jersey. This process requires time and precision, which means each of our knitting machines can only produce about 100 pairs-worth of fabric in a 24-hour period.
Around Spain and Portugal, where all of the post-consumer water bottles, once struggled to clean up mass amounts of waste resulting from rising living standards and soaring consumption. The government saw the danger of ignoring the problem, and through widespread change has transformed into leading in recycling.
Programs and volunteer groups have sprung up all over Portugal and Spain, which sets up micro-recycling centers in rural areas across the area.
Once our fabric is knit, it gets sent to our dye house. The dyeing process is often environmentally destructive, with many facilities opting for non eco-friendly dyes and chemicals, and choosing to dump wastewater freely into water sources like streams and rivers. If you look at photos of rivers that flow by cities involved in garment manufacturing, you will often notice bright blue or red water that enters the water tables that the community uses. This water not only damages the environment but is extremely harmful to people and crops that depend on their water sources to survive.
Our facility should be the standard for how wastewater should be treated. Every single drop of water that is used to dye our fabric gets sent to our wastewater treatment plant literally 100 feet away from the machines. It doesn’t even have time to think about escaping.
There, the water gets treated to separate out our OEKO-certified safe dyes and stray fibers. When everything is separated, we measure the water to make sure it’s safe to release.
Where do you make your products?
All of our fabrics are created from recycled materials in a factory in Portugal that specialises in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles, and then cut and sewed in one of our carefully selected partner facilities. Our SA8000-certified factory ensures fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and no forced or child labour.
After all the bottles are sorted into their respective categories (#1, #2, #3, and #4 plastic), they are sent to their processing centers. All polyester (recycled or not) is derived from this type of plastic.
Our bottles are sorted, cleaned, and chipped into feedstock at the center. The processing center is pretty special.
Why is being certified so important? It is a well-known fact in the recycling industry that in places like China with loose certifications and accountability standards, many will lie about where they get their plastic. It’s actually much easier to buy new plastic water bottles and recycle them, than to collect and sort post-consumer bottles. Often, recyclers will recycle brand-new bottles as post-consumer bottles and sell them at a higher price to brands that are trying to use recyclables in their products.
Due to strict European standards, bales of post-consumer bottles from all over arrive, are weighed and logged. From there the bales go into a steam wash to remove caps and labels. After the caps and labels are removed, the bottles are sorted by color. We use the clear bottles for our fibers, and the coloured bottles get sent elsewhere to be processed for myriad other uses.
Once the color sorting is done, they are shred down into tiny chips, wash them again, and place them in transport bags to be shipped to our manufacturing facility. Each bag is weighed and logged again to make sure that the output is equal to input. This ensures that we have an accurate count for how many bottles were used and can verify that they were the same bottles processed at arrival.