We work with comfortable and versatile fabrics that are both durable and distinctive. It is very important to us that we use materials and methods that have a lower impact on the environment and the end consumer. This also includes avoiding harmful chemicals and substances that are used in conventional production as much as possible.
When looking at a garment on its total global footprint and environmental impact, the user phase is a very large part. Production needs a lot of energy and water use itself but in fact, the laundry and care needs far more in a products’ lifecycle. Every individual’s personal washing and drying habits are of great importance to be as green as possible, for both our health and nature’s. Here you can learn more about our sustainable materials and how to best care for them to make them last as long as possible.
On our CSR page, you can learn more about our work with sustainability.
Mini Rodini works with GOTS*-certified cotton. GOTS (The Global Organic Textile Standard) is an international certification that demands strict environmental criteria on the entire manufacturing process. The manufacturing process of textiles often involves different facilities and processes before the final product reaches consumers and GOTS ensures that an organic certifier evaluates all phases of production. That includes farming, harvesting, production, processing, manufacturing, packaging and branding.
Linen is a natural fibre grown out of the flax plant. It is durable with good breathability and comfort. Having it organic means no GMO, pesticides or fertilizers are allowed to use – better for the health of the eco-systems and everyone making and wearing it. The preferable certification we use for organic linen is GOTS, as it has criteria throughout the whole process, from farming to final product, and includes social criteria for labour as well.
Hemp is a fibre that comes from the hemp plant. It is a strong plant able to grow quickly in both warm and cold climates, and demanding much less water than cotton. The preferable certification we use for organic hemp is GOTS as it has criteria throughout the whole process, from farming to final product, and includes social criteria for labour as well.
Organic wool means that the care of the animals’ rights are concerned and strictly regulated and controlled. Synthetic hormones and pesticides are not allowed and the farm conditions are humane. The spinning and dyeing process is also eco-friendly and cannot contain harmful chemicals. The best certification for organic wool is to us GOTS as it has criteria throughout the whole process, from farming to final product, and includes social criteria for labour as well.
A good semi-synthetic alternative to knitted/woven viscose and conventional cotton are Modal® and Tencel®. These materials are registered as a trademark by Lenzing AG, an Austrian company marketing several brands of cellulose-synthetic fibre products. It is a regenerated fibre spun by reconstituting cellulose, often taken from the beech or eucalyptus tree. The forests are sustainably farmed and most oftenly FSC-certified. This procedure needs much less use of water, land, synthetic fertilizers and chemicals than both viscose and conventional cotton. Process chemicals are strictly controlled and recycled and re-used through a closed-loop system. Quality results in colour fastness, dyeing, shrinkage and fading are just as good as cotton. Another positive aspect is that it is made out of wood pulp, and therefore both biodegradable and recyclable to.
Polyester is a synthetic fibre that came to the market in the 1950’s and is today one of the most commonly used fibres in the textile industry. During the years it has been developed into several various fabric structures and heavy-duty functions. Regrettably, conventional polyester is made from an un-renewable source and requires crude oil and a lot of chemicals.
That is why we use recycled polyester on as many products as possible. PET soda bottles, old garments and waste fabrics are collected and remade into new polyester fibres, and then weaved or spun into as a new fabric. Recycling and reusing polyester fabrics decrease environmental impact and less crude oil is taken from earth’s resources – which are already very limited. It also cuts down on energy use, chemical use, waste material and toxic emissions and makes less soil, water and air pollution. Recycled polyester can preferably carry GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certification.
Recycled polyamide is just like other recycled materials made out of fabric and garment waste as well as old fishing nets, home textiles and etc. It comes both in woven and knitted, for example like our heavy-duty outerwear or swimwear. This material, like recycled polyester, saves on natural resources and production impact such as chemical use, waste, energy, emissions and pollution. Recycled polyamide can be GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certified just like recycled polyester.
Wool has many good benefits such as warmth, moisture absorbance and breathability. Recycled wool is a better alternative as it is created from waste wool garments and fabrics. It can have the same good quality and strength as virgin wool and will reduce impact of land, chemicals and amount of animals affected. There is also organic wool on the market, where the care of the animals’ rights and breeding is concerned strictly regulated. Recycled wool can be GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certified just like other recycled materials.
Recycled cotton is, just as the other recycled materials, made from used or wasted cotton garments and fabrics, grounded to new yarns and made into new cotton fabric. It spares impact on the environment and eco-systems and the labor intense farming and harvesting. This is for us an alternative to organic cotton when it is not available from our fabric suppliers. Recycled cotton can be GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certified just like recycled polyester.
Upcycling means to use waste or leftover materials, either from industry or end consumer, and create new products out of them. Preferably with a new design and purpose, creating a new need and higher value. This makes us take care of the materials and resources we have already produced and to minimize our waste to landfill. By not producing new raw materials, dyes and prints the energy use, chemical use and pollution on the environment are also saved or reduced.
We have been working with GOTS*-certified organic cotton since the very beginning and today our collections consist of about 60-70% GOTS-certified garments yearly. The standard guarantees 70-95% organic fibres inside the product, coming from organic cotton, organic wool, organic linen and others. The remaining non-organic % of the composition must also be in sustainable materials, either recycled or eco-friendly regenerated fibres from unthreatened and certified forestry like Modal® or Tencel®. GOTS demands rigid environmental criteria on the entire manufacturing process, from raw material to final product. It includes everything from farming, harvesting, production, processing, manufacturing, packaging and branding. There are strict regulations about chemical use and recycling and waste management. Whereas the cultivation of conventional cotton relies heavily upon the use of toxic pesticides and GMO organic cotton employs crop rotation, beneficial insects and other natural methods to ensure the health of soil and water sources. As importantly, GOTS does not only include environmental criteria throughout the whole process, but social- and animals’ rights criteria as well.
The Organic Content Standard is used on our products where GOTS can’t cover. While GOTS requires 70-95% organic fibres in the product, OCS requires only 5%. This means OCS is a good alternative certification to GOTS as it controls the organic products that are blended with other fibres, for example our french terry program where we mix organic cotton and Modal®. The OCS is a third party verification that proves the final product actually contains organic fibres, by tracing and checking each process along the supply chain. Organic cotton is not the only organic material covered in the standard – organic linen, organic hemp, organic wool etc and others are covered as well.
This standard is a complete whole-chain standard certifying the final fabric or final product from the first phase of raw material to the end. It control and trace that there is actually recycled content inside the material and also includes environmental principles, a chemical restrictions list and social working conditions requirements. With recycled polyester and polyamide being the most common recycled fibres, cotton and others are applicable to.
This certification is an independent testing system for raw materials, midway textile products and finished textile products, covering all phases in the production process. The system assures that our products do not contain any harmful chemicals, such as illegal substances, “fake regulated” substances and known harmful substances for the children’s health and environment.
Mini Rodini believes there are definitely stricter certifications to use than OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, involving all aspects and stages more detailed in the industry and also social criteria. However, for the products that are not more than 70-95% organic and possible to have GOTS certified, it’s good to use the certifications we can. Especially on products in synthetic materials, where there is often a larger risk that more harmful chemicals are used in fabric production.
The Fairtrade certification ensures that cotton farmers receive fairer working and living conditions and better paid – however unfair the conventional cotton market currently is. By increasing unit prices for buyers, the farmers are able to make their production more strong and sustainable. They are also obliged to have an environmental protection policy regarding water, chemical and waste management. Meanwhile, they are also encouraged to make their production organic if possible.
Fairtrade certified products for Mini Rodini will always be organic as well. Having certifications from two different third parties is an extra security and control that proves the product is sustainably and fairly made.
SA-8000 standard is a social workplace practice certification for organizations based on ILO, UN Declaration of Human Rights, and local law. It is set-up in nine elements including for example child labor, health & safety and working hours. Control that the requirements are complied with is made through continuous annual audits. Several of our suppliers are SA-8000 certified, assuring us the trust that working conditions are decent. To learn more about the rest of our social audit routines, read here.
FSC is an international independent non-governmental and non-profit organization certifying wood products and working globally with sustainable and responsible forest management. It contains both environmental and social principles and makes sure the material does not come from threatened or ancient forests. The materials Mini Rodini use with FSC certification are for example the tree-fibre Tencel® for garments and paper for packing for hangtags and gift boxes.
For products impregnated with water- and soil resistant finishes, fluorocarbons are the most commonly used in traditional and non-sustainable production. It is a harmful group of chemical substances that brakes down very slowly in nature and are easily spread through air and waterways and found worldwide in nature, wildlife and human bodies. The fluorocarbons are found possibly to lead to hormone-disturbing and reproductive health problems.
To avoid this and protect nature we use Bionic Finish Eco on all our water repellent outerwear. It is a totally fluorine-free and biodegradable alternative impregnation made by the company Rudolf Group. The technique is also free from fluorocarbons as well as formaldehyde and paraffin. Read more here:
These care instructions will give you advice on how to best care for your garment, both in regards to making them last longer but also helping to keep environmental impact of washing to a minimum by saving our natural resources.
For specific washing instructions and compositions, see each garment’s product page or the care label on the garment.
Always read the care label and washing instructions before washing your clothes
Only wash your clothes when necessary – if the garment has no spots, it’s often enough to air dry or brush them gently.
Fill up the machine with every wash
Use environmentally friendly washing program
Use environmentally friendly detergent
Use as low temperature as possible – the care label washing temperature is the highest permitted temperature. If you are unsure, always wash at a lower temperature rather than higher. (A warmer program requires approximately double the amount of energy as a colder program. Only by changing from 40 to 30 degrees will minimize electricity by approximately 40%.)
Arrange your laundry into groups with similar wash care instructions and organise into whites, darks and colours
Turn garment inside out before washing
Rinse swimwear immediately after use and do not wring. Wash before use.
Close off the standby button on all your machines when you are finished
To maintain best efficient energy use, clean the filters in your washing machine and dryer after every use
Always recycle your worn out garments
Avoid using too much detergent and do not use detergent that contains bleach
Avoid dry cleaning
Do not tumble dry garment unless indicated on the care label
Don’t dry in high temperature
Do not iron prints, trims or embellishments
Do not leave garments with white and contrast coloured panels soaking for prolonged periods
Garments with metal trims should not be left to soak
Limit ironing – it consumes a lot of energy itself so try to hang dry / drip dry as often as possible
The size charts below show exact body measurements on each size, so that you can easily find the right size before purchasing a garment. The numbers in the charts are body measurements and not garment specific.
To determine what size you are looking for, you should always measure directly on the body. All measurements are in centimeters (cm) if nothing else is clearly stated. 1 inch = 2.54 cm.
The sizes are in centimeters long, which means that the full body length (in centimeters) should be the same as the measurement. Measure from the top of the head to feet.
Chest and seat measure where the body is the biggest.
Inside leg measures from the crotch to feet without shoes.