Natural & Organic certified
Being Olistic is being sustainable in every choice we make. We constantly challenge ourselves and everyone around us to push boundaries further in order to make luxury products in a way that is kind to the Earth and to all of its inhabitants; luxury products both durable and elegant. For our fabrics we are using natural certified fibers such as peace silk, Tencel/eucalyptus and leather leftovers from luxury tanneries. As an extension of the Olistic philosophy, we are constantly improving the provenance of our materials and the way we make our collections.
Non-violent silk, Ahimsa Silk or Peace Silk, is produced from cocoons in a cruelty freeway, that is without killing the pupae inside or without sacrificing animal life. “Ahimsa”, meaning “nonviolence”, is a philosophy of many Eastern religions, which states that humans should refrain from inflicting any kind of suffering on others, including non-human and even non-animal life.
While tradition silk extraction usually involves boiling the silk worm, this cruelty-free silk process allows the silkworm to live out its full life cycle without harming the animal. As the cocoon is being pierced, it is not necessary to kill the chrysalis to recover the silk. The silkworms can crawl out of the cocoons without breaking it. Ahimsa silk is 100% natural & organic and grown in the best conditions. Each stage of the production chain is controlled by the European GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate.
We only use natural and organic certified GOTS fibers
Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) is the world benchmark in terms of evaluation of organic fibers integrating social and ecological aspects based on certification independent of the entire supply chain. In other words, GOTS certifies a natural product that is healthy for the body and the environment and has been produced under the right conditions. The label has also taken care to list in its repository many dangerous substances to our health and has prohibited them in the composition of its certified fibers: endocrine disruptors, formaldehyde, GMOs and heavy metals. From the harvesting of raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labeling, everything is controlled with the aim of respecting the environment, workers and the consumer.
Lyocell is a natural fibre made from renewable wood pulp issued from sustainable tree farming. The wood pulp used for lyocell production comes from trees planted specifically for its production. The pine forests are certified sustainable and have a low environmental impact. Wood fibres are compostable and biodegradable, making the production of the fibres a closed-loop process. The forests we chose practice responsible agriculture in accordance with strict regulations.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an environmental label that certifies that the production of a wood or a wood-based product complies with the procedures that ensure the responsible and sustainable management of the forests. Most of the trees come from certified South African and Austria Forests (PEFC) Program for Supporting Forest Certification. Pine, the most used for making lyocell, comes from a particularly lasting tree: it grows quickly and without much water. Our luxury silk/lyocell collection combines the silky appearance of the silk and the comfort of the wood fiber. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) “Forest For Fashion“ supports this 100% sustainable collection.
Within a logic of circular economy and bearing in mind the constant waste of materials in fashion, we chose upcycled leather in order to optimize resources. The leather skins we selected for the collection are issued from a recovery cycle certified REACH, vegetal tanned. Instead of polluting the land, the material is recycled in a fashion product.Olistic collects leathers ‘leftovers from luxurious tanneries in France and Italy and thus is able to create unique pieces.
The idea is to use an already existing and high-quality material before having to produce again. Whereas the skins we use were basically destined to the food industry, we consider them as a noble material that should not go to waste or get burned. We are also honored to collaborate with talented breeders, tanners and leather craftsmen who usually work only for famous luxury brands. Thought as a sustainable brand, Olistic incorporates to the supply chain both the various concepts of recycling and a commitment to a circular economy.
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Burel wool finds its origins on the peaks of the mountainous plateaus of the Serra da Estrela, where the sheep still live in complete freedom. Sheared by hand by the shepherds, guardians of the flocks and their natural environment, these animals are raised in unchanged conditions for centuries and offer us the virgin wool. Burel wool yarn binds Man to his environment. Burel wool is above all a story of passion and transmission. This secular know how is transmitted from generation to generation in the families of Portuguese craftsmen who produce, spin and weave this exceptional wool.
Thanks to local partners who respect the environment and are truly committed to a certified 100% recyclable and waste-free production, Olistic the Label designs a sustainable fashion and participates in the revival of this traditional activity which favors the socio-economic development of the region.
Burel wool is characterized by its great softness and durability. This sustainable natural and hypoallergenic material has excellent insulation properties. Our hand-felted Burel wool offers unequaled comfort. Preserving an ancestral heritage while offering a luxurious contemporary garment is the promise of Olistic the Label’s collections.