Sustainability of the Silk Sisters blouses

A decisi­ve chan­ge is taking place in the accep­t­ance of fashion: The focus is incre­a­singly on sus­taina­bi­li­ty! Incre­a­singly, many peop­le feel it is important that the manu­fac­tu­rers of their clot­hing act ethi­cal­ly and take mea­su­res to redu­ce or, pre­fer­a­b­ly, com­ple­te­ly avoid nega­ti­ve impacts on the envi­ron­ment. At Silk Sisters, we feel the need to respond to this desi­re for sus­tainab­le fashion. Our work is dri­ven by the idea of what we can impro­ve in terms of the envi­ron­ment and sus­taina­bi­li­ty, and how we can mini­mi­se our eco­lo­gi­cal foot­print. We do ever­ything we can to pro­du­ce our blou­ses and dres­ses honest­ly, trans­par­ent­ly and in an envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly way. This is a moti­vat­ing chal­len­ge — and we are get­ting bet­ter step by step! 

„Be the chan­ge you wish to see in the world!“

Natural raw materials and
environmentally friendly processing

For our blou­ses and dres­ses we choo­se fab­rics made from natu­ral mate­ri­als such as cot­ton, linen, silk and cel­lu­lo­se from rene­wa­ble raw mate­ri­als. All mate­ri­als are free of micro­plastics and of cour­se tes­ted for harm­ful substances. 
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Cotton

Our cot­ton meets the requi­re­ments of the Bet­ter Cot­ton Initia­ti­ve (BCI) and is spun, woven and finis­hed (Öko­tex Stan­dard 100) by Some­los Teci­dos S.A., a long-estab­lis­hed and at the same time tech­no­lo­gi­cal­ly high­ly modern Por­tu­gue­se com­pa­ny. From 2022, we will only use GOTS cer­ti­fied orga­nic cotton. 
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Linen

Linen has a very high eco­lo­gi­cal value and is a real natu­ral won­der: it is hypo­al­ler­ge­nic, has an anti­bac­te­ri­al effect and has heat as well as mois­tu­re regu­la­ting pro­per­ties. The pri­ma­ry raw mate­ri­al is flax, a natu­ral pro­duct that requi­res no arti­fi­cial irri­ga­ti­on, no fer­ti­li­ser and no pesti­ci­des during growth. The flax for our blou­ses and dres­ses is grown in Bel­gi­um. All parts of the plant are used, so the­re is no was­te. During the pro­ces­sing of flax into “our” linen, many mecha­ni­cal but no che­mi­cal pro­ces­ses are used. The spe­cial thing about our linen fab­ric: it is 100% made in Euro­pe — from cul­ti­va­ti­on on the Bel­gi­an Old Atlan­tic coast to spin­ning in Lit­hua­nia to wea­ving the finis­hed fab­ric in Ita­ly at Vit­to­ria — a tra­di­tio­nal Ita­li­an fami­ly busi­ness near Nap­les. Becau­se what hard­ly anyo­ne knows: usual­ly almost the ent­i­re har­vest of Euro­pean flax is ship­ped to Chi­na for spin­ning and only woven into fab­ric again in Euro­pe. This is not in line with our con­cept of short distan­ces and we are hap­py to have found an envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly alter­na­ti­ve. The linen fab­ric is also 100% bio­de­grad­able and recyclable. 
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Silk

With silk, pure­ly Euro­pean pro­duc­tion is almost impos­si­ble. The­re are sup­pliers from Ita­ly, but the pri­ce is exor­bi­tant and the choice of qua­li­ties not so gre­at. We have the­re­fo­re been impor­ting our exqui­si­te, 100% pure silk fab­ric from Uwant in Chong­qing for many years. The natu­ral elasti­ci­ty of the silk blou­ses is crea­ted without admix­tures — the spe­cial wea­ve “Crepe de Chi­ne” alo­ne makes the fab­ric so fle­xi­ble and won­der­ful­ly supple. 
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Tencel™-Lyocell

The fibres known as Lyo­cell or Ten­cel come from Len­zing, the lea­ding com­pa­ny for rene­wa­ble raw mate­ri­als. They are obtai­ned accord­ing to its strict gui­de­li­nes from various woods from con­trol­led sus­tainab­ly mana­ged forests in an envi­ron­ment­al­ly con­scious, clo­sed-loop manu­fac­tu­ring pro­cess with low eco­lo­gi­cal impact in Austria. 

Bemberg™ CUPRO-Tencel™ MIX

The blend of two dif­fe­rent cel­lu­lo­se fibres pro­du­ces this incom­pa­ra­b­ly sil­ky and flowing fab­ric. Cot­ton lin­ter, a by-pro­duct from the cot­ton plant, and sus­tainab­ly har­ve­s­ted beech wood are com­bi­ned in an inte­gra­ted pulp-fib­re pro­cess. Pro­duc­tion is ener­gy self-suf­fi­ci­ent and uses envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly pro­ces­ses that con­ser­ve water. Born from natu­re, back to natu­re: the Cup­ro-Ten­cel mix is bio­de­grad­able and com­post­a­ble. We select our raw mate­ri­al sup­pliers as well as the wea­ving, dyeing and sewing mills spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for their sus­tainab­le pro­duc­tion methods, tech­no­lo­gi­cal know-how and eco­lo­gi­cal efforts (redu­ced water con­sump­ti­on, com­pli­an­ce with EU direc­ti­ves and envi­ron­men­tal cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on) as well as ener­gy savings. The same app­lies to the ingre­dients we use (but­tons, labels, etc.) for blou­ses and dres­ses, which are all at least Öko­tex 100 cer­ti­fied and come from local sup­pliers in each case. 

For more sustainability —
Local, Fair, Social

We pro­du­ce the Silk Sisters blou­ses and dres­ses in small fami­ly-run busi­nes­ses in the EU, such as in Por­tu­gal or the Czech Repu­blic, which we know per­so­nal­ly and are lin­ked by part­ners­hip. Due to this long-stan­ding, very per­so­nal and trans­pa­rent coope­ra­ti­on, we can be sure that fair working con­di­ti­ons pre­vail the­re, the local labour mar­ket is sup­por­ted and the distan­ces bet­ween the sup­pliers are short. For examp­le, we source our cot­ton fab­ric from the tra­di­tio­nal fami­ly busi­ness Some­los in Gui­marães and have it cut and made into blou­ses, dres­ses, skirts and trou­sers in the neigh­bou­ring sewing business. 
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Avoidance of overproduction

On the way to more sus­tainab­le fashion, we have all Silk Sisters models made to order only. This way we avoid over­pro­duc­tion and do not have to des­troy any tex­ti­les. This is pos­si­ble becau­se we do not mass pro­du­ce our blou­ses in the Far East, but work with fle­xi­ble part­ners in Euro­pe who also pro­du­ce small quantities. 

Slow fashion for more sustainability

Silk Sisters distan­ces its­elf from the exis­ting fast fashion sys­tem. The fast-moving, sea­so­nal fashion busi­ness, in which every collec­tion is out­da­ted after a few mon­ths or even weeks, puts a strain on both peop­le and natu­re in many ways. Every sin­gle blou­se and dress at Silk Sisters has the claim of the “Per­fect Pie­ce” — without limi­ta­ti­on to sea­son, trend or occa­si­on. Our blou­ses are the­re­fo­re made from high-qua­li­ty fab­rics in timeless cuts and colours. We design long-las­ting clas­sics that inte­gra­te per­fect­ly into the exis­ting ward­ro­be even years after purcha­se and thus repre­sent an important step towards more sustainability. 
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Clever design reduces
the ecological footprint

The cuts and fits of the Silk Sisters garments are based on tried and tes­ted basics and are so to the point through cle­ver design that even small varia­ti­ons and mini­mal details crea­te com­ple­te­ly new styles. This allows us to redu­ce the num­ber of pro­to­ty­pes alrea­dy in the deve­lo­p­ment pha­se of the blou­ses and dres­ses, which in turn saves on mate­ri­als and ship­ping cos­ts. This sus­tainab­le approach also works so well becau­se we have known our Euro­pean-based pro­du­cers per­so­nal­ly for years and can the­re­fo­re com­mu­ni­ca­te with them smooth­ly and without lan­guage or men­ta­li­ty bar­ri­ers. Thus, it is suf­fi­ci­ent to visit our pro­duc­tion plants only once a year, which redu­ces our tra­vel for the bene­fit of the envi­ron­ment. Thanks to our con­cen­tra­ti­on on the Euro­pean con­ti­nent, we can com­ple­te­ly dis­pen­se with long-distance tra­vel, such as to Asia. The short trans­port rou­tes of the Silk Sisters blou­ses wit­hin Euro­pe natu­ral­ly also come into play later when they are deli­ve­r­ed. Our blou­ses and dres­ses do not have to tra­vel around the world on huge con­tai­ner ships! 

Silk Sisters
Blouse Love = Sibling Love

The “Sisters” in our name under­li­nes the fami­ly cha­rac­ter of our brand and stands abo­ve all for the many strong, fema­le for­ces invol­ved in the crea­ti­on of our blou­ses and dres­ses: Women deter­mi­ne the design, most of the busi­nes­ses are run by women, our blou­ses and dres­ses are cut and sewn by women, and our fab­ric sup­pliers are most­ly fema­le as well. We make sure that all the fema­le employees of our part­ner com­pa­nies recei­ve fair wages, have regu­lar working hours and holi­days, and are cove­r­ed by social secu­ri­ty. In the end, our Silk Sisters cus­to­mers are deligh­ted with the casu­al-femi­ni­ne blou­se styles that show in the details that a fair pro­duct was crea­ted by women for women — true sib­ling love! 
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Advice for care and
storage of the blouses

To ensu­re the sus­taina­bi­li­ty of our blou­ses and dres­ses — even after they have left our house — we will be hap­py to advi­se you in detail about the right care and sto­rage. For examp­le, a neat­ly sor­ted ward­ro­be pro­vi­des a bet­ter over­view and thus saves time when choo­sing clothes every day. Not every item has to be was­hed after being worn once. On the con­tra­ry: depen­ding on the mate­ri­al of the blou­se, it is often enough to hang the pie­ce out in the fresh air for 1–2 hours. Wrinkled blou­ses, dres­ses and skirts will also hang out again in damp air (for examp­le in the bathroom). And when washing Silk Sisters blou­ses, even deli­ca­tes may con­sist of several pie­ces to make the wash cycle worthwhile. In recent years, a num­ber of start-ups have estab­lis­hed them­sel­ves that pro­du­ce envi­ron­ment­al­ly friend­ly deter­gents with real­ly excel­lent clea­ning per­for­mance. No-no’s are tumb­le dry­ers (ener­gy guz­zlers!) and deter­gents with phos­pha­tes, sur­fac­tants or micro­plastics. In our Silk Sisters washing inst­ruc­tions, we show you in detail what you should pay atten­ti­on to when caring for the dif­fe­rent mate­ri­als of our blou­ses and dresses. 

Recycle sustainable fashion the right way

Pro­per recy­cling is also part of a con­cept that empha­si­ses sus­taina­bi­li­ty. If one of our blou­ses has to lea­ve your ward­ro­be at some point — for wha­te­ver rea­son — we will take it back and you will recei­ve a vou­cher for 10 euros for our Silk Sisters Online Shop. 
BODY MASS TABLE
Diese Tabelle bezieht sich auf Deine Körpermaße, nicht auf die Maße des jeweiligen Artikels! Bitte achte bei der Artikelbeschreibung auch auf den Hinweis "Passform".

Die tatsächlichen Maße der Blusen und Kleider sind bei schmaler Passform immer mindestens 2 cm weiter als die in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebenen Maximalwerte. Weite Modelle wie Tuniken oder kastige Blusen können auch wesentlich weiter ausfallen als der in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebene Maximalwert.

Beispiel: Wenn Dein Brustumfang 97 cm beträgt, dann passen Dir die Modelle in Größe M.
BLUSEN UND KLEIDER
So misst Du richtig: Lege das Maßband
am jeweils größten Umfang an, ziehe das
Band dabei gerade nur so fest, dass es
nicht einschnürt.
A
BRUSTUMFANG
B
TAILLENUMFANG
C
HÜFTUMFANG
Größe
Brustumfang
Taillenumfang
Hüftumfang
XS
34
83 - 88 cm
69 - 74 cm
90 - 95 cm
S
36-38
89 - 94 cm
75 - 80 cm
96 - 101 cm
M
38-40
95 - 100 cm
81 - 86 cm
102 - 107 cm
L
42
101 - 106 cm
87 - 92 cm
108 - 113 cm
XL
44
107 - 112 cm
93 - 98 cm
114 - 119 cm
XXL
46
113 - 118 cm
99 - 104 cm
120 - 125 cm
3XL
48
119 - 124 cm
105 - 110 cm
126 - 131 cm
KÖRPERMASSTABELLE
Diese Tabelle bezieht sich auf Deine Körpermaße, nicht auf die Maße des jeweiligen Artikels! Bitte achte bei der Artikelbeschreibung auch auf den Hinweis "Passform".
Die tatsächlichen Maße der Blusen und Kleider sind bei schmaler Passform immer mindestens 2 cm weiter als die in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebenen Maximalwerte. Weite Modelle wie Tuniken oder kastige Blusen können auch wesentlich weiter ausfallen als der in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebene Maximalwert.

Beispiel: Wenn Dein Brustumfang 97 cm beträgt, passen Dir die Modelle in Größe M.
BLUSEN UND KLEIDER
So misst Du richtig: Lege das Maßband
am jeweils größten Umfang an, ziehe das
Band dabei gerade nur so fest, dass es
nicht einschnürt.
A
BRUSTUMFANG
B
TAILLENUMFANG
C
HÜFTUMFANG
Größe
Brustumfang
Taillenumfang
Hüftumfang
XS
34
83 - 88 cm
69 - 74 cm
90 - 95 cm
S
36-38
89 - 94 cm
75 - 80 cm
96 - 101 cm
M
38-40
95 - 100 cm
81 - 86 cm
102 - 107 cm
L
42
101 - 106 cm
87 - 92 cm
108 - 113 cm
XL
44
107 - 112 cm
93 - 98 cm
114 - 119 cm
XXL
46
113 - 118 cm
99 - 104 cm
120 - 125 cm
3XL
48
119 - 124 cm
105 - 110 cm
126 - 131 cm
KÖRPERMASSTABELLE
Diese Tabelle bezieht sich auf Deine Körpermaße, nicht auf die Maße des jeweiligen Artikels! Bitte achte bei der Artikelbeschreibung auch auf den Hinweis "Passform".

Die tatsächlichen Maße der Blusen und Kleider sind bei schmaler Passform immer mindestens 2 cm weiter als die in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebenen Maximalwerte. Weite Modelle wie Tuniken oder kastige Blusen können auch wesentlich weiter ausfallen als der in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebene Maximalwert.

Beispiel: Wenn Dein Brustumfang 97 cm beträgt, dann passen Dir die Modelle in Größe M.
BLUSEN UND KLEIDER
So misst Du richtig: Lege das Maßband
am jeweils größten Umfang an, ziehe das
Band dabei gerade nur so fest, dass es
nicht einschnürt.
A
BRUSTUMFANG
B
TAILLENUMFANG
C
HÜFTUMFANG
Größe
Brustumfang
Taillenumfang
Hüftumfang
XS
34
83 - 88 cm
69 - 74 cm
90 - 95 cm
S
36-38
89 - 94 cm
75 - 80 cm
96 - 101 cm
M
38-40
95 - 100 cm
81 - 86 cm
102 - 107 cm
L
42
101 - 106 cm
87 - 92 cm
108 - 113 cm
XL
44
107 - 112 cm
93 - 98 cm
114 - 119 cm
XXL
46
113 - 118 cm
99 - 104 cm
120 - 125 cm
3XL
48
119 - 124 cm
105 - 110 cm
126 - 131 cm
KÖRPERMASSTABELLE
Diese Tabelle bezieht sich auf Deine Körpermaße, nicht auf die Maße des jeweiligen Artikels! Bitte achte bei der Artikelbeschreibung auch auf den Hinweis "Passform".
Die tatsächlichen Maße der Blusen und Kleider sind bei schmaler Passform immer mindestens 2 cm weiter als die in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebenen Maximalwerte. Weite Modelle wie Tuniken oder kastige Blusen können auch wesentlich weiter ausfallen als der in der Körpermaßtabelle angegebene Maximalwert.

Beispiel: Wenn Dein Brustumfang 97 cm beträgt, passen Dir die Modelle in Größe M.
BLUSEN UND KLEIDER
So misst Du richtig: Lege das Maßband
am jeweils größten Umfang an, ziehe das
Band dabei gerade nur so fest, dass es
nicht einschnürt.
A
BRUSTUMFANG
B
TAILLENUMFANG
C
HÜFTUMFANG
Größe
Brustumfang
Taillenumfang
Hüftumfang
XS
34
83 - 88 cm
69 - 74 cm
90 - 95 cm
S
36-38
89 - 94 cm
75 - 80 cm
96 - 101 cm
M
38-40
95 - 100 cm
81 - 86 cm
102 - 107 cm
L
42
101 - 106 cm
87 - 92 cm
108 - 113 cm
XL
44
107 - 112 cm
93 - 98 cm
114 - 119 cm
XXL
46
113 - 118 cm
99 - 104 cm
120 - 125 cm
3XL
48
119 - 124 cm
105 - 110 cm
126 - 131 cm