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Residus is one of the very few brands that works with surplus fabrics. Surplus textiles come directly from fashion designers and fabric mills and are usually no longer needed for the design it was originally intended for. In order to minimize our carbon footprint, we maximize the life cycle of pre-existing textiles, cut out harmful manufacturing processes, and make limited edition dresses out of fabrics that would otherwise be thrown away.
Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX:
The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certification is a worldwide, independent testing system for textile products at all levels of manufacturing. In order to obtain the certification, there are specific standards set for four different categories of garments: garments for babies and toddlers, garments that are close to the skin (like t-shirts and pants), garments away from the skin (like coats and jackets), and decorations and furnishing materials. The certification requires the regulation of harmful chemicals, parameters for the protection of human health, and environmental considerations. All of our manufacturers produce certified OEKO-TEX fabrics, meaning they are clean, healthy, and most of all, environmentally friendly.
Residus now uses ECOVERO™ – a certified and eco-friendly viscose fiber – in our garments. Viscose is a plant-based fiber that is not inherently toxic or polluting and is produced using wood from certified sustainable forests. The ECOVERO™ fabric generates up to 50% lower water usage and greenhouse gas emissions compared to generic, commercially produced viscose. Manufactured only from certified and controlled wood sources, eco-friendly viscose provides a great alternative to harmful textiles. ECOVERO™ branded viscose fibers are certified with the internationally recognized EU Ecolabel, which is only awarded to products and services that have a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.