Peri uses as many organic materials as possible, sourced in an Earth-friendly way, while using sustainable and low-impact processes. What does that mean?
Conventional cotton farming is one of the most environmentally destructive agricultural practices—harming the air, water, soil, and farmers' health and safety. The blame for that harm lies mainly with the huge amounts of pesticides used in conventional cotton farming. Although cotton occupies three percent of the world's farmland, it uses more than ten percent of the pesticides, a category that includes herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants. (www.greenamerica.org)
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown. (www.ota.com)
There is a plethora of fabrics sitting in warehouses in the fashion district. Why? Well because some of these larger design houses overbuy either accidentally or because their customer cancels an order on them. Therefore, they sell it off to make back some of their loss. This is what is called in the "Reclaimed Fabrics." By utilizing this existing fabric we reduce waste and use less of the Earth's precious resources while still producing great style!
Tencel is also known as Eco Cashmere for its peachy, buttery soft hand and drape. It is made from wood pulp cellulose (usually birch or oak), also known as lyocell. Lyocell is produced in a solvent spinning process that is organic, sustainable and uniquely revolutionary. The only current lyocell manufacturer in the United States is Lenzing Fibers, and the company markets the product under the trademarked brand name Tencel as a soft, absorbent, durable, versatile, and eco-friendly fiber. Within the solvent spinning process that produces Tencel®, a closed loop circuit recovers, purifies and reuses the solvent up to 99.5 percent, yielding very little byproduct. This environmentally conscious process, which is also 100 percent organic since the basis is a natural raw material, has been on the receiving end of numerous awards, including the "European Award for the Environment" by the European Union. (www.wisegeek.com)
With every purchase you make, PERI donates 3% of the sale to non-profit organizations supporting the environment and community.