Our Materials: Surplus Fabrics

Why we believe is good for you

Surplus could be made out of many different fibers therefore a garment produced from surplus fabrics can carry different benefits. However since at Elementum we are using exclusively plant-based fibers, breathability and odor fighting properties are some of the benefits that will make you fall in love with your Elementum garment. 

Why we believe is sustainable

Surplus is simply a fabric that has been sitting around as a leftover from fashion brands or textile mills. And so one of the main aspects making it sustainable is that when used it has been repurposed instead of thrown away and ending up as a waste in a landfill. So using it prevents further unnecessary waste. 

On a short term Surplus also saves energy and reduces the carbon footprint by making further fabric production needless. However on a long term we know is a cycle based on waste that should not exist, therefore at Elementum we limit the use of surpluses to about 10% of the collection. We prefer to invest on fabrics that are made sustainably from its origin and contribute on a long term to a conscious living. 

Why we believe our Suppliers

We only use surpluses from Portuguese factories.

Riopele is a 90 year old textile maker based in Pousada de Saramagos, Portugal. 

They have the following certifications: ISO 9001 – Quality Management System (since 1996); ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System (since 2006); OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System (since 2006); Environment – Less Waste, Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation. 

Riopele focus on full traceability, and on reducing their waste, energy and water consumption.

Elementum pieces are designed as relationships. It is important to share with you all the connections they have, so that your relationship with your Elementum pieces will be as positive, slow, enjoyable and meaningful as it can be.

If you want to know more about our production and the materials we use check here or email us at contact@elementum.store we will be happy to give you more information.