choices made in design are surely not insignificant. Quite the contrary as they
have significant social and environmental impacts. Therefore our aim is to
continuously increase the share of sustainable cotton and other more sustainable materials in our products
We are also continuously on the lookout for new sustainable raw materials. For example, we participate in research projects related to developing new materials.
We have drawn up product policies for different materials to guide our buyers and manufacturers in responsible raw material sourcing. It is important for us to know the origin of the materials we use and to choose more responsible alternatives whenever possible.
"Fairness to everyone and everything" is one of Marimekko's values and it also applies to the treatment of animals and the animal-derived materials used in our products.
Cotton is our most widely used material as approximately 80% of our textile products include cotton. We are a member of the international Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) which aims to make global cotton production more sustainable by training cotton farmers and creating demand for sustainable cotton. In 2017, about 53% of our total cotton consumption was Better Cotton and we aim to increase the share year by year.
Read more about the Better Cotton Initiative on their website.
Wool and merino wool
We favour merino wool producers who do not practise mulesing. We require our suppliers of wool and merino wool yarn to provide us with information about the origin of the raw material used for the yarn.
Leather and down
The leather used in Marimekko's products is a by-product of food industry, and we only use down that has been certified according to the international Responsible Down Standard. We do not accept down from live-plucked or force-fed birds. We require our suppliers to provide us with information on the origin of the raw material.
Raw material research
Since 2013, Marimekko has been engaged in an ongoing Finnish research project related to the development of the Ioncell-F birch-cellulose fibre. Fabric made from this fibre is biodegradable. The Ioncell-F fabric has already been used in a prototype dress called Allu which was presented in our in 2014. In recent years, we have tested the fabric's suitability for printing in our in-house printing factory.
In November 2017, we began cooperation with the Finnish fibre technology company Spinnova. The cooperation aims at developing and commercialising new, wood-based textiles. Spinnova has developed a technology that enables spinning pulp into fibre without chemical processing.