THE ASSEMBLE CIRCULAR BUSINESS MODEL
Kalopsia Collective has developed the innovative ‘Assemble’ manufacture model with sustainable circular business in mind. By retaining the maximum amount of textiles surplus and knowledge in this closed loop production system , Kalopsia has drastically improved the environmental, social and economic impact of their manufacturing and that of their clients. Kalopsia's aim is to reclaim the human, economic, and natural resources that otherwise get lost in today’s linear production system. Kalopsia believes that it is by fostering internal and external business ecosystems such as this, that they will as an industry, continue to excel commercially without over-producing and damaging resources.
Kalopsia strives to minimise the environmental impact of business and manufacturing operations and are very aware of the social and aesthetic impacts of design and production. Kalopsia carefully consider everything and everyone who is affected by their manufacturing.
Working with Zero Waste Scotland we have been developing resource efficient manufacturing techniques that are less wasteful. To reduce waste, we work closely with designers to make products as environmentally conscious as possible. Kalopsia also recycle all possible fabric cuttings and encourage closed-loop production systems.
We can turn your surplus, end of roll or samples into products.
When textiles are wasted so are the resources, both natural and labour, which were invested and embedded into the fabric. By utilising textile surplus, you can prolong the textile’s lifecycle, slow down unnecessary textile production and reduce the reliance on natural resources. Re-purpose your fabric surplus from as little as 18 cm squares. In addition, by up-cycling unused and redundant textile surplus materials, you can give these materials additional value as products of higher quality. This prevents them from being down-cycled or discarded.
We believe in linen
Flax or linen, has for thousand of years been used as a tool, a cover - capable of protecting from the cold as well as shielding from the heat. Flax is crisp, clean and comfortable, soft, yet strong and durable - a fabric with a wide range of advantages. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It is a non-allergenic fabric that can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp. The whole flax plant can be used, leaving no waste. The plant grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it the more eco-friendly fabric. Because it's a natural fibre, flax linen is recyclable and biodegradable and can decompose in as little as two weeks if it is all natural.
Kalopsia works closely with their nearest linen supplier Scottish Linen in Kirkcaldy, buying their end of roll and surplus materials. Kalopsia uses this linen to make all of their sample bags and garments.
SAY NO to ‘GREENWASHING’
Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice. Greenwashing can make a company appear to be more environmentally friendly than it really is.
Terms to do with ethics and sustainability have been appearing a lot recently from many brands and platforms and although a lot of businesses are doing some amazing work within this field (some that you would be very surprised by) it’s becoming very hard to tell the difference between a true claim and false one.
Kalopsia is dedicated to producing ethical and sustainable products and everything we do has this in mind. We do however know that we are all on a journey towards sustainability and Kalopsia like all businesses has a long way to go in becoming completely sustainable. Kalopsia is constantly trialling ideas and practices and every decision made is to move us closer to this goal. If you would ever like to find out more about why a decision was made by the team or how an idea will work in practice get in contact with the team on social media or email and they would be more than happy to discuss!
Kalopsia has also made the following decisions:
Machines: All our machines are fitted with energy efficient servo motors. This improves the energy usages and reduces environmental impact. It also lowers the impact on the health of our staff (reducing hearing damage and allowing staff to easily spot a fault with the machine).
Zips: We only use YKK zips all sourced through UK suppliers. For us the YKK zips are the most hardwearing and long lasting zips suitable for our production requirements.
Lining fabric: Kalopsia uses a poly-cotton lining fabric for all of it’s bags, this fabric was chosen as the best compromise of strength, durability and environmental impact. Kalopsia is still trailing pure cotton and pure polyester linings but none so far have been able to meet the performance standards set.
Packaging: When Kalopsia send out products to our clients we use recycled plastic bags. These bags are hardwearing and durable, ensuring that products do not get damaged during transit. All standard parcel bags used by Kalopsia are recyclable through the same recycling systems as plastic supermarket bags.