VYAYAMA

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ABOUT

Founded by: Rachel Bauer

Launched in: 2016

Brand story:

VYAYAMA was founded with the intention of providing a natural alternative to synthetic yoga wear. We believe the products we use should be held to the same standards for the planet as we hold for ourselves. We believe that mindfulness should inspire quality, beauty and style for modern living.

OUR FACTORIES

Number of factories: 3

Factory locations: Portugal & Nepal

Factory 1 – Style Concept

  • Function: Cut & Sew
  • Location: Portugal
  • Number of employees: 50
  • Years working with VYAYAMA: 2
  • Policies, procedures & certifications: ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • Average hours / day: 8
  • Average hourly pay: $6.5
  • Number of audits / year: 2
  • Sub-contractors: They work with a maker called Subida when they require technology/machinery they don’t have
  • Other information: They’re a family owned workshop who hold high social and ethical European standards. They have a focus on employee wellbeing and make sure all employees leave at 5pm to spend their evenings with their families. They’re part of Norte 2020 which aims to support the development of Northern Portugal

Factory 2 – Sidonios

  • Function: Seamless
  • Location: Portugal
  • Number of employees: 70
  • Years working with VYAYAMA: 2
  • Policies, procedures & certifications: Oeko-tex certification, GAP Code of Conduct, in the process of getting their dye house GOTS certified
  • Average hours / day: 8-9
  • Average hourly pay: Not disclosed
  • Number of audits / year: 2
  • Sub-contractors: They have a group of women in the village sewing
  • Other information: They’re part of Norte 2020 which aims to support the development of Northern Portugal. They aim to use 100% renewable energy (solar and wind) by 2019 and all lighting is LED.

Factory 3 – Yuko Handicraft

  • Function: Knitwear
  • Location: Nepal
  • Number of employees: 40
  • Years working with VYAYAMA: 2
  • Policies, procedures & certifications: Pashmina handicrafts association of Nepal
  • Average hours / day: 8
  • Average hourly pay: They pay according to the Government Worker’s policy . As per their job and experience/ expertise, they are paid $150 to 500/mo. As per rules of the handicrafts association
  • Number of audits / year: 0 (a trusted contact has helped to build this business)
  • Sub-contractors: They sometimes work with nearby makers
  • Other information: We chose to place our knitwear production in Nepal to support an area that recently was disrupted by a damaging earthquake. They don’t work with toxic dyes to protect the environment as well as the workers health. They have a focus on providing a proper salaries and ensure employees’ children have access to a good education. They also donate 2% of their profit for their workers welfare.

 

OUR FABRICS

We use TENCEL®, Cupro, Micromodal®, Cashmere and Merino Wool.

TENCEL®

TENCEL® is the trademarked name for Lyocell, a botanic fibre made of fast growing eucalyptus trees from South Africa. The South African wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and TENCEL® is committed to using sustainable forest products and partner with non-profit group Canopy. The pulping is done in an energy efficient plant in Austria and the fibre is closed loop, meaning that most all solvents and water from the process are recycled. At the fibre stage TENCEL® is free of hazardous chemicals as certified by the European Oekotex® standard.

Cupro

Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fibre derived from cotton linter. Cotton linter is the short downy fibre that enfolds the cotton seeds. The unused silky fibres are not used in cotton production but can be transformed into a beautiful resource. The solvents used to produce Cupro are made in a closed loop system, meaning the solvent is recycled until new solvent is needed. The old solvent is then recycled safely into other industries.

Micromodal®

Micromodal® fibres are extracted from Beechwood trees grown in Europe. Beech trees propagate themselves and no artificial irrigation or planting is required. Our Micromodal® fibre comes from European company, Lenzing, who only use Beechwood from forests with forestry legislation. The Micromodal® fibres are produced using Swiss Edelweiss® fibre technology. Edelweiss stands for a “symbiotic” production process, where pulp is produced at the same site as the modal fibre itself, in a meticulous closed-loop system. This process conserves energy, is chemical free while spinning and dyeing and eliminates absolutely no toxic by-products into the environment.

Cashmere

Our cashmere pieces are hand made in small batches from Nepal, using hand spun 100% Cashmere. These are coloured using no harmful dyes or colour fixants. The cashmere fibre is gently gathered from the goats by hand with a coarse comb that pulls tufts of fibre from the animal as the comb is raked through the fleece. The collected fibre then has a higher yield of pure cashmere after the fibre has been washed and de-haired, which is then spun into fine yarn.

Merino wool

Our Superfine Merino Wool is spun in small hand crafted batches in Nepal and colored using no harmful dyes or fixants.

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