Our design team aims to use fabrications that have the least impact on the environment. Our core fabric library contains either naturally sourced, recycled or sustainable fabric options that are manufactured using eco-friendly production processes.
“In selecting our fabrications, we consider the following important factors; the environmental impact of producing, how they feel when wearing, how they will be cared for and how they might be recycled one day.”
Our fabric mills in China, feature state of the art processes and printing machinery engineered in Italy, Germany & Switzerland. We have also proudly developed and refined highly technical engineered printing techniques to limit waste of our finished printed fabrics.
Our primary swimwear mill is a member of the Zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) consortium for over 12 years. Our mill engages in environmentally responsible practices with respect to printing and sustainable treatment of waste off-run from the screen-printing process, ensuring no chemicals are entering surrounding waterways.
Our custom prints are exposed on to screens, one colour per screen. These screens are then repurposed, so they can be used over and over again for future collections. Further, by engineering our beautiful prints, we can be as efficient as possible and reduce our wastage and environmental impact.
At Tigerlily we also use the technique of Rotary printing which is a special process we use for printing our major textile stories. The benefits are endless, including less ink wastage, quicker and more accurate results and more colour flexibility.
Oeko-Tex labels and certificates confirm the human-ecological safety of textile products and leather articles from all stages of production (raw materials, fibres, yarns, fabrics, printing mills and dye houses) along the textile value chain.
Oeko-Tex uses the following criteria in order to assess all products;
Currently 100% of our swim and more than 50% of our apparel ranges use fabrics certified under the Oeko-Tex standard. Our aim is to ensure that all man-made fabrications are Oeko-Tex certified by 2020.
Tigerlily has used ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon for many years. Our connection allows us to work alongside some incredible research and development partners and be part of trial stages of the recycling process of post-consumer textiles.
The ECONYL® Regeneration System starts with rescuing waste, like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover all of the nylon possible.
Through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled back to its original purity. That means ECONYL® regenerated nylon is exactly the same as virgin nylon. That nylon has the potential to be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. The goal is that once all products containing ECONYL ® are no longer useful to customers, they can go back into step one of the Regeneration System.
To us, recycled swimwear is not a capsule collection or a trend, it’s our passion. By June 2019, 70% of swim styles will use ECONYL® with our goal to increase this percentage annually. Over the past 12 months, by using ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon, Tigerlily has been able to:
Eliminate 18,000 kg of waste
Recycled Swim Lining
In 2015 we introduced our very first swimwear design using a base cloth featuring revolutionary Econyl® polyamide fibre made from 100% regenerated material and loved the quality, hand feel and performance from these fabrics.
As proud innovators and disruptors of the swimwear industry, we have developed our own Recycled Nylon Lining which is trademark pending for all Tigerlily swimwear which will be launching in 2019. We believe that this is an important and necessary step in protecting the future of our environment.
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose fibres are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources. The manufacturing of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic Viscose.
ECOVERO™ fabrics are recognised as having some of the lowest environmental impacts in the industry. This eco-friendly viscose fibre has become part of our core fabric library and will be integrated into every season. From the beginning of 2019, 100% of all viscose fabrics we source from China will be LENZING™ certified . Our next step is to ensure that all viscose fabrics we source from India are also certified, through groups doing great work like Birla Cellulose.
Wherever possible, we use natural fibres such as wool, cotton, linen and flax. When using a blended man-made and natural fabric, we try to source textiles that carry the LENZING™ certification. In our knitwear we use GOTS (Global Standard Organic Textile) certified organic yarns, where the style permits. In fact, over the past 12 months our use of natural fibres has increased 123% and use of natural blend fibre have increased 524%. We are proud that commencing 2019, 78% of the range will be using natural fibres.
At Tigerlily, embroidery has become a signature of each collection. We believe India are world leaders in creating the most exquisite embroideries. We understand how labour-intensive hand embroidery can be, so we opt for highly technical machine techniques to interpret our signature embroidery designs. We currently have two skilled embroidery makers, one in Delhi and one in Jaipur.
Every one of our embroideries is unique to Tigerlily, designed in Sydney, Australia and crafted beautifully by our partners in India.
Our Hand Looms
Our in-house designed hand looms have become a signature of the Tigerlily range. The art of ornamenting handloom fabrics in India is an age-old traditional technique and custom dating back centuries. Handloom is the largest unorganized economic activity in India, next to agriculture. These natural fabrics make up about 20% of our collection every season.
We have been working with skilled artisans in India for more than 10 years and cherish the lovingly, hand-made feel of the designs our Indian partners create with us. India has a long-standing history of textiles and where possible we opt for handmade textiles over industrialised ones.
Many of the weaving villages are built on a long-family tradition where the skill of hand looming is passed down through the generations. Hand looming is still the largest cottage industry in India. Each state in India has an individual hand-loom to offer, with unique motifs, designs and colours and we are proud to support these communities.
We create the colours and palettes for every hand loom that we design. The design, handle and texture of the cloth takes much longer to develop than many of our textiles. Using the hand-woven machinery allows for unique outcomes, but the beauty of the cloth can be months in the making.
To this day, we still use authentic punch cards as part of this traditional process in creating our jacquard designs. Each punch card is individually hand punched based on our unique designs. Further our printers work with water-based inks which are friendlier than solvent based inks.
“At Tigerlily we are conscious about the cost of consuming fashion and are committed to sustainable and environmental practices that put our environment first. We believe all designs should be ageless with lasting appeal and longevity, but we also need to consider how we package and deliver our designs.”
In 2018 we achieved another major milestone. When creating high quality swimwear pieces, we keep the environment front of mind, which also includes the parts you can’t see. What you may not know is that most brands neglect their linings (because they are hidden), but we believe in truth and transparency from the inside-out.
By switching to 100% compostable bags
we have saved over 37,000 boxes
the equivalent of over 1,346.231 coffee cups
Commencing 2019, all garment swing tags and instore hangers are now made from FSC Certified sources. This is Tigerlily’s commitment to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. We have also designed and developed garment labelling made from Recycled Polyester. All products will showcase these new recycled labels during 2019.
Sadly, it is a hidden reality that most brands receive their garments from factories in plastic poly bags which is a major contributor to waste landfill. At Tigerlily, we have made a commitment to reducing waste and now all garment poly bags are made from D2W®. These bags break-down like organic material, reducing the volume of the plastic in our environment and ending up in landfill and in our waterways.
We continue to research new technological advances to bring your garment to you in the most sustainable way we can. We are 100% committed to making ongoing and educated change towards better practices and conditions for the industry we love so much.
In 2019 Tigerlily launched a range of re-useable cotton tote bags in partnership with female artist Isabelle Feliu as an alternative to the single use plastic bag. The launch of our tote will align with our #Tigerlilycares initiative in partnership with Share the Dignity – a not for profit organisation that provides care packages and clothing for women at risk of homelessness and survivors of domestic violence. For every tote sold through our retail stores Tigerlily will be donating a bag of clothing to a woman in need.