Sustainable Raw Materials
All of Porter Blue's collections use Better Cotton Denims and here's why. Traditional cotton production uses high amounts of water, fertilizer and pesticides leaving soil ridden with salt, killing off many needed organisms to maintain soil sustainability. The water irrigation alone can be as high as 25,000 liters per one pound of cotton produced. With Better Cottons alternative farming methods, soil health is maintained and sustained year after year, and water consumption is reduced by up to 40%. The Better Cotton Initiative helps farmers gain access to knowledge and tools to improve the environmental, social and economic sustainability of cotton production.
True Fact: Traditional denim manufacturing is one of the most harmful and toxic processes in the Apparel Industry. We have personally hand-picked our manufacturing partner due to our shared commitment of cleaning up the way clothing is produced. We use waterless washing techniques called Laser Finishing Technology, and Ozone (O3) & E-Flow machines to finish our garments. Not only do these techniques save up to 65% less energy, 75% less water, and 85% less chemicals, it also cuts down the excessive manual labor that traditional dry processing methods take on factory artisans. In addition, as of 2020, our factory has complied with 0 Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), which means no dangerous chemicals are emitted out of our factory plant.
Post Consumer Recycled Hardware
All of our metal parts are made up of Post Consumer Recycled hardware. We use only metal parts that have already lived a full life and when a product has reached its end state it is removed from the garment or item, melted back down and re-issued into another form back into the world.
Eco Friendly Packaging
We wanted to ensure our packaging story aligned with our brand ethos and methodologies. All of our packaging materials are composed of 100% recycled content- 90% post consumer fibers. We use biodegradable hang tags, recyclable individual poly bags, and compostable shipping mailers. Keep a good thing going and please recycle, or compost, after opening your new pair of jeans.
No animals were harmed in the development of our branded logos. All of our patches are composed of cruelty free vegan faux leathers.
Waste Water Treatment
Another reason we chose our factory is its State of the Art Waste Water Treatment Plant. It is estimated that 70% of Asia's rivers and lakes are contaminated by the 2.5 billion gallons of waste water produced by the textile industry. Waste water treatment is the end step of the Denim Finishing process. Instead of pumping toxic run off water back into local communities, harming their food and water supply, the water is repurposed through many cycles of distilling and filtering, returning the water back into its original state. Clean and clear and even safe enough to drink.