Triarchy exists to outfit our customer with the best pair of jeans possible. In every sense of the word best.
To us, sustainability means building a business that can operate sustainably as well as create sustainable products. If we aren’t paying a living wage and supporting human and animal rights then we aren’t sustainable.
All of our jeans and denim jackets are produced with responsibly made fabrics and washed with the most advanced sustainable laundry technology available.
We only work with people who share the same vision and understanding of sustainability as us and this is what allows us to make perfect denim.
We believe that sustainable brands have to be vetted by 3rd party resources in order to be able to claim sustainability at their core, and this is why we disclose all of our sustainability data via 3rd party auditor GreenStory as well as exposing our supply chain via Retraced.
Our Code of Conduct illustrates all of our morals and values in practical and executable points that we share with everyone we are about to work with to have them sign off on it before we engage.
The beauty of this level of transparency is that it secures our needs as a sustainable brand and also shines a light into areas where improvement can be made, allowing us to be aware of these areas.
Sustainability and transparency are of utmost important to our brand, it is what Triarchy is built on.
Our detailed Code of Conduct can be viewed here
This begins with our fibers.
We source responsibly farmed fibres that are then woven into sustainably produced and dyed denim fabrics. Our supply chain is 3rd party audited and published by Retraced.
Cotton is one of the oldest and purest forms of textiles. It’s history spanning thousands of years it has impacted every civilization.
Unfortunately humans have contaminated cotton by using pesticides and other harmful chemicals. From the planting process, throughout its growth, harvesting, spinning it into yarn and eventually into the textiles used to make clothing and jeans.
These harmful pesticides and chemicals come in contact with your skin through your clothing and slowly get absorbed into your body.
We at Triarchy wanted to eliminate those harmful substances from the process of making our denim and did so by using organic cotton.
Organic cotton eliminates the use of pesticides and fertilizers, preventing contamination of skin as well as groundwater, thus making drinking water clean and safe. It has been found that the impact of water pollution of organic cotton is 98% less compared to the conventional cotton production. Organic cotton production equals .7% of global cotton production.
Tencel is a fabric that is made from a natural fibre derived from breaking down trees into pulp and spinning the pulp fibre into a soft, durable textile. The lyocell and modal fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources which stem from natural forests and sustainably managed plantations. On average consuming 85% less water to grow than cotton.
Tencel is smooth to the touch and retains dyes better. With its botanic origins it is a cellulosic fibre that is naturally comfortable and supports a sustainable lifestyle. Keeping Triarchy true to its word by making sure you’re in the purest materials out there.
Stretch denim, to date, has always been made with some percentage of plastic woven into the fabric, which is what makes it stretchy.
Unfortunately, this comfort comes at the cost of making a product that biodegrades at the same rate as a plastic bag, and contributes to micro plastics flooding our oceans.
We stand proud by our bio stretch for the simple reason of keeping harmful plastics of our skin, which in turn, keeps our oceans free of micro plastics.
How do we accomplish this? By making it out of 96% organic cotton and 4% natural rubber. Making it the first stretch denim completely free from plastics and micro plastics.
Our cotton is wrapped around a natural rubber core that both biodegrade together. Taking it less then 1 year to decompose naturally rather then the 20-200 years it takes regular stretch denim to decompose.
It is widely known that the average American throws away 80lbs of clothing per year, a lot of that is bound to be denim, so we decided to do something about it.
Triarchy’s Atelier Denim line deconstructs pairs of 100% cotton vintage denim, sanitizes the fabric in our ozone machines and then makes entirely new pairs of jeans and denim jackets out of the vintage denim material.
Through this method we have repurposed thousands of pairs of jeans that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
Then our dyes
We use reduced indigo with 80% less sulphates and completely natural dyes that reduce toxins coming into contact with your skin as is the case with synthetic dyes.
Spanning civilizations throughout the world, indigo is as rich in history as it is colour. True indigo, Indigofera tinctoria, is the most common plant used to create this dye. Fun fact that this plant comes from the pea family, making it a valuable plant to enrich soil as well.
The dye itself though does not exist in nature; it is purely a human invention. Humans found that fermenting indican (which is a naturally occurring chemical in Indigo) and processing the chemical makes indigo dye.
Here at Triarchy we use a specially formulated Indigo that is already 60% reduced. This allows us to use non-harmful soda ash in the dye vat rather then harmful abrasive chemicals. It is extremely easy to use and pre-reduced Indigo makes the set up and maintenance of an Indigo dye vat almost effortless. Keeping our denim clean and low water consuming like it’s meant to be.
You can look back thousands of years on human history and find that clay is richly intertwined throughout it. Prehistoric humans discovered the usefulness of clay. Cooking pots, art objects, dishware, smoking pipes, musical and writing instruments etc. can all be shaped from clay before being fired.
So where do you ask does clay come into play with denim? This new relationship takes inspiration from clays rich history and from the deep waters of the Haly’s river in Turkey, where red clay mixes with water for a journey that paints the banks of the river and changes the colour of the water. This natural relationship has resulted in what we see here today with our clay denim.
Naturally mixing earths own hue with our denim creating a toxic free colour that bonds with our organic denim naturally Allowing your skin to breath and for you know you’re caring for your body the same way you care for the earth.
& finally our wash processes.
We use a combination of ozone, e-flow and laser technologies to wash our denim down in the most sustainable and responsible way possible. This entire process is 3rd party audited and published by GreenStory.
Biomimetics is a term that means when elements of nature are used for the purpose of solving complex human problems. For us here at Triarchy biomimetics is where nature meets science to create a relationship that proves anything is possible and we don’t have to harm the environment or humans to make a pair of jeans.
Our first biomimetic wash process takes its inspiration from the atmosphere. We’ve eliminated using water to wash jeans down to a lighter colour. How do we accomplish this? By taking air from the atmosphere and transforming it into ozone with our state of the art machinery. The particles are released inside the tumbler and produce the effect of washing denim down. Getting the bleaching effect without bleach and other harmful chemicals. This is all accomplished in a zero discharge process, using no water and no chemicals. Keeping your jeans natural and toxic free.
Who hasn’t played with bubbles at one point in their life? We’ve all seen them float by and bounce along surfaces until they pop leaving behind their residue. But even us at Triarchy never imagined we would be using nano bubbles with e-flow technology to create our jeans. e-flow technology uses minimal amounts of water and has zero discharge. It is a sustainable textile solution that transfers enzyme products to the garment without any waste or toxic chemicals.
Simply put it takes air from the atmosphere and transforms it into nano bubbles. These nano bubbles naturally distribute themselves and mix with the chemical product. Once mixed they carry the product and transport it seamlessly to the garment with no extra waste and overflow. Keeping your jeans pure and light as a bubble.
When lightning strikes it leaves a mark. This biomimetic wash process is as simple as that. By using the most advanced laser technologies for garments we are able to distress and add details to our denim without any toxic sprays. It has also eliminated the need for manual and harmful processes.
Making jeans and harming people in the process was never an option for us at Triarchy. By using these various biomimetic wash processes we can guarantee that no lives are being harmed in the making of our jeans and the environment is being supported as we work along side Mother Nature not against her.
Wash Processes Specifications
We leave no stone unturned in our mission to bring to market the most sustainable and resposibly made jeans available.
We use neutral enzymes made by Dystar in cold water, reducing waste and the over use of natural resources.
We wash our denim in cold water.
LASER MACHINE FINISHING
In our finishing process, we Jeanologia laser machines. This uses less energy and is safer for workers health.
Using Jeanologia's e-flow, we wash with vapor water to save water and energy. For stonewashing we use nano bubbles instead of rocks.
We bleach without bleach using Jeanologia's ozone machines. This ozone wash is a triplemolecule Oxygen (O3).
We use enzymes and light PP (laser) in place of potassium permanganate.
FAUX STONE WASH
Regular stone wash is in fact done with stones, however when this process takes place the water left over is unrecyclable. We use eco stones that are built to mimic real stones without the run off which allows the water to be recycled.
- We recycle our cutting waste so that it can be made into new materials.
- Our hangtags are made out of recycled paper.
- Our Buttons are made from recycled metals.
- Our labels are made from recycled fibers.
- We ship our jeans in 100% compostable shipping bags.
Triarchy designs and manufactures with a focused lense on resposible creation.
We are participants in the Ellen MacArthur Foundations Jeans Redesign program which highlights our participation in the circular economy as we follow the guidlines set out to achieve this with every pair of jeans we make.
Our textile safety is verified by Oeko-Tex. Its Standard 100 goes beyond national and international standards for protection from harmful toxins, chemicals, dyes and restricted substances (both MSRL and RSL). We ensure our textiles are ecologically safe and healthy for human skin.
We use reduced indigo which uses 80% less sulphates than normal.
Our jeans are completely cruelty free and PETA approved. We do not use any animal products or biproducts.
We use GOTS organic textile standard fibers.
All of our materials are in compliance with the ZDHC restriced chemicals list.
All of our suppliers must sign our Code of Conduct before our working relationship begins.
We take bi-annual trips to our factories to meet and work with the people who craft our jeans.
All of our factories pay average wages over the minimum wage.
It is very important for us to have our claims vetted by third party audits. This allows for us to be accountable for what we say we do to publish that information in easy to understand ways. We work with Greenstory and Retraced to expose all of our practices, which ensures we are always very aware of our impact.
Isla Urbana builds and installs rainwater catchment systems for people in an around Mexico City without access to water. Triarchy contributes a portion from each sale to Isla Urbana.
Triarchy plants a tree for every pair of jeans sold.