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Mistral Home cares about the planetSustainability

21.10.2016
Cleantech

We only have one planet so we better take care of it. Being active in one of the most polluting industries means we have to double our efforts in looking for new ways to reduce our impact. Steps can be taken during different steps of our work flow. We can take a look at our impact at the head office but also at the components needed for production and transport.

Head office

Our head office and warehouse is located in Nazareth, Belgium and houses 41 employees. We use 100% green energy for our building and use led lights. At night, we switch off all electronical appliances and turn down all the lights. Staircase and toilet lights are motion activated. Besides this, We are gradually switching or car park to hybrid cars and promote carpooling.

Our goal is to become a paperless company, so we can reduce our paper and ink waste to the minimum. Therefore we’re making big investments in our IT systems. In our office, we recycle everything. The fabric waste generated during confection is also recycled. The recycled fabrics are used in new products for the automotive industry.

 

Certificates

We have different certificates for our products or production process. 

GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard is a standard in which products which contain more than 95% organic materials, can be certified. In addition, the influence of the production process on the environment needs to be reduced to a minimum. That’s why this standard sets high requirements on environmental, social and chemical level throughout the whole supply chain.

A certification body controls every transaction between the different links in the supply chain. This means the end-consumer is guaranteed of the originality and organic percentage of the product he or she is buying.

During a yearly audit the certification body checks if all the suppliers still meet the requirements.

OCS

Products can also contain less than 95% organic materials, for which we can use the OCS certificate.

The Organic Cotton Standard is for products which contain at least 5% organic materials. This certificate perfect for eg. deco cushions without a zipper and chair cushions where the cover is made of organic cotton. Also for this certificate, a certification body controls every transaction in the supply chain.

GRS

The Global Recycled Standard is a standard of certification for products with more than 50% recycled materials. The recycled materials can originate from pre-consumer or post-consumer waste. Pre-consumer waste is waste that has never reached an end-consumer. Eg. fabric leftovers from a confection unit. Post-consumer waste is waste that is produced by the end-consumer of the waste stream. 

BEPI

The Business Environmental Performance Initiative is a practical framework that can help the textile sector to reduce its environmental impact, business risks and costs through improved environmental practices.

The bepi system maps the whole supply chain of our products, in which we can see the environmental impact of our suppliers. By monitoring and analysing, we can drive them to continuous improvement.

DETOX

The detox campaign was created by Greenpeace. They aim for a toxic free textile production by 2020. Suppliers who are committed to this, ensure that certain chemicals won’t be used in their production process.

Transport

We can’t skip transport but we can choose the most environment friendly option. Our products imported from the far East are shipped in full containers! Only in exceptional circumstances, are they flown in or is the container not 100% fully loaded. Transporting these products over the sea means a huge amount of products (ours but also other products) are transported on one boat and not by different planes.

We also have to transport products by road. Here we also try to fully load trucks so we can reduce the amount of trucks on the road.