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Our responsibility

The duty for responsibility lies within each of us – each company and each individual.

Over the years, we have chosen a small group of reliable suppliers from around the world with whom we share equal values with. We have set realistic goals to use 75% environmentally preferred materials* (EPM) and get rid of virgin plastic from our packaging, by 2025. Currently, 64% of our manufacturing comprises of EPM materials and our online orders are sent out in RePack reusable packaging made from recycled material. Our overseas shipments are carbon neutralised via DHL’s GoGreen offset program, and our store’s electricity is solar energy.
(*read more in the Materials section.)

We have introduced a No-sales policy for our own stores to end all discounted pricing of Makia goods. This will not only help keep our pricing at a fair level, where we can keep producing our clothes ethically and ecologically, but will also reinforce our philosophy of producing quality clothes, to last over seasonal trends, for years to come.

Our initial responsibility efforts were aimed towards environmental responsibility, where we thought we could make a bigger impact faster by selecting our materials carefully, reducing the use of harmful chemicals and discontinuing the use of virgin plastic packaging. Our next focus is the transparency of the supply chain and social responsibility issues. In this report you will find a list of our 1st tier partners. In the future, we are planning to go deeper into our supply chain. Our supply chains are long and complex and we first need to define our next responsibility targets.

Design

Makia Produces Nordic contemporary clothing to stand the test of time, equally in quality and over trends, to become a part of our everyday lives. 

We thrive to make our designs as usable and functional as possible, no-nonsense clothing that you won’t want to throw away. Our goal is to minimise the problem of getting dressed appropriately, so you’ll have time to worry about the bigger picture, whether it means waking up to a hectic routine with kids, an overwhelming day at work, or just plain harsh weather.

Nordic design has its foundation on functional thinking, as the climate dictates much of how we need to get dressed. The materials and styles we use need to adapt to nature’s elements as well as the urban environment.

As the ever changing seasons affect our daily routines, the midnight sun changes into a blistering cold winter. Living amongst these elements gives our designers a first hand know-how, as their experiences transition to the drawing board. Every detail is carefully thought out, while a new design develops from an idea into a finished product. Circularity is part of the design process and mixed fiber materials and elastane are avoided in products where they do not bring added value. In 2020 materials with two or more fibres that were not EPM materials, represented 8,6% Makia’s entire volume. 

An important part of maintaining your wardrobe is taking proper care of your clothes. Read the care labels carefully to make them last as long as possible. We have gathered some general garment care tips for our clothing, you can find them from here. When your garments reach the end of their lives or you don’t use them anymore, please give them a second life. If clothes are still usable, you can donate or sell them to reuse. At the end of their lives, please recycle them in the garment-collection points.

By simply wearing our clothes twice as long as we do now, we could potentially reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the textile industry by 44%, according to the Ellen McArthur Foundation report. This is why we encourage our customers to take a moment before each purchase and ask themselves: Do I really need this product? We welcome both answers.

Materials

Currently 64% of our manufacturing comprises of environmentally preferred materials.

Makia is counting the following fibres as environmentally preferred materials: organic cotton, recycled cotton, organic wool, recycled polyester, Lyocell, Ecovero viscose. Makia has selected these fibres based on the Textile Exchange’s Preferred fiber & materials- report. 

Cotton / Organic Cotton / Recycled Cotton

General cotton information. Cotton is one of the most used textile fibres in the world. In spite of the fact that cotton is one of the natural fibres, it is also one of the most unecological ones. Cotton plant is quite demanding, it requires fruitful ground, warm climate and a lot of water. Large crops are being manufactured with a lot of artificial fertilizers for better growth and dangerous chemicals for reducing pesticides. These chemicals are harmful for the environment, animals as well as humans. A single cotton t-shirt requires 2700 litres of water. Conventional cotton water is mostly coming from irrigation. 

Organic cotton is cultivated without artificial fertilizers and pesticides. It uses only non-GMO seeds, crop rotation and manual picking. It reduces the environmental impact greatly. It is a safer option for the environment as well as people. Although organic cotton requires as much water as the regular cotton, organic cotton is more rain-fed. Fibre qualities are the same as regular cotton but without any harmful chemicals that might cause skin irritation. Lack of chemicals is good for the cotton farmers, soil as well as end-consumers.

As a fibre cotton is soft, breathable and absorbent. It is also strong and can stand up against wear and heat. On the other hand it wrinkles easily, is prone to shrinking and is slow to dry.

Cotton production

World biggest cotton producers (2019/2020, Statista 2021):
1. India 2. China 3. USA 4. Brazil 5. Pakistan 7. Turkey

World biggest organic cotton producers (2018/2019, Textile Exchange Preferred Fiber & Materials Market Report 2020):
1. India 2. China 3. Kyrgystan 4. Turkey 5. Tajikistan

Makia is using cotton or cotton mixed fabrics in many product categories, mainly in jersey products as well as in men’s woven shirts and trousers. Cotton has a soft feel, it is quite durable and easy to care.

Makia cotton / organic cotton usage / recycled cotton* usage:

(includes cotton/elastane but excludes other mixed qualities // *includes recycled cotton/recycled polyester, where cotton exceeds 50%)

2018: 51,5% / 4,4% / 7,5*%

2019: 54,9% / 3,7 % / 5,9*%

2020: 17,6% / 47,0% / 7,2*%

Makia is using mostly certified organic cotton that is farmed and processed entirely in Turkey. 

 

Wool / Merino Wool

General wool info. Wool is a natural fibre that comes from sheep / Merino sheep. Sheeps are grown in large herds that require large land areas where sheep cause erosion and lessens the natural diversity. Sheep also produces methane gas which is a strong greenhouse gas. The shearing is normally done once a year, where the wool is removed from the animal. 

Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin around the breech of a sheep to prevent the parasitic infection flystrike. The scar tissue that grows over the wounds does not grow wool and is less likely to attract the flies that cause flystrike. Mulesing is a common practice in Australia, particularly on Merino sheep. Other wool producing countries have banned mulesing or are naturally mulesing free. 

Wool has great fibre qualities. Wool is an active fibre that helps you stay warm when the weather is cold and cool when the weather is hot. Wool is absorbent and can hold moisture well, without feeling cold. Merino wool even absorbs the odour molecules from sweat. Wool fibre is naturally elastic and ideal for moving and exercising. Wool has also a protective outer layer that helps prevent stains from being absorbed. The most important care instruction for wool products is airing and lint brushing, if they don’t have stains. 

Wool production

World biggest wool producers (2018, greasy wool, HelgiLibrary):
1. China 2. Australia 3. New Zealand 4. UK 5. Turkey

Makia is using Turkish origin certified organic wool. Merino wool that Makia uses is coming from multiple origins. All Merino woolen accessories are made from mulesing free wool mainly from South Africa or New Zealand but we cannot be sure of the knitted merino wool apparel’s mulesing status. Hence, we don’t claim them to be mulesing-free.

Makia wool / Merino wool usage (excluding mixed fabrics):

2018: 1,4% / 11,0%

2019: 0,8% / 15,5%

2020: 0,9% / 8,5%

 

Leather

Leather is very durable, breathable and it can be easily cared for. Leather products age well and become softer and better fitting when worn. 

Makia uses leather in shoes and accessories. The upper leather is from cow and lining from pig. All of the linings where the shoe is in contact with your skin are made from chrome-free and vegetable tanned leather. 

Makia is working with two tanneries and they are both certified by the Working Leather Group. Leather Working Group is a non-profit organisation responsible for the world’s leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry.

Makia leather usage:

2018: 5,5%

2019: 3,1%

2020: 2,4%

Other animal fibres

We don’t use any vulnerable, endangered, exotic or wild-caught species, fur or rabbit hair, feather or down, bone, horn, shell or teeth, mohair or cashmere silk.

 

Polyester / Recycled Polyester

General polyester info. Polyester is a synthetic fibre derived from oil and is the most commonly used fibre in the textile and apparel industry. Polyester fibre is light, strong, wrinkle-free and durable, does not absorb water and can be produced in a way that transfers moisture away from skin. Polyester products are also easy to wash and they dry quickly. Polyester is non-biodegradable. Polyester production has less environmental impact than natural fibres in terms of water and wastewater but it requires more energy and chemicals, causing also more greenhouse gases.

Recycled polyester is usually made from plastic bottles. Using recycled polyester uses 30-50% less energy and reduces the need for crude oil. Unfortunately, each cycle when plastic is reheated it degrades and cannot be recycled indefinitely. 

Makia is using polyester in jackets and bags due to it’s suitable qualities to these products. We are nowadays using only recycled polyester.

Makia polyester / Makia recycled polyester usage (excluding mixed fabrics but including polyester/elastane products):

2018: 4% / 0,1%

2019: 1% / 5%

2020: 1% / 7%

 

Lyocell

Tencel Lyocell is a registered trademark of Lenzing for lyocell fibre. Fibre is made from dissolving pulp which comes from sustainably grown wood using a unique closed loop system, making it a sustainable selection. Process is similar to viscose but without the use of harmful carbon disulfide. 

Tencel Lyocell fibre is from botanic origin and breathable, absorbent, strong and soft to touch. It has better softness and moisture absorption capacities than cotton, making your skin feel cool and comfortable. 

Makia Tencel usage:

2018: –

2019: 0,2%

2020: 2,1%

 

Chemicals

All our products follow EU’s Reach regulation about chemicals. We also do not use heavy metals, azo dyes, phthalates or PVC, and we only use ecological coatings in our jackets. 

Makia is planning to start using a Restricted Substances List (created and updated by the Finnish Textile & Fashion) by the end of 2021.

 

Supply Chain

We value longterm relationships with our business partners, and we are in constant dialogue with our manufacturing partners.

In 2020 85% of our production volume came from suppliers that we have worked with for 5 years or more. Our products are manufactured in Turkey, China, Bulgaria, Portugal, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland. 

Turkey is our main source of production and they supply our jersey goods, shirts and trousers. Most of our jackets and bags are made in China and our footwear comes from Portugal. Bulgaria is producing knitwear and knitted accessories. We also produce high quality woolen accessories in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland.  

We have worked together with our main manufacturing partners for years, and we visit the manufacturing sites regularly. Our manufacturing partners have all signed Makia’s code of conduct that is based on international conventions such as the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, Global Compact and International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions and Recommendations relevant to improve working conditions in the supply chain. All of our garments comply with the European Union reach regulations.

For better transparency of our production, all of our garments are labelled with the country of origin, which is the place where the final form of the product is given. From the beginning of 2019 we also inform where the main material is made as well as what is the main material fibre origin.

 

Turkey is our main source of origin. We purchase most of the jersey and woven items from Turkey. 

Textiles and fashion are a major industry for Turkey and in 2020 it was the world’s 7th largest exporter with 27.5 billion USD. Turkey has a modern and versatile textile industry and includes all parts of the supply chain. There are over 50 000 companies with most of them small and support one or two parts of the supply chain. This enables small and flexible production with quick lead times in comparison to the Asian suppliers.

In 2020 Makia produced 68% in Turkey. Makia has three 1st tier partners in Turkey, two factories in Izmir and one agent in Istanbul.

 

Yototeks Tekstil Urunleri San Ticaret Limited Sirketi – Jersey factory, Izmir

Founded: 2005
Employees: 33 person, 55% women
Products: jersey for men, women and kids (t-shirts, long sleeves, sweatshirts); woven items for women (blouses, skirts, dresses, trousers)
Partnering with Makia: 2009

Yototeks factory is run by two women Gulsen and Zeynep. Gulsen’s Belgian husband was selling textiles to Finnish customers and popped into Makia’s office in 2009. Our collaboration started then and Yototeks has grown to become our largest supplier. Yototeks has production planning, cutting and sample sewing room in-house and they use local partners for production sewing, printing and embroideries. Factory was audited by DNV based on Makia’s Code of Conduct in May 2021.

 

Ege Örgü Triko  – knit factory, Izmir

Founded: 2002
Employees: 60 person, 60% women
Products: knits and knitted accessories for men, women and kids (knits, beanies, scarves)
Partnering with Makia: 2019

We came upon this knit factory via our Izmir contact Yototeks. Ege Örgü has a good, modern range of flat knitting machinery and they work with high quality yarns from Turkey and Europe. The knitting factory has knitting, washing, cutting, planting and packaging under one roof. They are GOTS certified. 

 

SSTR Tekstil Dis Ticaret Limited Sirketi – ready-made garment sourcing agency, Istanbul

Founded: 2002
Employees: 6 person, 16% women
Products: woven shirts, trousers and shorts for men
Partnering with Makia: 2014

Makia met with SSTR Tekstil in 2014 through another Finnish textile company. Partnership started in men’s woven products and has continued ever since. SSTR is a full-service textile sourcing company specialized in sourcing ready-made garments and accessories from the west Turkey region for export markets.

 

China is the origin for Makia’s jackets, bags and caps.

China was the world’s biggest economy in 2020 and has grown to become the largest textile and fashion producer in the world growing rapidly in the last two decades. China’s exports grew to 266 billion USD in 2020 and it was by far the largest textile and clothing exporter. China’s massive textile industry includes all production stages from fibres to ready-made garments.

In 2020 Makia produced 15% in China. Makia has two 1st tier factory partners jackets and one for bags and several European companies for bags and caps that have the production made in China. Makia is mainly purchasing products made from recycled materials from China. Only our black tote bags are from conventional cotton that originates from Henan district.

 

Anqing Image Garments Co. Ltd – jacket factory, Anqing

Founded: 2010
Employees: 75 person, 72% women
Products: woven jackets for men, women and kids
Partnering with Makia: 2015

Makia contacted Anqing Image Garments via a Finnish sourcing agency. This factory is amfori BSCI audited and has ISO9001/14001/45001 certifications and has cutting, sewing, finishing and packaging operations. 

 

DanYang BoKang Garment Co.,LTD – jacket factory, Nanjing

Founded: 2011
Employees: 20 person, 80% women
Products: woven jackets for men, women and kids
Partnering with Makia: 2014

Makia came across with this jacket factory via their Swedish customer in 2014. Soon after we started the co-operation we visited them in person and the partnership has developed ever since. We have visited local textile fairs with them and are constantly developing our materials and products. The factory was amfori BSCI audited in 2021 and does cutting, sewing, finishing and packing in-house.

 

ADCO (H.K.) Ltd, Hong Kong

Founded: 1996
Employees: 6 person, 80% women (HK office) / 49 persons, 67% women (factory)
Products: bags
Partnering with Makia: 2010

Makia has worked with Adco for many years producing bags. Their factory is located in mainland China and it has been amfori BSCI audited.

 

In Finland Makia purchases knitted accessories, beanies and scarves.

Finland has a long history in the textile sector but like in similar European countries, the production has shrunk from the heights of the 1970-80’s. Today Finland has approximately 650 companies and 1 billion euro turnover in the production sector (60% garments, 40% textiles) with around 4400 jobs.

In 2020 Makia produced 5% in Finland. Makia has one 1st tier factory partner located in Finland and several partners that have production outside Finland.

 

Nevertex Oy – knitted accessories factory, Yli-Ullava

Founded: 1986
Employees: 22 person, 87% women
Products: knitted accessories
Partnering with Makia: 2015

Nevertex is one of the few companies that have a commercially sized production in Finland. They have specialized in flat-knitted accessories made mainly from woolen yarns. They have a very flexible production and they offer a wide range of tailor-made services, designs and different yarn options for their wholesale customers. Nevertex uses high quality yarns from European yarn brands and they work only with mulesing-free merino wool.

 

Pure Waste Textiles Oy – recycled fabrics & jersey wholesaler, Helsinki

Founded: 2013
Employees: 24 person, 60% women
Products: recycled fabrics & garments
Partnering with Makia: 2015

Pure Waste Textiles is a pioneer in 100% recycled fabrics development. Company is developing, manufacturing and selling yars, fabrics and garments made in their co-owned factory in India. One Pure Waste t-shirt saves 2700 litres of water compared to conventional cotton and processing methods, since there is no irrigation or dying in the process at all. Pure Waste has calculated that their products use 99% less water and generate 50% less CO2 emissions in the production process compared to similar garments made from virgin materials. So far Makia has saved 108,1 million litres of water with Pure Waste collaboration (2016-2020). Visit Pure Waste’s site.

 

Vardhan Industries – recycled fabrics & jersey factory, India (co-owned by Pure Waste Textiles)

Founded: 1972
Employees: 80 person, 40% women
Products: recycled fabrics & garments
Partnering with Makia: 2015

Pure Waste Textiles co-owned factory is setup in India, where they can easily get the textile waste from other clothing factories. They collect, sort it by color and process the materials into high-quality recycled fabrics and garments. Their process is not using any virgin materials, chemicals or water since there is no dying at all. Factory’s energy is 90% wind generated and all waste is sorted and recycled. Factory has it’s own well that also supports the local village. Vardhan Industries have Sedex and GRS certificates and is amfori BSCI audited.

 

Napakka Oy – tote bags wholesaler, Helsinki

Founded: 1984
Employees: 16 person, 60% women
Products: all types of bags
Partnering with Makia: 2010

Napakka is a wholesaler in packing that offers paper and woven bags, gift wraps, ribbons, tapes, boxes etc. All items can be branded according to customers wishes. Makia has worked with Napakka over ten years and purchases tote bags that are mainly made from recycled materials. Products are made in China in a factory that has GRS and amfori BSCI certificates. In 2020 3% of Makia’s production volume was purchased from Napakka. Visit Napakka’s site.

Villawool Oy – knitted accessories, Kuressaari

Founded: 1975
Employees:
5 person, 80% women
Products:
knitted accessories
Partnering with Makia:
2009

Villawool was established in Helsinki by Matti & Ranja Tikkanen back in 1975. The power couple is still running the business in their own knit workshop in Saaremaa, Estonia. Every product is designed, knitted, sewn, labeled and packed in their own facility. Villawool is focused on using 100% Bluesign Merino Wool that is from free running merino sheep, toxic and mulesing-free, produced in an environmentally friendly way.

Makia has been working with Villawool over ten years, first making the classic Calypso Cap and now other designs as well. Visit Villawool’s site.

In 2020 Makia produced 2,5% in Bulgaria. Makia has two 1st tier factory partners in Sofia via a local agent.

 

Border Firm – knitted apparel and accessories factory, Sofia

Founded: 2007
Employees:
29 person, 90% women
Products:
knitted apparel
Partnering with Makia:
2009

Border Firm is a flat knitting company who produce knitted sweaters, vests, dresses and accessories. Border Firm offers a ready-made garment from product development to finished product.

 

Sentex-69 Ltd – knitted apparel and accessories factory, Sofia

Founded: 2001
Employees:
21 person, 81% women
Products:
knitted apparel and accessories
Partnering with Makia:
2015

Sentex-69 is a small, family run business focusing on high quality knitted apparel and accessories. They have an ISO 9001 certificate.

JSC Knitas – knitting accessories factory, Gargzdai

Founded: 1995
Employees:
30 person, 85% women
Products:
gloves
Partnering with Makia:
2014

Knitas is a small, family business producing knitted accessories. Their factory includes knitting, sewing and finishing departments. They produce beanies, scarves, gloves and socks with attention to quality, comfort and appearance from high quality yarns.

Trofeu Veloz LDA – shoes, Cernadelo-Lousada

Founded: 2014
Employees:
39 person, 76% women
Products:
knitted accessories
Partnering with Makia:
2019

Trofeu Veloz is a small, modern shoe factory located in the northern part of Portugal. Their own production includes modelation, cutting, stitching, assembling and finishing. All the leathers that Makia is using are from tanneries that are certified by the Leather Working Group.

 

Trimmings

Makia started to work with Danish A-tex (Trimco Group) in 2019. A-tex is a global supplier of sustainable brand identification products with innovative techniques and global reach. Our aim was to get unified, high quality and sustainable trimmings to all of our products, no matter the origin. A-tex supplies all Makia’s hangtags, woven labels, care labels and polybags and other general trimmings that we use in our products. They are all made from recycled materials either in Turkey or China.

Packaging & Logistics

We are working towards minimising packaging waste in its supply chain from the suppliers to our warehouse and to end-consumers.

For this, we have chosen RePack as a partner for our webstore shipments. By doing this we not only produce less packaging trash but also work towards inspiring others to follow the same direction towards more ecological consumption. We ship 100% of our webstore orders in RePacks. In 2020, we sent out 11,500 webstore orders packed in reusable RePack packages, which are made from recycled polypropylene. If RePack packages are used over 20 times, the packaging results in 80 % less CO2 emissions  and 96 % less waste when compared to single use packaging. The recycled plastic reusable RePack bags wrap into a small sleeve that can be sent back to RePack free of charge to be re-used, by simply dropping it into a mailbox.

In addition, we switched in 2021 to recycled polybags. In 2019 we tested biodegradable corn starch packaging, but found out that there was no suitable infrastructure to handle compostable material in the retail sector.

In inbound logistics Makia is focusing on truck shipments from Europe and rail cargo from China. We try to avoid air cargo but occasionally we have to use it due to timetable reasons. We offset CO2 emissions on all shipments that are made with DHL or UPS. Other forwarding partners are not offering compensating schemes but are working towards more environmentally friendly ways of transportation. For example DB Schenker is using renewable Neste My Diesel.

For a more sustainable future

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. The goals are interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind it’s important that we achieve each of them by 2030.

Makia has initially selected these three Goals. 

12 Responsible Consumption and Production: Makia’s concept for producing clothing that stands the test of time, both in terms of quality and trends, supports the UN’s SDG 12 for sustainable consumption and production. We are now focusing on using more sustainable materials in our collections and educating customers about caring for their garments well to ensure longer lifecycles and less environmental impact. Our no-sales policy supports our vision of a timeless, durable clothing collection.

14 Life Below Water: Makia was founded in 2001 in an old Helsinki dockyard neighbourhood called Punavuori. The sea is close to our hearts and it affects our daily lives, so we must take care of it and preserve it for future generations. We support the protection of the Baltic Sea and Finnish inland lakes in close collaboration with Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association and the John Nurminen foundation with donations and educational marketing collaborations.

15 Life On Land: Makia has set a target of using 75% Environmentally Preferred Materials in our production by 2025. In 2020, we are changing most of our conventional cotton to organic cotton. We are also following new inventions in material R&D (pulp, pineapple, etc.) and we work with carbon neutral transportation partners (DHL & UPS). What we can all do now is to start using our clothing for longer in order to greatly lessen their environmental impact. We want to lead by example in setting this trend.

CO2 emissions. Makia’s own operations CO₂ emissions (scope 1-2) are based on the purchased energy. Flagship store’s energy is from renewable materials (11676 kWh in 2019) and does not create CO₂ emissions. Our HQ energy is from mixed energy sources and created CO₂ emissions in 2019 2,57 tons (18218 kWh).

Saving the Baltic Sea. We contribute towards the environment by taking part in conservation projects preserving the condition of the Baltic Sea with JNS Foundation and Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association. So far Makia has donated over 58000€ (excl VAT) to Baltic Sea preservation.

For good cause. Makia is also working with charity organizations Apuna ry, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (Suomen Luonnonsuojeluliitto) and Cup Of Therapy.

Last and not least, make sure to follow the instructions on the care labels to make your products last as long as possible.