ABOUT/ MATERIALS & PRODUCTION
We choose every material and component very carefully. We directly communicate and work with manufacturers who hold OECO-TEX certification and GOTS certification for organic cotton. Each part of the lingerie is custom-made according to our exact specifications. The fabric is knitted directly for us to ensure it is one hundred percent pure and unblended. The brass components are cast according to our design to be recyclable and nickel-free.
Up to 5% of pesticides and 14% of globally produced insecticides are used to grow conventional cotton. It is equally terrifying that up to 20% of worldwide water pollution is caused by dyeing fabrics and textiles finishing in the textile industry! That’s why we decided to use only GOTS certified organic undyed cotton. Its production keeps the soil, ecosystems and humans healthy – using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Farming of organic cotton does not allow the use of GMO seeds or toxic chemicals mentioned above. Instead, it combines tradition, innovation and science to the benefit of our environment and promotes a good quality of life for all involved. Organic cotton saves water or uses rainwater more efficiently and it builds organic soil matter by crop rotation, intercropping and composting.
The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate covers the entire supply chain – from growing, harvesting and ginning cotton, spinning fibers, knitting (and dyeing) of textiles, and ultimately sewing of products. Unfortunately, there are no companies that sew underwear with GOTS certification in Slovakia or the Czech Republic. Although we work with companies that have a GOTS certificate with a valid license for growing and spinning organic cotton, the GOTS logo cannot be used on end products unless every process is certified. We want to constantly support local production and produce our underwear in the close proximity to our manufacturers – to be able to communicate with them easily, while avoiding unnecessary transport of our products.
We cannot grow cotton in Europe. So, the natural beige cotton is grown in Bhilwara, India, where it is also spun into the yarn. We are currently in the process of figuring out where the natural brown cotton we use comes from. Both natural beige and brown cotton fabrics are knitted in Moravia, in the Czech Republic. Our 100% organic cotton threads are made in the Netherlands.
For the production of our rings, sliders and fastening we use only brass, which consists of copper and zinc. We care about your health, so our brass components are cast and molded directly for us according to our design. In addition to the glossy design, copper is the healthiest metal to wear and have it touch our body This metal is free of nickel, lead or cadmium, which are actually prohibited in the European Union. 5 And thanks to the fascinating possibility of melting of the brass, we can also recycle or reuse it. Yay! Fastening is made in Italy, sliders and rings are made in the Jablonec region, known for its long tradition and history of jewellery production in the Czech Republic.
Yep, underwear requires the use of elastic bands – for a comfortable fit. We use synthetic elastics made from a combination of Lycra and polyamide; each elastic band is composed of different amount of these two synthetic raw materials. So far, this is the only component that cannot be recycled. Lycra melts down during the recycling process and cannot be processed further. Good news is that at the University of Vienna they have already managed to separate Lycra from polyamide, although it is not yet intended for commercial purposes. However, we are on the right track! Elastics are made to order in Krnov, Czech Republic with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® CERTIFICATION no. 95.0.3430. To check the validity of this certification, enter the number here.
The basis of our packaging is made of 100% recycled paper, and is laminated with FSC-certified Crush Corn paper film, which means that it comes from responsibly managed forests. Instead of wood pulp, it also contains 40% recycled biological consumer waste, such as citruses, grapes, cherries, lavender, corn, olives, coffee, kiwi, hazelnuts or almonds. The paper does not contain GMOs and is made in Italy using ECO energy, which leads to a 20% reduction in carbon footprint. From the beginning we have used this paper for all our business cards and paper labels on the underwear. Packaging is custom-made in Banska Bystrica and labels are made in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Créeme bras are cut and sewn in a small family-owned workshop in Trenčín, Slovakia. Panties are cut and sewn in a small workshop near Bratislava owned by woman. And the bodysuits were cut and sewn in a larger family-owned workshop in Piešťany. Tailors and pattern makers are working Monday to Friday, eight hours a day, except in the workshop in Trenčín, where they work also in Saturday. Employees have both mandatory breaks and holidays. We make the effort to visit all manufactures regularly and meet with directors or owners in person.
After cotton is grown in India, it is collected and made into the yarn or sewing thread. This yarn is then transported to the Czech Republic, where it is turned into fabric for us. Before using it for sewing, they will send it to a large laundry to wash it. At about the same time, we place orders for suppliers of metal components, synthetic elastic bands, sewing threads and other additional materials such as paper labels and packaging. Before we start sewing, we still have to prototype each underwear component – we need to check the parameters to make the design work as a whole. All materials and components are then sent to the sewing workshop and according to our patterns and design, the final product – Créeme natural lingerie is made.
After we approve the first prototypes of bras, panties and bodysuits, we can start with serial production. We have to test and sew a prototype of one size several times before it’s graded to other sizes. All sizes are altered until the lingerie is properly fitted to female body. Making different bra sizes is a tough job that’s why we currently have a limited range of sizes, but we’re working to expand it as soon as possible.