Łódź firm comes up with world’s first eco-friendly tights
A family firm making women’s tights has become the first in the world to develop a unique line of pantyhose made entirely from recycled fibres.
Łódź-based firm Gabriella, which has been producing hosiery for 25 years, premiered its ‘Now!’ line of tights as part of its vision to transform the industry, starting with its own company.
Brand manager Sebastian Krajda said: “By introducing an innovative product like ‘Now!’ into our offer, Gabriella is making a change, starting from ourselves, and we want to encourage our customers, when making their shopping choices, to look for products produced with care for the environment.
“A lot depends on us as a company, but more from our clients – it is they who through their shopping choices, gave us a sign that they want to change its direction into a more responsible and environmentally aware one.
He added: “The idea first appeared a few years ago, but it soon became clear that making it a reality required several months of work using the method of trial and error.
“We didn’t want to compromise, our dream was a product made from 100 percent recycled fibres, and that took a long time. Fortunately, it wasn’t time wasted.”
The recycled line is currently comprised of three classic tight products: matt black in three thicknesses, 20, 60 and 100 denier, which the company says do not differ in any way to traditional tights in their quality, only in their process of production and its impact on the environment, where water consumption has been reduced by 90 percent and CO2 emissions by 80 percent.
In keeping with its more environmentally conscious direction, Gabriella has also made changes to its packaging, replacing clear plastic packaging for its tights with a compostable substitute from a fibre made from 100% plant sugars, in this case sweetcorn, whilst the cardboard outer box comes from FSC recycled paper.