Jean is surely the least responsible room in our locker room but also the one we could not do without. What is a manager? What are the impacts of jeans' production on our society? How are Mattis, Austin and Joe T.P.R? So many questions on which Ulysse, CSR manager at Balzac Paris, lifts the veil.
Who are you and what is your role at Balzac Paris?“I am Ulysses, in charge of the social and environmental responsibility of Balzac Paris. I work hand in hand with the teams to make our business always more responsible and to reduce the environmental and social impact of our activity, from the production of our collections to the delivery of your orders through the well-being of our employees. »»
What is truly The impact of jeans production on our environment?"Several choices determine the environmental impact of jeans. To start, the choice of material. The jeans are mainly composed of cotton. Cotton production is one of the most water -consuming. For example, producing jeans requires between 7,000 and 10,000 liters of water! Then, the cultivation of conventional cotton also requires a lot of pesticides. To give you an idea, 25% of the pesticides used worldwide are intended for cotton, which represents only 2.5% of cultivated total areas. The use of pesticides in cotton fields pollutes water and deteriorates biodiversity. Then, if we want to give a vintage aspect to the jeans, he will have to undergo a process called “deputy”. For example, the method of depressing “Stone Washing ” consists in washing jeans with stones and chemicals, which pollutes the water used and consumes a lot of energy. »»
And from a social point of view?"The jeans encounters the same issues as the rest of the textile industry, that is to say, forced work, child labor, lack of protection etc. In addition to these issues, jeans encounters their own issues. Another deputy technique called “sandblasting ” consists in projecting high pressure sand on denim. Inhale this sand, and more particularly the silica it contains, can cause an incurable and potentially fatal pulmonary disease: silicosis. »»
Few months ago, We launched organic cotton jeans. Today we get out of the 100% T.P.R jeans! How are these new jeans responsible?"If we retrace the evolution of jeans at Balzac Paris, barely a year ago we offered classic jeans, made in Portugal. In April 2019, the brand took a first step towards responsible materials. We offered, Joe, our very first biological cotton jeans. And Mattis, composed of 40 % recycled materials. 5 months later, we have a new course. In addition to being in organic cotton, our jeans are now laser washed out. And to go even further, these new jeans are labeled GOTS (Global Organic Standard Textile) »
Why organic cotton ?“Organic cotton is produced without any pesticides and GMOs. It does not pollute water, and preserves biodiversity. Its production emits 50 % CO2 less than conventional cotton. »»
Joe is 99 % organic cotton
Austin is 99 % organic cotton
Mattis is 99 % organic cotton
How is a laser deputy more responsible than a traditional deputy?"On the one hand environmental and compared to a traditional deputy, laser washed out: consumes:
- 95% less water
- 60% less energy
- 80% less chemicals
What guarantees GOTS labeling?"For a garment to be labeled GOTS (Global Organic Standard Textile), all the players in the supply chain must have been checked according to very strict environmental and social criteria. For example, many chemicals are prohibited and workers must be able to negotiate collectively. In summary, this label offers guarantees on mastery of environmental impact and respect for fundamental workers' freedoms. »»
Our jeans are available from August 28 on our eshop.