DaCosta Verde Transparency Statement 2021
We define our values and code of ethics by featuring a multi-dimensional statement of transparency and reporting consistency. With respect for our small creative team, and micro factories supporting product production, we embody integrity and fair working conditions. DaCosta Verde is committed to respecting and protecting the planet, by minimizing environmental impact.
The company complies with all local, national, and international legislation affecting its operations.
Tier 4 Raw Materials and Supplies
- We ethically source certified materials to manufacture our products:
- DaCosta Verde is working diligently to find alternative materials that eradicate negative environmental impacts.
- DaCosta Verde promotes ethical and fair-trade working conditions throughout the supply chain
- The information provided under “Processing” is representative of our manufacturing processes, and facility location transparency.
- DaCosta Verde partners with LENZING Fibers and occasionally collaborates to select materials accordingly. We utilize ECO-VERO in our garments, a more sustainable alternative in place of generic viscose that contributes to environmental disruption.
Tier 3 Raw Materials - Processing
Our sustainable mills
Lunelli Textile is a company from Lunelli Group, which has been present in the fashion market for more than 35 years. Lunelli provides an inclusive sustainability report and integrates their target goals with the 17 International Sustainable Development Goals.
Located in Brazil, G. Vallone is committed to mitigating environmental disruption and minimizing harm. Since 1987, G.Vallone has aimed to develop new dimensions for sustainable fashion practices. The factory specializes in various internationally certified fabrics: Amni Soul Eco (Biodegradable polyamide), Lenzing (Eco-Vero, Eco-tencel, Eco-modal), BCI cotton and other natural fibers. By supporting only natural fibers, there are no extensive dying treatments, further preserving the fibers natural color. 100% of product merchandise is crafted in family owned factories, located in São Paulo & Minas Gerais, Brazil. G. Vallone holds an OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification.
Santaconstancia became a pioneer in textile production in 1948. Today is heavily invested in sustainable technology and a facilitator of responsible partnerships. Manufacturing at Santaconstancia means to transform yarns into dyed fabric, while minimizing the need for additional dying stages. Production at Santaconstancia spans across a multitude of fashion sectors today and has a strong presence in the Brazilian fashion scene.
DaCosta Verde utilizes Santaconstancia’s CO2 Control trademarked products, contributing to the sustainable improvement of its fashion supply chains and further minimizing environmental harm. The specific fabrics of CO2 Control are formulated with nontoxic materials, measured for transparency and impact, and are certified OEKO-TEX Class 1 and 2.
Tier 2 Production
DaCosta Verde has established partnerships with two third-party micro factories only. One factory is specific to the production of the T-shirts & accessories, and the other factory has ownership of the manufacturing processes on behalf of the clothing.
The T-shirts & accessories factory is owned by relatives of DaCosta Verde’s founder, and the clothing production facility is owned by a Brazilian Designer. Each facility is considered a micro factory, which in Brazil we call atelier (small factories that produce small batches/artisanal style).
The factory where the bags are produced, equates for 2% of material waste. Such waste is segregated to be utilized in other textiles or is otherwise sent to recycling. The clothing factory generates between 2-5% of material waste depending on the material and the created product which is calculated digitally with the purpose to reduce fabric waste. The waste is first separated and then further evaluated for reuse. This includes accessories (i.e., hair ties, scrunchies), where the remaining material is finally sent to recycling. The factories do not currently possess any certifications, although we are working for the factories eventually be part of the ABVTEX program (ABVTEX encourages dialogue throughout the fashion value chain and is recognized for its initiatives regarding compliance, responsible supply and use of dignified labor).
DaCosta Verde’s T-shirts & accessories factory has 6 employees, and the clothing factory has 8 employees in total. As the brand work to support small factories, the company is capable of quality control, working environmental conditions. The micro-factories ensure the well-being and ethical working standards for all employees. Employees work standard 40-hour work weeks, with transportation included, an hour-long lunch break, two 15-20 minutes breaks (breakfast and afternoon coffee break). Insurance policies are granted to the workers through the public health care system of Brazil. Workers are entitled to standard workers’ rights and code of workplace ethics.
Future commitments of DaCosta Verde
Mitigating emissions and waste
DaCosta Verde is an established partner with DHL’s Go Green service, to mitigate and offset the carbon emissions produced during the shipping process. The company also currently works with Etsy and Sendle, to minimize shipping emissions and prioritize recyclable/compostable packaging. Recyclable and compostable packaging encourages consumers to take action and consider small scale efforts to reduce waste to landfill.
By 2023, DaCosta Verde is committed to building an annual sustainability impact report, representative of each product. The company will measure and monitor each product and transparently report the impact of the given product. (For example, the Sandra dress reduced X% amount of carbon emissions, minimized X% of water usage and material waste to landfill/incineration). Voluntary targets empower DaCosta Verde to raise the bar beyond general reporting transparency and set attainable company goals.
We are capable of recycling and upcycling our products to further close the loop across value chains. Repurposing our products is imperative to further minimize any waste to landfill and incineration.
By 2030, DaCosta Verde is committed to fully closing the loop across supply chains by implementing a recycling garment/bag return program. Customers will be able to return their used or worn garments to later be reprocessed and remanufactured into new goods. In turn, for returned garments and bags, customers will receive a 15% discount on their next purchase.
Offsetting Emissions and education
In collaboration with S.O.S Amazonia (one of the most tenured nonprofits located in the state of Acre, Brazil), DaCosta Verde has accomplished donating over 264 trees in the Amazon Rainforest in 2020. The trees have not been planted yet due to the COVID-19 situation in Brazil. Once they are ready for planting, trees will be tagged with geo location for reference of their impact. The core pillars of S.O.S Amazonia contributes to environmental sustainability social impact. As trees are planted for harvest, each tree S.O.S Amazonia offers transparency of their operations through a unique sustainability statement.
By 2025, DaCosta Verde will plant 5000 trees in the Amazon Rainforest. We are dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of our native land’s biodiversity. Restoring the Amazon Rainforest is prioritized through tree planting initiatives, creating work for micro communities. An education program at the Riverside communities will partner with indigenous people by 2030.
All shipment packaging is 100% recyclable or compostable. Hang tags that come attached to each garment or bag are fully plantable and will later sprout from the recognized seed on the label. Minimizing environmental impacts with our labeling by utilizing compostable material. Each product comes inside a fully recycled non-woven reusable bag. We are committed to minimize packaging waste that is included in each and every shipment.
DaCosta Verde Sustainability Statement, Last Updated: August 17, 2021