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How sustainable is Komodo?

This screening has been done by Fairify

Komodo is a sustainable clothing brand that was founded in the United Kingdom. Sustainability has been the brand’s core value since its inception in 1988. This is exemplified by Komodo’s membership of 1% for the planet.

Sustainably sourced materials

Komodo mainly works with sustainable materials. One hundred percent of its cotton is organic and certified by GOTS. Besides that, the company primarily uses GOTS certified hemp, linen, recycled polyester and tencel, the innovative fabric from Austria. Materials that Komodo can improve upon include bamboo, rayon and conventional wool. While the growth process of bamboo saves a lot of water compared to other crops, its manipulation into a flexible fabric involves a lot of chemicals. The Rayon fabric is also accompanied by a very polluting manufacturing process. Since Komodo already uses tencel, which can be referred to as the sustainable variant of rayon / viscose, it might as well ban rayon completely from its collection. Despite stating that its merino wool comes from non-mulesed sources and carries Australian Woolmark certification, the British brand lacks the Responsible Wool Standard seal to guarantee that animal rights are truly adhered to. Apart from the products made of wool, the Komodo collection is completely vegan. Even the buttons are made of corozo, a vegetable resin that resembles plastic but is completely biodegradable.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

By working with sustainable fabrics, mainly 100% organic cotton, and cooperating with manufacturing sites that reuse or recycle processed water, Komodo actively tries to reduce its water usage. On top of that, Komodo aims to reduce waste as much as possible, stating that all of its factories sell their scrap waste to recycling units and prioritizing conservation energy. On the other hand, Komodo still hasn’t published an annual sustainability report in which they can report these climate actions with corresponding results.

Workers’ rights, certifications and independent audits

Komodo's production takes place in Nepal, India, China and Indonesia. The brand publishes a Factory Code of Conduct and the majority of its manufacturing partners are certified with SA8000 and GOTS or are independently audited by a third-party organization. Komodo does produce in countries that are high-risk in terms of workers' rights. That’s why we recommend that the brand actively monitors its entire supply chain and reports on this in a sustainability report. This approach would promote transparency for consumers and provide insight into whether workers’ rights, such as a living wage, are actually being respected.

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