By making clothes we are providing a protective barrier between a person and the harsh elements of nature. While trying to protect the world around us from the negative effects of human activity, here at KRAKATAU, we strive to ensure that the barrier we provide works in both directions. Our daily routine is to pursue new solutions and reduce the impact of the fashion industry on the environment, so when developing new collections, we give preference by using the latest high-tech modern materials.
With each upcoming collection, we incorporate greater use of recycled and recyclable raw materials. We learned how to make eco-friendly jackets, where not only the shell and lining fabric, but also the accessories and insulation are made from plastic bottles. More than 80% of the polyester fabrics of clothing by KRAKATAU are produced from recycled raw materials. We use the down for our down jackets because of its unique thermal insulation properties, but we blend it with recycled polyester, that allows us to reduce the down usage by 50% while maintaining fill power at a high level of about 670 FP.
PFCs are chemicals that are used for providing clothing with water- and dirt repellant properties. These fluorine-containing chemicals negatively affect both the wearer and the environment. Mindful of these facts, we choose PFC-free water-repellant coatings based on natural ingredients.
All our materials are tested for the absence of formaldehyde, prohibited azo dyes and other harmful substances, as well as color fixation and durability. Our down is certified according to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), the independent global standard ensuring regard for animal welfare. For example, live plucking and force-feeding are prohibited by RDS.
We invest a lot of effort and resources in the development of long-wear designs, and the durability of our clothing. There is no concept of deadstock in our vocabulary, meaning we intentionally produce less items than we can sell. We provide the ateliers that serve our official stores with basic repair and care supplies, like accessories and original fabric, motivating the owners of our products to mend KRAKATAU clothes rather than dispose of them. We offer repair services during the time our customer is willing to use the product.