Ethics and Sustainability

VIRTUAL STUDIO

Kukukachu is a virtual studio with each member of the team (Sales/Designers/Director) working independently on their craft. This means we can reduce our carbon footprint by working from our cosy homes and minimising any wastage that may be caused by over ordering on supplies, as each individual works to their means. It's suits us fine and we can help the environment at the same time - win win!

APPROACH

We make textile designs with the environment in mind. Our artworks are focused on fashion trends that won't age and are mindfully designed to help minimise waste in the Digital & Screen Printing processes.

We offer varied sustainable options within our collections, making it that much easier for you to find a design that will not only look amazing but align with your values as well. Our collections are carefully curated to help you match your perfect print with your preferred printing method, we have a strong focus on minimal ink usage and we encourage the re-use of print screens from our designs in order to reduce waste. 

To find out more about our sustainable approach to our collections, please take a peek at our services page.

INKS/PRINTING

We work with the amazing team at Think Positive to not only print our fabric samples but also supply us with the fabric itself from ethical sources. Through Think Positive we have applied less ink to our printing which has allowed us to produce a finer result while also minimising usage of low-toxic water based dyes. (The difference between the standard ink setting of 540 and our setting of 360, is the level of ink and the bleed which this produces).

Their 8 printer heads clean 4-5 times a day by flushing out excess dye. Instead of going to waste the dye is re-dispersed back into the printing heads. This process saves 2L of ink from being washed down the drain per machine per day. It was a big investment for Think Positive but something they felt very strongly about, and we so do we! No harmful chemicals are used in the process, the dyes are not currently certified organic but are made from a low toxic water-based solution. 

FABRICS

Since our shift in September 2019, Kukukachu has endeavoured to use eco-friendly and natural fibres for our artwork sampling. We hope that by showcasing our designs on these fabrics, it will help inspire our clients to choose sustainably and ethically sourced fibres for their manufacturing.

• Chanderi Silk/Cotton

A fine silk cotton blend hand-woven in India, 
Chanderi is woven by a family of weavers in Varanasi. It is a weaving technique that originated in the city of Chanderi in Madya Pradesh.

The traditional Chanderi was produced as Sarees with beautiful floral and abstract motifs that floated on the fine silk, silk cotton or cotton background. Weavers now weave the plain Chanderi with the same technique producing a beautiful light fabric that is suitable for garments.

The weavers in Varanasi are highly skilled master craftsmen who have been weaving for generations. Many of these plain woven fabrics are still woven in the same way, however due to the high cost of hand crafted textiles and natural fibres such as silk, the introduction of a semi mechanised loom helps with the production of volume and is helping to keep the artisan craft alive.

• The Vita Econyl Nylon Lycra

Made from regenerated nylon i.e made from plastic which is pulled from the ocean. Hip hip hooray! 
Due to the latest yarn and knitting technologies, it is 20% flatter than your normal Matt Nylon LYCRA, even though it still has the same classic power and coverage. Thanks to its innovative construction and presence of Xtra Life LYCRA®, it is more chlorine resistant than your average swimwear fabric. 

• Silk Crepe De Chine

Our standard Silk CDC is a natural fibre which comes from a supplier who our printers have been working with for 7+ years and trust 100%. They’re a boutique mill which is rare in China, with approximately only 30 workers. They supply to all the top fashion houses in Europe and are serious about quality. 

Please note: we still have some unfortunate Polyester sample fabrics for some of our artworks. We like to suggest once your samples have been used, they make great doggy bandanas for your furry friends, or you can take a whirl at turning them into Beeswax Cloths. There is a great DIY example on Spell & the Gypsy Collective blog post.