Sustainable fashion is better for our environment - and for us as people. At KappAhl we have strict chemical requirements, and we conduct thousands of tests in independent laboratories. For you to feel confidence in our clothes.
Chemicals are added during the production process of textiles, for example, so that colours last or when children's functional clothing is treated for waterproofing. Most are harmless, but some can be harmful to the environment and people.
Therefore, at KappAhl we have strict requirements regarding chemicals. This applies to our entire range. Our Chemical Restrictions List (pdf) details all substances that we prohibit. The requirements are updated regularly and are among the most stringent in the industry.
We go further than most:
- We follow the EU chemicals legislation REACH.
- We follow the strictest laws of the countries in which we are located.
- The requirements for Oeko-Tex labelling, apply to all our clothes.
- We follow the Textile Importers Chemicals Guide.
- We prohibit chemicals according to information from government agencies, voluntary organisations and scientific reports.
All our suppliers undertake to comply with our requirements. We carry out thousands of random checks, to ensure that. The tests are conducted in independent accredited laboratories.
We replace and remove chemicals
We work with others to help improve the management of chemicals in our industry. We cooperate with authorities, other businesses and organisations. We are members of the research organisation Swerea Chemical Group and have discussion meetings with the Swedish Chemicals Agency.
Through constant updating, we stay a step ahead. Since spring 2014, we have prohibited perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) for example, in our production. We also prohibit PVC, phthalates, banned azo dyes and hazardous flame retardants, among other things.
Research is progressing and we are working intensively and proactively on chemical issues. We also welcome the common EU rules, so that our industry can become more sustainable. We do it out of care and respect for people and our environment.
More sustainable fashion in your wardrobe
We want to give you affordable fashion with quality – produced with respect and care for people and the environment. We have come a long way, but we also know that there’s lots left to do. More about sustainability
Please contact us! Here are KappAhl's contact details.
Here are answers to our most commonly asked questions about our sustainability work.