For decades, fashion has been about more. More trends to keep track of, more seasons with even more collections, more wardrobe items to make more looks, more, more, more.
But more is not always better.
It's time we start to REDUCE. And that is exactly what we want to do at Gabba.
REDUCE our impact
REDUCE our energy usage
REDUCE our water usage, REDUCE the chemicals used to make our products
REDUCE the impact these same products have on the people making them,
REDUCE the amounts of packaging used
REDUCE the distances our products cover.
The REDUCE mindset is with us in everything we do, and all Gabba employees know that they
should work to REDUCE wherever they can, because combined, even the smallest reductions will help make the world of a difference.
To us, the best materials are those that make products you will want to wear week after week for years and years.
Repeated use is a key element in the REDUCE mindset. That means that quality is always our first priority when we design GABBA garments for your wardrobe.
As a very close second, of course, is the world around us and how the materials we use affect it. And in that sense, some materials are just better than others. We call those our REDUCE materials.
If you see a style on our webshop or in a physical store carrying a REDUCE mark, it means that 50% or more of the style is made from one or more of our REDUCE materials or by use of a REDUCE qualifying production method.
You can find the specific percentage inside the garment on the small label carrying the fibre composition.
With our hearts beating steadfast for denim since 1983, it's safe to say that cotton is our favourite material.
And organic cotton just makes it that much easier to love.
Organic cotton is grown and cultivated without the use of hazardous chemicals, pesticides and GMOs.
This keeps the chemicals out of the ground and waters while also protecting the workers in the cotton fields and factories from dangerous substances.
Reusing what is already here just makes good sense.
And there is plenty of used cotton products and cut offs from production just waiting to be brought back to life in a new pair of jeans or an oxford shirt.
Unfortunately, there is a downside to recycled cotton. Breaking down the fabric, makes the fibre grow weak.
So no matter how much we want to, we can't make a product made from 100% recycled cotton.
It would break way too easily.
Instead, we mix recycled cotton with other materials when we can, to help cut waste and limit the need for virgin cotton and the resources used in its production.
Polyester is a plastic. And if there is one thing we can all agree on, it is that plastic is not so fantastic.
But at least one thing speaks in its favour: it can be fully recycled without degrading or losing any strength.
Recycled polyester can be made from production scraps or cut offs, or it can come from collected polyester products that have already seen many nights out or evenings on the couch.
The fabrics are broken into maller pieces, melted down and spun into a thread that can be woven into brand-new garments.
TENCEL™ Lyocell is a branded form of lyocell, made by the Austrian company LENZING AG.
The wood used for TENCEL™ Lyocell is harvested from certified and controlled sources, following
the strict guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy.
But what sets it apart is the special closed-loop production system. In the system, more than 99% of the water and solvents are reused, resulting in a significantly lower water and chemicals usage.
The chemicals are all organic and non-toxic and are kept out of the water in the production areas.
LENZING™ and TENCEL™ are trademarks of Lenzing AG.
While denim is a classic material that's been around for a very long time, it's not as old school as you might think.
Over the years new alternative solutions have emerged and denim can get the perfect finish in many different and innovative ways that no cowboy would ever have thought of.
With a constantly curious mindset and an almost childlike excitement about new technologies, we welcome these new solutions whenever they are compatible with our REDUCE mindset.
Read about the ones we are currently using for a number of our products below.
Use of these methods also qualifies a product for a REDUCE mark.
E-flow is a recently developed technology that uses small "nano
bubbles" to apply chemicals and other agents to garments in the finishing process.
By using these small bubbles, water, chemical and energy usage is lowered significantly, compared to traditional finishing methods.
Ozone is a gas that comes in handy when we want to bleach our denim garments. The ozone gas is added to a machine containing the garments.
Here, the ozone react with the dye, brightening the colour to the desired hue. The ozone method saves water and energy while also reducing the damage to the denim fibre, making sure it stays strong and durable.
For many years, it has been the custom to use sand, stones or other rough methods to give a pair of jeans the "worn" look we all know and love.
With laser we can add the desired features very precisely without any use of PP spray, harsh chemicals or other more harmful methods. This also means less errors and more even looks across collections.
When our denim products are ready and have had their final finishing touches added at our suppliers factory in Turkey, they are loaded onto trucks and driven to the warehouse in our hometown Kolding.
Any products made outside of Europe are transported by sea freight or a combination of sea freight and train.
We plan collections and monitor stock closely to make sure the drivers don't make more trips than necessary.
While we would love to be able to avoid using packaging all together, we need to protect our garments to make sure they aren't damaged during transportation or storage.
So we try to do the best we can and use recycled or responsibly sourced packaging solutions whenever we can.
When a pair of Gabba jeans arrives at your doorstep or the local post office they are packed in a plastic bag made from recycled plastic. The same goes for deliveries sent out to the stores selling our products. In the cases where they have ordered a lot of items, we use cardboard boxes, preferrably made from wood that comes from responsibly managed forests.
Any cardboard or paper found on our products (like the size tag on the top of a pair of jeans or a hangtag carrying the price), is of course also made from wood that comes from responsibly managed forests.