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Sustainability in Cocoro
More than 180kg of single-use tampons and pads are estimated to be thrown away in a single lifetime for one menstruating woman*. This expresses a blunt reality that reaffirms Cocoro's Zero Waste philosophy: to offer a sustainable alternative to feminine hygiene items, which tend to be non-recyclable and single-use products.
The concept of sustainability is ingrained at Cocoro.
On our journey towards full sustainability we are taking care of:
✔︎ Local production: we design Cocoro menstrual pants in Barcelona and manufacture them by hand and ethically in different workshops located in the city and in the Maresme area. We collaborate with local suppliers and distributors, and in doing so, we contribute to the promotion of small businesses and to the reduction of CO2 in transport.
✔︎ The choice of fabrics: we work with materials with the OEKO-TEX100, Bluesign and REACH certificates. We are also prioritizing the use of organic cotton and introducing recycled materials.
✔︎ The packaging: produced in Barcelona and made with FSC Kraft paper, Cocoro's packaging comes in various sizes in order to avoid an excess of individual packages.
✔︎ The production system: we cut the fabric in such a way as to minimize waste material, and we promote projects to reuse that waste and avoid throwing any fabric away. Our production is socially ethical, respecting the people involved, and resulting in a VEGAN certified product.
✔︎ Alliances with associations, foundations and organizations to conduct projects that improve the lives of particularly vulnerable people and groups. We make donations to and collaborate with social projects, such as working towards reducing school dropout rates (with the Guné Foundation), or fighting for the right to asylum (with CEAR - "Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid"), or the right to menstrual hygiene (with the Raval Social Foundation). We also collaborate with "Rezero - Fundació Prevenció Residus i Consum Responsable" towards a model of responsible consumption and zero waste.
✔︎ Our sustainability report by garment: we collaborate with BCOME, a sophisticated software that allows us to trace and evaluate the environmental and social impact of each garment. For example, we are now tracking and disclosing the number of liters of water consumed in our production, the amount of waste consumed, the ethical traceability for the people who have made the garment possible, the estimated Kms travelled to reach sales, etc. Using this information, we are progressively implementing actions to advance our sustainable commitment.
And so, what started as an idea, our dream, is now a reality: high-quality, reusable period panties designed both to take care of our bodies and our planet. With a lifespan of about two years as period underwear, every Cocoro can be used as normal underwear for many more years after that.
At Cocoro we are part of the Fashion Revolution - Who made my clothes? Movement, a global non-profit initiative that brings together hundreds of fashion professional teams. The Movement calls for greater transparency and sustainability throughout the production and supply chain, from ideation to manufacture until the product reaches the consumer.
In addition, we collaborate with the Junan Foundation, through Junan Serveis Solidaris, which offers a confidential document destruction solidarity service in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia, working with people at risk of social exclusion. They are also part of the inner workings that make Cocoro possible.
We are proud to announce that Cocoro has been shortlisted for the Loomish Fashion Innovation Award - Sustainability Edition.