Looking at the future
At MARIA BA we are conscious about how we consume, how we manufacture and how we source.
We are approaching the business in a responsible way; our plan is every season to better ourselves into finding more efficient ways to manufacture, using less energy, less water and incorporating as many recycled materials as possible.
High quality, low impact
We use natural fibers because is a sustainable and renewable choice.
These come from animals, trees or plants that can be replaced, raised and regrown over time. Natural fabrics are biodegradable and decompose harmlessly once they have reached the end of their useful life or can be recycled and reused.
Synthetic fibers require high energy use and numerous chemicals to create them, which makes them more toxic not only for the environment, but for our skin too. As they are essentially plastic, they can take up to 200 years to break down, releasing harmful gases in the process.
An alternative that feels better
We always opt organic cotton over conventionally-grown cotton, and whenever possible for everything else, all of which are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified.
It is a more responsible choice, both environmentally and socially.
Opting organic avoids the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, and genetically modified seeds; as well as significantly reduces water pollution coming from conventional production practices.
Did you know It can take more than 20,000 liters of water to produce 1kg of cotton?
That is equivalent to a single T-shirt and pair of jeans.
Organic farming is also beneficial to farmers, as they avoid the use of toxic and persistent chemicals that can damage their health. Also, the premium prices paid for organic products helps farmers and their communities to increase their incomes.
A sustainable alternative
The world is full of raw material that is already in use, or on its way to landfill, where it will take centuries to decompose. The most logical and exciting next step is to reinvent what we already have. To turn ‘waste’ materials into something luxurious, creating a sustainable circular system.
We use regenerated PET fibers (existing plastic) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as our dependency on petroleum. It also has a lower carbon footprint and uses much less water to produce than virgin polyester.
The materials we use are made from post-consumer waste products that have been turned into fine fibers and then woven into fabrics, all of which are Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified.
The cruelty-free philosophy
Fashion can be luxurious without using leather or fur.
Being modern means evolving and discovering new ways of using alternative materials. We want to promote a cruelty-free and ethical philosophy, and not working with leather or fur is one of the biggest positive impacts environmentally.
Leather is one of the most harmful raw materials as regarding the use of chemicals and toxins, which not only affects the environment but also the people working with it.
Did you know It is 20 times more harmful to the planet to use leather than use natural fiber or even synthetic fiber?
When producing leather, the energy, the toxins and the water that is used is 20 times more inefficient.