Z Score Breakdown
Are animals treated humanely, or does the company avoid using animal-derived materials in its products?
Our buttons and rhinestone/bead embellishments on our shirts and dresses are all made from non-plastic sources such as glass beads and shell buttons. This reduces plastic pollution which helps reduce harm to marine life especially.
Two questions apply:
We don’t use any material that needs to kill animals like fur and leather. We do use materials that grow on the animal like wool.
We don’t use any materials sourced from wild animals.
Does the company utilize chemicals that are potentially harmful to the planet or humans in the process of manufacturing products? If so, is it using and disposing of them responsibly?
We have a product line dedicate to using chemical-free natural dyes (ie natural iron oxides). We have content on the website discussing and demonstrating these features on our blog and continue to develop these practices. For our deadstock print fabrics, the suppliers we work with have been certified by the Oeko Tex Standard 100 for safe materials free from harmful substances and manufactured in a sustainable and socially responsible way. We also don't create garments from fully-synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, acrylic etc.
Can the product or its materials be re-used or does it become waste? Sustainable design practices to encourage repairability, durability, recyclability, and more can create a circular pathway for the product at the end of its life.
We're committed to our 5 Part Circularity Ethos: Choosing Smarter Fibers and Fabrics, Responsible Manufacturing, Quality over Quantity, Less Pollution and Less Waste.
Smart Fibers & Fabrics
For our women's collection, we use deadstock fabric as much as possible; when we use stock fabric, we only use natural or semi-synthetic fabric which is durable, high quality, and more sustainable than full synthetics (this means no polyester here). The deadstock fabrics we use are certified by the Oeko Tex Standard 100 for safe materials free from harmful substances and manufactured in a sustainable and socially responsible way. Additionally, we create one-of-a-kind pieces by repurposing garments that do not require any new fabric in the creation process. Our one-of-a-kind pieces for everyBODY are handcrafted in Los Angeles and are made from natural fibers such as silk, cotton, linen and semi-synthetic fiber (like Tencel and Rayon). You might not want to go au naturale in other aspects of your life, but this is one you can feel good about.
Paneros will never work with manufacturers that employ children or incorporate unsafe or unethical conditions for workers. We personally visit every manufacturer we work with, and we feature profiles of many of the employees and locations on our website. Being responsible isn’t always the cool thing to do except for when it comes to how your clothes are made. When you shop with us, you know who made your clothes so you can see for yourself.
Quality over Quantity
We create handmade, long lasting, high quality pieces with that perfect, consistent fit. We strive to be on trend but not trendy; we make clothes that will last for all those years you will want to wear them. We create sustainable, limited edition pieces with each style typically being produced in batches of 60 pieces or less - and each one is special. Our clothes are made to travel with you day into night, year after year, wherever your life takes you.
In addition to our one-of-a-kind repurposed products that do not require any new fabric to create, we continue to develop our naturally dyed program which uses less chemicals and resources to produce. We continue to utilize minimal-impact practices and materials as much as we can. Did you know that on average, e-commerce uses about 30% less energy than traditional retail? That's great because the majority of our customers use our online store to make purchases (we're all about shopping wherever you may be, even if it's staying in bed). You'll look great when you wear our clothes everywhere you go and feel great knowing you are participating in the sustainable revolution.
All of our collections are limited edition. This is because we are only using existing materials to create our products. We also use whatever fabric scraps are leftover to produce accessories we know you’ll love. By doing this, we’re reducing our fabric waste and we think that’s pretty cool. Finally, as much as we are able to, we use recycled and biodegradable materials for all of our packaging and labels while still ensuring a quality experience for you. We ship our products without any fluff. Our mailers are made from 100% recycled polyethylene and have post-consumer and post-industrial content. Not only are our mailers made from 100% recycled content, but the dual adhesive strip allows you to reuse it before recycling it. The tissue paper we carefully wrap each piece in is made entirely from post-consumer & post-industrial content and is recyclable. Our hang tags are also made out of recycled paper.
How efficiently is energy used by the company? Is it procured from renewable sources?
We do not produce new fabrics - we only use existing materials. It is clearly saving energy and reducing CO2 output by not producing new materials. Additionally, by not producing garments from synthetic materials, we are wholly reducing our consumption of petroleum-based resources. I do know that Indonesia as a country also has an initiative to source more energy from biodiesel (ie plant based energy sources).
How does the company impact the humans involved in its supply chain? Is it equitable or exploitative? Are there opportunities for advancement through professional training? Does the company benefit society?
Paneros will never work with factories that employ children or incorporate unsafe or unethical conditions for workers and all of our partners pay a fair living wage. One factory has placed a significant emphasis both environmental sustainability as well as social responsibility, the type of things we care about deeply at Paneros. Among numerous other recognitions, the factories have earned the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Program certification dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world, as well as a Business Social Compliance Initiative certification, a leading business-driven initiative for companies committed to improving working conditions in the global supply chain. They also participate in programs to improve their use of energy, water and chemicals, as well as environmental standard best practices.
Our other Indonesian manufacturing partner, located in Bali, is a small boutique manufacturer that has been around since 1999 and is dedicated to delivering high quality garments that are ethically made. They employ some of the best local artisans and craftsmen, and specialize in the art of "slow fashion" creating traditional handcrafted garments with intricate beading and embellishments. Unlike traditional factory settings where all of the workers come to the office to work, this small manufacturer works with local artisans in their own communities. For the crochet and beading, which is all done by hand, the women work from home so that they can still take care of their families and do not need to move from their villages in order to make an income.
How efficiently is water used in the construction of the product and materials used to fabricate it.
We have a product line dedicated to using natural dyes that don't use any harmful chemicals which reduces toxic water waste. We also use a lot of Tencel fabrics, which recaptures and re-uses 99% of the water/chemicals in the fabric creation process. Our fabric print manufacturer does not release any harmful chemicals into the water and follows the highest standards and certifications. We use deadstock fabrics which are already existing and thus does not require any new water resources to produce. Finally, we don't use plastic for our beads or buttons, nor do we use fully synthetic fabrics, which reduces microplastic pollution in the water.
How well does the company understand its supply chain? Does it have agreements stipulating fair treatment and traceability of the components of each product? How transparent are they?
We think it is important to feature exactly who made the clothes you wear, so we all remember that everything we touch has a story and a beginning. We have a section of our website where we feature our slow fashion artisans so customers can meet exactly who made their clothes. We also have a section on our website where we talk about our supply chain and the certifications of who we work with.