Z Score Breakdown

Animal Welfare Score: 69/100

Are animals treated humanely, or does the company avoid using animal-derived materials in its products?

Coton Clothiers says:
We are always aiming for the 4 pillars of environmental + social + economic + cultural sustainability, and we think about our relationship with, and usage of, animals through this same lens. Coton only uses fabrics that are discarded by other designers, saving them from landfills and the incinerator, and occasionally there is an opportunity to save leather skins in addition to our normal silk and crepe fabrics. Because these leather skins are going to be burned if we don't buy them, we feel it is the most sustainable option, and most respectful of the animal itself, if we rescue and repurpose the leather. We hope that you will love the products we sell and give these discarded skins the life they deserve.

Chemicals Score: 67/100

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?

Coton Clothiers says:
Two years ago our Founder, Elizabeth, was in a dye-house, in the middle of Los Angeles, when an operator ran up to her, hands in the air. He hustled her outside and proceeded to tell her that the reactive chemicals in the air around her were harmful when inhaled, and as a woman, could even prevent her from having children one day. She was shocked and spurred into action.
The wasteful practices of the fashion industry leave 39 million tons of fiber wasted every year. The only options are to send these textiles to landfills, incinerate them or use toxic dyes, as she experienced first-hand, to transform them into something ‘new’. Coton does not do any dyeing, fabric treatments, or washes - completely eliminating chemicals from our production process.
Coton uses only existing materials, giving them new life in unique collections and protecting the planet while doing so.

Circularity Score: 92/100

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.

Coton Clothiers says:
At Coton, we’re committed to making high-quality, covetable, loved clothing that lasts for years. Like that one dress you’ve had for ages, but makes you look better than anything you’ve bought since. Part of this mission is a commitment to repairing or replacing when our products fail. We offer free mending services on all of our garments for a year after purchasing, and special redesign/remake services for products that just aren’t doing it for you.

CO2 & Energy Use Score: 78/100

How efficiently is energy used by the company? Is it procured from renewable sources?

Coton Clothiers says:
Fashion notoriously contributes 10% of global carbon emissions each year, and Coton was formed to specifically tackle the largest contributor within the indsutry: textile waste. When 73% of all fabric ends up in landfills or incinerators each year, 1.2B tons of greenhouse gases are emitted for no reason. By diverting fabrics from landfills and incinerators, and giving them new life as luxury garments, Coton is reducing fashion's carbon footprint each day.

Humanity Score: 84/100

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?

Coton Clothiers says:
Please see the transparency section, it is the same story :)

Water Use Score: 68/100

How efficiently is water used in the construction of the product and materials used to fabricate it.

Coton Clothiers says:
Coton is committed to producing garments on a zero water model - we do not dye, treat, or rinse our fabrics or garments at all.

Supply Chain & Transparency Score: 74/100

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?

Coton Clothiers says:
We partner with a female-owned garment factory in New York City that is committed to following the latest sustainability practices, including transparency into paying workers a living wage and providing above-average benefits. We know each worker on a first-name basis, and have a 7-year-long relationship with the owner, an immigrant from South Korea who employs 9 women and 6 men full-time.

After cutting our garments, Jin places all fabric cuttings in a reusable bag. Elizabeth, our Founder, sorts through once a month, saving every scrap sizeable enough to be turned into a new product, and delivering the remainder to our partners at FabScraps, who properly recycle the pieces too small to be reused.