Ziah is built on the foundation of mindful manufacturing, with the environment and people at the forefront of all our decisions. We are committed to a conscious and transparent journey.
As part of our commitment we promise to:
- Put people and our planet first.
- Continue to grow, learn and improve.
- Offer transparency.
- Try to always choose responsible fabrications.
- Choose biodegradable or recyclable packaging.
- Work with our manufacturers to make sure they continue to protect their workers.
Ziah Swimwear packaging has been approved and certified by TUV social and ethical management.
Our packaging is shipped in compostable poly bags to eliminate the negative impact of using standard plastic.
Our cornstarch poly bags will decompose in landfill much faster than standard plastic and can be added to home or industrial compost.
We ship our online orders in recyclable boxes, manufactured here in Australia.
Our Swing tags are recyclable
Our Hygiene stickers are made from a coated transparent high gloss film produced from wood pulp (especially formulated to contain a high percentage of renewable materials) and backed in white glassine paper (100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable).
We conscientiously endeavour to achieve supply chain traceability from start to end. We ensure ethical working conditions throughout our entire supply chain. We continue to build consciousness around sustainable practices with our partners and stakeholders.
Business Social Compliance Initiative
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an auditing program aimed at improving workplace conditions in accordance with human rights, ILO conventions and national labour law. The BSCI framework is based on 11 principles ranging from fair remuneration to protecting against child labour practices.
BSCI provides audit reports detailing 13 performance areas with an overall rating allowing a comprehensive means for follow-up and improvement. We gather yearly audit reports in order to ensure improvements are being made. The BSCI participants and their business partners commit to implementing the 11 principles within their supply chains in a step-by-step development approach:
- The Rights of Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
- Fair Remuneration.
- Occupational Health and Safety.
- Special Protection of Young Workers.
- No Bonded Labour.
- Ethical Business Behaviour.
- No Discrimination.
- Decent Working Hours.
- No Child Labour
- No Precarious Employment
- Protection of the Environment
Consciously sourcing materials that minimise the environmental impact is of significant importance to Ziah.
- Amni Soul Eco Biodegradable Polyamide.
Polyamide yarn with accelerated decomposition in landfills and oceans.
Amni Soul Eco®, the world's first polyamide yarn with additives to accelerate its decomposition in landfills, has now been improved to also reduce the environmental impact of microplastics generated in laundry that end up in marine environments.
Its improved formula allows its decomposition to be up to 10 times* faster in landfills and about 20 times** faster in the oceans, reducing the accumulation of textile waste on the planet and reducing the environmental impact of the textile chain.
Amni Soul Eco branded fibres are designed to decompose in around five years when disposed of in well-controlled landfills (ten times faster than regular Polyamide), as demonstrated by laboratory biodegradation tests in accordance with ASTM D5511 - Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic-Digestion Conditions (equivalent to ISO 15985).
As the biodegradation process kicks in, they break down into organic matter (biomass) and biogas that can be exploited to cogenerate electricity and thus become new environmental resources. This accelerated decomposition in landfills helps reducing impacts from micro plastics in laundry which end up in marine environments.
Amni Soul Eco Polyamide is also certified by the Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard that ensures that no harmful substances are used in the production and dye process, providing certification for responsible fabrics.
Amni Soul Eco® has been concerned with the impact it is leaving on the planet. Thus, Solvay's textile yarn production chain was designed to minimize its environmental footprint from the birth of the yarn's raw material in Paulínia (SP) to its production in Santo André (SP):
- Local supply chain.
- Closed water cycle.
- Produced in Brazil, where more than 80% of the energy matrix is from renewable sources.
- Greenhouse gas abatement unit among the 10 largest projects of its kind in the world.
- ISO 14000, one of the world's most rigorous management systems for Responsible Care.
- Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) certification for biodiversity protection (fauna and flora).
- Oekotex® certified. It has no toxic components in its formulation
ECONYL® is made through a revolutionary process of recovering fishing nets and other nylon waste from oceans and landfills that then get regenerated into its original, pure nylon form.
Using recycled material, not only reduces waste and pollution in the environment but also cuts down the need for raw materials & crude oil used in the production of nylon.
The positive impacts of using ECONYL® are not just limited to the revolutionary process of waste regeneration but also the impact of removing the raw material from our oceans through partnership with Healthy Seas. Ghost fishing nets are an environmental catastrophe but Healthy Seas volunteers’ are responsible for recovering discarded nets from our oceans that would otherwise cause injury and death to marine animals.
It is this environmental stewardship that has awarded ECONYL® the EU Ecolabel for environmental excellence. EU Ecolabel products and services meet high environmental standards throughout their life-cycle and promote a circular economy.
ECONYL® is certified by the Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard that ensures that no harmful substances are used in the production and dye process.Materials or products that hold Standard 100 Oeko-tex certification are tested to be free of over 100 harmful substances, certified as a responsible fabric.
- GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
While conventional cotton is grown using pesticides and chemicals which degrade the soil and reduce the fertility of the land, organic agriculture in contrast has a positive, restorative effect.
Through chemical-free farming practices, growers can enrich the land creating healthy, carbon-rich soils which require less water, relying mainly on rainwater instead. Pesticide run off and other forms of contamination associated with it, are also avoided. Crop rotation encourages biodiversity and natural pest control which benefits surrounding flora and fauna.
The social and economic benefits are also clear as organic cotton farmers are not reliant on costly pesticides. They can yield healthy crops with less water which often benefits communities in developing nations as they are safe from water and food contamination.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a far-reaching certification which ensures best practice from seed to final product.
The standard sets requirements concerning worker rights and social conditions as outlined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and includes, but is not limited to, fair remuneration and assessment of a living wage.
GOTS certification also ensures better practices for fibre processing and dyeing. Enforcing the use of GOTS approved colourants, auxiliaries and fabric mills must also demonstrate environment management, including wastewater treatment.
- Fabric Factory Rationing of Water
The rational use of water has always been one of our fabric factory’s main concerns, as in addition to being the precious liquid of life, it is not always available to everyone. So at that point, we set ourselves the challenge of finding a solution.
The water used by our fabric factory’s for dyeing and printing its fabrics has been reused. We do not use potable water. This was thanks to a partnership with SABESP (São Paulo State Sanitation Company), ensuring that the water in its production process is always treated after use, later returning to the process in a continuous, closed-circuit system.