Searching for the local and eco-friendly
Célestin, the founder of Atelier Tuffery, was already keen to source his materials locally. In line with these values, we still work daily on researching and developing supply chains using natural fibres produced in France.
Historically, hemp is a fibre which has long been cultivated in the Cévennes mountains and across the region more generally. In partnership with VirgoCoop & HempAct, we are currently working on the reintegration of this supply chain. Shareholders in this cooperative society, active in environmentally and socially responsible projects, we are participating in the redeployment of a crop which requires no irrigation nor chemical inputs or pesticides. Each year, we reinvest part of the result of our sales in order to continue to contribute to the renewal of the textile hemp sector in France. While waiting to be able to use 100% local hemp in our clothing, we also integrate European hemp.
Wool is a fibre that grows continuously in our area. Shepherds have never stopped shearing their ewes because it contributes to their well-being and health. Our local sheep are the Lacaune breed, better known for their milk than their wool, which was often neglected, thrown away or exported. We have therefore chosen to work on increasing the use of this local fibre.
Today, wool collected by the shepherds in the Cévennes National Park is sorted at the shearing sites and earns producers 5 times more than the average price per kg in France. It is an ultra-local sector, where shearing, sorting, washing, spinning, weaving and cloth manufacture all take place in the Occitanie region.
European cotton preferred
In textile manufacturing, it is still difficult to completely free yourself from cotton. The origin of the cotton present in our fabrics is 90% Spanish and Greek. It is the rarest cotton, but the closest we can source.
We audit our suppliers every year to request certificates of origin, which are then communicated to French customs.
Limiting the use of elastane
For several years, we have been working to reduce plastic fibres in our clothing as these plastics are responsible for marine pollution. Plastic microparticles are released in the thousands of tonnes by household washing machines and end up in our wastewater. This pollution cannot be filtered through our sanitation networks, which means they are directly released into our rivers, streams and, ultimately, oceans and seas.
This also ties in with our research to design clothing made from natural fibres, such as hemp and wool.
The only plastic present in our clothes concerns a minimal proportion of elastane in some of our jeans, as it helps to provide the right tailored look.
Favouring natural indigo and raw fabrics
Because many of the products in our range are dyed with 100% natural indigo, we try and educate our customers to favour the purchase of clothing in raw fabrics. We do, however, offer a few models in lighter tones, for which we have chosen a whitening process carried out entirely in France, where social and environmental regulations are the strictest in the world.
Our French washing partner applies the REACH standards.
Reducing water consumption
We are constantly seeking to continue our reduction in water consumption by choosing fabrics that are part of our suppliers’ strictest environmental programmes, such as ‘less water impact’. In collaboration with Tissages Mouline Thillot in particular, we are developing new fabrics which require little water treatment. We are rolling out our range of hemp clothing and are strengthening communication with our customers so that they favour clothing in raw fabrics.
Limiting waste and unsold items
Our approach to production has always been to work on demand, just in time. As a manufacturing brand that has its own workshop and a very close network of sub-contractors, we never produce stock in advance that will not be sold. Therefore, we never have overstock to get rid of, there are no cut-price sales and no waste. The only waste we have are products with manufacturing defects (less than 1% of overall production) that we offer to our best customers. The same goes for our raw materials, we order directly, just in time and with a continuous flow of only the material we need.
Modern buildings with low energy consumption
Lighting, heating, insulation, everything has been designed for maximum energy savings.
Built only by local artisans
Only companies active in the local catchment area have worked on the construction of our premises.
Designed with ecological and local materials
As with our clothes, our choice of materials has been steered towards what is available locally with little ecological impact: Cévennes wood for partitioning and wood fibre for thermal insulation.
Still located in the heart of the Cévennes
With the revival of Atelier Tuffery, it would have been easier to locate the company close to a large urban centre. But that would be out of the question! We are comfortable with and proud of our geographical location and its comparative isolation.
GOTS – Organic
All of our organic clothing has the GOTS label. This label guarantees the organic status of the textile fibres used and ensures that, from cultivation and the production of raw materials through to the design of the merchandise placed on the market, the production processes used are socially responsible and respect the environment. Currently, it is the most reliable certification recognised worldwide.
All of our organic clothing and the majority of our conventional cotton fabrics benefit from the OEKO-TEX label. This guarantees textile materials without products that are toxic for human health and the environment.
Atelier Tuffery is listed on Clear Fashion. This mobile application allows consumers to learn more about brands, to discover their commitments and assess their clothing according to 4 themes: environment, health, human and animal. Clear Fashion helps to increase transparency in the fashion industry.
REACH is a European regulation that came into force in 2007 which aims to protect human health and the environment against the potential risks of chemical substances, to establish identical and transparent information on the nature and risks of substances from supplier to final customer and to ensure the safe handling of chemical substances by employees.
Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label
The Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label (EPV, living heritage company) is a State-recognised award introduced to recognise French companies with excellent artisanal and industrial know-how.
‘Made In France’ certification from French customs
The Made in France label of origin has been officially approved and recognised by French customs.
Origine France Garantie certification
The Origine France Garantie certification (guaranteed French origins) attests to the full traceability of our products, from raw materials to shipment to our customers.