Traceability

If you've found yourself reading this, welcome! As a small business owner, especially in the world of fashion, it's easy to feel like Schusser Threads is contributing to the global problems associated with the industry.  However, this brand is here to offer the option for you to buy small, buy local, and choose made-to-order items which cut down on waste. I'm always eager to help put a little bit of good back into the world and in my eyes the small capsule of items that this brand offers is the good old raisins and peanuts collection - something that is the essence of all skiers, snowboarders, hikers, bikers and all other outdoor enthusiasts.  Apparel that is the holy grail of every grey nomad on a dusty walking trail...only better.  It's a little bit of a joke and a lot of testing to make sure everything functions for you.
In an effort to grow the vision of Schusser Threads as a brand, I would like to have as much transparency as possible about the current capsule.  This means that in addition to making garments to order, and avoiding mass production which so many "sustainable" brands do, information and facts about the materials used in this collection will be here and available for you to read.  
So whether you find yourself here on a mission to find the best possible product on the market, or simply to support a small brand, I hope that you learn something valuable about the fashion supply chain that will impact your future purchases in a way that will help the future of wild places. 
  • MERINO ITEMS

    MERINO JERSEY

    Fibre Content: 100% Merino

    Source: ABMT Textiles

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Certifications: Certified non-mulesed merino wool, Oeko-tex 100,  Responsible Wool Standard,  ISO9001,  ISO14001.

    Why? Its local, supports Australian farmers and is of a high quality.  Merino is also renewable and has a lower carbon footprint than farming cattle. So long as land is managed and sheep are rotated around grazing fields, wool will always be a good, natural option for durable goods.

  • MERINO ITEMS

    MERINO RIB

    Fibre Content: 100% Merino 

    Source: ABMT Textiles

    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Certifications: Certified non-mulesed merino wool, Oeko-tex 100,  Responsible Wool Standard,  ISO9001,  ISO14001.  

    Why? Merino holds some of the most unique properties of a natural fibre. From being biodegradable, breathable, odour, UV and wrinkle-resistant, naturally elastic and easily recycled, not to mention the options with knitted structures, elevates merino to another level. 

  • SCRIBBLY GUM PANT

    HEMP & ORGANIC COTTON TWILL

    Fibre Content: 55% Hemp, 45% Organic Cotton

    Source: Hemp Wholesale Australia

    Location: Warehouse located in Bargara, Brisbane.

    Certifications: None yet (certifications are expensive to acquire), however Hemp Wholesale Australia has visited all their supplying factories to ensure workers are treated fairly and there is no child labour.

    Why? Organic cotton is as the name suggests, organic, grown without pesticies or herbicides. However, for a naturally occurring fibre it has had disastrous effects on the environment in certain areas. For this reason Schusser Threads aims to keep cotton use to a minimum. Hemp on the other hand is three times stronger than cotton, has antimicrobial and naturally resistant to mould and mildew. It has great UV resistance and is extremely durable. Adding the fact that it is not harmful to the environment just makes hemp the best option for any natural gear I make.

  • IRONBARK PANT

    RECYCLED NYLON WOVEN

    Fibre Content: 100% Recycled Nylon

    Source: Manufacturer

    Location: China

    Certifications: Unknown

    Why? Being a young brand, affordable and sustainable materials are still sometimes unattainable. This fabric has come direct from the manufacturer (no middle man) and is made from recycled nylon fibres. While the recycling process is far from perfect, you can rest easy knowing that the pants are made from high quality fabric that can be recycled again, and are not made from virgin material. 

  • SILKY OAK SHIRT

    HEMP TENCEL WOVEN

    Fibre Content: 55% Hemp, 45% Tencel

    Source: Hemp Wholesale Australia

    Location: Warehouse located in Bargara, Brisbane.

    Certifications: None yet (certifications are expensive to acquire), however Hemp Wholesale Australia has visited all their supplying factories to ensure workers are treated fairly and there is no child labour.

    Why? Hemp requires no pesticides or herbicides and is therefore an "organic" crop even if there is no certification attached to the fibre produced.  Hemp also naturally requires much less water than cotton and helps with reducing erosion, in addition to having more usable raw fibre per plant than cotton. 

    Tencel is actually a brand that uses regenerated cellulose fibres (often woodchips) to create fabrics, specifically in this case Lyocell. Tencel lyocell is not as sustainable as recycled cotton or organic linen however it is still biodegradable. The company also sources from certified sustainable plantations.

  • SILKY OAK SHIRT - VENT

    POLYESTER WAFFLE JERSEY

    Fibre Content: 100% Polyester

    Source: Ex Designer

    Location: Alexandria, NSW.

    Certifications: Oeko-tex 100, ISO9002. UPF Testing to Australian/New Zealand Standards.

    Why? Giving new life to material that would have just sat around in a warehouse. While polyester is not inherently very sustainable, having single fibre fabrics make them easier to recycle at the end of their life. 

  • OUTERWEAR

    3L SHELL

    Fibre Content: 100% Nylon with 15D Tricot backer. CR6 DWR 80/20 finish.

    Source: Toray

    Location: Japan

    Certifications: Coming soon!

    Why: Toray is renowned for its high quality and innovative fabrics. They are also extremely proactive in decreasing their impact on the environment and improving the quality of conditions for their employees across their network of factories.

  • COTTON THREAD

    ALL NATURAL GARMENTS

    Fibre Content: 100% GOTS Organic Cotton

    Source: Scanfil

    Location: Netherlands

    Certifications: GOTS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100

    Why: This sturdy cotton thread is free of toxic and harmful substances and ensures no nasties have made their way into the thread. GOTS ensures the raw materials (cotton) are produced organically.

  • RECYCLED POLYESTER THREAD

    ALL SYTHETIC GARMENTS

    Fibre Content: 100% Recycled Polyester Thread (RPET)

    Source: AMANN

    Location: HQ located in Germany, factories located across Europe and Asia

    Certifications: Global Recycling Standard (GRS)

    Why: You can't beat fully recycled thread that can easily make its way back into the textile loop to be recycled endlessly. This thread is sturdy and soft, making it ideal for apparel.

PACKAGING
Schusser Threads endeavours to use completely recyclable or compostable packaging when sending out products.
Your products will either come in recycled cardboard or FSC certified cardboard box, or a compostable mailer depending on the size of your order. We also exclusively use compostable "composticky" tape on all mailers which you can peel off, along with the paper shipping label, and stick in your worm farm or compost bin. Shipping boxes are sealed with a paper tape that uses a water-activated glue, this can be recycled with the box.

Each Schusser Threads order is packaged with FSC certified tissue paper and/or hex wrap to protect your apparel, and a little hemp paper card (no trees harmed!). These can also be recycled or composted, whichever takes your fancy!

While I would love to provide you with stickers that can go on your car or snowboard, vinyl and plastic stickers are terrible for the environment throughout their production process, and cannot be recycled at the end of their life. For this reason I have decided to only have recycled paper stickers available that use a non-toxic glue and are made from certified vegan FSC paper. They won't last as long on your skis, but at least they can be recycled and turned into more stickers at the end of their life.