We believe we all collectively have a responsibility to progress towards a more sustainable future. At KOMONO, we are taking a pioneering role in rendering innovative design not only accessible but also viable on the long term. This means we are constantly adapting how we conduct our business, whether it be in the choice of materials we are using, in the way we package our products or in our daily practices.
Since day one, we wanted to have a positive impact on planet and people. In 2015 we launched the Neutro collection, a capsule with a reduced carbon footprint. Our search for new materials has not stopped since. Staying at the forefront of technological innovation, we integrated materials that are both sustainable but also give us the freedom to design as we wish.
Today, we are happy to announce that for the first time in KOMONO history we are presenting a collection that is completely made from sustainable materials which do good for both planet and people. And this while keeping in line with our mission to bring fashionforward design at an accessible price point.
KOMONO, a positive impact on planet & people.
Sunglasses Black Collection & Junior Collection
Material: Bio Plastic, Arkema G850, Biobased polyamide
Impact: Plastic made from sustainably cultivated, 100% natural castor beans using 45% less fossil fuel then regular plastics.
Sunglasses Silver Collection & Opticals Collection (Recycled)
Material: All the bits and pieces left over from production get dyed with natural pigment into a perfect acetate
Impact: This process upcycles leftovers and helps to reduce our waste production.
Sunglasses Silver Collection & Opticals Collection (Eco-Acetate)
Material: An all-natural, allergy-free plastic made from plants. Made from natural and renewable resources like cotton and wood pulp, this organic material decomposes over time.
Impact: This production process uses 61% less fossil fuel and reduces our carbon footprint
Watch Collection & Junior collection (Recycled)
Matrial: Nato straps made from recycled plastic bottles.
Impact: This process upcycles plastic bottles and helps to reduce plastics in landfills and our oceans.
Recycled: Made from recycled plastic bottles (called recycled polyester/microfibre)
Responsible: GRS certified (Global recycled standard)
Reusable: Pouch can be used for different purposes
Recyclable: almost entirely made out of paper, easy to dispose.
Responsible: FSC certified (responsibly managed forests)
Reusable: Reusable as watch storage protection
We work together with a curated selection of suppliers in China. Our product and quality team visit our factories a few times per year. We also request to have what is called social audits to be done at the factories to monitor and make sure that the code of conduct that we established with our factories is being respected. This is something done on a yearly basis and is performed by an audit firm which is completely neutral to both us or our factories.
Some of the few key points which are crucial for us is that in absolutely no forced labour, no child labour, that fair wages are paid, that working hours are decent, that the premises and production processes are safe.
Since January 2020 KOMONO offsets the emissions created by Boat and Train making these transports fully carbon neutral. Although being the fastest, plane transportation remains the most polluting.
KOMONO is about going off the beaten track. This spirit is embedded in our mindset, even more so, it is in our DNA. We believe that is where progress is made, innovations are created and new trends are born, both in our products and in our processes. It is a continuous re-evaluation and introspection on our business practices where we monitor the impact of our business activities on our environment and revise our strategy on how to minimize this impact.