The word meaning colour in Portugal where Jaz lived before moving to Byron Bay aged nine.
Cor was founded in East London, 2016 by Australian artist/designer Jaz Hunt. Inspired by her upbringing in Byron Bay, Cor emerged as a way to bring warmth and colour to the dark London winters.
Committed to making positive change, collections are designed with longevity in mind. Cor draws inspiration from art and modern design. Fabrics are sustainably printed with Jaz’s paintings.
All collections are ethically manufactured, made using only sustainable and renewable fibers.
As designers we are responsible for the entire lifecycle of a garment. Cor is committed to designing timeless sustainable collections and will continue to explore new ways in which to develop our clothing and production practices to contribute to a brighter, more sustainable future.
DESIGNS FOR THE FUTURE
At Cor we believe that sustainability begins with design. We focus on practicality, functionality, timeless style, and durability. In order to design for the future, we stay away from trends, aesthetically keeping designs modern but not far removed from classic so that pieces do not date. All garments are prototyped for comfort and fit to ensure that any Cor garment is a staple for many years.
Cor is proud to partner with Siobhan and Fionnuala Garment Manufacturing, in Bali, Indonesia. This ethical cut, make and trim facility is owned and operated by two women with a commitment to up-skill their employees and provide a fun, ethical and dynamic working environment. 80% of the employees at S & F are women. The two most senior positions following the owners are production manager and sample manager, both held by women. All employees receive the following benefits: living wage which is reviewed externally by the Indonesian Government every three months, pension fund (super annuation equivalent), paid holiday leave, sick pay, medical insurance and overtime pay.
70% of a companies environmental impact happens at a raw material level. At Cor we are on a mission to use only responsibly sourced fabrics that are sustainable for our planet. Our current fabrics are Lenzing Tencel, Linen and GOTS certified organic cotton. In the future we may expand our fibers to include hemp and modal.
GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARD
The Global Textile Standard is the worldwide leading processing standard for organic cotton. At Cor we only use organic cotton. GOTS means a strict criteria for social and ecological processes, backed by independent certification of the entire supply chain. This means a strict social criteria; no forced labor, no child labor, workers rights, safe working conditions and living wages. Organic cotton produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions than regular cotton.
GOTS certification means hazardous pesticides are banned, less energy and water are used, farmers are free to choose what they grow and are encouraged to companion plant, growing their food alongside crops. GOTS makes for better lives for farmers, better soil and a more sustainable future for farming.
Cor Tencel® garments are made from wood cellulose sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests. The cellulose used to produce Lenzing® fibres is a natural component in wood and produced within a closed loop, so at the end of its life cycle it can disintegrate and prepare the ground for new plants to grow.
Linen comes from the flax plant and is grown on marginal land unsuitable for food crops. Linen uses less water than cotton production and is naturally toxin free, requiring no pesticides and little to zero fertiliser. Linen is strong, durable and will last.
At Cor our aim is to reduce waste and improve constantly with the materials and processes we utalise. We use minimal waste pattern making, planning from the design stage to minimise cutting waste and make the best use of fabric by designing to the widths of our fabrics.
DIGITAL PRINTING AND INKS
In line with our ethical & environmental missions we use a sustainable digital printing process without producing any waste water, effluent or using large amounts of energy. We use high-end bio degradable pigment inks (Eco Passport), the first of it’s kind on a commercial scale in Indonesia. Dye lots for linings and pockets use OEKO-TEX certified inks to ensure harmful chemicals do not enter our waterways through run off while also preventing absorption of harmful chemicals through our skin. Digital printing enables us to produce the exact amount of fabric that we require for production. Digital printing technology uses less electricity, and the EXACT amount or ink required for each job meaning very little is wasted., especially when compared to traditional printing methods such block printing and screen printing.
We use biodegradable ‘comPOST’ ‘dirtbag’ sacks which are made from Corn starch, PLA (Polylactide, which is made from waste corn too and other plants) and PBAT (Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate). These mailer bags are compostable and bio degrade in 90 days.