Sustainability is at the heart of the Tasi brand, in fact it was during a trip to East Timor to work on a plastic pollution project that the idea for Tasi was born. We are committed to constantly learning, growing and evolving so our practices are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Our primary fabric is a beautiful textile called Tencel, which is part of the Lyocell family and one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics available. Tencel is regenerated from sustainably grown wood cellulose from the eucalyptus tree. These eucalyptus trees are grown on marginal land unsuitable for food crops and are grown with minimal water, using sustainable forestry initiatives. The cellulose is treated in a closed loop system, meaning no waste is produced and the solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%.
One of Tencel's most outstanding qualities is its ability to enhance breathability. The smooth surface of the fibre absorbs and releases moisture efficiently, supporting the body's natural thermal regulation. It is an exceptionally soft fabric, with a smooth and cool feeling against the skin. Tencel is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen, making it perfect for travel.
Conventional cotton is a nasty crop, around 25% of the worlds insecticide consumption is used for conventional cotton. Highly toxic pesticides are commonly used in growing cotton and the drift from aerial spraying can be very harmful to farm workers, wildlife and nearby communities. Regular cotton is also grown on the same soil over and over, which degrades the quality of the soil and removes nutrients, resulting in very unhealthy crops that require more water and heavy irrigation. Organic cotton crops however are rotated from one soil to another, resulting in healthier crops that require far less irrigation and water wastage. Organic cotton also does not use any harmful pesticides or insecticides.
Recycled fibres have up to 75% lower environmental footprints than their virgin synthetic alternatives! We chose to use recycled polyester for our new Atauro Trunks to conserve precious resources, reduce carbon emissions and save water.
Our Environmental Practices
All of our Tasi orders are shipped plastic free. We package our garments in reusable calico bags and ship in compostable satchels made from corn starch. We ship all of our orders with Sendle, Australia's first 100% carbon neutral delivery service, who are also a certified B-Corp!
We have also partnered with Carbon Neutral
to plant one tree for every item sold! We understand that while the eucalyptus trees used to make our Tencel are grown using sustainable forestry initiatives, they are still resources that are being used. Carbon Neutral plant predominantly drought-tolerant Eucalypts and woody-stemmed Acacias, although over 60 species of trees and shrubs are grown to encourage biodiversity. Carbon Neutral has planted trees across more than 140 sites in Western Australia and South Australia, however their focus is now on the Mid West of WA, in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, an area where up to 97% of the land has been cleared.
A core part of the Tasi ethos is minimalism; less but better. We create timeless styles, shapes and colours that will last a lifetime of travels and don't harm the environment in their production. We also operate under a slow fashion model, so we don't release styles seasonally like most fashion brands, your favourite Tasi styles will still be available and relevant for years to come. We design to replace the need to consume, simply by making clothes that last. We also don't run sales or discount our clothing; our price reflects the true cost of making that garment responsibly.
The entire Tasi collection is designed and produced right here in Australia. Whilst also supporting local industry and local businesses, manufacturing in Australia lowers our contribution to fossil fuels. As our pieces are made to order we also don't sit on any stock, which means there is no wastage.
In our Sunshine Coast studio we have Charlie, Deb and Tiana making your clothes. We also work with some wonderful makers in Melbourne. Jimmy and the team at LCN Fashion are a small manufacturing house in Sunshine West and are accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia. LCN Fashion is a family run business and we work closely with Jimmy and his team. We also work with Dale and Charmaine and their wonderful team at New Model Beauty Queen in Brunswick.