Released in 2021, ENVO2.1 is our headline teamwear offering. We'd always wanted to make products out of more sustainable materials but we'd struggled due to our size and the availability of sustainable fabric. ENVO2.1 not only makes our teamwear offering more sustainable through the use of sustainable materials in it's production but also by delivery and it's supply chain.
We'd been interested in making sustainable garments for many years now. Our first sustainable product was the Upcycled 1/4 zip which we made in 2019. We then trialled the hugely successful "sustainable collection" in 2020. Since then, much of YoungOnes Apparel releases have comprised of a great deal of sustainable pieces. However, given the rise in demand for our teamwear, we knew the thing that was going to have the biggest impact is the creation of a sustainable teamwear range. So in 2020 we started drawing up plans for ENVO2.1.
The first thing we had to do was develop products. This required us to look at creating products that;
- Could withstand stresses and strains of high impact sport.
- Used materials that could be substituted for sustainable alternatives.
- Looked and felt premium
After this we had to look at factories. We needed to find a factory that had a history of creating premium sportswear from recycled materials. We also had to consider certification and making sure factories not only passed environmental but also ethical checks.
Once this was done we went about sampling and re-sampling the products until we were absolutely sure that the products were perfected. Then in early 2021, when the range was finalised, we launched the ENVO2.1 range in September 2021.
The ENVO2.1 range is made up of the following items;
Fugi 1/4 Zip
The main driving force behind creating ENVO2.1 range was sustainability. We have made the ENVO2.1 range more sustainable by ensuring the following;
All items are made from either recycled polyester or organic cotton
Items are transported from the factory in environmentally friendly ways
Items are shipped to customers in environmentally friendly ways
By having thousands of products, made from recycled materials, sea shipped from our factory to the UK and embroidered we have drastically reduced our footprint. So much so that we estimate our new model to emit less than half the carbon than traditional teamwear models.
Going forward we will continue to develop out ENVO2.1 teamwear range. This will be both in the supply chain but also in the end product. We are currently in the process of developing 4 new products that will be released in January 2023.