“We don’t want to make any profit by molesting human rights or by consciously harming our environment.” In the excellent manufacturing documentary True Cost, they were able to really highlight the major issues within the textile industry and show openly, but without drama, who is paying the price for cheap clothing. In a previous post … More What Is the True Cost of My Cheap Clothing?
Have you ever wondered who makes your clothes? Or how much the people are paid for making your clothes? These are two of the issues closest to our hearts, and we wanted to continue our blog series by discussing them. So, welcome to the next part of our series, to discover more about the ethical … More Who Made My Clothes?
When we first started Népra, the idea of sustainable activewear was relatively unknown. Ama was doing her research on the topic in winter 2015, and she was actually looking for sustainable activewear for her CrossFit training. Much to Ama’s surprise, she couldn’t find a brand that was suitable for intensive training. It was that moment … More Sustainability – what is it?
We believe in utopia Over two years ago, we started with a utopian-like dream about sustainable activewear for training and everyday activities. We had a clear vision for how we would do things differently, things that people were not used to seeing from clothing brands. We had vague thoughts about what sustainability meant for us, … More From Utopia to Activewear that Makes You Feel Good
Last time we started with the topic Sustainable Design Process. You can read it here. This time we wrote a bit more about our process; what exactly we do when we create Népras. Our design process is as open as we are! Essi is in charge of our design and pattern making. The whole process … More Of Sustainable Design Process part 2
We throw a lot of clothing away in the Western world; it’s really unbelievable. There are many reasons why we discard clothing – the fit is not right, the size changes, it isn’t wearable due to the fabric’s low quality, or the style becomes old, you name it. However, there are some questions that one to mind about … More Of Sustainable Designing Process part 1
Making textiles and clothes is a long process that includes sourcing the raw materials, developing fibres to yarn, making the fabric by using yearns, designing the item and pattern and finally sewing the piece of clothing. The fibres used in fabric making can be divided into natural and synthetic fibres. Details of the fabric making … More The Most Sustainable Fabric in the World
The textile and clothing industry has lived in ongoing change through the past 20-30 years. The first sustainability wave came somewhere in the 90s, when people were offered eco-friendly clothing made from natural fibres in earthy colours. This was also the image that went mainstream when people were discussing sustainable clothing. And still today, many of … More The Moods of the Textile Industry
Have you ever observed a child? They live fully in the moment, and they can teach us a valuable lesson about mindfulness. Children are so present that they sometimes catch the essentials of life better than adults. Being mindful is a hot topic these days and it should not be underestimated. It goes hand in … More Of Mindfulness
Népra is Carelian and means water. Ama has always been fascinated by the water element. She swam for years. She also taught swimming for kids. Ama spent her childhood summers swimming, boating, and fishing with her sister and father. One summer, Ama and her sister spent some time with their aunt on an island. In … More Of the Frog