Responsibility

Make the cleanest basics on the planet. That’s what we’re here to do.

Responsibility isn’t a line on our profit and loss sheet. It’s the fundamental core of our approach to design, manufacturing, and distribution. 

We’ve created a new category—Clean Basics. And with that category comes two core responsibilities that define how we make decisions, who we work with, and how we communicate with our community.

Responsiblity 1

The Clean Basics category is defined by its use of low impact materials. As creators of that category, we have a responsibility to use the lowest impact materials in every product weproduce.Thatmeans that if a new material or innovation comes along that is lower impact than what we’re already using, we’ll adopt it. 

Responsiblity 2

We have a responsibility to be transparent about our manufacturing practices, materials, short-comings, long-term plans, and changes we make. Arvin isn’t perfect. We haven’t “solved” the apparel industry—and anyone who claims to have done so is full of shit. There’s a lot of work to be done. It’s our responsibility to be upfront and transparent about the work that lies ahead for us, and the apparel industry as a whole. 

Why We Hold Ourselves Accountable to These Responsibilities

The apparel industry is harmful and irresponsible by design. Up until now, that’s been the unquestioned norm. That needs to change, fast. Here’s a quick glance at why we hold ourselves accountable to what we do.

50+

Gallons of water to produce one pair of socks.

#2

The apparel industry’s ranking in the world’s most harmful industries (second only to oil and gas).

85%

Of textiles end up as landfill waste.

Initiatives and Future Plans

We kicked off the Clean Basics category with socks. That’s just step one. We’re on a big, long-term mission to clean up the apparel industry. Here’s what we’re currently working on and why.

Source more materials

Our current materials and methods are good, but not perfect. We’re working closely with manufacturers and material resources to uncover materials that minimize our impact even more, and that are more flexible and responsible at the end of their lifecycle.

Broaden the category

We created the category of Clean Basics with socks. We needed to prove that it could be done, and that we could meet the pricepoint and aesthetics of our competitors. Now, we’ve got an entire wardrobe to tackle. Our next step is broadening what we offer—shirts, sweats, and hats to name a few. Responsible vs irresponsible socks should be a no-brainer decision for anyone. Now, onto the rest of your wardrobe.

Build the infrastructure

There’s a “sustainability” myth out there that once you’ve made a responsible product, the job is done. Truth is, that’s total bullshit. That’s why we’re working to build infrastructure for apparel retrieval and downcycling. Because where Arvin (and any apparel) ends up is just as (if not more) important than how it’s made. Whatever that ends up looking like, it has to fulfill our mandate of making living responsibly easy.

Our Materials

We use the most responsible products possible, and invest in new solutions as they arise to reduce our impact that much further. Every material we use is the best there currently is—but we’d be sugarcoating things if we said they were all perfect. Here’s an overview of what we currently use. Click on one of the icons below to learn more.

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Our Factories

We only work with a select few facilities for material sourcing and production. We source our recycled cotton base yarn from a facility we’ve built a strong relationship with in Spain. With those materials in-hand, we then produce all Arvin goods at one of two product facilities—one in China, the other in Japan.

Our Packaging

Plastic packaging was a problem in the early days of Arvin. We’ve since moved to a no-plastic fix for all packaging. Currently we wrap all socks in a recycled and recyclable card wrap. Then, we ship every package using EcoEnclose Eco-X Mailer materials—a durable packaging material made from 100% recycled paper and post-consumer wise.