“Each year, two billion pairs of tights are produced, worn a few times and then discarded, helping to make the textile industry the second most polluting industry in the world. Landfills everywhere are full of poorly made and cheap non-biodegradable textiles – and it’s getting worse. Nylon yarn, which is currently used to produce most modern pantyhose, is created from an environmentally harmful petroleum-based manufacturing process that is not only bad for the planet, but also produces pantyhose that don’t last.
These harmful practices in the fashion industry are all too common. We believe the world needs more innovative and environmentally conscious products to lead the way, and so Swedish Stockings was launched. A forerunner in sustainably produced nylon stockings, Swedish Stockings produce beautiful pantyhose from recycled yarn. Our factories engage in sustainable practises including the use of environmentally friendly dyes, post-dyeing water treatment and the use of solar power for much of the energy needed in the manufacturing process.”
Linn Frisinger and Nadja Forsberg, Swedish Stockings founders
Our mission is to change and influence the entire hosiery industry. Pantyhose is a petroleum product and one of our biggest consumables. The industry is huge and the production itself uses non-renewable fossil fuels and require a huge amount of energy and water. This process is in itself very harmful to the environment, but most pantyhose are also designed to be worn only once and then replaced, and so further contributing to textile pollution – one of the third most polluting industry in the world.
Swedish Stockings is created from the by-product of other nylon products that is non-biodegradable. The production process is a lot less harmful to the enviroment than traditional nylon production and we are consistently looking for innovative and cleaner ways to produce – conserving or reusing water, decreasing emissions, reducing and recycling waste. From this highly efficient recycling procedure we have reduced energy and water consumption by:
– 87.6% less energy
– A savings of water 18.m3/ton yarn
– A large part of our production is solar powered
– No extra water is used to create our stockings
– Our factories are “zero waste”
– All water used in dyeing is purified and treated
– Thousands of stockings have been recycled thanks to our recycling program