Del Rainbow are thrilled to announce Van Der Kooij’s inclusion in the Moda Operandi Sustainable Edit Trunk Show. Recognising Van Der Kooij as a Sustainable Pioneer.
Design focused, locally made and environmentally conscious…
The values at Van Der Kooij funnel down from a fashion forward approach to sustainability. We uphold these values by remaining a part of the creation process from start to finish. This hands-on approach helps us to produce the superior quality garments that Van Der Kooij has established itself on. Our attention to detail is input into every aspect of our designs and throughout the business.
Our long term goal is to provide products of the highest quality while having as little impact to the environment as possible. Although not perfect yet, with each season we are refining our processes, building relationships with local makers and creating a more sustainable supply chain, while building meaningful relationships within our community.
Our apparel is ‘Made in Melbourne’and we only produce limited edition production runs. Meaning each piece is made by hand, with care by local businesses or in our very own studio. Each and every Van Der Kooij garment is hand finished in our studio and a record of its limited production is recorded inside each garment.
We a Plant-a-Tree program through Carbon Neutral Australia. For every product created, a tree is planted in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, in Western Australia to help reduce our carbon emissions.
This program plants native Australian trees and shrubs, that are helping to join small patches of remnant vegetation. Besides the all-important role of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, the trees and shrubs help to reduce salinity, water and soil erosion, and provide habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Malleefowl and other threatened flora and fauna. This reforestation project more than removes carbon from the atmosphere every day, it also has positive social, environmental and economic benefits.
All our exclusive prints are created by amazing creatives and printed through Think Positive. An ECA accredited business based in Sydney, Australia. Their sustainability initiative means they only print on natural fibres and have an ink-recycling system in place that re-uses inks and has reduced waste by 80%.
We only print what we need and all our look books, campaign books, swing tags and postcards are printed through a small local business in Melbourne that are 100% Carbon Neutral. They use recycled paper and print using waterless printing presses.
We are constantly aiming to improve and make the best choices we can as a business, it is crucial that we design with a conscience and with the aim to improve with every season.
Van Der Kooij’s Sustainability Attributes.