Frequently Asked Questions
Sustainability
How do we transport the goods?

Our goods are always transported in the most possible sustainable way and the resulting CO₂ emissions will be completely neutralised from 2021 with the help of ClimatePartner's.

We discuss orders with our suppliers transparently and at an early stage, because the more time we have available, the more environmentally friendly we can ship our goods - by rail from China or climate-neutral by truck from the EU or Turkey.

In absolutely exceptional cases, for example if there is a long delay in a production, we also have to send individual product groups by plane.

Our customers receive our collection climate-neutrally by shipping with DHL GoGreen.

1
How does LANIUS ensure that socially responsible working conditions are maintained in production and that employees are paid fairly?

We work exclusively with companies that comply with our sustainability guidelines and take responsibility for their employees. This includes ensuring socially acceptable working conditions and paying fair wages.

We visit our production sites in person - both announced and unannounced - and get an idea of the working conditions on site. In addition, we rely on external audits such as the one by GOTS to control sensitive information.

We do not work with so-called subcontractors - middlemen - whose business model is to place orders with unknown production partners who produce the goods for a fraction of the order volume - at the expense of the textile workers in the factories.

1
Viscose, Lyocell, Modal, TENCEL™, ECOVERO™ - what are they and what is the difference?

 

Viscose is a so-called cellulose regenerated fibre. For this purpose, the natural raw material cellulose, which is obtained from wood, was spun into a fibre by chemical means.

 

Lyocell and Modal are other cellulose regenerated fibres which are based on different and in part more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

 

TENCEL™ is the brand name of the lyocell and modal fibres produced by Lenzing AG from Austria, which has been working for decades on manufacturing processes for regenerated cellulose fibres that are as environmentally friendly as possible. This includes the brand's viscose fibre, called LENZING™ ECOVERO™, currently the "greenest" viscose on the market.

 

Learn more about our natural raw materials

 

1
What does controlled organic cultivation and controlled organic animal husbandry mean?

In the case of controlled organic cultivation and controlled organic animal husbandry, the raw fiber, the material, has been demonstrably produced under organic conditions, which have been defined by the respective organic regulations and audited by external certification companies.

1
What does GOTS mean?

 

We are GOTS certified, as are many of our products. The seal is awarded annually and GOTS-certified companies, like us, are subject to regular audits based on a dual control system - consisting of on-site inspection at the company as well as analyses of residues in the textiles. In order for a garment to receive the GOTS seal, it must consist of at least 70% natural fibres in controlled organic cultivation and controlled organic animal husbandry quality and meet comprehensive social and ecological criteria in its production.

 

Learn more about the social and ecological standard of the GOTS - Certificate

 

1
What dyes does LANIUS use?

With our dyeing’s, it always depends on the fibre in question. For example, it is relevant whether it is a fibre of plant origin, such as cotton or linen, or a fibre of animal origin, such as wool or silk.

We mainly dye synthetically, as these dyes are long-lasting and colour-stable. Basically, we follow the strict guidelines of the Global Organic Textile Standard - GOTS for short. In addition, our garments are regularly checked by our quality assurance department. Residue tests are an essential part of our control - carcinogenic or harmful substances are out of the question for us.

On the contrary, our dyes are kind to the environment and the skin and are also ideally suited for allergy sufferers. In order to dye in a particularly gentle way, we have been working with natural dyes for a long time. In this process, the fabrics are namely dyed purely with the dyes extracted from plants and flowers.

1
What exactly is the difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton?

 

There are some important differences between the cultivation of conventional and organic cotton. Three essential advantages of organic farming: efficient water management, no genetic engineering, no synthetic pesticides.

 

Due to efficient irrigation, growing organic cotton saves a lot of water. Genetically modified seeds are prohibited in organic farming, as is the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Instead, natural pesticides such as humus and plant slurry are used, which neither pollute the soil and groundwater nor endanger the health of the farmers.

 

Read more about our cotton

 

1
Why do we still use plastic bags for some of our packaging?

 Currently, 76% is packed in recycled plastic and 24% in paper. Unfortunately, not packaging the garments at all is not an option from a logistical point of view, as we want them to reach the customer protected and in mint condition.

 Furthermore, from the delivery of our F/S-21 collection onwards, we will only use plastic bags 100% recycled and which can also be recycled again if disposed of correctly. With this step, we are actively contributing to the circular economy and making an essential contribution to reducing the amount of plastic waste.

 However, we are also constantly working on alternatives and are not afraid to develop and try out new possibilities. With our #NOPLASTIC initiative, we have proactively joined forces with other sustainable fashion companies and organisations and set a common goal to eliminate virgin plastic as a packaging component.

 

 

1
Why does LANIUS also produce in China and not only in Europe?

LANIUS has been producing in China for over twelve years - exclusively in selected factories for which the love of sustainability and craftsmanship under fair conditions is just as important as it is to us. The label "Made in China" has a negative connotation and we would like to show that this prejudice cannot be applied across the board to an entire country with all its production facilities - because: There are good and not so good production facilities all over the world.

We visit our partner companies personally and, in many cases, we can look back on decades of good cooperation. The selection of the factories is based on our sustainability guidelines and high-quality standards as well as the fundamental vision of natural, sustainable materials and of social and fair wages.

An important aspect is also the issue of environmental protection and value creation: we aim to source materials from the countries they originally come from and also to process them there. Like the raw materials hemp and silk, which we use.

1
Why does LANIUS produce leather shoes? To what extent is the production of the shoes sustainable?

 

Sustainable shoe styles have been a part of the LANIUS collection for several years. We have found a reliable production partner in the family-owned company WERNER, which has been producing sustainable shoes for 100 years.

 

Leather is a natural and high-quality material that we are convinced of. The leather for our shoes is tanned vegetable and chrome-free in Germany, the shoes are produced under fair conditions exclusively in Europe and all raw materials come from Germany or neighbouring European countries. This keeps transport distances short and protects the environment.

 

Read more about our leather

 

1
Why is not everything "certified/GOTS/bio"?

The answer to this lies in the diversity of our production sites and the materials that are processed. Sometimes it is only a button that is not certified, but the fabrics and the production are. Nevertheless, the entire textile production chain - from cultivation to the product - must be certified: if only one part, such as the button, does not meet the criteria, the entire product does not receive a GOTS certificate.

In addition, GOTS certification is very cost-intensive. For some smaller production facilities, it is simply too expensive to get certified, as customer demand is unfortunately still too low. We support all our suppliers to get certified by GOTS in order to secure as many production steps as possible.

Furthermore, the GOTS only certifies natural fibres, so products such as TENCEL™ lyocell fibres and modal fibres are unfortunately not GOTS certifiable and are not allowed to carry the seal. However, we do make clothing from these sustainable materials in production facilities that are GOTS certified.

Basically, each of our pieces is made consciously. To make it more transparent which items in our collection are certified according to which criteria, we have developed icons that decipher the complete textile value chain and serve as a guide for you. You can find these icons in our online store under each product in the sustainability section.

But why is not everything "organic"? We have to say that on the world market, due to the low demand, the share of certified organic materials is still very small. We are working to change this, educate, look for partners who support us in our vision to be able to offer our entire collection in certified organic quality in the future.

1
Why we use spandex, polyester or nylon?

 

We attach a lot of importance to natural and high-quality materials. Of course, the use of man-made fibres seems to be a contradiction at first. However, it is important to note that these fibres in small quantities can immensely improve the wearing comfort, durability and robustness of clothing. For example, a pair of jeans containing just 1% spandex is much more comfortable to wear and is more durable. Therein lies our rationale for using recycled spandex, polyester and nylon in conjunction with our natural qualities - where it makes sense.

 

Read more about our recycled nylon yarn

 

1
Show all questions