Responsibility, Respect, Honesty.
Our values. NILE stands for environmentally friendly, socially responsible, and cost-effective production. Because we can choose how to treat each other and our environment. This positive attitude is important to us. And it shapes how we live. Day in, day out. Beautifully.
Our promise. We want to be part of the solution. With style that's socially and environmentally responsible. That's how we roll at NILE. Today and tomorrow.
Our definition. We define a business and development as sustainable if they meets the needs of the current generation, without endangering the possibilities of future generations.
Transparency. Every garment tells a story. Both today and tomorrow are in our hands. In production. In the store. In what we wear.
NILE produces the majority of its pieces in China. The production chain is fully NILE's responsibility. This means that we know each of the producers involved at each step of the process, from the supplier of the raw materials to the weaving mill, the thread spinner, the dye works, the print shop, and the sewing shop. This is only possible because we have been pursuing a strategy of long-term and close cooperation with just a few producers, located in the cities surrounding Shanghai and Hong Kong. Our long-term commitment in this region is paying off. Audits and certification processes along the entire supply chain are indispensable for setting standards.
NILE loves natural materials like cotton and linen. And materials like viscose, tencel, and lyocell that feel comfortable to the touch. We focus on nature and the environment and select high-quality materials that consume as little natural resources as possible.
Sustainable materials that we have turned into new favorites for our current collections:
NILE uses only TENCEL™ by Lenzing. Tencel comes from wood, a renewable raw material, and is the Austrian company's premium brand. The wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group come from certified, monitored, and sustainable sources.
TENCEL™ lyocell fibers have made a name for themselves thanks to the eco-friendly, closed manufacturing process that converts pulp into cellulose fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. This solvent spinning process recycles process water and returns over 99% of the solvent to the production cycle. With TENCEL™, consumers can feel secure that their favorite NILE pieces are not harming the environment.
TENCEL™ also offers the following exceptional features: skin-friendly, soft to the touch, high breathability, and a fashionable drape.
The cellulose base material of NILE Eco viscose comes from sustainably managed forests.
The viscose yarn is produced by wet spinning the raw material at various stages. Viscose pieces are easy to care for, breathable, skin-friendly, soft, yet surprisingly durable. Their flowing, smooth drape sets them apart. They are particularly good for intense colors.
The cultivation of organic cotton does not rely on toxic chemicals. This means that organic farming does not damage the soil, it produces less harmful emissions and requires on average 91% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. We only use organic cotton with approved certification.
Facts on the water consumption for growing raw materials
The cultivation of organic cotton requires 91% less water than the cultivation of conventional cotton. Sustainably cultivated forests from which we source our Tencel and eco-viscose have a positive influence on the water balance in these regions. As part of the natural water cycle, they do not need extra water for growth.
The sustainably cultivated forests contribute to the stabilization of the water supply and protect against both flooding and drought when there is little rainfall. It is therefore also important that the water management of forests that supply the raw materials to our supply chain be efficient. This is also upheld by the pulp suppliers.