We create and develop products which are essential to your well-being and we show that there is another way of buying bed sheets and sleeping.
You’re curious, you love comfort and the wonderful things in life, you’re concerned about issues of equality, tired of overconsumption;
You want sheets, duvet covers and plaids that are beautiful, comfortable, timeless and which keep their properties over time;
You want to know where the products you buy come from, how they are produced, in what conditions and at what cost...
Kalani places great emphasis on pleasing you and informing you as best possible. We communicate our methods, manufacturing conditions and transparency of costs in a transparent way. It is for this reason that alongside every product in the online shop you will find a clear explanation of the reasons why Kalani products are on average 50% less expensive than its competitors’, while we pay our workers better, and we pay a fair price to farmers for their cotton.
If you are still in any doubt, please do not hesitate to send us any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kalani has been created and developed in an holistic way integrating social criteria into its products, choices and actions. As a consequence, manufacturing sites have been carefully chosen and ensure that workers work in good conditions. One of our objectives is to make sure you have a smile on your face when you use Kalani bed sheets, therefore it is essential that the workers that manufacture them share the same smile.
Our factories are family companies on a human scale (read our section ‘Production processes/Our factories’) where workers have worked for many years in keeping with the social criteria of the International Labour Organization (ILO):
freely chosen employment (no forced labour);
freedom of association and right to collective negotiation;
payment of wages higher than the local minimum wages;
fair working hours;
safe and healthy working conditions;
legally binding working relationship (a labour contract for all).
Kalani is equally involved from a social responsibility point of view with a social Code of Conduct; the factories are audited in line with SA8000.
Being Fairtrade certified too, Kalani is committed internationally to paying a higher price for every kilo of cotton bought from farmers of organic cotton in ‘best practice’ cooperatives in the provinces of Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra, in central India.
The use of organic cotton
Organic cotton is cultivated without any chemical products (pesticides, insecticides or fertilizer) and contributes to the well-being of all who cultivate it. The sustainable development practices harnessed neither pollute water, nor the ground, nor the air and thus preserve the environment and biodiversity.
The strictest certification
Kalani’s entire supply chain is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, which is the strictest organic cotton certification in the world and which limits the use of chemical products in all of the processes of transformation and production of textile products.
The reduction of our global environmental footprint
Our view of the environment is much broader than the use of biological and natural raw materials, or the requirement of a clean production process. For Kalani, minimising our impact on the environment means acting at all levels:
by only producing quality products, which will have a longer lifespan than low quality equivalents. In the long-run, this reduces cost for the customer, who will not have to buy bed sheets so frequently;
by favouring the least polluting logistics possible. Transportation by ship rather than by plane, road transportation kept to a minimum. It is important to know that the ecological impact of production in India is lower than that of southern Europe. In fact, to obtain the same level of quality in southern Europe, cotton or thread must be imported from India with the same carbon footprint, but notably with additional road transportation for it to cross Europe. This is just one example among many, but we can ensure you that we considered every scenario before deciding where to work, with whom and following which requirements;
by using packaging made from materials which are recycled, recyclable or produced in a responsible way;
by selling almost exclusively online, we significantly reduce the carbon footprint of classic shops’ distribution networks;
The Kalani team is aware of the little things which, all added up, make a difference, whether it be using public transport, paperless administrative management, the recycling of waste, the use of green energy, etc.
Your health is your life, and Kalani believes that it is only biological agriculture that respects life, biodiversity, the health of farming communities and thus indirectly the health of the entire global population. Biological agriculture avoids contamination from GMOs, fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, from crops in the food chain to drinking water.
By choosing to manufacture with 100% cotton originating from biological agriculture and certified by GOTS (Global Organic Cotton Standard), we ensure that our production does not have a harmful impact on the health of farming communities and their neighbours. The GOTS standard is also the only one which guarantees that the fibres, fabrics and products have not been produced and dyed with any products which are a danger to the environment and to the health of users and workers, and that the dyeing factories treat and purify their effluent water before a possible discharge into the environment.
A GOTS product also has a positive impact on the health of its users, since it does not contain fine toxic particles (or Volatile Organic Components) which are a hazard to health if inhaled, touched or ingested. These VOCs are largely present in imprints and/or in the dyeing processes of the textile industry.
In the factories with which we work, 100% of the products are dyed and finished in the most sustainable way possible while meeting the chemical criteria and restrictions of the GOTS label and the health, environmental and social standards, as well as the REACH standards set out by the European Union.
Since the beginning of this adventure, Kalani has aimed to guarantee a maximum of positive impacts in terms of client satisfaction, health, social conditions in the production countries and ecological footprint on the environment. Nevertheless, we very quickly realised that this wasn’t enough: we have the power to change the way we sleep, but what about those left behind, the homeless and refugees who fight so their families can have a roof over their head, are provided for and can sleep in dignity? Because we are convinced that they have the right to more dignity, we have decided to donate a portion of our profits to associations which help such people in Kalani’s main sales countries. It’s our human impact! And we are hoping for a long-term impact thanks to all of you!
We are starting 2017 by supporting Samu Social International http://www.samu-social-international.com/en/
To avoid any misunderstanding we have listed definitions for the following words:
Sustainable development (Sustainability) : an holistic approach aiming to develop a commercial activity while respecting people and the environment, and while creating positive impacts.
Organic cotton : our products are manufactured from cotton originating from biological agriculture and GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard). We guarantee that the products are manufactured from organic, non-GMO cotton, without the use of chemical products (pesticides, insecticides, fertilizer), with sustainable water management and field irrigation. They respect the social criteria of the ILO (International Labour Organization) and do not use any hazardous products for dyeing, finishing and imprinting.
Fairtrade cotton : products manufactured from Fairtrade cotton, this means cotton bought from cooperatives of small producers at a fair price and a fee which allows them to live in a dignified and sustainable manner: http://www.info.fairtrade.net/products/cotton.html
Ethics: which respect people, morals, customs and human values with dignity.
Ecological : which respects the environment, nature, biodiversity and the planet in a general way.
GOTS : Global Organic Textile Standard, organic cotton certification standard: http://www.global-standard.org
Ecocert : certification body of GOTS organic cotton and other standards: http://www.ecocert.com/en/global-organic-textile-standard-gots