New Sustainability

We believe in a new era of sustainability focused on lower personal energy usage. 

Our Commitment to Sustainability Practices

Less Impact

Our goal with everything we make is to reduce our impact on the Earth. We stripped away the excess and created textiles that require less to manufacture and distribute. LifeLabs is PFC free, and our materials have a lower environmental impact than traditional materials.

Less Materials

Our high-performing garments use less materials and fewer resources to reduce our environmental impact by 25%.

Less Waste

Smarter materials mean efficient manufacturing and shipping. Our dying techniques use less water. Our products are distributed in bio-based packaging that is recyclable or compostable.

Introducing a new Idea in Sustainability

Current sustainability uses recycled or organic fabrics, less harmful dyes, manages chemicals more responsibly and creates less waste.

Less Impact
Less Materials
Less Waste

New Sustainability

Using recycled materials and natural fibers is a start, but to make a difference in the battle against climate change, we need a new level of sustainability—a holistic approach to help people reduce their energy use.

Less Energy

Humans spend more than 90% of their time indoors. To maintain a comfortable body temperature, we consume considerable energy heating and cooling ambient air. In fact, indoor temperature control accounts for 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Our high-performance textiles are the most efficient and simplest way to control body temperature indoors or out. By controlling the temperature of your skin, they help to reduce wasteful ambient heating and cooling. Our technology heats or cools your skin with less materials than other garments on the market, while utilizing more efficient manufacturing and supply chain systems.

A More Sustainable Life

By using disruptive technology to increase energy efficiency among individuals, LifeLabs will decrease global greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution over time. By adjusting our thermostat by +2 degrees C in the summer and -2 degrees C in the winter, we have the potential to reduce our total carbon emissions by 153 lbs of CO2 per person annually.

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Climate Change Potential

By adjusting our thermostats by +2 degrees C in the summer and -2 degrees C in the winter, we have the potential to reduce our total carbon emissions by 153 lbs of CO2 per person annually.

Chemical Impact

We are committed to using only PFC-free durable water-repellent finishes on our performance fabrics, eliminating our use of perfluorinated chemicals.

​​In the Fall 2021 product line, our polyethylene fabrics average a 49% reduction in chemical impact compared to conventional alternatives. *Based on Higg MSI 3.2 data at Higg.org. Percentage reductions pertain to the finished material phase.

Sustainable Packaging

We use less packaging overall to decrease our overall waste in the landfill. We eliminated conventional polybags, hangers, silica gel packs and hang tags attached with plastic swift tacks. Every LifeLabs Design product is marked with a unique QR code main label that accesses a webpage providing product features, intended use, care instructions and an environmental impact report. 

When a product does require packaging, we employ reusable fabric garment bags and environmentally friendly packaging materials.

Water Pollution

We partner with fabric mills equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to improve processing efficiencies and significantly reduce water usage by 70% and steam consumption by 33%.

Earth-friendly Materials

Our materials are sourced from Bluesign certified mills that share the world’s most transparent production processes. Additionally, our Fall 2021 product line is 74% recycled content by fabric weight.

Responsible Practices

​​Our garment factories are ISO 14001 certified, an international standard for designing and implementing a responsible environmental management system. Our garment factories are also WRAP certified. WRAP certification is governed by 12 principles to promote responsible business practices and sustainability in supply chain management. 

We are founded and led by textile pioneers and material scientists. Our scientists have developed innovative solutions to pressing issues like clean energy storage, water purification and thermoregulation. They consistently seek and develop the world’s newest technology to make our products even more sustainable and make you a better energy steward.

Higg MSI

For our initial Fall ‘21 season, we are currently utilizing the Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) module within the Higg Index platform, which allows us to measure the impacts of our material choices across the following impacts:

  • Global warming potential
  • Water pollution
  • Water consumption
  • Fossil fuel depletion
  • Chemical impact

By measuring these environmental impacts of materials production in a common way, the Higg MSI allows us to compare materials and make more informed choices that are more sustainable for the planet. 
 
For our Spring ‘22 season, we will begin utilizing the Product Module within the Higg Index platform to assess overall environmental impact of our product collections, including raw materials extraction/processing, product manufacturing, consumer use phase and end-of-life on a product level.

Materials Innovation

We are currently exploring recycled and renewable feedstocks for our polyethylene, such as:

  • Utilizing the PE waste stream within our own supply chain 
    Ocean-bound plastic waste as a recycled feedstock for our materials
    Mono-material products to enable circular end-of-life solutions

 

Supply Chain Energy Index

We are actively working to collect data from our supply chain partners across each step of the manufacturing process in an attempt to understand our energy footprint and areas for improvement among current power sources.

Manufacturing Sustainability Index (MSI)

Everything we do is driven by science and research.

Founded by Professor Yi Cui, director of Stanford University’s Precourt Institute for Energy and a 15-year veteran of Stanford’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Meng Sui, CEO of clean-energy foundry EEnotech and 4C Air, Inc. and a chemist and patent agent, LifeLabs™ bridges the gap between academia and scientific research and commercially-viable textiles that create a more sustainable world. With EEnotech’s history of developing innovative solutions to society’s most pressing issues—clean energy storage, water purification, thermoregulation—and Professor Cui’s background in energy and environmental technologies (everything from electric car batteries to wind and solar energy storage to soil filtration), LifeLabs™ promises a new sustainability unprecedented within the industry. Backed by Stanford research and science, the process streamlines the supply chain, uses less energy, fewer materials and pollutes zero toxic chemicals.

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