The demands of garments in the extreme environment that the mountains are, and the consequences with a jacket that doesn't keep you dry or a sweater that doesn't keep you warm, can lead to life threatening situations. That is why all the details in a Tierra garment is thorougly thought through and has a specific function. One proof of the functionality of the garments is the professional users that have chosen to work in Tierra clothes. These include the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority, International School of Mountaineering, the Swedish Police and the Swedish Alpine Mountain Rescue among others.
Development of good garments is in our eyes not only about quality, functionality and durability. It is just as important that all parts of the development and production process doesn't create any unnecessary environmental or health risks. We are extremley careful with the choice of which materials to use. We strive for always choosing the most environmental friendly alternative possible for each garment even though it sometimes means added cost. This often leads us to use materials with some sort of environmental quality stamp such as Öko-tex, Bluesign though we not always use any special tags to show it.
As a part of the Fenix Outdoor group we are also members of FLA - Fair Labour Association. FLA is a multi-stakeholder initiative comprising companies, NGOs, universities and governmental organizations that strive to improve working conditions in sub-contracted companies around the globe. Not only does the FLA provide independent assessments of companies and working conditions, it also offers support and training to help improve conditions and make real, positive contributions to social development.
Further documentation about our's and the Fenix Outdoor Group's social and environmental work can be found at The Fenix Way.
Tierra is since 2013 member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Sustainable Apparel Coalition is a trade organization comprised of brands, retailers, manufacturers, government, and non-governmental organizations and academic experts, representing more than a third of the global apparel and footwear market. The Coalition is working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
The focus of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition is The Higg Index – a suite of assessment tools that standardizes the measurement of the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products across the product lifecycle and throughout the value chain. On December 11, 2013 the Sustainable Apparel Coalition unveiled an updated version of the Higg Index.
Tierra is also member of the Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA). The Sustainable Fashion Academy’s vision is an apparel industry that creates happier people, stronger communities, and a resilient planet. SFA’s mission is to accelerate the industry innovations needed to ensure this happens. To this end, SFA equips leaders and entrepreneurs working at different levels within the industry with the knowledge and tools they need to develop and drive sustainable apparel innovations.