Wear the Change
The fashion and textile industry uses an estimated 43 million tons of chemicals each year according to Green America . Among the most common are formaldehyde, phthalates, ammonia, flame retardants, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and AZO dyes. These toxic substances end up in our air, our ecosystems, and our water, causing human health issues and irreversible environmental damage.
At Hass, our elegant, luxury collections are made with natural, sustainable materials and never include harmful chemicals or synthetic fabrics. We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure the clothing we make doesn’t damage the planet, wildlife, our customers, or our workers. That’s how we’ll always do things.
Why Natural Is Better For You
Because of their relatively low cost and ability to produce vibrant colors, AZO dyes, which make up 60 to 70 percent of dyes according to Science Direct, are often used in the textile industry. The problem? They’re highly toxic. AZO dyes release aromatic amines, a known carcinogen that can be harmful to human health. Other dyes commonly used in the fashion industry have also been found to contain heavy metals, which have been linked to cancer. At Hass, we only use natural, non-toxic dyes. This protects you, our workers, and the environment.
Why Non-Toxic Matters To Our Workers
Our Los Angeles factory — where we cut, dye, and sew most of our luxury collections with the best fabrics from around the world — is Global Organic Textile (GOTS) certified (CU863637). That's the gold standard for processing organic fibers. The certification means we adhere to strict measures that ensure no harmful, toxic chemicals are used in our entire supply chain and manufacturing process. This protects our invaluable workers from coming into contact with toxic substances, like flame retardants and perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). Clothing manufacturers routinely use these chemicals, but they can cause numerous health issues like poor liver function, hormone disruption, and even cancer.
We Only Have One Earth
Fast fashion harms our environment.
According to Green America, approximately 20 percent of industrial water pollution is a result of textile manufacturing. Using pesticides to grow conventional cotton, phthalates in dyes, and perfluorinated chemicals in finishing processes has consequences. These chemicals make their way into our rivers, lakes, oceans, and soil. The result is irreparable damage to critical ecosystems as well as biodiversity loss.
We’re committed to using only safe, sustainable materials — like GOTS certified organic cotton, Lenzing certified modal, and ethical alpaca — that aren’t treated with harsh chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic dyes. We believe it’s our responsibility to create beautiful, long-lasting clothing that works with the planet — not against it.