The latest product you might want to think about adding to your wardrobe is “The Fishnet”. The brand’s biggest breakthrough for hosiery, these tights are actually made from over 86 per cent pre-consumer recycled waste. The brand’s fishnet tights contain a sustainable Nylon 6,6 (Q-Nova by Fulgar®) which works to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 per cent and cut down on litres of water per kg of product by 90 per cent, compared to virgin Nylon 6,6. Breathable, with support and no unattractive VPL or gusset showing; thank you, Heist, for addressing this.
Committed to working ethically and sustainably, the brand is revolutionising the way we shop for tights and shapewear. Heist is steered by sustainability goals, the clothing products are also designed to be the upmost comfortable for women – never restricting or constricting which can be the case for a lot of shapewear and hosiery. Heist told Style Cartel that 1,025 women were asked what they wanted from their shapewear and hosiery and the answer was “no squeezing, sweating, or struggling into something that’s not worth it.”
Few are perfect and Heist isn’t trying to be. The brand’s fishnet tights are made up of 15 per cent Elastane but 3 per cent of that is ROICA™Eco Smart. The Fishnet has Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) by OEKO-TEX® certification and the ROICA™Eco Smart Elastane component has earned both OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and Global Recycled Standard certification. The launch of the fishnet tights signals the step forward in innovation being developed across the brand’s full tights range over the next year.
So many brands are jumping on the sustainability bandwagon, realising it’s a buzz word in the industry. But how do you tell those who really want to make the change in their clothing production and those who see it as potentially a sales maker? “We are actually improving the sustainability of our tights as a priority because, as a category, tights are less hard-wearing and made from elastane”, Heist told Style Cartel. Hopefully this will inspire other brands to adopt similar methods to create their tights and shapewear.
Putting your money where your mouth is, Heist is actively taking measures to publish long-term goals, outlining the targets it hopes to meet early next year. The company’s Sustainable Apparel Coalition SME membership and access to the Higg Index suite of tools helps it meet the highest social and environmental standards and ensure that all packaging is sourced ethically and 100 per cent recyclable.
What’s next? Heist’s priority goal is to “liberate women through their shapewear and hosiery”, according to the brand, and to do so sustainably. The brand wants to work towards only using recycled and regenerated materials across its collections, supply chain assessment and also reduce its energy and water consumption.
Head to Heist’s website to check out their sustainable shapewear and tights range. You can shop “The Fishnet” online – a pair costs £22 and is available in sizes 6-22.