Sustainability for KAMA is not just a marketing slogan
Are you interested in what it means for us to do business ethically, transparently and sustainably?
Small Czech family company with a big heart
- KAMA has been owned by the Pertl family since its foundation.
- Throughout the company's existence since 1989, we have been based and manufacturing exclusively in Prague.
- In terms of sustainability, with the vast majority of our clothing being produced and shipped halfway across the planet from Asia, we consider this fact to be one of the most crucial.
- The core of production is made up of mostly Czech employees.
- We also employ deaf and refugees from Ukraine who were forced to flee the war.
Own production facility
- In 2020, we completed a complete renovation and expansion of our original 2003 manufacturing facility. The facility includes a knitting room, sewing workshop, company shop, offices, and showroom.
- This investment was primarily aimed at optimizing production processes and saving energy as a further step towards sustainability.
- All lighting was fitted with luminaires with energy-saving LED technology.
- The entire building was significantly insulated.
- We installed an air handling system that removes clean waste heat from the knitting machines to the second floor during the heating season, thus reducing heating costs.
- Already in the first season after the renovation we have reduced energy costs by 15%.
- Employees have a new pleasant, spacious, and brighter working environment.
- At the turn of 2022/2023, we plan to install rooftop photovoltaics on an area of about 700m2
Schoeller merino wool yarns
- Our cornerstone is pure, self-degradable Merino wool. This has been supplied to us by Schoeller since 1995.
- Wool is a complex, natural, functional fiber. It is naturally soft and non-scratchy, antibacterial and odor-resistant, ideally temperature-regulating, warm even when wet, anti-allergenic and UV-resistant.
- Ours is treated with chlorine-free EXP4.0 technology for easy machine washing. Of course, when following the rules of wool maintenance.
- It is subject to certification by the Bluesign®APPROVED standard - which is a certificate of the highest eco-friendliness and safety.
- Schoeller yarns also carry the ORGANICA® certificate, which guarantees the quality and transparency of the entire wool production chain, from the farms - where the sheep are raised and sheared - to the final processing of the yarns and the production of branded garments. The certificate guarantees the authenticity and transparency of the production of natural fibers, while respecting the environment and animal welfare.
- Other certifications are EU Ecolable, Oeko Tex Standard 100
- The wool has a fiber diameter of 20.5 micrometers, i.e. the category "Merino fine".
Let's recall the basic characteristics of this champion of the textile fiber world.
- Wool has a powerful thermoregulatory capacity, both in cold (warms) and in heat (cools)
- warms even when wet
- absorbs up to 30% moisture without being damp to the touch
- reduces sweat production
- significantly inhibits the growth of bacteria and thus the formation of odors
- has a low static charge
- it is self-extinguishing, i.e. it does not burn without a flame source
- We use exclusively Pontetorto's Italian Tecnopile® fleece for the caps, neckwear, or inner lining portion of the collection. This is produced using PETflake recycling technology, which significantly reduces the negative impact of plastic waste on the planet. The reuse of this processed material is another step towards sustainability.
- We are a fair Czech brand and that is why we join the international Fashion Revolution campaign, which aims to make the clothing industry not only produce clothes that are beautiful to look at, but also ethical, transparent, and sustainable.
- We decided for this commitment after meeting with the FASHION REVOLUTION coordinator for the Czech Republic, Kamila Boudová, back in 2014. And when we found out what the campaign was about, we realized that we have actually been following its principles since the very beginning of our business.
- We stand for the fact that we, as customers, should all be interested in who made our clothes, where and under what conditions.
- One of our mottos is that 'there is no such thing as cheap clothes - somewhere, someone has to pay for them'
- Do you know how much the average seamstress in a factory in Bangladesh makes? 65 EUR per month.
- Do you know where your clothes were made? Look at the inside label.
Bag made of recycled plastic
- We are rolling out change to a new packaging for our sweaters, and that is plastic packaging made from EVA recycled plastic.
- They are reusable and can be closed with a zipper.
Recycled washable paper labels
- Although it may not seem like it, we use a lot of different materials, details and components in the production of hats and sweaters. The quantity runs into the tens of thousands.
- Recently we have started gradually switching to labels with the KAMA logo on washable paper when labelling our products.
- Compared to other materials, this "Washpaper" is produced locally and in accordance with the FCS certificate from cellulose fibers, waste wood and latex. The production process complies with the principles of organic production according to the international G.O.T.S. (Global Organic Textile Standard)
- We replace plastic hooks for hanging hats with compressed paper ones
Open House Day
- Two dates 28.10. and 17.11. are a tradition for Open House Day in our company.
- Here you can see for yourself that our business is ethical, transparent and sustainable.
- And what can you look forward to? ⚡️ Every full hour is a guided tour of the company.
⚡️ We'll let you see inside the company.
⚡️ We'll show you our manufacturing technologies and processes.
⚡️ Includes sales of prototypes, samples and unique upcycled models at reduced prices.
⚡️ Meet the owners of the company.
The use of clean energy from the newly installed solar power plant on the roof of our production facility in Prague Suchdol is another investment in sustainability by Kama.
- When we opened the renovated building in 2020, we felt good about having built an energy-efficient facility. The three key features leading to savings are full LED lighting, significant insulation on all facades and heating with waste heat from the knitting and ironing room.
- Not only for this, but also for its overall approach to business, use of recycled and degradable materials with the most stringent environmental certifications, constant innovation in production technologies, waste management and emphasis on economic and social sustainability, KAMA was ranked among the top 10 most sustainable companies in the country in 2022.
- Because we want to behave responsibly, but also because the cost-saving measures have already proven to be significantly beneficial after two years of operation, we have decided to make further inestimations. This time to a solar power plant.
When preparing the renovation project, we had already planned for this in advance, so we were now able to install photovoltaics on all roof areas, comprising 108 solar panels with a total output of 43.2 kW.
- The company perceive the issue of energy production and consumption and the related deterioration of climate change as a serious problem. If there are solutions to get involved in improving the environment, we consider their use an absolute necessity.
- "Even if these are only small steps for our relatively small family business as a whole, taking them fills us with a good feeling that we are not standing on the sidelines but rather move forward."
- We are sure that this added value of the KAMA brand will be appreciated by our customers. Our knitted sweaters and hats should warm you not only because of the high quality of the materials, but also because of where, by whom and how they are made.