What We Wear Matters. Small Choices Can Make a Big Impact.
Preservation. Communities. Environment. These 3 pillars are the key values of the Peruvian artisans who have inhabited the Peruvian highlands for thousands of years, developing a unique tradition of skilled craftsmanship. Inspired by this vision, Pacalpa looks to combine traditional heritage with modern sustainable techniques.
Nature has designed the perfect fibre for thermal insulation. Alpacas survive on a low protein diet based on natural vegetation typically found on high altitude moorlands. They graze extensively rather than intensively. There is less than one Alpaca per acre, and this minimises the impact of farming on the environment as well as letting grazed pasture regenerate. Indigenous people native to our Andes Mountains obtain the high quality Alpaca fibre every 12 months during shearing season (November through March) causing no harm to the alpacas.
At Pacalpa, the relationship with nature and each other is of monumental priority. We take a holistic approach to well-being, using conscious business practices to achieve fair, profitable salaries and gender equity. Furthermore, we place great value on caring for the communities throughout our supply chain.
Once the fibre is collected it is then hand sorted by experienced women, enabling us to obtain 22 natural and undyed shades, which may later be dyed to achieve eye-opening colours. Alpaca fibre is a natural hair made of protein and, as such, is naturally biodegradable when disposed, making this fibre exceptionally eco-friendly. In contrast, synthetic and other man-made fibres take a very long time to degrade and therefore harm our environment.
We do not envision a trade-off between profit and people, or between manufacturing and environmental responsibility.
Similarly to most clothing brands, we do not own the factories where our garments are made . However, together with the factories that we collaborate with, we bear the responsibility of providing a safe, fair and ethical working environment for everyone involved in the manufacturing process of our garments.
At Pacalpa we not only look for a high quality product at a reasonable price; but we also believe in assuming a great deal of responsibility for our actions. Our consumers are not just interested in the quality of the products they purchase, they also care about the work behind the brand and the social and environmental conditions of its production process. Sustainability is just as much about social standards as environmental issues.
At Pacalpa we want a sustainable and healthy development for people and the environment. Our responsibility is seek out the suppliers who can ensure that no one involved in our production, be it a supplier or a subcontractor, is denied their most basic human rights or suffers any harm. Our conscious choice of suppliers is based on long-term relationships and our supply policy. Together with our suppliers we are committed to providing a safe, fair and ethical working environment.
What makes Pacalpa’s production stand out from others? The thousands of years of ancestral and autochthonous techniques of the loom heritage and beautiful co-existing way of life gives us the most humane and ethical method of shearing the alpaca. Pacalpa values transparency and sustainability. Encompassing all stages of the shearing of the alpaca, we monitor the whole process until the final stage of the garments. That includes the well-being of animals, fair trade between artisans and eliminating the use of middlemen. Read More About Us
Pacalpa endeavours to take responsibility from the raw material to the end of the product’s life.
Pacalpa is distinguished by timeless design. We strive to achieve timeless and unseasonal garments, clothes you want to wear every day and keep over time, garments that will last, and garments that can outlive repairs. Long before circularity became a trendy word, we focused on longevity and recognised that you preserve the garments you love. We believe that alpaca fleece is a material that becomes more beautiful with time.
Alpacas could be the greenest animals on the planet because their hooves are softly padded which minimises environmental impact. Alpacas also produce more fleece than sheep and they have more efficient feeding and drinking habits than other grazing animals, which also reduces the environmental impact. They are perfectly suited to the tough conditions of the Peruvian Andes, and ensuring that the animals are not harmed during the shearing process means that they are highly sustainable. In addition, the alpaca breeding process does not require harsh chemicals – which means that alpaca breeding is completely safe and natural for the environment.
Licenses and Certifications from Our Manufacturing Partner in Peru
Being sustainable means more than just using recycled materials. It also means fostering an inclusive, positive work environment for our team members around the globe. We’re proud to offer exceptional health and wellness perks to all the Pacalpas family in our Stirling HQ in UK, our manufacturer in Peru and beyond.
OUR FRAMEWORK: Circular Fashion
1- Reducing negative environmental effects and consumption.
2- Repairing our long-lasting garments to extend their closet life.
3- Reusing garments through donation after ownership.
4- Recycling garments into new textiles to be used again.
OUR COMMITMENTS: Because It Matters
1- Only sustainable and recyclable materials for all products.
2- Full traceability and transparency throughout the supply chain.
3- Resource efficiency – only producing what is needed and purchasing exact material quantities.
4- Improving working conditions for all people working with our products.
5- Long term relationships and profit to invest in the organic growth of Pacalpa.