The Blue Sweater

After 17 months of researching, developing and testing, we proudly present the world’s first sweater made of 100% beech wood fiber that is biodegradable*, 100% traceable, soft as cashmere and that saves over 3,300 L of water! Sounds awesome? Tap to learn more.

For our first product we chose a unisex sweater – crew-neck, loose-fit, with a unique branding.

We wanted to create a symbol, a unique branding icon – that’s why we came up with our Conversation Starter. Build with the intention to spread the word about our meaningful cause of saving and giving water.

SAVES WATER!

We developed a new fabric made of 100% beech wood fiber. It saves up to 94% of water compared to a conventional cotton garment with similar dimensions. Additionally it minimizes odor and is incredible soft.

TRACK IT!

Each sweater is supplied with geo coordinates printed on the lable to allow you to track exactly which water project is supported by your decision to wear Blue Ben.

THE LABEL

It does not only give our sweater a unique look, it’s also our Blue Ben brand icon. To start the Blue Fashion Revolution we needed a symbol which is spreading the word and works as a conversation starter. (BTW it’s removable) 😛

GIVES WATER!

For each sweater we pay 10% of the revenue to waste water projects in Bangladesh.

BASIC COLOURS - PRE ORDER NOW ON KICKSTARTER

Limited All Over Print
Cherry Tomato
Gull Grey
Misty Rose

NEW COLOURS - BACK US NOW ON KICKSTARTER

Lemon Curry
Misty Rose
Stretch Goal - Jaffa Orange

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The Problem

The Thirst of Cotton

Did you know that Cotton is used to produce 40% of the world’s textile products[1] while being one of the most water- and pesticide-intensive crops[2]? That means that the production of a kilogram of cotton drinks between 7.000 and 29.000 litres[3] before hanging in your closet as simple t-shirt.

Water is Scarce!

Only 2.5%[4] of our blue resources are actually fresh water while more than 40%[5] of the planet’s population suffer from water scarcity. Meaning that more than 840 million people[6] still lack basic access to clean drinking water.

Give me More

While our demand for clothes is estimated to increase by almost 63% until 2030 – an equivalent of more than 500 billion t-shirts[7].

“Let’s rethink the industry!”

Our Solutions & Values

No Cotton

No Cotton

High water consumption, transport over long distances, high space requirement and high input of pesticides.

Saves Water

Saves Water

We save up to 90% water. Hemp and Modal fiber need much less water, moreover artificial irrigation is not required.

Gives Water

Gives Water

We pay 10% of our turnover for compensation purposes to countries that have suffered and are still suffering due to the textile industry.

100% Europe

100% Made In Europe

From the fibre to the finished product, everything stays in Europe. At first it will actually stay in France, Austria and Portugal.

Biodegradable

Biodegradable

We think in cycles and don’t need any plastic for that!

Essentials Only

Essentials Only

Honestly, what do you really need? Fashion that is timeless/classic and long-lasting/durable.

No Seals

No Seals

Honesty works without any seals, we believe in this and act accordingly.

No Sales

No Sales

Appreciation for the product, mankind and the environment. High quality clothes have their price.

Sold Directly To You

Sold Directly To You

How can we keep the prices as low as possible? We sell directly to you without any detours.

Choose Water & Look Awesome!

#Bangladesh

Made FOR Bangladesh. Our Blue Sweater is dedicated to Bangladesh, the second largest exporter of garments – mainly fast fashion – suffering from severe water crises.

We want to create “Responsible Fashion” and even though we chose not to produce and create work in countries like Bangladesh, we take responsibility for our previous fast fashion consumption. By wearing the Blue Sweater you’re part of our community. Together we pay REPARATIONS to clean up the mess that we created by funding wastewater plants in Bangladesh. Together with DRIP BY DRIP, the world’s first NGO founded to tackle the water issues in the fashion and textile industry and our expert partners in Bangladesh, we seek to find and build solutions to clean and filter ground, surface and waste water. To track your impact we printed the GPS coordinates of the pilot project on our conversation starter.

Population

160 Million

people live in Bangladesh, in an area that is 2 times smaller than Germany

Poverty

43%

of the population live below the poverty line with less than USD1.90 per day to spent

Lack of Water Access

13%

of the rural population lack access to clean water

Lack of Sanitation

38%

of the rural population lack access to sanitation facilities

Polluted Groundwater

Pollution!

The majority of the groundwater is arsenic & polluted

Only Saline Water

82%

of the water in the watery South of Bangladesh is salient, hence brackish

Timeline

  • November 2016

    The movie “The True Cost” inspired our founder to make change happen

     

  • December 2016

    First successful crowdfunding with the NGO Charity Water

     

  • January 2017

    Blue Ben’s awakening

     

  • September 2017

    Trip to our first water project #Bangladesh

     

  • February 2018

    Trip to the factories in Portugal

     

  • March 2018

    Start of our Startnext crowdfunding campaign

     

  • May 2018

    Start of the first production cycle

     

  • November 2018

    Start of the shipment of our first batch of Blue Ben sweaters

     

  • November 2018

    Start of our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

     

  • February 2019

    Launch of our online store

     

  • March 2019

    Start of the shipment of the new colours

The Blue Force

Amira

Co-Founder & Social Activist

She has successfully launched several projects - for and non-profit - and is now looking forward to building something unique that combines both her skill sets sustainably.

Ali

Founder

He believes that ideas can make change happen, therefore he brings people together to start something that matters.

Johannes

Co-Founder & Fashion Director

Creating unique products for humans is his aim.
He worked for several projects with Adidas Originals and is now working on the world's first water giving wardrobe!

Jonas

Visual Manager

He is the creative mind behind every film and most pictures. Storytelling is his passion.

Valeria

Head of WASH projects

With a background in Integrated Water Resources Management and Economics, solving the water crisis is her mission. Her international experience makes her the best partner-in-crime in our fight for sustainable water supply and sanitation projects.

Jakob

Design & Illustration

A pencil and an blank page is all he needs. His gift is to make complexity looking easy through his designs.

Hannes

Sourcing & Production

Hannes carries the concept of a product with less water consumption from the first sample to the final product.

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