At Arms of Andes, we think that all we do should be done with the environment & our people in mind. We recognize that the clothing industry as a whole has often fallen foul to practices that are unethical and unsustainable, which is why we aim to be the most sustainable clothing brand, follow ethical production principles and ensure traceability of our products.
To lead the way in sustainable clothing production, focusing on human and animal welfare, minimizing our negative impact on the environment.
To preserve the traditions of Peruvian Alpaca Wool production, through the manufacture of high quality, functional outdoor apparel, while working towards making completely biodegradable clothing.
WE ARE GUIDED BY THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES
WE ARE CARE ABOUT
Alpacas Roam Free
Alpacas thrive and produce the best fleece when they roam free in the mountains (they are often corralled at night for safety), so there are no industrial farming practices involved. Alpacas are raised in small herds, using traditional methods.
Most alpaca are sheared by their owners using shearing scissors, which is generally less stressful for the animals. If mechanical shearing is used, shearers follow the national guidelines for humane practice.
Alpacas Recieve the
Care They Need
Alpacas are highly valued by their owners, so any injuries and illnesses are treated quickly. Annual shearing is important as it helps to keep alpacas healthy.
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Fair Price for Fleece
Raw fleece is purchased directly from the alpaca farmers, ensuring that they always receive the market rate.
Our Customers Come First
We design and make our products with the end user in mind: great fit, superior comfort and durability. If you do have a question, or an issue with a purchase, we are here to help, with personalized customer service from our committed team.
Equal Opportunities For All
We pride ourselves on a welcoming, open work environment, free from discrimination. We provide ample opportunities for our support team to learn new skills and grow as we do.
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Low Carbon Footprint
Single sourcing in Peru means almost all our components are produced in the same country, greatly reducing the carbon footprint within the supply chain.
Alpaca wool is a natural fiber and as such biodegrades when thrown away. In our Natural Colors Line, we use cotton thread for stitching and labels, which is also biodegradable, as are the natural dyes. The zips, elastic bands, and socks, still have synthetic components, but we are working to find suitable alternatives.
Using natural fibers AND natural dyes in our Natural Colors Line means the fabric is fully biodegradable. Since they have no other components, our naturally colored shirts, neck gaiters & beanies, are 100% biodegradable and leave no trace when composted.
We use minimal packaging when we ship our clothes to you, so you won’t find a bag in a box, stuffed with bubble wrap, inside another bag... Instead, we ship your garments to you in one, biodegradable bag.
Arms of Andes recognizes that we have to put the people who work with us, the animals that provide our raw materials, and the environment in which we all live, first. We will continue to improve our production and supply chains to ensure fair wages and a good standard of living for everyone involved, as well as ensure we are the most sustainable and eco-friendly outdoor brand.