Ayin is on a path to change how we manufacture on earth
The Ayin towel is an object crafted by artisans with a deep respect for natural resources, longevity, and authenticity. We wish to leave a positive imprint on the world. The communities we belong to help guide our preoccupations and commitment to progress and is the heart of Ayin.
We value every partner we work with Animals, plants, or people. We understand that we live in a beautiful symbiotic relationship and have to account for them all to drive a positive change.
Ayin design objects with great respect to time and external impact. Our artisans hold their material use to the highest standards and consider their impact on the environment. We do this to prepare our objects for a circular economy to reduce the likelihood that they end up in a landfill.
Inspired by the Ancient coast of the Aegean and the Californian lifestyle, our designs incorporate elements we encounter from the mountains to the beach. We love to remind ourselves of the incredible organisms that live in a symbiotic relationship around us. It's a constant reminder of the greatest gift we can share with people who will outlive us and a constant reminder that we need to contribute.
Ayin is committed only to grow and use sustainable materials for the objects our artisan's craft. This commitment has led us to a strong partnership with local Turkish farm communities who change their standards to accommodate nature in a new way. Our goal is to provide more value to farms who choose to take measures that protect our environment.
We refuse to work with partners who do not follow our standards and help educate the ones that don't on why they should. We see this as a distinct responsibility for Ayin and respect that change isn't always made overnight.
We have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact when manufacturing. A way to do this is to keep manufacturing and processing in the same location to limit CO2 emissions in transportation to a minimum. As we keep production in the same place, we also help improve the economic impact to the local communities we serve. All of our production is currently limited to the Aegean region in Turkey.
Turkey has a long history of growing, looming, and dyeing high-quality cotton. It is one of the world's leading producers of organic cotton and specializes in lustrous, robust, and long staple cotton from the Aegean region.
We only work with factories and mills that adhere to the highest standards within production like GOTS and OEKO-TEX Standard 100. We also work with community partners to help them change their processes so we can partner in the future. Our goal is to make the industry more circular one step at a time.
To reduce our impact on the environment, we ship all our products in biodegradable bags made from 100% cornstarch. We are continually looking for new ways to reduce our footprint and try to innovate, reuse, cut, and recycle where we can. Every day is a learning opportunity, and we lean heavily on our community to identify new ways of protecting products in transit.