We know first-hand how expensive it is to run and grow an ethical fashion brand, so instead of giving away some of that valuable profit, create sustainable partnerships that enable real change where it’s needed. Not sure where to start? Luckily, we’ve put together 5 ways to becoming an ethical fashion brand that you can implement into your business plan.
1 | Artisan Made
Building economy in rural areas is of utmost importance. It keeps locals from moving to the slums of big cities to find work. By providing jobs there, you are cutting poverty right at the head before it affects someone’s life!
2 | Manufacture with Survivors
We work with many factories who provide a second chance for women rescued out of sex trafficking. These women not only gain vocational training and employment, but are able to attend life skill and financial planning classes to get them back on their feet. Now that’s responsible manufacturing!
3 | Go Green
Whether it is naturally dyed fabric, low water usage, organic textiles or even recycled/upcycled fabric, there are many ways to push your production to a low-to-no waste process. A good way to give mother nature a great big hug through your business.
4 | Manufacture with the Certified
Let’s face it, you can’t be in Kathmandu on the reg making sure your factory is operating at the ethical level they claim. However, there is someone who can be. By solely working with factories that are ethically certified (which btw, THR3EFOLD does exclusively) you ensure that the factory workers are well paid and well treated. You also ensure the operation runs environmentally friendly as well. These certifications must be regularly updated, and rigorously audited to ensure standards are met and maintained.
5 | Outsource Expertise
Maybe you wish to keep production in-house where you can quickly and closely monitor progress and change. However, next season’s collection calls for awe-inspiring embroidery work. Why don’t you outsource that work to a group of people who have done it for generations? For example, India is known to have the best embroidery in the world. Why not build economy in marginalized communities while creating your collection?
By creating a sustainable giveback model within your supply chain, you are able to change the world through your day-to-day business. As noble as it is to operate on a 10% donation model, we implore you to dig deeper when it comes to being an ethical fashion brand. Not sure where to find these partnerships? We’d love to help! THR3EFOLD works with factories who offer at least one, if not several, of the options listed above. Reach out today to get connected with a factory that not only creates your quality product but fights for change in the process.