Sourcing fabric is a huge hurdle and if you are trying to source sustainable fabric, it's even harder. We often recommend inquiring with your garment factory to source fabric because they often can be a huge asset to making this process quick and easy, here's why.
1 | Local Sourcing
Just like you have friends at other brands, factories have fellow factory friends. Often they have preferred fabric partners and textile mills they enjoy working with who are close by. Since often you are manufacturing in another country, it cuts down on your transit and carbon footprint to centralize your supply chain as much as possible. By having your factory source local fabric you are shrinking your supply chain, and often saving money.
2 | Better Standards
Sustainable factories know sustainable mills plain and simple. Factories who go the extra mile to set up labor standards and increase their sustainability know other professionals in their space. One of our THR3EFOLD factories for example has a great relationship with a leather producer that sources byproduct from the meat industry. These factories are positioned as experts to help you grow your brand standards, lean into their guidance to hit your goals.
3 | Deadstock Fabric Options
It's also great to form the habit of asking your garment factories what deadstock fabric they have on hand. All factories have bolts of leftover fabric lying around from past orders that never got used. Finding ways to use existing fabric reduces the demand for virgin material needed. In fact, sourcing deadstock fabric is a great way to start on your sustainable journey especially as a small brand who is making small orders.
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THR3EFOLD is a sourcing and PLM platform providing apparel brands with access to an ethical supply chain and training to grow their business for people, planet, and profit. We are the only platform vetting factories for labor standards, offering easy to use production management, and a two sided review system like Airbnb so production is ethical & easy and all in one place.
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