Finding a factory can seem overwhelming. Where do you get started to find one? (cough, THR3EFOLD, cough) How do you know if they are a good fit for your needs? While there is no exact formula, here’s our Top 5 Questions To Ask When Vetting a Factory.
By Madeline Bennett
Summer break doesn’t mean a changing-the-world break!! This summer, sip some lemonade by the pool, tan to your heart’s content, and still be on that ethical fashion grind. By using these few tips, you can make this summer one to remember by the impact you make, in addition to your new tanning glow. As a college student, I know my limitations, and these suggestions don’t ask for much! They don’t involve a plane ticket to India or a seat at a major fashion conference (although those both sound terribly dreamy) rather, they just involve you, a friend or two, and some clothes!
Photo sourced from Kurkku
Do enough research on organic fabrics and you’ll likely be amazed by the benefits to make the switch and also alarmed at the villainization of non-organic fabrics. But if organic crops yield such a higher return, with so many more benefits to the end user (AND the farmer) why aren’t more farmers making the switch? So it got us thinking, in all our ethical entitlement, how realistic are we being to the hard working farmers just trying to make a living? So we dug deeper. Here’s the high barriers to entry in switching to organic cotton but who’s building a solution.
As you begin to shop like a conscious consumer, you'll notice a common theme among the brand stories, they all start with the founder(s) waking up to injustice and wanting to find a way to fix it. The Tote Project is no exception. This best friend duo bonded over their shared heart for fighting human trafficking and wanting to find a way to do more. Let's sit down with Fay & Michelle and learn more.
Finding a factory can feel daunting. What country do you choose? How do you find a quality factory? What are import and export tariffs? Take some of the pressure off by starting in Haiti. Here are 4 reasons why you should manufacture in Haiti now.
As you tap into the world of ethical fashion, you’ll find it’s like going back to school, but you only take classes that actually interested you. Why does organic cotton help people? How do I alter my shopping habits? What brands can I trust? Don’t let it overwhelm you! Remember that being a conscious consumer is a lifelong journey and the more you walk this path, the more you will learn organically. To get you started here are our 11 Must-Read books about ethical fashion. Let's get back to school.
Written by Jessica Kelly, Founder & CEO of THR3EFOLD
In the last two years since launching THR3EFOLD, it has been a crazy winding road full of extreme highs and lows, so goes the life of a start up, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Since in a very real sense, the world is what we are after. One of our core tenants at THR3EFOLD is celebration, and on our 2nd birthday it would be remiss of me to let the opportunity for cake and confetti pass us by. Who am I kidding? Pass the champagne. So to celebrate our birthday, here’s my 2 favorite things about the last 2 years.
Are ethical brands greenwashing? As a responsible shopper looking to do the right thing, you might think if a brand is openly talking about their environmental or labor practices, they’re probably legit. And if they show you a picture of a happy worker or an NGO partner, it’s probably a sign of good intent and practices, right? Swipe that credit card. WRONG!
Wow. We are still in awe of the outcome our Fashion Revolution Day NYC event on April 24th (Fashion Revolution Day) that we hosted in collaboration with Bond Collective at their Mezzanine venue in Downtown Manhattan. This event was a lot of work to put together, but with almost 200 of New York's finest in attendance, not to mention a few who flew in from around the country, it was all worth it. We really were incredibly humbled and deeply inspired. In case you missed it, here's a few of our favorite things from the event (mainly so you'll know not to miss it next time).