Disruptions in the supply chain are completely out of your control and this past year your patience has been tested more than ever. We know how frustrating delays can be during your production. You run the risk of not even having product to sell in seasonally important moments on the calendar. Here's how your brand can be better prepared to navigate the supply chain in these uncertain times.
Garment production uses a surprising amount of water. But maybe not so surprising when you consider it requires growing crops, ginning/spinning fiber, dyeing that fiber, printing patterns in addition to the wash of the garment after construction. However, there are factories who practice sustainability and have found alternatives that won't use as much water as traditional manufacturing. Here's how those factories save what and what they use instead.
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Back in April 2021 we talked about the proposed bill to ban goods produced in Xinjiang, China in an effort to fight against the human rights abuses taking place against the Uyghur people there. After some push back from major brands like Nike, Apple, and Coca Cola, the bill finally passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on December 16th, 2021. Here's the update and the scoop on why some companies are not on board.
Fabrics are often the most expensive part of a garment, and sustainable fabrics can be very expensive. Deadstock fabric is a great way to be sustainable by reducing fabric waste while cutting down costs on your cost of goods sold. Most factories have leftover fabric from previous production runs, you just have to ask. Sourcing deadstock fabric is a great way to get your feet wet when you're heading towards becoming a fully sustainable brand. Here's how you can design for deadstock fabric successfully:
As 2021 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on what you've accomplished and what needs to be done in 2022. Pushing towards sustainability takes a lot of planning ahead of time, so it's crucial that your brand is looking into the future now because when you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Here are some of the goals you should be working towards, and how to do it.
One of the biggest changes we need to see in the fashion industry, is how garment factory workers are treated. Every worker has the right to a safe work environment with legal pay without exploitation. Many people assume garment worker exploitation only occurs outside of the U.S. but that is true. Many garment factories in California still don't follow ethical labor standards and progress must be made. Here's how the landmark passing of California's SB62, also known as the Garment Workers Protection Act, is changing the face of labor standards in California.
It's no secret that certain textile dyeing techniques are polluting water sources, using copious amounts of water and harming garment workers health. As sustainable and ethical industry practices progress it's important that you aren't letting anything slip through the cracks and something as simple as textile dyes are being revamped to make a positive impact. Here's how sustainable textile dyes are changing, and why it's important:
Life can get pretty busy, so listening to something great on the go may be your best way to absorb information. Podcasts are an easy way to stay in the loop of what's happening with ethical and sustainable fashion. So here are our 6 must listen to podcasts to subscribe to today!
As fashion technology expands, more companies are looking for ways to draw in their consumers and how they can make their shopping experience easier than ever. We've talked about virtual fitting rooms, and how they're changing the online shopping game, but what about tailoring a garment specific to you during its original production phase? Well, Unspun is working to make jeans fit like a glove, the first time around. Here's how:
The terms ethical and sustainable always seem to get roped together when talking about fashion. Both are very important, but it's crucial for us to know the difference because one doesn't always equal the other. If a brand is practicing sustainable standards, that's great for our planet, but does that mean the factories they work with are implementing ethical standards as well? You won't know for sure unless you see their certification, but here's how to know the difference between sustainable, and ethical fashion.