Single use plastics are damaging our planet in a big way. Some brands are finding ways to combat this by using more sustainable fabrics. Recycled Polyester which you may also know as rPet, eConyl, and Repreve is a way to give plastics a second use. The fabric like normal polyester is very diverse and can look and feel many different ways. Brands like Patagonia and Reformation have been using recycled polyester for years. But is it a good sustainable option? Let's see how it's made and why you could consider using it.
On January 13th the US banned cotton products that were produced in Xinjiang China.Several Major European Brands have spoken out about the cotton grown in Xinjiang and the abuse that is involved. A major group that is involved in this abuse is the Muslim Uighur minority group that is being forced into labor. China is accused of a violated serious human rights violation against the Muslim Uighur people.
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One of the 8 standards that constitutes an ethical factory is the right to unionize, meaning, workers can join a union without repercussions in their job. Another key standard is no discrimination which includes political affiliation or sentiment among other things. Which brings us to the recent protests that have been taking place in Myanmar and the news that broke of a garment factory locking workers inside to prevent protest. Here's what happened and how we should respond.
MOQs (minimum order quantity) don't just determine if you can work with a factory, but when used correctly they can also increase your sustainability. The minimum order quantity starts at the fabric level and typically determines how much production you purchase from there. So if you get really good with pattern cutting and design you can use all of that fabric to eliminate waste. Here's some ideas for designing for the minimum order quantity to increase sustainability.
Online reselling platforms have become huge. However, brands suffer because they are not receiving any financial compensation. Some brands have decided to take it into their own hands by reselling their own items. With the thought of sustainability in mind reselling is a great way for brands to add to their revenue, here's how.
Sustainable sourcing has exploded in popularity over the last ten years. We have a living planet that needs to be protected and sustainable sourcing is how brands can play their part. When it comes to sustainable sourcing for fashion brands there are a lot of options to consider beyond just having sustainable fabric. Here's a few, to get your wheels spinning.
Finding ethical factories can be a daunting task in and of itself. Most people do not know what standards a factory should have to be considered ethical in the first place. But if you are just starting out you not only need standards, you need a factory willing to offer lower minimum production orders. Some factory minimum order quantity is 2,000 units per style per color...yep that's a lot. Here's how to find a low minimum ethical factory overseas.
When sourcing for sustainable fabrics you cannot forget the label. The difficult part of this is how did you source sustainable labels for your pieces. This is a daunting task, that is why THR3EFOLD is here to help.
Welcome back! We are eager to rewrite last year with a more hopeful, more successful 2021. To kick things off let's talk about optimizing with the first digital sourcing trade show of the year, Texworld NYC.
The sustainable fashion industry is expected to hit $8.25 billion by 2023. But as sustainability has grown from trend to foundational pillar, one category has been left behind, legwear. That is until now. Introducing CLOVO, an emerging sustainable stockings brand. Learn how Megan Martis built her business from the ground up and the process that it took to get here, in today's Brands Behind the Scenes interview.