They say the devil is in the details. And this is particularly true with fashion. Creating a sustainable garment is more than just sourcing the right fabric, it also requires careful consideration of all the little details that make a garment functional and unique - zippers, buttons, snaps, elastic, lace, ribbon and sequins. These seemingly small details add up, and as such they are worthy of careful scrutiny. Let’s take a look at where the industry is at with sustainable trims...
The recent explosion in material innovation is starting to bear fruit (pardon the pun) with the development of viable leather alternatives made from pineapples, apples, mushrooms and even prickly pear! In todays post we will take a look at 3 promising plant based leathers made by companies that are striving to use more of what mother nature gave them.
Vegan leather = sustainable leather. Right? Well, not exactly. The term ‘vegan’ can be misleading. Better for animals…absolutely. But better for people and the environment? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. To help shed some light on this we reached out to Salma Merchant Rahmathulla - founder of a vegan leather accessories brand, The Essentials Story and Creative Director of Pelicans Group, one of Europe's largest design and manufacturing companies of customized items in leather and man-made materials. Here's what she had to say.
Want to hear some good news? There has never been a better time to engage with your garment factory to improve social and environmental standards within your supply chain. The combination of increased consumer demand and tightening government regulation is forcing the fashion industry to get serious about its sustainability claims. Suppliers looking for a competitive edge are responding to this demand by improving their social and environmental practices. So, how can you leverage off this momentum to improve the sustainability standards within your supply chain? We tapped Ellen Saville, one of our expert coaches in the Coaching Club and Co-Founder and Creative Director of the The Endery, for a few tips.
Did you know that more than 60% of garments currently produced are made from polyester and other non-renewable, petroleum-based fibers? With clothing production expected to double in the next 30 years it is imperative to switch to more sustainable options. Here are five sustainable yarns that you might consider sourcing for your apparel brand in 2022.
It can take more than 450 years for plastic bags, plastic water bottles and plastic straws to decompose, but that's not the only thing sitting in landfills for centuries. The fashion industry contributes to a wide range of plastic waste from packaging to hangers to all the polyester based materials we make. The problem is clear, but the solution is not. Which sustainable solutions should fashion brands prioritize when trying to reduce their impact? It ranges brand by brand, but if reducing plastic waste is one of your top priorities, here's some steps you can take to go plastic free.
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:
Building your sustainable brand with no resources is though, but ethical factories are ready to help and support your brand's journey. Ethical factories are transparent because they want you to know what they're doing in the industry to create a better planet for all of us. When looking for a factory to work with, always ask what they're doing to make an impact and how that benefits your brand during production.
Online shopping has become the new norm, increasing sales by 32.4% over the last year. Because of this, more shipping material is being used and it's important for brands across all industries, to implement sustainable shipping materials. If your brand is already established, it can be difficult to make the full switch to becoming fully sustainable in one jump. There are many changes that can be made to your brand easily, to get you on the right track on your journey towards sustainability. Something we find very beneficial to brands, is switching to sustainable packaging, and we've got some tips on how to choose the best one that fits your brand.
There is so much innovation happening in sustainable textiles and it is very inspiring. However it isn't picking up at a mainstream level and you may be wondering, why aren't brands using more sustainable materials? Or you maybe you have experienced why firsthand. Here's the roadblocks we see from fashion brands using sustainable materials more regularly.