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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.
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.
By Krystal De Lisi, The Edit Advisory
It's happening. Consumers no longer want to be associated with brands that are harmful to the planet and to people and brands are responding. However, balancing price with ethical sustainable fashion standards is a real challenge. It is inevitable that paying workers a fair wage and sourcing eco-friendly fabrics will play a role in the overall cost of your product. So how do you produce your product, balance the budget, and stay true to your values?
Sustainable fabric is just the tip of the sustainable fashion iceberg. There's also thread, zippers, notions, dyeing, packaging, and shipping to name a few. The difficult task when implementing sustainability into your fashion brand is WHERE DO YOU START? There are so many areas to consider that it often feels overwhelming especially when you consider that the whole planet is at stake.
One of the most important aspects to consider when launching a fashion brand is how it is going to be funded. The average cost to start a fashion brand is around $20,000, product development alone is $5,000, so without personal wealth, your options are loans or investment. A loan puts you at risk of severe debt if your brand goes belly up. Investment gives up control of your company, and without a wealthy network may not even be a viable option. The best option to avoid these problems and get the funding your brand needs is to start a crowdfunding campaign.