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.
Part of owning a brand is taking into consideration what everything is going to cost. Budgeting for these costs helps for you to be ahead of the curve and make a sustainable profit. One of those costs that is often overlooked is import taxes and freight fees. Import taxes and freight fees effect the price that you charge a customer so it is important that you keep these low to be a competitive brand.
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.
Communicating brand standards is one of the hardest things for conscious brands to accomplish. This is because one million decisions go into creating an ethical sustainable product - how do you whittle that down into one palatable message conscious consumers can easily understand and support? But it's important to figure this out! Communicating your ethical sustainable brand standards with your customer builds trust and makes you stand out from the competition. Here's some tips to achieve this.
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.
Now is the time to launch that brand! As you may be out of a job or realizing you can work from home and have the life you want, that brand that's been on your mind may be calling your name to launch. You have the dream and the opportunity, but maybe you aren't sure where to begin. Here's why 2021 is your year to launch that brand and how we can help you get there.
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.
There is an underlying assumption that "Made in USA" is synonymous with high labor standards and good working conditions. Many people choose to support "Made in USA" products because it boosts our economy and avoids the exploitative labor practices seen on the news globally. But does an address automatically ensure high labor practices? No. The US faces factory labor issues too and that is why we always encourage you to dig deeper and do your due diligence.
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?