Often times when you’re trying to make your brand more conscious, the first thought is to simply bring manufacturing back to US soil. Problem is, the solution isn’t as simple as “Made in America” when it comes to being an ethical fashion brand because the reality is we live in a very global world, inextricably connected.
Because Now We Got Bad Blood
It is quite easy to make ethical clothes in America thanks to good ole’ Uncle Sam. The powers that be in this great nation have given us quite a few detailed labor laws, but we didn't have many of them until the great triangle shirt factory fire in 1912. Now, we can’t have sweat shops, there are protective child labor laws, and human trafficking is illegal; just to name a few. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in many developing nations.
The Rana Plaza Factory collapse of 2013 might ring a bell for your reservations with offshore manufacturing. Given damning situations like that you might think, Made in America is the only way you can properly ensure your product is produced consciously. While that’s all well and good, and the intention altruistic, we encourage you to dig a little deeper into this global issue.
There's More Than One Way to Skin a Cat (or something similar that doesn't piss off PETA)
Here’s the deal, because many countries don’t have the labor laws that protect workers in the US, if you simply pull production from overseas you don’t play a vital role in fixing the problem. In fact, you risk further perpetuating the issue by failing to be the solution. So it's not about running away from our problems, it's about digging in our heels, finding the right partners, and moving this forward together.
By working with the right factories, like the factories THR3EFOLD connects you with, you build their local economy and work to eradicate poverty. You are putting your business to good use. You are becoming the solution!
I’ll Have What She’s Having
What if you haven't begun manufacturing internationally but are now totally pumped and ready to run over seas? Eagerly your research begins, followed by an abrupt halt, as you discover how hard it is to find manufacturers online (they aren't what you'd call savvy with the interwebs). Then you realize you have no idea how to trust the few factories you do find, how do you even know they are ethically run? That is where THR3EFOLD comes in! We have done the legwork for you, and spilled the blood, sweat, and tears to ensure our factories are all certified to industry ethical standards to meet your manufacturing needs.
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