We take sustainability very seriously. We are fully transparent about where and how our products are made and work hard to ensure that every maker featured in our shop puts people and planet before profits.
How we Choose our Brands:
We put hours and hours into product research. Before any item hits our shelves, we make sure it is not only high quality, but is made in small batches, by makers who share our vision of a world that's less trashy! In addition to our own donation to the Sierra Club, the vast majority of our makers give to a social cause that they passionately believe in as well.
Any stainless steel items that are mass produced come from WRAP certified factories, where we can ensure laborers work in safe conditions and receive a fair wage.
We use the following fabrics:
All of our Organic Cotton is certified by GOTS which stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. GOTS is recognized as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well. Our scope certificate number is 170514. You can find the direct link to where we source our organic cotton on the GOTS database here: https://www.global-standard.org/public-database/search/database/search_result/26040.html
RPET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, or recycled PET. RPET is made from recycled polyesters, recycled plastics and pure, 100% organic cotton. 90% less water is used in the making of RPET clothing, dramatically decreasing the negative environmental impact. Our products that contain RPET yarn are made using post consumer recycled bottles. The amount of bottles used per garment may vary depending on style, weight and size.
HEMP AND BAMBOO:
Throughout growth and processing, hemp uses 75% less water than conventional cotton. The roots of the plant grow deep into the earth to preserve the topsoil and subsoil from erosion and keeps the soil healthy for years to come without the need to rotate the crops. The fabric yield is double the amount of conventional cotton.
Bamboo is silky smooth and soft to the touch while being naturally hypoallergenic. With some species growing more than 2 feet per day, the bamboo plant grows faster than any other plant, making it the most renewable. The bamboo fabric absorbs moisture really well and because of that, requires less dye than conventional cotton.
Both hemp and bamboo naturally do not require the use of fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.
For the sake of full transparency, one should know that the process to make viscose hemp and bamboo is not the most environmentally positive, "eco friendly" process. In order to break down the wood like fibers to create a more soft and comfortable knit, some textile plants may use a chemical called caustic soda, which is commonly referred to as lye. Most textile factories now recycle the caustic soda to minimize the environmental effects and are making efforts to ensure the end to end process is environmentally sound.
We choose to support both bamboo and hemp because of their many agricultural benefits. We strongly believe that despite any flaws, the process far surpasses the practices of the fast fashion industry.
Our manufacturer uses low impact, fiber reactive dyes that are not harmful to the environment. This means the dyes do not contain any heavy metals or toxic substances. Recycled water is used in the dye facilities. The cotton absorbs over 70% of the dye which forms a direct link to the cotton fiber resulting in superior colorfastness and minimal run-off.