Environmental conservation and appreciation has always been a huge part of my life. The older I get, the more important it becomes. The fashion industry is notoriously bad when it comes to waste, pollution, human rights and the overuse of resources. I feel like there is an incredible opportunity to change the industry and also change our behaviors as consumers. So in honor of Earth Day I wanted to take a few moments to go over our process and the textiles we use for the clothing line.
We are committed to USA made goods for all parts of the manufacturing process. The current collection is made entirely in house, from the cutting and sewing to the printing, steaming and washing. Keeping everything in house limits the quantity produced but gives us much more control, less waste and attention to each and every piece.
Organic & Recycled Cotton:
Conventional cotton uses more chemicals than any other crop and is frequently genetically modified. These chemicals adversely affect the soil, water, air as well as the lives of the farmers and people living in proximity of the growing areas. This is why we feel it is of utmost importance to support the organic cultivation of cotton as well as recycling practices. All of the cotton in our clothing is blended with hemp so that we are using less, as well as certified organic.
Linen, made from the flax plant is naturally more sustainable and requires less chemicals during cultivation than cotton. Even so, flax is not very competitive with weeds so herbicides are commonly used. Organic practices create healthier soils for long term cultivation. Flax processing can also create water pollution during the enzymatic process of separating the fibers from the stalk. Our source for linen uses a more labor intensive yet sustainable practice that insures no waste water is accumulated or released into the environment.
Hemp is one of the most if not most versatile and sustainable plants on our planet. It can be used as a rotation crop, for paper, textiles, building materials, food, skin care products and even bio fuels. It is naturally insect and pest resistant needing little to no pesticides or herbicides. It is also drought resistant, grows exceedingly fast and dense planting protects hemp from invasive weeds. The fibers themselves are exceptional for long lasting clothing. The fibers have anti-mildew and anti-microbial properties. They also have high heat conductivity and are abrasive resistant which means they stand up well to numerous washings - the more they are washed, the softer they become. And unlike many popular micro fibers on the market, the shedding of the fibers during the washing process does not build up and harm the environment.