We're always thinking about ways to make our products better and to have less of an impact on the environment. In a lot of way being a small brand helps us control our supply chain by working with small local factories and suppliers, which reduces the footprint of our products by not using materials that ship from around the globe and allowing us to work with deadstock fabrics that otherwise would end up in a landfill.
As a small brand, it's hard for us to make much of an impact on the global fashion industry and the damage that it does to the environment. And although a lot of well-meaning brands are making an effort to use more sustainably-made fabrics these days, even some of the most progressive eco-fabrics such as organic cotton and recycled polyester (which definitely represent progress from traditional pesticide-rich cotton production and oil-heavy polyester and nylon production) still leave a large footprint on the environment.
What we've realized, along with some other forward-thinking smaller brands, is that one of the best things we can do to reduce the global environmental footprint of our products is to use deadstock fabrics whenever possible in the production of our clothing. Deadstock fabrics are those that have gone unused by mills or larger brands for one reason or another and so are unloaded on middlemen or sold secondhand directly by mills or brands to avoid sending them to rot in a landfill. By using these fabrics that already exist, we do our small part to ensure that these fabrics don't end up in a landfill. It's our equivalent of buying finished goods from a thrift store.
Our Influencer Pants are made from a deadstock cotton/spandex fabric from an American mill that is no longer in business, and our new Tencel (TM) pants that we're working on are also made from a domestic deadstock fabric. Aside from being amazing fabrics that we love, it's good to know that we're giving this fabric a second-life.
By working with local factories here in Los Angeles, we eliminate the need to have our sewn products shipped in containers from far-flung locales. The majority of our deadstock fabrics are also purchased in Los Angeles, meaning they don't have to be shipped, and we can simply pick them up and drop them off at our factory in a single trip.
Whenever we have damaged products, excess inventory or leftover fabric scraps, we always either donate them to charity, in the case of excess or damaged products, or recycle them by finding another use for them or using available recycling channels. Just a small thing we can do to keep fabrics that have already been made in circulation and out of the landfill.
If you know of other sustainability practices other brands are utlilizing that you think are interesting and innovative, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org