Our primary sustainability goal is for our garments
to be as close to 100% biodegradable as we may get them.
Hemp Blends: Blends of hemp with organic cotton or silk or lyocell create gorgeous, soft, refined fabrics which are durable. Hemp provides some SPF protection with anti-microbial qualities. Hemp doesn't need certification because it is grown without pesticides.
Our supplier for fabric blends of organic cotton, hemp, and silk is a generational family run/woman-owned business which pioneered refined hemp fabric. If not for their decades of hard work, high quality hemp fabrics (including blends) which are on par with quality linen, would not be on the market today anywhere in the world.
Here are our hemp fabric pioneers (mom and daughter)!
They are currently bringing fabric production fully into the U.S.
Fair trade, sustainability and transparency has been this U.S. company's business model for decades - long before these practices became part of today's fashion lexicon. Each of their textiles must pass a Sustainable Biodegradable Products Certification (SBP®). This certification ensures that each step during the textiles' production, from the farms to the mills and beyond maintains earth-friendly, ethical and fair trade practices. They have the following certifications: Green America (certified business); GreenPeople; USDA Certified 100% Biobased Product. We can't say enough about this supplier and the holistic methods they adhere to. To learn more about this amazing supplier, visit their website here.
Hemp Republic goes into detail about how hemp fabric is made and the benefits of a hemp blended fabric, such as soft, durable, uv protection and more..
For the Real Science Nerds: Antibacterial Properties of Hemp
Certified Organic Cotton: Our supplier for organic cotton sateen was one of the first certified organic cotton farmers in the U.S. - a generational family farm. They also import GOTS organic cotton sateen which we use in our wrap women's blazers. You can find their certifications here.
"Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Importantly organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved." For more detailed info, visit the Textile Exchange's page: About Organic Cotton
What is GOTS? The Global Organic Textile Standard ("GOTS") is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
For our bespoke linings we create pattern designs from commissioned art work; these designs are printed on a light weight organic cotton sateen which is GOTS certified (certification listed here). Our "art patterns" are printed using ecologically-safe water-based pigment-based inks. Click here to learn about the sustainable on-demand fabric printer we work with.
Here is a sample of one of our "art patterns" inspired by Vincent van Gogh's painting style. We often choose nature/ocean themes to represent our commitment to sustainability and our love for the ocean and innocent wildlife.
Starfish Art Pattern (c)
Luxurious AND Sustainable - two in one! Depicted below is our Kate Blazer lined with 100% Bemberg™ cupro. This luxurious cupro is highly regarded by top tailors, and is known for it's superior moisture-wicking abilities. These linings are STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified.
Bemberg™ by Asahi Kasei is a one-of-a-kind, new generation material made from the smart-tech transformation of cotton linter bio-utility waste, converted through a traceable and transparent closed loop process. Bemberg™ also delivers on laboratory verified end of life options, and a finalized LCA study. Bemberg™ has GRS certification proving its materials recycling authenticity.
Bemberg™ can claim end-of-life biodegradability as verified by third party, INNOVHUB.
If you follow us on Instagram you know we did a trial using Swarvoski crystal buttons, but unfortunately - they were too heavy for our fabrics and for now we won't be using them. Everyone's eyes lit up with a touch of crystal bling (we know, we heard you.) Swarovski has been an ethical/sustainable company for over 120 years.
Our primary button supplier is a family business going back several generations. These buttons are made from corozo, or tagua, which is a seed from a palm tree (see image below), which are gathered, dried, peeled and cut. Our manufacturer provides over one thousand full time and part time low-skill labor jobs in depressed and impoverished South American communities, jobs which help those communities to prosper and grow economically while increasing their quality of life. Learn more about this wonderful company here.
Once the seeds are prepared, they are shipped to the manufacturing plant in Panama which introduces an entirely different spectrum of occupations. The manufacturer trains their employees in the requisite specialized skills for using the equipment - from mechanical turns to delicate, computer-controlled laser engraving machines (our buttons are laser engraved with our company name). They train and employ around 100 workers, and provide not only career opportunities, but bring an infusion of technology to the local community. The training increases the workers' skill set, enabling them to leverage this knowledge for future advancement - whether with the plant or within another industry.
Busy Button Worker Bees