Fabric Grading System
Every decision matters, and our fabric is no exception. Each fabrication in our line is chosen with intention and careful consideration. As we expand our line, we aim to integrate only the most responsible fabrics available. We look forward to introducing more natural, recycled, organic, and regenerative fibers each season.
In 2021 we created a fabric grading system because we’re committed to providing all of the good (and the not so good) information on our materials. We evaluate every fabric before adding it to our line, and our customer facing grading system holds us accountable. If a fabric doesn't receive at least a “C” grade on our scale, it isn’t added.
Our Impact Score takes into consideration the environmental impact from all processes in the fabrics life cycle. We look at the impact of farming, manufacturing, dying, washing, all production transportation, packaging, shipping, garment care and ultimately the timeline to biodegrade in a landfill.This system highlights the most eco-friendly elements of our fabrics, and also acknowledges where improvements in our sourcing and supply chain can (and should) be made. It is our belief that making this information available will help you make responsible decisions on our website AND ask the right questions when shopping on other sites. We also provide the landfill lifetime of our clothing in the hopes that it empowers you to think about the full lifecycle of the pieces you buy.
SEED TO GARMENT
We produce approximately 85% of our clothing in Peru, utilizing a vertical manufacturing process with our partner, WTS. All of the cotton we use is grown, harvested by hand, spun into yarn, knit into fabric, cut and sewn into garments locally (mostly in the city of Lima). This local “seed to garment” approach minimizes pollution from transportation and dramatically reduces our carbon footprint as compared to industry standards.
Our choice to produce in Peru is based on the fact that Pima Cotton is native to Peru. This fiber is deeply tied to the traditions and culture of Peru, as indigenous people have cultivated the fiber for thousands of years. Peruvian Pima Cotton, unlike other cotton varietals, is drought tolerant. This means that it takes 50% less water to grow. Utilizing this fiber is further preserving a tradition that provides income to many and helps the local economy of indigenous people. Our sources work directly with communities in Peru to provide opportunity and ensure that quality and ethical standards are met.
When it comes to prints, the environmentally conscious choice is digital printing. All of our fabric printing is done digitally with pigment ink. Digital fabric printing has 95% less waste, uses 60% less water, and 55% less chemicals than traditional rotary printing methods. The pigment ink we use can go straight into a finishing process with almost no water consumption. Other printing methods require washing (high water consumption) and steaming (high electrical consumption) before finishing. Printing digitally reduces water usage by up to 60% and electrical usage by up to 30%.