In order to reach our goal of being Carbon Neutral by 2023, we needed to know where we’re at today. So we started by measuring our current carbon footprint. We are currently undergoing a complete audit of our business and production processes to assess our exact emissions and the cost of offsetting them. We’re looking forward to sharing more information on this process as we go.
CARBON NEUTRAL SHIPPING
Through EcoCart we are proud to offer carbon neutral shipping. They’ve helped us estimate the cost of offsetting the emissions from manufacturing and shipping each order. We give our customers the option to make their order carbon neutral at checkout, usually adding 1-2% to their total. EcoCart then donates to a verified carbon offset project. Currently, our carbon offset dollars go to The Purus Project, a tropical forest conservation project in Acre, Brazil.
WRAP, or Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production, is the world's largest factory-based certification program for manufacturers of clothing, footwear, and other sewn products. WRAP certification ensures humane and fair practices (including no child or forced labor) by checking payrolls, benefits, and hours/week.
Our clothing is mindfully designed in Los Angeles. Though it’s a small percentage of what we do, approximately 15% of our garments are produced locally. We aim to work with local factories who have a minimal environmental footprint.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON
This non-GMO fiber is USDA and GOTS certified organic. We are proud to source our Organic Pima Cotton from Bergman/Rivera, a small family owned farm founded in 1986. Bergman/Rivera has been a pioneer in Organic Cotton promotion and sustainable practices in Peru and was the first Peruvian company to receive GOTS certification. This small family business supports more than 160 families across three different valleys in Peru. Farm workers are paid fair wages and treated with Fair Trade standards, and the GOTS certification also ensures traceability for the cotton fiber. Growing and harvesting our Organic Pima Cotton leaves the soil, air, and water free of contaminants from harmful pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and defoliants. Which means it’s better for the land and safer for the workers.
In 2021 we reduced the amount of our wholesale sampling by 57%, instead choosing to utilize our visual digital assets in better ways by eliminating the sampling of multiple colors and core styles. For context, our showrooms used to receive a sample of each item in the line. It’s industry standard for sales purposes, but it got us thinking about the negative environmental impact with regard to resources, waste, carbon emissions, and water for producing this many samples. Our reduction in sampling translates to about 774 less samples in a season, and that is roughly 3,096 samples in a year.
What does that even mean? Well, it’s the consideration of the environmental impact of all the processes and resources required to manufacture clothing. And, yes. It’s more expensive. It’s important to understand that the cost of a piece of clothing is the result of the entire process that brought it into existence. We use premium fabrics, the most environmentally friendly practices, and pay everyone in the supply chain a living wage. All those things contribute to a high production cost. It starts with us, and we believe those things are worth it. Therefore, we teach our customers the best way to buy less is to buy better. Invest in fewer high quality pieces that come from sustainable processes and fabrics. Take a step back and decide if you really need something…