It is so important to know where our clothes come from, who makes them, and just what makes them sustainable. I've worked really hard to make my business as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible.
The sweatshirts and bags I embroider are manufactured by Continental Clothing, and below is their journey from the cotton farms of Southern India to your door:
The cotton is organically grown in Ahmedabad in Southern India, where the farmers forgo the use of pesticides in favour of more traditional and eco-friendly methods. 95% of the water used for irrigation is supplied naturally by monsoon rainfall.
The garment factory that processes the raw materials and produces the sweatshirts and bags is powered by renewable energy from a nearby wind farm, in Tamil Nadu. Wastewater is treated to fully remove dyes and any other pollutants. The factory is a vertically integrated facility, which means Continental Clothing have full control over each step of the supply chain. Certification by the Fair Wear Foundation means that all workers are paid a fair wage and work in safe conditions.
When clothing patterns are cut from long sections of cloth, there is an inevitable level of waste fabric created by the cut-offs left behind. This is the cotton that is used in my sweatshirts and bags. Cut-offs from organic cotton t-shirts from other parts of the factory are shredded and broken down into individual fibres. This is then spun into yarn and combined with recycled polyester.
The polyester is recycled locally from plastic bottles, and is spun into yarn. Polyester often gets a bad name, but it is a light, silky, and durable fabric. When it is produced from recycled materials and combined with recycled organic cotton, it becomes a very environmentally friendly fabric and creates clothes that will last a lifetime.
Continental Clothing don’t ship by airfreight due to environmental concerns, so everything is shipped by sea. It arrives at my door in cardboard packaging, which I recycle.
All my packaging (including envelopes, tissue paper, stickers, etc) is biodegradable and made from recycled materials. I don’t include printed invoices/ shipping slips, as they usually just end up in the bin. If you would like an invoice, I can email one to you.
The thread I use is 100% cotton and biodegradable. I keep all the little scraps and cut-offs, and use them to attach labels etc. The labels are made from recycled materials too!