SUSTAINABLE SATURDAYS: Consumption & Materials
IT HASN’T BEEN EASY FOR CONSUMERS OR DESIGNERS
Being an eco-friendly designer or consumer is not easy because of the current systems and lack of transparency in place. When defining which materials are eco-friendly, we need to look at the below 4 key points. Natural materials may not always be grown sustainably or be long-lasting, and long-lasting materials are often synthetic. In either of these scenarios, items could be made using chemicals or in unsafe conditions, which is harmful to both the people and the planet.
Quality and longevity – fashion that is made to last, and be loved for years to come
Circular processes – fashion that stays out of the landfill for as long as possible by reusing, recycling or repurposing materials or entire garments
Ethical manufacturing – fashion made by people who are paid fairly and treated with respect and dignity
Sustainable manufacturing – fashion made from sustainably-grown or recycled materials, using low-impact processes
By now, most of us know that recycling and repurposing materials is important to protect our planet from environmental harm. What most of us don’t know, is exactly how to recycle or repurpose, and we also don’t know which businesses to support that are working hard to be eco-conscious.
The Riley Ruffle Dress as seen in this photo is sustainably sourced and made in Los Angeles using Reclaimed Washed Satin.
WHAT IS RECLAIMED FABRIC AND WHY IS THERE EXCESS?
To make clothing, we need materials. To avoid creating new waste out of usually man-made fibers that use harmful chemicals to produce a fabric, one option is to reclaim fabric. Reclaiming dead-stock fabric is a means of repurposing a material that is already intact and give it a second life.
The fashion industry has proven itself to be wasteful. Dead-stock refers to materials that are usually leftover from past season collections in the textile mills. However, it can also be as a result of brands placing an order with a supplier, later changing their mind, leaving the mill with many yards of perfectly usable fabric. The result is a significant amount of discarded stock inventory, which can end up in a landfill and later burned, releasing harmful toxins. Shop Collaboré partners with brands like Kindom Shop to reclaim these discarded materials and prevent them from being wasted. We only say yes to conscious style, making it just a little easier on our planet and our consumers.