We may be a small business, but this has not stopped us from finding ways to continually improve our products and minimise our environmental footprint. As we grow our small business, we want to continue to implement positive changes in terms of sustainability and transparency. There are still many initiatives we are developing in the background so we would encourage you to watch this space throughout 2021
We are proud to be a Brisbane owned and Brisbane made label. All our manufacturing and pattern making is done with DNA Manufacturing who have the Ethical Clothing Australia accreditation.
When choosing a fabric supplier we did a lot of research and chose to work with a local supplier - Potter Textiles to source our linen. Simon, the owner of Potters, has been in the business for 25 years and has built up a solid relationship with the mills they work with and sourcing agents. They source their flax from France and Belgium and it is sent to China to be milled.
They only use 3 to 4 different mills to produce their linen as they can trust them on quality. All the mills for linen meet the Oeko-Tex 100 standard. This standard is checked yearly and mills can supply certifications on request anytime of year.
As part of the mills meeting the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard their dyes have to meet this too. All of their mills use the dye brand DyStar which is Oeko-Tex certified. As Simon also regularly visits the mills we have the assurance from Potters that the workers are working in ethical and safe conditions.
For our custom prints for our Ahimsa Collection we sourced our linen fabric from Sericin Silk. This fabric has been milled and digitally printed in China. Sericin also regularly visits their printing factories and we have the assurance from them that the workers are working in ethical and safe conditions.
Did you know that most elastic used to make clothes is wrapped in polyester?
For our new collection we have sourced new elastic that is environmentally friendly and made from cotton and natural rubber. This elastic also has the Oeko Tex Standard 100 certification so we can be assured no harmful chemicals were used in it's production process. It is biodegradable and plastic free and a responsible alternative to conventional polyester elastics. We sourced our elastic from James Tailoring which is a company founded on the idea of bringing together the very best in responsible sewing products to clothing designers and makers. Their aim is to create a responsible, ethical and sustainable choice for the garment industry.
Our thank you notes are made from 100% post consumer recycled paper. We sourced our thank you notes through Vistaprint.
We currently use the Australian owned compostable packaging company- Hero Packaging for all our parcel packaging.
We are proud to use Sendle which is Australia's first 100% carbon neutral shipping service. They are a certified B Corporation and you can be assured you are getting your goods whilst caring for the planet.
Why is Ethical Fashion expensive?
This is a question I get asked a lot and have heard a lot of people say they buy fast fashion as they can’t afford ethical fashion. I wanted to share some information on the exact costs to make items ethically and sustainably in Australia as I want to be transparent about how we price our items.