SUSTAINABILITY

We are committed to being a sustainable brand. This means that we take our time to source the best quality recycled fabrics in order to create bespoke and original pieces for you and our collections are ethically produced in our London Studio by industrial energy saving sewing machines.

We are aware of the Key Issues in the Fashion industry and want to be part of the change we want to see in the world. These issues relate to the personal and industrial activities of Fashion with consideration to environment, cultural, social and economic impacts. 

- Hazardous Chemicals and Pollution - The Fashion Industry is one of the largest users of chemicals and in turn is responsible for high levels of water and air pollution, which is hazardous to our ecosystems and human health. Textile processing currently accounts for around 20% of water pollution, whilst through the production of synthetic fibres, nitrous oxide emissions are released into the air, which are 310 times more damaging then carbon dioxide.

- Water stress - With more then 1 Billion people currently lacking access to clean water, whilst the fashion industry consumes water in growing fibres, production process and in garment care. It can take 2700 litres of water to make one cotton t-shirt, which alone could provide up to 3 years of drinking water for one person.

- Climate Change - The current level of CO2 in the atmosphere already exceeds what is considered safe by scientists and yet the fashion industry's emissions continue to increase. If we all fail to respond to this challenge, sea levels will continue to rise, many places will experience droughts, and there will be more frequent extreme weather events, increasing the number of people displaced.

- Land Use and Biodiversity - Measured by the variety of life on Earth, biodiversity is the Foundation for a healthy planet. Fashion is directly linked to Habitat loss and a decline in biodiversity drought land use. Areas of forested land have been cleared for cotton cultivation, livestock raising and cellulosic fibres made from wood, whilst livestock mismanagement has also lead to degradation of fertile land.

- Consumption and Waste - Clothing production worldwide has doubled since 2000 and yet the average British or European person keeps their clothing items for about half as long. Globally the vast majority of discarded clothing ends up in landfills or incinerated, currently only 20% is collected for reuse or recycling.

- Diminishing Resources - The Fashion Industry relies on many natural and Human Resources which are finite or diminishing. The making, transporting and use of Fashion is almost completely dependent on fossil fuels, whilst hand-based skills and crafts from around the world are rapidly vanishing because of faster and cheaper manufacturing options.

- Wellbeing - The current level and pace of the Fashion industry compromises the wellbeing of workers, animals and the environment. Over half of workers in fashion are not paid the minimum wage and in most producing countries this is still half of what can be considered a living wage. This is linked to an increasing speed, fuelled by marketing messages which pressure women and men to look, feel and shop in a particular way.

- Modern Day Slavery - Modern Slavery still exists today in the forms of forced labour, people trafficking and child exploitation. Victims of Modern Slavery are unable to leave their situation because they are subject to threats, violence, punishment, coercion or deception. With a lack of transparency across the industry, 77% of companies operating in UK believe Modern Slavery might exist somewhere in their supply chains.

Source: CFE & LCF

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