Better Materials

The first rule of sustainable fashion is simple - make clothes that last - because above all, a piece worn is better than a piece in a landfill. We also believe that the most sustainable supply chain involves a diverse range of materials that work for form, function, style and most importantly, the planet!

When choosing the materials to use in our collections, we analyze the following metrics: Water usage, energy consumption, ecological footprint, toxicology, eutrophication, CO2 emissions and end-of-life. Through this process we have vetted a wide array of materials and only a handful have met our sustainable values - we call these our Better Materials.

Below are the materials we have chosen to work with thus far and a brief explanation of how they meet our sustainable values. We are always looking to the past and future to expand the breadth of materials that we use in our collections. We promise to do our research, learn from our mistakes and be better stewards to the environment!

  • Nothing like cotton

    organic cotton

    On average, organic cotton reduces blue water (non-rainfall) consumption by 91%, reduces CO2 emissions by 46%, acidification by 70%, eutrophication by 26% and non-renewable energy by 62% compared to conventional cotton. Organic cotton also eliminates the use of toxic chemicals and improves plant biodiversity.

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  • New age fiber

    tencel

    Tencel, by Lenzing, has been making a name for itself over the last 10 years as an extremely sustainable fabric. The production process is very similar to its parent fiber Rayon. Both are derived from the wood chips of eucalyptus and beech trees and later made into a pulp. The difference between rayon and Tencel is the chemical solution that turns the wood pulp into a fiber.

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  • Warmth + Comfort

    alpaca wool

    We love wool! There is nothing more satisfying than slipping a wool sweater on during a cold, blistery, winter day. However, not all wool has the same sustainable footprint. For us, Alpaca from Peru is one of our favorites in terms of comfort and the environment! The environmental benefits are derived from alpaca’s padded feet and grazing habits. Rather than hooves that often degrade usable land, alpaca have padded feet which are softer on the Earth.

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  • Breathability + Versatile

    linen

    While the research into the LCA of linen is somewhat bare, flax (the fiber that linen is composed of) is mostly rain-fed which bodes well for any cellulose fabric in terms of sustainability. One study found that the cultivation of linen uses four times less water and reduces ecotoxicity by about eight times when compared to conventional cotton. The difference in ecotoxicity is due to the limited use of pesticides in the growing of flax.

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  • limiting waste

    deadstock

    Deadstock fabric has the potential to be a vital component in any sustainable supply chain, as hundreds of companies over-produce fabric. These deadstock fabrics are usually incinerated or simply thrown into landfill. By keeping the fabric in circulation, it improves the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as reusability plays a crucial role in the LCA.

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  • Durability + Long Lasting

    polyester thread/tape

    We use virgin polyester thread and polyester zipper tape in the making of our garments. We’ve chosen to use polyester because we haven’t found a thread or tape that compares in quality - it’s just a strong material. The first rule to sustainable production is: make your clothes last!

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  • Tropical nut

    corozo

    Corozo is used for all of our buttons. Corozo is a nut from a tropical palm tree. The palm tree does not need to be destroyed in order to obtain the nut and the finished corozo button is 100% biodegradable!

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  • strength + style

    metal zippers

    Currently, we only use brass for our zippers. Brass has a high CO2 footprint but is 100% recyclable, if removed from the polyester tape that it’s adhered to. The removal of the tape is possible, but must be done by hand, which is why we started our take back program. Brass is extremely strong, durable, long lasting, and passes the first rule of sustainable production: make something that lasts!

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