HERE'S HOW WE GOT THERE:
1. At first we were just ordering apparel from wholesale clothing companies, and not paying attention to the process of how the garments were created. So the first transition was to find a clothing manufacturer that prioritized in an eco-friendly process of creating apparel. Luckily, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon a couple manufacturers that are environmentally friendly & based in the the United States! Because we have our resale license, we were able to set up accounts with them and transition from purchasing cheap garments from the wholesalers, to new manufacturers that use 1/5 of the amount of clean water and recycled plastics to create their products.
2. After sourcing an eco-friendly product, the next step was to find a way to print our garments (in house) without using inks & solvents that are harmful for our environment. Since it's 2021, we were able to quickly find numerous alternatives from water based inks to soy based solvents.
3. Last and most importantly, we needed to find a way minimize the amount of waste that was being created when tagging, bagging and shipping out each order. At first, we used the ole poly mailer with the heat sealer & threw away a shit ton of plastic however, we then realized that there was a better alternative. With the help of a couple local brands, we were able to convert to 100% biodegradable poly mailers, recyclable hang tags, and custom cardboard boxes to make our shipping process fully biodegradable and recyclable!
All in all, the process of removing your carbon footprint isn't a cake walk, and we are still fine tuning some of our systems to knock out 100% of the waste we create. However, it's also not impossible. If more clothing brands would just focus on the waste they created, instead of the dollars it could save them to continue their old ways, then I believe that the textile industry could limit the amount of pollution and waste that it creates.
Do your part. Become eco-friendly. Save OUR planet.