As sewists, we have the power to reduce our dependence on fast fashion. However, in our quest for fabrics to sew with we often lean on an industry that ranks among the biggest polluters on Earth. Let's weave a new story. We are committed to making a positive impact on our planet's future by sourcing fashion fabrics that are ethically produced, use less chemicals and water, and involve less energy-intensive manufacturing processes.
Our Sustainability Mission
We bring you exquisite textiles that are kinder to the planet and the people who produce them.
We prioritize sourcing environmentally sustainable and ethically produced textiles and focus on eco-certified, organic, recycled, deadstock, fair trade and artisanal fabrics.
Behind each fabric we carry is a tradition, history and a pair of hands passing their labour and creativity on to you, and it is our privilege to honour their stories and craftsmanship.
Believing in progress not perfection, we acknowledge that growing sustainably is an ongoing goal that we will continually strive towards as humble lifelong learners.
Through intention and conscious action, we are building long term relationships with responsible suppliers who share our values.
We are also working towards eco certifications for our own business as we aim to positively impact our industry while providing inspiring resources to create truly one-of-a-kind garments.
Core Fabrics Sustainability Index
We are committed to transparency in our process to enable you to make informed decisions, so each fabric in our collection is graded using our unique leaf rating system. Our Sustainability Index is based on the various stages of a fabric's life cycle: Resources, Manufacturing, Transportation, Usage, and End of Life. At each stage of its lifecycle, a fabric earns "one leaf" whenever it meets our sustainability standards. Fabrics that meet all stages with the lowest environmental impact are awarded a five-leaf rating. The perfect five-leaf material is difficult to source (we're still looking for a domestically produced linen, for example), but a four-leaf fabric is still pretty awesome (like our organic knits made here in Montreal). Continue reading to learn more about each category in our rating index.
When it comes to our suppliers, we say the closer the better. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we prefer a localized supply chain and prioritize domestic manufacturers whenever possible.
For us, it doesn't just stop at ranking fabrics. In order to hold ourselves accountable and track our sustainability goals, we're also setting targets internally to increase the number of three, four, and five leaf fabrics in our collection year over year. Here you can see a live snapshot of our entire inventory, along with our upcoming goals for 2024, and longer term goals for 2030.
Last updated Sep 6, 2023
Materials Lifecycle Assessment
Materials Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the method we use to evaluate the environmental impact of materials throughout their entire life cycle, from extraction or creation to disposal.
We rely on a number of sustainability certifications when sourcing fabrics for our shop. Learn a bit more about what Oeko-Tex and BCI really means!
Carbon Offset Shipping
To help minimize our shipping footprint, we participate in a system to help offset carbon emissions. For each package we ship, we contribute funds based on distance travelled and weight of package to forest conservation projects.