What Is Sustainable Fashion?
Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. It can be seen as an alternative trend against fast fashion.
- No child labour
- Low carbon footprint
- Locally sourced raw materials
- Utilises recycled textiles
- Waste management of reduce, reuse, recycle in a closed loop system
- Supports local business and fair trade
- Goes against the trend of fast fashion and consumerism
- Our cotton farmer is Glenn and his family in St George, QLD
- Our textile fabricator is Meriel, coordinating a team from Brisbane, QLD
- Our postie's are Luke and Stephen
- All our garment construction is in-house at Daylesford, Victoria
- All our textile waste is now split into three sections, reusable, repurposed and recycled.
- We reuse scraps to make dog toys for a local charity
- We reuse large pieces into new designs
- The rest that can't be reused or repurposed can be sent to recycling in Victoria. However, we haven't needed to send anything to recycling, as we continue to work with our textile waste to produce biodegradable zero waste products and compost what we can't use.
- We have had zero textile waste leaving our factory since we started.
The Raw Materials
Every garment that we make has to be as sustainable as possible. With that in mind we set out to find the best sustainably grown natural fibres we could. Finding what we wanted wasn't easy, a naturally occurring raw material that needed very little human intervention, resource efficient and sustainably grown, preferably Australian.
What we found was Rogan Pastoral Co, a fourth generation 100% Australian Owned and Operated family farm, the home of Australian Super Cotton. They have been growing upland cotton at St George, QLD since 1976 and is now Australia’s only remaining dedicated grower of Australia’s Long Staple (ALS) cotton, since its inception in 2007. The family’s innovative farming methods has seen them recognised as industry leaders and awarded the 2013 Australian Cotton Industry High Achiever of the Year award. The Rogan’s pride themselves on producing a high quality fibre under sustainable and ethical farming practices, and are focused on continuous improvement, which is why we are so proud to be part of their legacy.
- It is the longest, finest, strongest threads of upland cotton grown in the world [ALS]
- Voluntary use of industry audited Best Management Practices ensures trace-ability and accountability; the cotton is able to be traced back to the paddock it was grown on
- Grown in an environmentally friendly way.
- Varieties used and management practices used are at the scientific leading edge for water use efficiency.
For further information visit www.austsupercotton.com.au
The core of good products is caring for what they are made of and how they are made. 100 years ago, fabric was a luxury trade-able item, made by people that cared about the quality of their products. Today, industrialisation of mass production has created a low quality, short lifecycle synthetic industry that is made in polluting factories of materials that will take hundreds of years to break down.
It's difficult to find quality circular fabrics that have transparency and traceability at their core. Our textile fabrication is done by an amazing dedicated team, producing the highest quality fabrics using industry best practices to create Full Circle Fibres. Exclusively working with sustainable Australian Super Cotton, they transparently and meticulously produce each roll of fabric with the utmost care for quality and the environment, right here in Australia. Our next step will be working together to create beautiful vibrant colours to broaden our range.
All of our threads come from Coats Australia with their commitment to 100% cotton thread made from sustainable raw materials and Cradle to CradleTM approved dyes and chemicals. We also use their mercerised cotton that is high quality, long staple cotton specially treated under tension to provide greater lustre and higher strength that is certified to Öeko-Tex Standard 100, class I, the most stringent class covering textile items.
A first-of-its-kind biodegradable elastomer which is blended with infinito® biodegradable polymer yarn and certified Cradle To Cradle - Gold.
Factories cause massive environmental damage, including large greenhouse gas emissions across the globe. Our mission is to make all of our garments in our own minimalistic 100% sustainably manufacturing facility with a net-zero carbon emission target.
We are very pleased to say we succeeded in this mission and all of our garments are made in-house with 100% Green-power, off -grid water and septic systems. Our new facility, due for completion December 2019, will be a beautiful example of the future of Australian garment manufacturing.
Going The Extra Mile
Another part of the waste from the fashion industry is the machinery. As the skill base of machine mechanics deteriorates, sewing machines are being discarded faster than ever. We have been rescuing these old machines and giving them a new lease on life. These would have otherwise gone to the tip as waste and another way we are reducing the impact of the Australian fashion industry.
Everyone that works at Farm To Hanger are paid fair wages under Australian employment standards. Our ECA certification also ensures that our work environment and conditions are transparent and provide a safe and healthy work environment.
Farm To Hanger Packaging
Our minimalist packaging keeps everything classy and simple with recycled eco-friendly packaging and promotional materials. Not one piece of plastic is used in our packaging. We use recycled card stocks, papers and stickers, even our Luxe gift boxes are 100% recycled.
Reuse - Repair and Recycle Service
Planting A Tree For Every Single Item We Sell
We are going another step further in our quest for a sustainable future, we are planting one tree for every garment we sell. We have partnered with Greenfleet through their biodiverse carbon offset program to plant a tree for every product we sell at a cost of $4.02 each. We love the earth, so we are getting our hands dirty and planting more trees at our factory as well. We have now offset much more than we produce, including the shipping of our products, and are now considered 'regenerative'. Some times actions speak louder than words.
When you shop Farm to Hanger, you’re not only getting quality clothing that reduces environmental impact and waste, you’re getting a transparent, trace-able supply chain that supports local communities, farmers and families. Our raw materials are grown in Queensland, our fabric made in Victoria and every garment is 100% made at our Daylesford factory.
Fashion Revolution supports increasing the transparency of the industry