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Are Sustainable Fabrics the Right Choice for Your Apparel Line?

Are Sustainable Fabrics the Right Choice for Your Apparel Line?

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Sustainability does not mean perfection, it means starting where you are with what you’ve got by incorporating the best choices for people and the planet. 


Exploring the different ways you can bring your apparel brand to life in a sustainable manner is easier than ever. As consumers globally continue to increase their consumption of apparel, many brands resort to toxic production practices and unethical labor to get the job done. But there is a better way, and Indie Source can lead you on the right path. 


Our fashion entrepreneurs often ask us how they can incorporate sustainable fabrics into the development of their line, but what is a “sustainable” fabric? 


Sustainable fabrics are not just an equivalent for eco-friendly fabrics, but also incorporate supporting vendors and producers that use ethical labor, provide fair wages, and directly support the local community. Seeking the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable apparel manufacturer allows for more transparency from the vendors you are using to create your apparel line. 


At Indie Source, we are driven by a desire to support entrepreneurs and our fashion community while continually seeking innovative solutions to improve our processes and benefit the environment. 


Our project managers are up to speed on current market trends and know what fabrics are best to implement for your specific apparel form and functionality. They can help you accomplish an effective design with sustainability in mind. 


As a fashion entrepreneur, it is important to have a clear vision and to be ready to work alongside our team as we help you develop your line. Even if you’re not entirely sure what fabrics you want to use or how to ensure if they are sustainable, our project managers can help you find the best materials that align with your goals and standards.


Sustainable fabric does not equal a one-size-fits-all solution. Often, a sustainable fabric must be selected by prioritizing the area in which you want to be more sustainable. 


Is your goal to save water? To use natural fibers? Or perhaps to use recycled material?


The reality is that you won’t be able to do it all. Organic cotton is non-toxic, but requires tons of water to produce. Natural dyes are free from harmful chemicals, but are also water intensive. There are great ways to select materials that offer great benefits, but knowing what you want to accomplish is key. Once you know what your values and priorities are, this will help our team understand what you want to create and how we can help you achieve your sustainability goals. 


Not sure where to start? We can help with that too. 


There are more sustainable fabrics available than ever, and working with Indie Source gives you incredible access to these resources through your knowledgeable project manager. You can make a difference with the materials you chose to incorporate into your line and help to lead the apparel industry and consumers on a more sustainable path. 


If you’re interested in learning more about sustainable fabrics and how to incorporate these resources into your brand, book a Development Kick Off Meeting with us to meet with one of our brand consultants. Our team will walk you through each step of the development and manufacturing process to ensure you are production ready. By working with Indie Source, you can play a part in advancing the apparel industry towards a more sustainable future.


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