Are you a designer who wants to create beautiful and eco-friendly products?
How great would you feel if you knew that the shirt you’re wearing right now was eco-friendly, natural, and positive for not only you, but the rest of the world? Wouldn’t you want your customers to feel that good every time they buy something from your brand?
If you answered “YES”, then you’d love to meet Mo, a Los Angeles manufacturing consultant with almost 20 years of experience in the industry. She believes that sustainability has a major role in today’s industry and we here at Indie Source couldn’t agree more.
If you’re a designer who wants to create beautiful and eco-friendly products but isn’t sure exactly what it means to be sustainable in today’s industry, then this is the article for you.
First, let’s talk about materials. There are many things to look for regarding the textile fibers that you include in your garments, the first being whether you’re using natural or manufactured fibers. A natural fiber, like cotton or wool, comes from either a plant or protein source while manufactured fibers, such as nylon or polyester, are made using chemicals and other synthetic processes. Put simply, natural fibers are almost always more sustainable than synthetic fibers, but we can go even deeper. Let’s use cotton, the king of all the natural fibers, for example.
Most conventional cotton is treated using chemicals and pesticides which can be harmful to farmers, your consumers, and any wildlife in contact.
Instead, you can find organic cotton, free of chemicals, for your designs and this is where a quality clothing manufacturer like Indie Source can become your best friend. Mo explains that “when you’re wearing something, it feels so good to have a natural fiber on your body” and we at Indie Source are here to collaborate with your creative designs to bring that great feeling to the rest of the world! (Click here to start sourcing eco-friendly materials)
Recycled fabrics are also an amazing option for sustainable companies.
Whether you’re upcycling or recycling, using materials from previously existing items can save large amounts of energy and drastically limit the amount of waste the fashion industry is responsible for.
In fact, your new and exciting ideas can be what brings the apparel industry out of its current position – the third-highest polluting industry in the world.
Next, it’s important to consider your company’s ethics regarding the assembly and labor used to produce your products.
The fashion industry is responsible for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions which is why producing your clothing in clean and sustainable factories can make a big impact.
Likewise, the hard-working people who cut, sew, and perform all the crucial skills essential to making a wonderful garment should also be accounted for which is why it’s such a great time to manufacture your dream clothing line right here in Los Angeles. (Bootcamp) A quality U.S. clothing manufacturer will definitely steer your brand in the right direction so you can feel good about the clothing you are selling to people.
Visit laapparelservices.com to speak to our good friend Mo and the rest of her team and contact Indie Source to learn how you can turn your passion for fashion and your sustainable visions to life.