Eco fabrics are the core of my brand, so of course I choose the best natural and eco-textiles to create my pieces. However, I also believe that it's important to be selective about where I source our textiles from in order to enhance their sustainability credentials.
The fashion industry is fickle and inherently produces a lot of wastage. Therefore, as a boutique producer, I have developed strategies to use certain textiles which are surplus from larger producers’ production runs. Being a small scale producer means that unless you are ordering thousands of meters of fabric or trim, you have to use what is already available.
However, my quality standards for all materials are non-negotiable; I have minimum standards for my quality and eco-textile sources which I am firmly committed to!
I use a variety of base fabrics in my ranges. The signature organic jersey, stretch organic cotton and organic cotton voile is a GOTS certified organic cotton that is dyed or printed with low impact dyes (the best we have found so far).
GOTS is a global organic textile standard and is an organisation to ensure the organic standard of textiles from raw materials and each manufacturer must adhere to the guidelines in order to have a licensed and certified GOTS textile.
This soft organic eco-textile is the best we have found available, and I often get feedback about the softness and luxury feel of this gorgeous material, which is why it works so well for my intimate pieces!
Why Choose Organic Cotton?
DESIGNED IN AUSTRALIA
For manufacturing I have chosen to partner with 3 home based businesses in Bali. I work closely with each of these makers during the sampling to manufacturing process and each business dictates the cost of sewing each piece.
Pre covid, once I had my designs ready to be made, I would travel to Bali to purchase fabrics, and start the sampling process with each of my makers. Now with the limits to travel I have a production manager, Lony D, to assist me with producing my ranges. Lony now managers these 3 teams for me, managing the quality control process and shipping to me in Australia.
The main benefit of working with small producers is each of my pieces are hand crafted, not mass produced. Sustainability, to me, is an emphasis on high quality materials, hand-crafted with high quality sewing to create beautiful products that can stand the test of time.
Ethically I have consciously chosen not work with bigger factories, that can make clothing for much cheaper. By choosing to work with the smaller makers, not only am I able to support the Bali community, but can have more flexibility in what I produce with smaller quantities, more colour options, and have control over the quality of each of my designs.
Packaging & Shipping
Each order is wrapped in signature cream tissue paper and I proudly use COMPOST BAGS from Better Packaging. Each of these options can be reused, recycled or put in your green waste.
My DHL orders are packed with DHL packaging supplied from the company; I encourage you to recycle them. I have requested DHL to supply biodegradable options as I move to my target of being plastic free.
Journey to better - my ongoing sustainability goals
I am proud of my products and the small way they contribute to offering a more positive alternative to mass produced garments. By using organic or natural textiles and small scale ethical production I aim to create consciously better garments that last.
However, I also know that like anyone in the fashion industry, I still have improvements that I can make in order to reach my ultimate goal, which is to create minimum impact or harm to the planet.
Even though I am only a small business, I believe that it is my responsibility to invest in improving all aspects of my brand so that it can holistically create the least harm to our environment and planet as a whole.