• Sustainable & Recycled Fabric
The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter, after oil. Most clothing contains harmful dyes, toxins and pesticides that seep into the Earth’s system when thrown away. The toxins also carry on into the garments as we wear them. Along with chemicals, the fashion industry also uses an intense amount of water. It takes about 2,700 gallons of fresh water to make just one cotton t-shirt. That’s insane.
My favorite sustainable fabric that I will be using most is Bamboo.
*PLEASE NOTE: I plan on using lots of bamboo, modal, lyocell, organic cotton, etc. (which will contain a small percentage of polyester and/or spandex), but I also really love mesh, and until I can find good recycled mesh (which I'm constantly searching for), I plan on using it a bit. A lot of sustainable companies will use deadstock, but it's not as sustainable as it sounds. Plus, it's not reorderable. My goal is basically to be as sustainable as possible but still keeping my style.
• Made in the USA / Fair Trade
The factory I am using is located locally near Chicago, Illinois. They focus on helping people all over the country reduce waste by repairing and altering clothing, instead of just throwing it away. They also ensure fair wages and working conditions for all employees. Absolutely no child or slave labor, which sometimes happens when brands manufacture in other countries (10 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 are forced to work an average of 80 hours per week!).
• Slow Fashion Movement
As of right now, AMY ONYX will only be sold online (direct to consumer allows me to sell at wholesale price to keep costs down) rather than to a mass market and I will produce only a few styles per collection a few times a year. Also, my clothing will be of high-quality to last longer and everything is made-to-order to ensure no dead inventory.
• 100% Vegan
Like factory farming in the food industry, raising animals for clothing and accessories is often cruel to the animals and harmful to the environment. Even “humanely raised” animals are kept in captivity and slaughtered years before they would have died naturally, so it’s hard to argue that any animal-based material is truly humane.