Do you know how much energy it takes to produce a garment? Me either, but it's a lot! In the age of information, we are growing more aware of production and manufacturing regulations and techniques specifically in the world of fashion. This includes global labor wages, fair treatment acts and the pollution that is created when garments are manufactured. It is important we know what our carbon footprint is and how we can make educated purchases to support ethical and less harmful supply chains.
What makes the Production of a Fashion Garment Green?
There are many techniques that Designers and Product Developers can use that
make an eco friendly garment. One of the most fundamental techniques is to source fabrics that are natural, renewable or recycled synthetic fibers. You can often find if a fashion leader practices this technique by looking on the care label that has the fiber content information.
It's the 21st Century. Isn't there a Software for this?
Yes. Another way that fashion design companies are practicing eco friendly supply chains is through efficient software programs. Did you know that in the design process, fabric is usually 50% of the expense? When pattern pieces are laid out for cutting, it is important that the fabric is utilized efficiently to reduce that amount of waste.
Forecasting the quantities for producing a specific style can be difficult. You alway run the risk of over buying. Over buying can lead to many garments that go unused and can be a detrimental risk to supply chains. One way that the leading fashion companies are adjusting for this is through new Print on Demand technologies. These technologies only produce a garment when it is needed. These innovative companies also are finding ways to use dyes that need less water. This is extremely important since traditional dying techniques use gallons of water on one style, one color.
Why Recycle Garments?
After the boom of the Industrial Revolution, we have seen a mass production of synthetic fiber fabrics. Often times these garments are not biodegradable and if they find their way to the landfill, can be there for years to come. These same garments can be recycled into new fashion fabrics or for multiple uses across the globe.
What Impact can I Make?
For the entire month of March, we are Going Green for Fashion. Simply bring in an article of clothing to Voxn Clothing that you would like to donate for 10% off of your educated purchase. With your help, together we can make an impact.
Author: Erica Becker, Creative Director