Z Score Breakdown
Are animals treated humanely, or does the company avoid using animal-derived materials in its products?
We thought long and hard and did research before deciding not to be vegan yet. Being vegan meant that for our designs we either use polyesters (petroleum-derived fibers) or recycled synthetics, or restrict the use within natural fiber like silk or wool, or we invest in R&D to find ways to create new fabrics that are vegan. After years of wearing natural fibres, we are not comfortable wearing any form of synthetics ourselves and so would not like to offer that to our clients. In time we hope to make better progress as more innovative materials are added to the market. Also most of our textile is handmade where the primary yarns are made of natural fibres and not synthetics. The search for a suitable peace silk is ongoing. We do not use any leather or fur products. Amongst animal products, we use silks and wools where we carefully select suppliers like humanely raised Alpaca wool from California and Matka Silk from waste mulberry silk yarns in India. Our research and better sourcing efforts will continue.
Does the company utilize chemicals that are potentially harmful to the planet or humans in the process of manufacturing products? If so, is it using and disposing of them responsibly?
Dyeing of fabrics is one of many ways fashion impacts environment. While dyeing we use azo free dyes that have the removal of metallic component, which can create a textile-induced chemical sensitivity, or worse. Natural dyes will be used in hand painted designs. We are constantly exploring methods to find desired colors in natural dyes that is scalable.
Lately we have begun a partnership for natural dyeing. Hoping to add more designs using natural dyes in 2022
Can the product or its materials be re-used or does it become waste? Sustainable design practices to encourage repairability, durability, recyclability, and more can create a circular pathway for the product at the end of its life.
An integral part of our design philosophy evolved studying zero waste design methods, then we took it beyond. We start with a philosophy of making garments that are timeless, desirable and of highest quality to last a lifetime. In our making process we use left over pieces of fabric as embroidery giving a second life to the fabric and leftover dead stock fabrics handed over as surplus by bigger companies.
How efficiently is energy used by the company? Is it procured from renewable sources?
One of the biggest CO2 emission is from the transport of the products to the clients. One way we are reducing this is by directly sending the products from the makers to the customers than us becoming the recipients and then forwarding it. This reduces one stop. We also plant trees as a company and also at a personal level.
We have planted trees, will confirm the number soon. Use corn made biodegradable tissue paper with vegetable ink pattern and make limited edition for all designs so to not waste and push consumption.
How does the company impact the humans involved in its supply chain? Is it equitable or exploitative? Are there opportunities for advancement through professional training? Does the company benefit society?
We are grateful to the skilled artisans who add soul and create magic in our garments. It is our mission to bring the makers and consumers closer together. We believe artisans and consumers complete the sustainable cycle of beautiful one of a kind tailored garments. The artisans we partner with inspire us to respect and celebrate the true beauty of handmade which we are so fortunate to have access to and bring that to our customers too.
Exploiting artisans for short-term profits has been damaging artistry where most makers want their next generation to leave the trade to do better. We want to make this trade better and preserve the craftsmanship.
How efficiently is water used in the construction of the product and materials used to fabricate it.
How well does the company understand its supply chain? Does it have agreements stipulating fair treatment and traceability of the components of each product? How transparent are they?