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Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum
Discover a selection of 25+ leather suppliers and tanneries from around the world that specialise in vegetable-tanned or chrome-free processed leathers and eco-friendly leather alternatives. Image: Garat tannery
Contributor Lisa Schneider
In a 16-part weekly series, SOURCE Intelligence columnist, Lisa Schneider, identifies and outlines several strategies that help communicate sustainability in fashion more effectively to the mainstream market. In this 3rd instalment, learn how you should be defining and clarifying your sustainability terminology. Image: Mantis World
Contributor Jill Heller
Jill Heller, founder of PureThread brings her unique insight and vision to the ethical fashion community with the opening of ThePureThread Pop Up store, launching October 20 – 26, 2014. Here, Jill shares with us her expert tips for planning and executing a successful pop-up shop. Image: Made by Voz
Contributor Sophie Lang
In this 3-part series, we look at profit margins: how they are calculated, tactics for determining your costings and mark-ups ensuring profitability and some of the controversial and ethical issues surrounding profit margin allocation across the value chain. Here’s an introduction, covering the basic concepts and strategies. Image: The Top Project
Contributor Ethical Fashion Forum
Now in its 6th year, the SOURCE Expo connects buyers and visitors with some of the most pioneering sustainable, fair and eco suppliers and manufacturers from across the world, for the fashion sector. Happening ONLINE, 5 – 6th November 2014.
5 minutes with... Barkha's Custom Sourcing
Barkha Malik and her team specializes in custom textile development, fabric sourcing and production management with a focus on sustainability and fair trade.
We specialize in sourcing bespoke sustainably and ethically manufactured fabrics and products for forward-thinking business owners. My team oversees the entire process, from sampling, to production, shipping and customs clearance right up to the final delivery.
We also offer businesses small minimums by order and shipping consolidation options. Not only does shipping consolidation save them money, but it also minimizes environmental impact caused by transporting very small batches.
Living in India for a good part of my early years, I have seen firsthand, how irresponsible agricultural and manufacturing practices, in the name of ever-increasing profit margins, has resulted in unfair wages and poverty and dangerous and unhealthy living conditions, for both people and animals alike.
I believe sustainable business is the only way forward. I do not believe that in order to do the right thing and be sustainable we have to sacrifice quality or profits, but it’s an incremental, step-by-step process.
One of the most common challenges that our clients face while trying to source sustainably is the lack of good choices available to them. For example, there are very few sources of certified sustainable fabrics in the US. The trade-off is giving up the option of buying local. Very often, decisions are made to sacrifice colors and prints to take advantage of existing stock runs.
For the fashion industry, my favorites are: – GOTS certified organic cottons – Khadi silks (preferably Ahimsa or “cruelty-free”) – Lenzing Tencel and Modal blends that use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood sources