Unspun’s mission is to make the design, manufacturing, and consumption of fashion intentional. We aim to reduce global carbon emissions by 1% through automated, localized, and on-demand manufacturing.
OUR BUSINESS MODEL
At unspun we recognize that each piece of fabric and all garments are made from finite resources that should not be wasted. For this reason we don't have inventory and we’re implementing the most sustainable practices available to us to ensure we’re reducing and reusing to the best of our ability.
Our products are centered around “wear more, keep longer, and buy less” principles.
This is why we focus on designing timeless garments that won’t go out of style, and are custom-made, on demand only once we are sure they’ll have a home. Like this, we've gotten rid of inventory altogether.
Traditional methods of garment manufacturing for pants create up to 15% cutting waste. To address this, we have an entire team at unspun dedicated to developing a weaving machine that will create woven garments to shape without creating cutting waste.
Until we get there, we are collaborating with Blue Jeans go Green to turn cutting waste into denim insulation for homes.
Our products are made with the most finely curated and intentionally selected fabrics and trims to ensure a long lasting life cycle. Our fabrics are carefully sourced from some of the most experienced denim mills in the industry, who know how to balance quality and sustainability into the fibres and all along their production processes. All mills that we work with are required to have in house initiatives and ongoing developments to address their chemical, water and energy management systems as well as all waste streams.
The cotton in our jeans is only Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) or GOTS certified organic Cotton.
We have high contents of post-consumer recycled Cotton and Polyester in some of our fabrics. [Check out Space Blue, Nova Blue, Glacier Wash, Mercury blue and Cosmic black.]
We carry only one fabric with 21% virgin Polyester, which is assessed and approved by Bluesign, and we will phase out of the use of any virgin polyester within 2021. We also avoid waste from by eliminating some industry standard denim finishing processes. At unspun the RAW denim fabric undergoes only a quick rinse wash to soften it before sewing, avoiding any harsh chemicals or processes and the energy that goes along with them.
We employ 2 small localized facilities in China that we work with closely in an on-going, open relationship. We vet our facilities based on cleanliness, humanity toward employees, and quality of the product produced.
We visit multiple times a month to audit, say hello, and pick up orders. Because the factories we work with are small, they don’t have official certifications yet due to cost. However, we are creating a code of conduct that will be signed by the suppliers which will be published soon. Our goal is to help the factories we work with to eventually become fair trade certified.
• People first
• Safe channels for workers to communicate grievances
• Promised safety and wellness
• Women’s empowerment and equal opportunity
• Personal betterment opportunities
• Phase out of all cotton not recycled, organic, or BCI (currently we do use a percentage of conventional)
• Double our amount of recycled cotton and work towards 100% organic cotton
• No plastics in any of the material compositions (exception would be the stretch component i.e lycra - but using biodegradeable or ECO Lycra options only)
• Phase out all virgin poly in our fabrics
• Decrease dye use by using fabrics with less dye dips
• Use more color from up-cycled yarns to avoid dying whenever possible
• Remove any of the chemicals listed on bluesign® Restricted Substances List (RSL)
• Have packaging that is 100% biodegradable and compostable without harming the environment as it decomposes
• Eliminate electroplating processes from zipper, which is the last electroplated processes in our supply chain [ACHIEVED]
• Ship all fabrics by ocean or low impact transportation (instead of air)
• Access exact quantities of direct and indirect impacts and set scientific based targets for the company
• Calculate physical and emotional durability of our products and repair programs lasting longer = buying less
• Update internal reports for all mills and factories
• Have factories agree to take steps towards creating a living wage that can be proven through certifications or policies
• Have the code of conduct signed by all factories
• Formulate a strategic plan identifying opportunities to improve internal management, and being more responsible towards the community
• Become a b-corp certified company (application in progress)