On Sustainability

WHY GO CIRCULAR?
Excess industry waste, global greenhouse gas emissions and finite infrastructure are affecting the planet in ways that are altering all life on Earth. It’s the biggest, most urgent problem we face and why we've chosen a circular clothing strategy forever. There is no more "wiggle room".
We value and advance things like:
  • The 3 pillars of sustainability (social, environmental and economic)
  • The five key industries including > Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods > Healthcare and Life Sciences > Circular Manufacturing > Chems > Transportation > Energy and Natural Resources
  • Climate action (doing something about the climate crisis)
  • A circular economy (this link goes to rts.com and describes what and how a circular economy works)
  • Neat AF clothing
WHAT IS "SUSTAINABLE FASHION"?
Also known as "slow fashion", sustainable fashion is the solution to fighting the climate crisis within the clothing and fashion industry.
WHAT IS CIRCULARITY?

Circularity is the principle that used or discarded products serve as raw materials for new products or materials. By participating in a circular economy, we focus on preserving the value of raw materials, components and products.

WHY WE USE ORGANIC COTTON & HEMP

Organic cotton and hemp offer a solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions - How they're farmed. Organic crops are tougher, cleaner and healthy AF.

"Such microscopic. Very organisms. Many nutes. Wow." - Doge
Fun Facts About Organically Grown Crops
  • Organic crops require healthy soil. Healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy environment
  • Organic farming techniques do not include the use of toxic chemicals and pesticides
  • Organic farming feeds the soil vital minerals and nutrients via crop rotation giving it a greater, natural ability to hold on to water and to sequester (reduce) greenhouse gas (GHG)
  • Organic crops use less fresh water than conventional cotton farming
  • Organic crops (OC)'s hold the high score for resilience to climatic stressors like drought and floods
  • OC's generate higher yields than conventionally grown crops in unfavourable weather conditions
WHY WE USE RECYCLEABLE AND BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS
In two words: Waste Management.
Changing our fossil fuel usage and changing synthetic production is imperative because the materials (plastic, polyester, rayon, nylon etc.) take 100's of years to break down; if at all, emit a lot of excess greenhouse gasses and bleed toxic, damaging chems (chemicals like EDC's) into the environment.
  • Recycling synthetic materials reduces synthetic material waste by reusing them in production rather than shipping them off to another country or to be incinerated into the atmosphere
  • The recycling process also drastically reduces GHG's (greenhouse gas emissions) by not having to source new/virgin synthetic materials
  • We use water-based, bio-degradable neopigment inks by Kornit on all of our designs. The inks and dyes are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) approved and are free of heavy metals, formaldehyde and (APE) Alkylphenol Ethoxylates
    WHY EVERYTHING IS MADE-TO-ORDER
    • A classic "less is more" scenario. Everything is made to order which means we only produce and ship what you order
    • Not ordering clothing and accessories in bulk significantly reduces overproduction waste, freshwater usage and GHG emissions in both production and shipping
      GO-GO GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION CENTERS
      • We can ship to anyone with a valid address here on Earth
      • We are always refining how we get from us to you. The transportation industry currently contributes to 1/4 of total global GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions to keep up with humanity. Having distribution centers around the world shortens both the shipping distance and delivery time helping reduce GHG's (greenhouse gases) produced in transport
        REDUCING, REUSING AND RECYCLING WASTE IN PACKAGING IS KEY
        • Reducing space-waste and not using an excessive amount of void-fill (cushioning) when packing and fulfilling orders
        • Reusing the mats (materials) or donating unclaimed clothing to good will projects (homeless shelters, halfway houses and second-hand outlets)
        • We use recyclable packaging
        WHY WE PLANT TREES WITH EVERY ORDER
        Excessive global deforestation is a big problem. Too many trees are being cut down and not enough are being replaced. Trees are the lungs for Earth and humans. They make air breathable (among numerous other benefits) and we can not exist without breathable air.
        TODAY, TOMORROW, EVERY DAY <3

        We know the road is long and we're heading in the right direction. We love hearing from people on how to improve, enjoy the process and are passionate about living circular. We are all in this together <3

        Life is mental. Love's the verb. Vibe with the rhythm of Earth.

        Join the movement to unf*ck ourselves.

        > If you have any questions, collab requests or know how we can improve please contact us via email at aaron@arcadiaapparel.ca