Over the years, we regularly and voluntarily tightened our internal rules as a business in order to become as environmentally and socially conscious as we could. Our boutiques were mainly furnished and decorated with repurposed, donated, discarded and even dumpster-dived items. Oh the treasures we found!
Here are a some of the steps we took for our apparels:
- Always used natural fabrics only for our apparels
- Always chose Oeco-tex certified fabrics
- Only used azo-free dyes and some vegetable dyes.
- Eliminated all synthetics
- Sourced from responsible suppliers with a closed loop system
- Prioritised small family owned factories with decent working conditions
- Eliminated all animal products in 2013
- Moved to reusable ziplock type garment bags in 2016
- Saved all fabric off-cuts and used them to make small collections or accessories locally.
- Consolidated orders to minimize transport footprint
And for our zero-waste lifestyle:
- Always sourced from responsible suppliers
- Focused on items having a direct social impact on the Artisans
- Sourced products with a direct impact on reducing waste.
- Sourced upcycled products
- Reused packaging material and boxes multiple times
We partnered with Singapore Nature Society and gave back a percentage of our sales.
Our main impact is on Sustainable Development Goal 12.2: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources by carefully choosing suppliers with a proven track record in sustainability.
But also on Goal 14.1: Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
And Goal 4.4: Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship by providing Artisans with a source of income.