Sustainability is a topic that has been increasingly discussed in almost every industry now to date. Maintenance of our environment is now urgent and has become an essential factor for the consumers' consideration. Read our blog and find out how you, as a small business owner and designer, can contribute to sustainability when designing your accessory. These are 5 easy steps that can be game changers.
1- Choose a local manufacturer
Many choose to manufacture in other countries because of the reduced production cost. But in most cases, the price to pay, especially when it comes to the environment, is high. By choosing a local manufacturer, you not only avoid environmental damage related to transport, but you can also be closer to the factory that will carry out your production and, in many cases, you can really be sure that your production is linked to your own values. It is possible to ensure that the factory is carrying out proper disposals in addition to providing an ethical service during production. In addition, you will contribute to the circulation of the local economy, promoting jobs and the economy of your country.
2- Buy end fabric from vendors that buy dead stock
It is possible to contribute to the reduction of material waste by buying dead stock from some vendors and retailers? These products take up storage space and may occasionally be discarded if not sold for an extended period. To prevent this from happening, you can use such materials in your line. In addition, these materials are often sold at a reduced price – which can mean that your production can have a lower final cost. Consider stores such as Mood Fabrics, Fabric Direct and any neighborhood fabric retailer who stocks rolls of materials that have been bought off of designers and mills.
3- donate Any leftover materials to local rehab recycle centers
It is inevitable that there will be leftover materials when it comes to production. There are many cases in which these leftover materials are disposed of incorrectly, which can cause immeasurable environmental damage. To remedy this problem, there are recycling centers that use these leftover materials to transform them into other products – while materials that cannot be used, acquire more suitable ends and are not just thrown into nature. Take the time to find your local recycling facility or look into amazing places like FABSCRAP.
4- Choose Sustainable Packaging-No Plastic bags
Hemp dust cover
It is difficult to know how your materials will be disposed of once they are no longer in your hands. That's why it's important that your choices are more sustainable from the start – you need to think about the materials you choose from the beginning to the end. Plastics can take up to six centuries to decompose, while paper has a significantly reduced time for this process. It is extremely important that the materials used are researched – not only the material of your products, but everything that involves your brand. There are more sustainable options like recyclable paper packaging or dust covers made from biodegradable materials. Research your options and make an informed choice.
5- Don’t over produce
It's not uncommon to hear brands inappropriately dispose of their products. Do not be part of this group. Research your consumers well and be realistic when calculating the number of products to be produced. You do not need to make 100's of anything when getting started. Think small and sustainable-this gives you time to sell, without sitting on inventory that might eventually end up going to waste. Know what you need, make what you know.
Start your sustainable accessories brand today! We at Clutch Made Factory can guide you through the steps that are necessary: from the ideation of your product to production, our team has years of knowledge and experience that can help you create an ethical product that respects the environment. Contact us and schedule a free consultation.