ETHICAL POLICY

ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE PROMISE

To create garments and accessories with longevity in wear and style.

Indigowares always operates within the following standards:

All natural dyes. Ethically sourced materials. Use of repurposed textiles and garments.  Traceability in each garment from start to finish. Quality handmade craftsmanship in each product.

Dedicated to expand my customers knowledge in traditional textile design, natural dyeing processes and production. 

Since I began my natural dyeing 8 years ago a sense of environmental and social responsibility has been woven into everything we do at Indigowares.

 Social Enterprise

 For the last 2 years I have been working with the Working Well Trust in White Chapel, London, where they have their Sew and Support part of their charity. They are a London based mental health charity and social enterprise. They are a charity committed to promoting the personal recovery of people with mental health problems. The Sew and Support part of the charity provides learning domestic and light industrial sewing machine, hand embroidery and finishing skills. Helping people to achieve their recovery goals and learn a skill and ultimately get back to work. I am hoping that this is a side of production that grows and then allows me to focus on the hand-dyeing side of my work more.

Indian production

The production that takes place in Jaipur, India is growing. I have a good relationship with a lovely textile supplier and a tailors workshop.  Here they help me source the most beautiful vintage kantha quilts and indigo block prints from local artisan makers and markets. I will always tell the story of these products in the most transparent way possible, through my blog posts, instagram stories and product details. My mission is to honour these traditional artisan skills and processes through my designs and their textiles. Giving each a contempary twist that makes them timeless and collectable.

To always recycle and up-cycle products where possible.

To use sustainable and organic fibres and materials.

In my studio in the UK I am constantly improving my zero waste position.

All my fabric and leather scarps are repurposed by me into small ‘one off’ purses or patchwork for market sales. Whatever scarps are left after that I donate to a local primary or secondary school for their art and textile departments or list on a website ‘Free cycle’ for anyone to pick up. By doing this I don’t have to put my fabric waste into landfill. Knowing that it takes cotton at least 10 years to biodegrade. 

The leather I used for the shibori dyeing and handles is a by-product of food production. 

 Bags & Packaging

We continually recycle and consider all paper usage in the studio and in packaging.

We care enormously about how we package and distribute or products to you. All postage bags are super strong recycled paper potato sacks and our wrapping tissue is also 100% recycled, both are FSC certified. Plus all our garment bags are fully compostable and also amazingly dissolvable, sourced from Eco Garment Bags.

MY SUPPLIERS

Within Indigowares  production, we have reduced our suppliers to ensure that every one aligns with our ethos. Our primary UK source is now The Organic Textile Company in Wales, who run on sustainable energy and transparently work with GOTS certified mills.  We also continue to work with our suppliers in India to source brand elements such as vintage kantha quilts and indigo block prints.

In India –  At this time I work with a close knit family business. We produce in batches of 10-15 pieces in each design. This means that we can review customer response and not produce unwanted clothing and accessories.

We communicate through email and video link – which means we don’t have any big flights and trips to India. The video link allows us to see the workshop and its tailors.

We will continue to enquire and review standards in line with The International Labour Organisations Core Conventions.

LASTLY

At the core of everything we do, our position is to design and make beautiful artisan pieces that will live on in your life for years to come and may even be passed on to be loved by someone else.

I hope by doing this it will allow my suppliers and I to make a living doing what we love. Doing it in a way that has no bad environmental or social impact on the world. It’s my dream to continue to enlighten folk into the great craftsmanship and passion textile artisans have and the immense time and skill that goes into making the beautiful textiles of the world.

We have a practical approach. This is my on going ethical policy, which we hope will change, improve and keep evolving over time as we learn more dynamic ways of being eco friendly.

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