OUR 5 PILLARS OF SUSTAINABILITY
Here's where we stand today, plus our thoughts and goals for the future of Either/Or. Our approach to sustainability centers around 5 pillars:
We believe this is the first step to real change in the fashion industry.
On our website, you can find a cost breakdown with details on fair wages, material sourcing, supplier information and other costs involved in getting the product to you.
Companies should be held accountable, and consumers should have the power to support brands based on their values.
People are at the heart of what we do. Providing a living wage is essential.
What we are already doing: We have partnered with a small, family owned and operated workshop in Leon, Mexico. Employees earn 5x the minimum wage, which is 57%-69% above the average family living wage for the region based on 2019 data from wageindicator.org.
What we are doing next: We will maintain this commitment by only working with fair wage suppliers who can provide documentation of this. We also plan to include 3rd party auditing systems to ensure this.
Fashion has a SERIOUS waste problem. Many of our favorite brands are dumping or destroying product that doesn't sell.
What we are already doing: We intentionally design our collections to be 'evergreen'. This mean that our styles are not trendy and will not go out of style after one season. Our products have a longer selling life, and will never be destroyed to make room for new inventory.
What we are doing next: We are taking a slow and steady approach to inventory and growth. Instead of placing large orders, we will be placing small "test" orders on new styles and subsequently place reorders on only the bestselling styles.
"Sustainable" is a buzzword. For us, using materials that are non-toxic and biodegradable are our biggest priority.
What we are already doing: Leather requires a lot of chemicals and water. The most sustainable alternative is vegetable-tanning. This process uses tree bark instead of chromium and other harsh chemicals. Leather is more durable and reparable than synthetic alternatives, and is also biodegradable at the end of it's useful life.
85% of our leather is vegetable-tanned. Our supplier holds a Gold auditing certificate from Leather Working Group. This requires compliance for air emissions, a restricted chemicals list, use of solar energy and a waste management system. They also have a state-of-art water treatment and recycling facility.
What we are doing next: We plan to maintain and expand our relationship with Leather Working Group certified suppliers and explore alternative biodegradable materials. Think 'leather' from pineapple pulp and bamboo!
The fashion industry is responsible for 10% of the world's carbon emissions.
What we are already doing: In 2020, we offset our carbon footprint for all shipping through the non-profit CoolEffect. They use the money to fund small-scale environmental projects with the motto "Good planets are hard to come by"
We also eliminated plastic in our packaging.
What we are doing next: One area for improvement is in our shipping box. We are working to eliminate the second box and have all items ship directly from the factory to you - using a single cardboard box.