We truly believe more people would make sustainable purchases if they felt the option was there. At Stripped, we bring together brands that pride themselves on creating beautiful garments which also actively work to create a better future. Shopping sustainability shouldn't mean having to compromise on style.
Let's banish the days of not knowing how and where our clothes are made. By keeping the Stripped edit a considered curation, we're able to form real relationships with all the brands we work with, to truly understand their values and vision. Each brand shared with us information behind their processes, as well as audits, certifications and verifications. It’s through this that we are able to provide you with honest information, and put the power in your hands.
When you place an order with Stripped, your sparkly new purchase will come straight from the brand itself. No extra mileage, no extra packaging, no extra storage. All the same loveliness. It goes without saying that all our brands are using environmentally friendly packaging, too.
Sustainability, Stripped Back
How do we clearly communicate the brand’s environmental and social impact to you?
We’ve broken it down into 4 key ‘mission’ pillars.
Emissions, Water Consumption, Workers Rights, and Circularity.
Why these four? We believe it’s essential to consider the entire lifespan of the garment; from the point of the design, right through to the end of its life. From materials used to the production method chosen, from suppliers to logistics. By looking across energy, waste, water, working conditions, and post-purchase care, we aim to deliver as complete a view as possible of the garment’s environmental and social impact.
The fashion industry is responsible for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions [BBC, 2020]. To put it simply, greenhouse gasses are a major issue within the fashion world, something that we strongly believe needs to be addressed.
A garment’s emissions encompasses a range of areas across the entire supply chain. From the materials and production methods used to the recyclability of the garment. We take into consideration all of these areas when discussing emission reductions with our brands.
Water, water, everywhere but not enough to... According to WWF, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. This is due to a mixture of climate change, polluted waters, and water being used on a mass scale within industries, with roughly 20% of water waste coming from the fashion industry.
2,720 litres of water are needed to produce just one cotton t-shirt - as much as you’d drink over three years (Institute of Water report). In contrast, an organic cotton t-shirt uses around 243 litres of water.
By brands using recycled water in production, choosing organic cotton and reducing or removing water use from dying, stone-washing and finishing processes they can actively reduce the amount of water used, and the level of pollution.
It is a sad reality that the makers within the fashion industry are notoriously exposed to exploitation. This can include human rights abuses including long working hours, denial of trade union rights, health and safety concerns, poverty pay and violence and/or abuse.
Brands are able to profit from exploiting their workers by not providing details on who and where their garments are made. Transparency is a vital step in enabling workers to have improved conditions and wages.
We ask brands to provide us with details on how they ensure the rights of their workers are preserved and maintained, whether it be through audits or regular communication and visits.
Circular fashion is a regenerative system in which garments can be used and circulated endlessly within society. Working towards a circular garment requires decisions right across the production process. Is it designed with durability in mind? Does it use recycled materials? Can it be repaired? How easily can it be repurposed at the end of its life?
All of these stages, when taken into account, will make for an item that has been constructed to tread more lightly - less will need to be purchased, as the item is made to last, and less waste will be produced.