Ethics and Sustainability
Our pieces are made with quality and style in mind but also with the utmost care and respect towards humans and the environment alike. From design to final garment, we work to minimise our negative impact on the environment and animals whilst maximising the benefits we can bring to humans, our surroundings and to our BYEM women. Since fashion is a labour and material intensive sector, we are working towards a future of fashion that is sustainable, ethical and fair to all.
We foster authenticity and honesty. That’s why we love to share what we do with you and the considerable care we take in developing our supply chain. It helps us strive even harder to help the environment and to protect all workers in our manufacturing.
We have chosen to work with sustainably certified suppliers to minimise our environmental impact. BYEM as well as most parts of our supply chain are therefore GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. Working with certified organic textiles means that restricted pesticides and harsh chemicals are not used in any aspect of the manufacturing from seed to garment. This includes the original fibre as well all dyes, finishing processes and accessories involved in the creation of the final garment. This is kinder both to the environment and to the people who are in direct contact with the processing. And of course, to the final customer too, whose skin and mind can also relax.
To maximize our positive impact, we only work with other partner companies which provide fair working conditions to all employees, including a fair living salary and the right to unionise, and who can prove that their supply chain is free of child- and slave-labour. This is essential in creating a fairer world where work is valued and profit isn’t made on the benefit of others.
To monitor this, most of our suppliers are independently certified and monitored by ethical and environmental standards, proving their commitment to an ethical and safe workplace for all. At times we also work with smaller suppliers who might not be able to afford their certification, but whom we work closely with to ensure that our sustainability and ethical standards are followed. For instance, our manufacturer in London, UK, is not certified but offer their employees’ salaries over the UK minimum wage and we visit them frequently (1-2 times a month) to make sure we’re on the same page.
Finally, with each order shipped, we plant a plant in South Sudan through Läkarmissionen, a Swedish recognised aid agency. These plants are of a variety of species, suitable for firewood, fruits and timber and are specifically suited for the environment in South Sudan.
Aesthetics is a vital part of our sustainability commitment and we have chosen to focus on designing pieces that can transcend trends and times. Those true ‘wardrobe saviours’ that you can love for years over time and carry you throughout the seasons. That’s the ethos we bring with us into our studio, where we design our pieces and evaluate quality and style in every aspect of the design process. We simply say that ‘trends are not for us’, our aesthetics are guided by the desire for our garments to be cherished over time.
We also take time to evaluate the suitability of each design to see that there are production measures, textile and accessories that are kind to the earth available to make it. This means evaluating which textiles are available, which have the smallest environmental impact and which fit the best together with the design.
We are proud of our efforts to design and create conscious fashion in the most humane and environmentally friendly way. We look forward to exploring new innovative ways to decrease our footprint and maximise the benefit to everyone involced. You can also find some more information regarding our production and our stance on ethics and sustainability in our FAQ. If you have any questions or ideas, please get in touch (contact page link), we’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading, thank you for caring.
Emilia & Team BYEM