Ethics and Sustainability
We believe in a fairer future of fashion, where people are treated well, where the earth is taken care of and where garments are cherished for longer than current fast fashion trends allow for. All of our pieces are therefore made with quality, style and longevity in mind and we work hard to ensure that each piece is made with the utmost care and respect towards humans and the environment alike.
Aesthetics is a vital part of our sustainability commitment and we have chosen to focus on designing pieces that 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. ‘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 are the kindest to the earth and which create the most beautiful finish.
Designing our garments consciously and advocating for people to cherish their garments for longer, feels like an important part of a fairer future of fashion.
Ethics and sustainability in our supply chain
After designing our garments in London and Örebro, all of our garments are made with love in London, UK, and in the north of Portugal by our ethically and sustainably certified manufacturing partners (e.g. SMETA and GOTS certified). We believe that certifications are a great way to prove our and our partners commitment to an ethical and safe workplace for all and have chosen to work with certified manufacturing partners as this means they are independently monitored according to ethical and sustainability standards. At times we also work with smaller suppliers who might not be able to afford their certification, but that share our vision of a fairer and greener future of fashion and work hard to reach it.
As a brand, we’re also independently GOTS certified. You can read more about why we chose to get certified and what benefit has brought us in this blog post about our certification. 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. This is important to us as we want to value all stages of growth.
From the beginning we have only worked with partners that provide fair working conditions to all employees. This includes a fair living salary, the right to unionise and that can prove that their supply chain is free of child- and slave-labour. We find this to be essential in creating a fairer world where work is valued and profit isn’t made on the benefit of others.
We also take time to find sustainably sourced textiles for each design as this restricts the pesticides and harsh chemicals in all aspect of the textile making process, from seed to final 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 person wearing the garment, whose skin and mind can relax too.
A plant planted with each order
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. We feel grateful to support this project with your orders as these plants are planted to avoid deforestation in the area and are beneficial for generations to come.
We are proud of our efforts to design and create conscious fashion in the most humane and environmentally friendly way and look forward to exploring new innovative ways to decrease our footprint and maximise the benefit to everyone involved. If you’re looking for more information regarding our production and our stance on ethics and sustainability you can find some answers regarding this in our FAQ.
If you have any questions about our ethics and sustainability efforts, please get in touch (contact page link), we’d love to hear from you. Team BYEM ✨