When possible, we use organic, ethically-sourced, and biodegradable fabrics and natural fibers like linen, alpaca, and silk.
We also work to keep every step of our production low waste — every Apiece Apart collection is cut-to-order, so that we have little to no excess inventory at the end of each season.
We work hard to create timeless, long-lasting garments that exist outside of trend or fast fashion; in doing so, we hope to discourage the idea that clothing is disposable, but rather that pieces can be kept and loved for years of wear.
By early 2021, 66% of our collection will be from organic or sustainable fabrics.
Use a minimum of 75% organic or sustainable fabrics by 2021.
Complete transparency by 2025
Our garments are sourced and manufactured in India, China, Peru, Turkey, and the U.S., the result of longstanding relationships with factory owners, workers, and artisans in our supply chain. To minimize unnecessary long-haul and environmentally wasteful shipping, whenever possible we source our materials from the places where our garments are produced.
Garments and packaged and stored in TIPA compostable bags to minimize plastic use. Our clothing is never shipped on plastic hangers for more efficient shipping and minimized carbon emissions.
A vast majority of our printed garments are made by digitally printing colors and patterns onto fabric with specialty inks, as opposed to the synthetic dyes often used in traditional screen printing. Digital printing also reduces water waste by requiring fewer rinse cycles than screen printing.
The labels sewn inside our garments are made from 100% organic cotton, and our hangtags are made from 80% post-consumer content. They’re also printed with soy-based ink and 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
Plastic buttons are never used on our garments. We opt for biodegradable buttons, such as corozo.
Linen is a biodegradable fiber made from the flax plant, which is generally grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It also requires less water and energy to grow than other materials like cotton or polyester. Linen helps keep the body cool and will soften with wash and wear over time.
We’ve recently begun incorporating certified organic cotton into our collections, including our garments and their sew-in labels. Our cotton is grown in India without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, requiring less water to irrigate than its non-organic counterpart.
/ TENCEL™ Lyocell
Made from sustainably-sourced wood pulp, this biodegradable cellulose fiber is manufactured using a non-toxic, recyclable solvent in a closed-loop production system, whereby over 99% of organic chemicals are recovered and reused. Lyocell fabric is soft, lightweight, moisture-wicking, and wrinkle-resistant, with a silky finish that drapes beautifully on the body.
We source our alpaca from Peru, working with producers who take care not to harm the animal during the shearing process. Alpaca also tends to last longer than other knit fibers, such as wool and cashmere.
From sourcing raw materials to working with high-quality manufacturers, we design our garments to have the longest-possible lives. See our recommendations below for how to sustainably care for your favorite Apiece Apart pieces—and make them last.
1 / Wash Less—And Use Cold Water
The less you wash, the longer your garments will maintain their fiber integrity. We recommend spot-treating garments when you can and washing in cold water—ideally by hand—to help reduce color fading.
2/ Line Dry
Air dry your garments to save electricity and reduce fiber degradation.
Steaming is a quick and easy way to freshen your garments in between washes. If you don’t own a steamer, hang them in the shower to loosen creases and wrinkles.
Consider repairing garments with minor damages before replacing them. Don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for advice on how to mend a damaged Apiece Apart garment. A good tailor can help extend the life of your garments and alter them for an ideal fit. If you are in between sizes, we recommend sizing up and altering as necessary.