SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS

Our Mission

Sustainably-made clothing designed for tall women. Let's focus on the sustainability efforts here:

Our manufacturers are both based in Los Angeles and are rooted in the ideals of fair labor practices and environmentally-conscious manufacturing. They use the most sustainable and eco-friendly technologies available - including using less water, less chemicals and producing less waste than the rest of the industry. They exceed fair labor standards, invest in our planet and give back to their communities.

Our clothing has been designed to satisfy the desire for extraordinary quality at attainable prices using premium fabrics and tailored cuts for tall women.

Our Promise

Megan Reilley only works with manufacturers and companies whose focus is to reduce environmental impact and eliminate the use of harmful chemicals to protect our customers' health and the environment. 

Corporate responsibility is an integral part of who we work with. Our suppliers have developed several programs to ensure their supply chain develops, maintains, and is held accountable to relevant country and international standards. They utilize, as part of their verification, independent 3rd party and in-house audit programs. They require strict guidelines for social responsibility and corporate compliance to ensure that their vendor partners not only adhere to international labor and environmental standards, but exceed them.

Our Production & Wash Process

  • 99% less water than industry standard
  • 63% less energy usage than industry standard
  • 70% less chemical usage than industry standard
  • All used wash stones are compressed into bricks to build low-income housing
  • All factory water is filtered and used for farmland initiatives

 

OUR FABRICS

Lyocell/ Tencel

Lyocell, also known as its branded name ‘Tencel’  is a sustainable fabric that is regenerated from wood cellulose.  This fiber is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics, namely because it is sustainably sourced from eucalyptus trees, which don't require pesticides or irrigation and use less land and water than cotton production.  It is also produced in a "closed-loop system," in which the majority of chemicals and solvents used in the process to break down the wood pulp are recovered and recycled with minimal waste.

Recycled Cotton

We use recycled cotton repurposed from pre-consumer cotton waste at the mill. We also use fabric made from post-consumer waste and re-made into fabrics used to make our clothing. We are actively working to increase our use of post-consumer recycled cotton through garment recovery programs.

Organic Cotton

Liberated from the toxic chemicals used in traditional cotton production, our 100% GMO certified organic cotton stands out amongst our peers. Our cotton and cotton blends are durable, smooth and have a sensuous finish that feels delightful against your skin.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree with the potential to be an ethical and Eco-friendly material for the fashion industry. Eucalyptus is a material also known as Tencel Lyocell, It is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees. The eucalyptus goes through a similar process as other semi-synthetic natural fibers, but the Lyocell process used to make eucalyptus is more benign and Eco-friendly.

Deadstock Fabrics

We source fabrics locally in Los Angeles from massive warehouses where all of the unused fabrics produced by mills for other brands at one time or another are sent before they eventually end up in a landfill.  Solving this waste crisis is super exciting for us as it not only prevents waste in landfills but also eliminates one of the most environmentally challenging processes from our lifecycle. Instead of using virgin fibers that require water, pesticides, dyes, and electricity for weaving, we start the lifecycle at the cutting and sewing stage, saving tons of water, energy, and chemicals in the process!

Washing Sustainably

Our care labels were thoughtfully made to help you wash your garments in a way that sustains them as long as you love them as well as sustain the earth.  Washing with cold water eliminates energy used to heat water. Select an eco cycle if at all possible. Hang dry to preserve the quality of your garments for as long as possible, which also saves a ton of energy used for machine drying.

Packaging

The clear bag that your clothing comes in is 100% biodegradable. That basically means it will disintegrate and return to the Earth. 

Hangtags

All of our hang tags are made from recycled materials. Ética's eco statistic hangtags contain seeds that can be planted!

Recycling

Our suppliers recycle, compost organic wastes, and recycle or donate their textile scraps whenever possible. They recycle about 80% of all their garbage.