Why do you create apparel on demand instead of having bulk on hand?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated there is approximately 16 million tons of textile waste a year generated from America alone.  That is 32 billion pounds! To break it down even further: on average, one t-shirt weighs four ounces, so one pound of textile waste is equivalent to four t-shirts.  That is a pile of 128 billion T-shirt’s! Of that 32 billion pounds of waste, the EPA estimates that only 15% is being recycled. Only a mere 10% of clothes donated to thrift stores or charities get sold, the rest goes to landfill.  This waste is being generated because of the fast fashion movement.  Clothes are being made to last a very short amount of time, to encourage buyers to keep on new, ever emerging trends.

“The fashion industry is designed to make you feel “out of trend” after one week. Once upon a time, there were two fashion seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Fast forward to 2014 and the fashion industry is churning out 52 “micro-seasons” per year. With new trends coming out every week, the goal of fast fashion is for consumers to buy as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible, as cheap as possible.” – Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Sewing apparel on demand is to not participate in this dysfunctional behavior.  Our practices ensure that every article of clothing is being made on a per order basis with you in mind, to eliminate waste and excess.  We pride ourselves on pristine craftsmanship to ensure garments will last, with proper care.

Why do you only use plant based, natural fabrics?

“Nearly 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose.” – Forbes

Considering how stuffed our landfills are with textile waste, we can’t in good conscious contribute to that by using synthetic textiles.

In comparison, plant based fibers will decompose in a short 3-5 months upon their arrival to a landfill.  Not only are synthetic fabrics clogging up landfills but 85% of the plastic pollution in the ocean is due to microfibers from synthetic clothing.  The synthetic fiber process is extremely harsh on the environment and uses far too many toxins/chemicals for comfort.

Why do you use natural, plant based mordants and fabric dyes?

Farmers in China close to garment factories ‘joke’ about being able to tell what color will be ‘in’ next season by looking at the shade of their rivers.

The fashion industry utilizes over 8,000 synthetic, toxic chemicals to dye and treat garments.  These chemicals are poisoning not only the planet, but individuals working within the factories as well.

“Toxic synthetics are apparent throughout the many stages of a garment: from the factory floors where workers are exposed to and breath in their fumes, to the runoff of dyes and corrosive finishing products that flow into our water sources and agricultural systems, to the leaching of poisonous substances into our largest organ–our skin–and deposited into our bloodstream upon every wear.” -Re/Make

The good news, is that by being conscious of what we put ON our bodies, we can reduce exposure to unhealthy chemicals.  We choose to treat and dye our textiles with non-toxic, plant based materials for both ethical and health reasons.  The process puts us in touch with the natural world and allows us to create playful, sustainable garments.

What is your sizing like?

Since WAZUAZcollection is comprised of unisex apparel, our styles are more relaxed than tailored.  If you’d prefer a more fitted garment, you may want to go with a smaller size.  If you prefer a more regular to loose fit, you may want to go with a larger size.  Since our apparel is made on a per order basis, feel free to send your bust/chest, waist and hip measurements for a more custom fit.  For further questions on custom fit, please send us an email (wazuaz@stalph.co) and we can walk you through the process.