The fashion industry is one of the major polluting industries in
the world. The production and distribution of the crops, fibres, and
garments used in fashion all contribute to differing forms of
environmental pollution, including water, air, and soil pollution. The
textile industry is the second greatest polluter of local freshwater in
the world and is culpable for roughly 1/5 of all industrial water
Leading The Change
We see you.
The ones who have already learnt this truth, the ones who have already made a commitment to sustainable purchasing decisions.
We also see the ones to come. The ones who will also learn this truth and want to make a change.
For this we applaud you.
We only have one planet. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to protect this planet for future generations to come.
As an industry we can do better.
we can make an impact. We in the streetwear community can be leaders.
Leaders of change and innovation. Together we can change our industry’s
reputation from wasteful to sustainable.
What do we look for in the brands and products we carry?
This means that products, materials, and resources are maintained
in the economy for as long as possible and minimizing waste. Garments
that are recycled, reused, repaired, and continuously work toward zero
waste throughout their entire supply chain.
- Garments made-to-order or made in very small quantities
- Garments that are zero waste or reuse scrap fabrics/materials
- Use of recycled or up cycled fabrics
- Ensured to be fabrics that are recyclable
- Garments that can be worn in many different ways
This means that water is sustainably managed in all stages of the
supply chain. Products that have been closely monitored throughout their
production to make sure that fresh water sources are not compromised
- Fabrics that are less fresh water intensive, such as linen or hemp
- Garments that have had water intensive stages cut out of the supply chain by using recycled or up-cycled fabrics
- Garments that employ less water intensive dyeing and treatment methods or minimize this as much as possible
This means that the amount of pollution created and released into
the environment is significantly lower than the industry average. Brands
that do this well show awareness of pollution related issues in their
supply chains and make a clear effort to minimize the use of chemicals
that can cause water, air, and soil pollution.This includes:- Opting for certified organic fabrics- Using natural materials that do not require fertilizers or pesticides to grow- Avoidance of dyeing/treatment of fabrics using toxic methods- Avoiding fabrics that release micro plastic when washed- Ensuring suppliers have proper waste water treatment systems- Cutting out polluting stages of the supply chain by using deadstock or up cycled fabrics
This means that information is disclosed about all stages of
production that a garment goes through. Brands which do this well
provide detailed information about all stages of their supply chain and
evidence of any certifications that they may hold.This includes:- Third-party certifications that provide insight into the supply chain- Provide informative behind the scenes content-
Providing specific production information for each product, such as a
breakdown of the production of the product, stages of production, how
the product is sustainable at each stage
This means that welfare for animals is a priority and not harmed
during the production process. Brands which consider this are clear and
transparent about their use of of animal-derived materials in their
production. They avoid using any materials that require the
harming/killing of animals. If they are to use animal-derived materials
they make sure that their suppliers comply with strict animal welfare
regulationsThis includes:- Completely avoiding the use of animal-derived materials- Pledge to only sell vegan products (avoid leather, fur, etc.)- Hold animal welfare certifications- Use only recycled or up cycled animal-derived materials
All of the packing and shipping materials we use are
environmentally friendly. This includes our boxes, poly mailers, thank
you cards, tissue paper, and stickers!
Poly mailers were made using recycled materials
Thank you cards and tissue paper were made from recycled paper
Stickers are biodegradable
We are proud to be a partner with One Tree Planted!
Working with One Tree Planted is a great fit for eKONIQ,
Sustainability is at the core of our business model and this partnership
is another great way to give back and help the environment.
The objectives of this new partnership include:
Supporting global reforestation effortsEmpowering consumers with sustainable actionsRaising awareness about the importance of ecosystem restoration
Planting trees is one of the best ways to combat the damaging effects
of climate change. Trees help clean the air we breathe, filter the
water we drink, and provide habitat to over 80 percent of the world’s
terrestrial biodiversity. Trees also provide tremendous social impacts
by providing jobs to over 1.6 billion people, empowering women in
underdeveloped nations, and supporting communities devastated by
The partnership is designed to be simple for customers to get
involved in global reforestation. For every item sold from our
inventory, eKONIQ will give $1 USD to One Tree Planted to plant one
tree. The trees are planted by local partner organizations and community
volunteers in areas where there has been deforestation.
Customers have the option to plant additional trees by donating $1
USD for each tree they wish to plant. To plant a tree, simply click the
One Tree Planted widget in the bottom left hand corner of our website OR
there is an option to add trees to your cart on the cart page.
About One Tree Planted
One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it
simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their
projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local
communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature,
people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires
and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity.
Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of
benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. To
learn more, visit onetreeplanted.org