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Brief Published: 4 Nov 2013

America’s First Sustainable Sewing Factory


LA-based environmentally conscious fashion brand Reformation is asserting its commitment to the planet by opening America’s first sustainable sewing factory.

The factory will bring all the business’s operations together under one roof – including the manufacturing and distribution of its collections, which are made exclusively from repurposed vintage and surplus materials. The building will temporarily be powered exclusively by renewable energy while the company gears up for a solar installation.

Yael Aflalo, founder and chief executive of Reformation, explained its holistic approach to the build. “We are using as many reclaimed and repurposed materials in our build-out as possible, and making sure everything from our cleaning supplies to the way we arrange our desks minimises our footprint here on Earth.”

For more on sustainable fashion, see Restructional Clothing by Ninna Berger, Velvet Ting’s Footwear, Lily Cole’s Eco Rubber Jewellery and H&M Global Recycling Scheme. Meanwhile, growing demand for brands to prove their ideals run deep is explored in Positive Provenance, Honestby.com Promotes Provenance and Brand Transparency.