September 25, 2020

In this day and age where climate change and environmental concerns are constantly reported upon, fought over and discussed, sometimes the basic information can get lost in the bigger picture. This week, we thought we would bring this huge concept back down to the basic levels of what we each can be mindful of when shopping, and how some education may make decisions more meaningful.
 
At Avila, two of our cores values of ethically sourced and sustainability considered not only has us checking factory standards and audits with anyone we consider working with, but also, researching materials and their impact on the environment.
Ethically and sustainably accredited
As Avila’s CEO Ashleigh explains “I look at the whole process of the materials. For example, you could think that commercial cotton is naturally grown therefore it is a natural fibre and it's a good fibre to use. However when you look into the process of the way cotton is made into fabric, it has a real impact on the people who grow it because they use a lot of chemicals. It has a big impact on water, how much water and then how much is polluted. The dyeing; dyes are not good for the environment and not good for the people, there are all these photos of cotton dye houses all around the world and the people there have permanently dyed skin as they don’t have proper protection, the chemicals are so strong it penetrates into their body. That was something that really hit me and I did not want to be a part of. And that's why looking into alternatives ARE SO important.”
Textiles industry pollution
Waste dumped into Turag River in Bangladesh, 2018. Image credit: Getty Images
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In the next couple of weeks, we are going to be looking at the differences between cotton and organic cotton, and other sustainable materials that we use in our garments. In the meantime, it's just a thought and conversation starter to think before you buy of what has actually gone into making this garment. Avila has committed to make thoughtful clothing that, whilst may not be able to compete with the “fast fashion” powerhouses that produce huge quantities of quick clothing, it does make us empowered and proud when we wear our creations. We hope that you do too.
 
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