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SUPPLY CHAIN – Who Makes Our Clothes?
All our gear is made here in Melbourne!
In House Production here in our studio in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley
Local Production – ECA accredited manufactures
- Think Positive - Eco friendly Digital Printing
- Next State – Eco friendly Digital Printing
- Johanna Mueller AG – Tencel thread
- Charles Parson – interlining, fastenings
- New York Bias Binding – Bias cutting
- Wall Fabric – Dead stock fabrics
- Hemp Fortex – Hemp/organic cotton jerseys
- The R Collective – waste material
Check out individual product pages for specific supply chain info
ZERO WASTE – What Is It and How Do We Do It?
WHY DO WE DO IT?
Usually when a garment is cut, approx. 15% of the fabric is wasted on the cutting room floor. This translates to about 60 billion square meters of wasted fabric globally, each year. This waste usually goes to landfill, and as most of our clothes are made from polyester (plastic) that wasted fabric can take up to 200 years to decompose. Not to mention the waste of all the resources that go into make fabrics in the first place. Zero waste pattern cutting uses 100% of the fabric, resulting in zero wastage.
A big challenge with zero waste pattern cutting is creating different sizes while still being zero waste. We’ve come a long way in this and are now creating zero waste patterns in up to 5 sizes, with the hope of creating a broader and more inclusive size range in the future.
Another challenge is communicating these patterns with other people, as they’ve often been described as “confusing to look at” or “kind of insane”. When working with any new technique or disruptive method, it becomes pretty tricky to explain to people what you’re doing, which is an obstacle to commercial scalability. This is where great relationships with manufactures are super important.
ELIMINATING PAPER WASTE
Usually patterns and cutting layouts use heaps of paper during development and production. We’re working on using tech to reducing the amount of paper we use to develop patterns, with the goal of ultimately eliminating all paper waste! Our zero waste patterns are developed using computer aided design software, and can then be either laser cut or printed directly onto the fabric, meaning no paper is used at all!
CIRCULAR DESIGN – Keeping Resources in the Loop
Circular design is all about keeping resources in use for as long as possible
Circular design is all about keeping resources in use for as long as possible. Here's a few ways we do this
- Up-cycling waste materials
- Industry deadstock fabrics
- Vintage garments and damaged garments
- Offcuts from production and print development
- Excesses trims, fastenings
- Anything we can get our hands on
- Using 100% biodegradable materials and components
- Natural fibre fabrics like hemp, organic cotton, and linen
- 100% organic tencel sewing threads (in place of industry standard polyester)
- 100% cotton non-fusible interlinings (in place of industry standard synthetic fusing)
- Button fly fastening (in place of industry standard synthetic zipper tape)
- Biodegradable elastic
- All non-biodegradable elements are easily removable/reusable at end of life (buttons, fastenings, non-biodegradable elastic etc.)
- Designing for longevity
- We try to make our gear as durable as possible, so you can wear for many years to come
- We offer free basic repairs on all our gear if it wears out
- Everyone has a different take on timeless design. We design outside of trends and aim to make clothes that are so cool that you'd never want to get rid of them.
Read on for a more detailed breakdown of the 2 types of circular design
Technically circular systems refer to recycling and upcycling, so taking materials that would otherwise be wasted and turning them into something new. We do this through upcycling waste materials and old garments, and through eliminating fabric waste. The fashion industry has a major problem with waste. Big fashion and textile companies are producing more textiles than they’re using and manufacturing more garments than they’re selling. Creating virgin materials has a hefty environmental price tag from the water, land, and chemicals involved in producing fibre, the carbon footprint of processing and shipment, the water pollution from dyeing and finishing treatments, and the ethical issues regarding workers’ conditions. By repurposing the waste created by other fashion brands, we’re helping to reduce waste and avoiding the impact of virgin materials.
Biologically circular systems refer to resources that come from and return to the earth. So using materials that are sustainable to create, like hemp and organic cotton, and can be composted at the end of their life, leaving no waste behind. This not only applies to our fabrics but to the garment components as well. We use 100% Tencel thread and 100% cotton non-fusible interlinings in all our garments, which biodegrade with the rest of the garment. We hope to move to organic cotton or Tencel interlinings in the future.
CERTIFICATIONS – Official Sustainability Cred
A bunch of our suppliers and manufactures have accreditations confirming their fantastic sustainable and ethical practices.
All our print and CMT manufactures are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia
The 100% Tencel thread we use in all our garments boasts some impressive credentials - Cradle to Cradle Gold, Okeo Tex 100, and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified
All of our organic cotton and hemp materials are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified
LIFE CYCLE – Repairs and End of Life
We design and manufacture our gear to be as durable as possible, but if you run into problems we can help you out, click here to read more about out repair services.
We design our clothes to be completely biodegradable! From the fabric we use, to the thread we use to sew it together, the interlinings inside the garments. When you’re done wearing your pendulum gear and it’s truly worn out and seen to many adventures to be rehomed, you can remove all the metal fastenings, cut up the garment into smaller pieces and throw it in a compost bin where it will return to the earth.
REDUCING OUR IMPACT – Attention to Detail
We take sustainability seriously, and apply it to every aspect of our business
We’ve partnered with Carbon Neutral Australia so that for every order we get from you guys, they plant a tree! There’s an unavoidable carbon cost for us to operate as a business, so by helping to reforest the earth, we hope we can offset this and start to work towards carbon neutrality.
We use home compostable mail satchels with home compostable shipping labels. Once you get your Pendulum goodies, you can either reuse the mailing satchel, or throw it out with your food scraps and it’ll return to the earth that it came from.
Our swing tags are printed onto 100% post-consumer recycled paper and attached to the garment with 100% hemp twine. We even chose safety pins to attach them with that are sturdy enough to be reused, so they can go into that safety pin jar we know everyone has.