As we continue to carve out our blog’s foundation, we thought it might be helpful to give a high-level overview of our sustainability standards here at Gallagher. For those unfamiliar with sustainability as it pertains to fashion, and even for those who are more familiar, I want to begin by stating that we believe sustainability is personal, and how each company chooses to define and pursue sustainability is going to look different, we touched on this topic in our piece on the made-to-order process but want to give a clearer picture of our standards and practices outside of our production model.
So what is sustainability?
At a basic level, sustainable clothing brands are those that produce and sell products that meet a set of criteria based on social and environmental factors. Again, that criteria is what’s going to differ from brand to brand. But at their core, all sustainable brands seek to reduce or reverse their impact on the world both socially and environmentally.
And why should you care about it?
As sustainability awareness rises amongst all industries, I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve considered how it impacts your life. Look, I personally understand how this topic can feel polarizing or overwhelming… you can only do so much. But thanks to the movement within the fashion industry, it’s relatively easy to find sustainable brands that fit your aesthetic, budget and yes, even your values. We hope you’ll consider ours amongst the many out there.
We break down our sustainability standards at Gallagher into the following five categories:
Materials: We’ve already done a deep dive into our sustainable fabrics on the blog, but essentially we’ve partnered with both GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified suppliers in developing each and every collection at Gallagher. From the beginning we’ve also been committed to using natural plant-based textiles rather than synthetic, man-made ones (read: no polyester). We’re currently researching recycled polyester materials for future collections as we expand our product offerings.
Packaging: It’s important for us to consider every aspect of our footprint, and packaging is no exception to this. When it comes to our packaging, we have utilized recycled poly bags from our supplier EcoEnclose since the beginning. As we expand our product offerings, ensuring our packaging checks the sustainability box is a must for us.
Employees: While we are still such a small team (three employees to date), it has always been our intention to cultivate a safe working environment— both physically and emotionally. We still have a lot to learn but we are proud of the healthy working relationships we’ve developed both inside and outside of Gallagher and hope to continue that ethos as we grow.
Charity: We’ve admittedly done the least amount of work in this area thus far. In 2020 we partnered with Feeding America during the onset of COVID-19 pandemic to donate 5% of our spring collection proceeds to families with basic needs. There are so many causes that we hope to champion in the future, to use our voice for the good of others. We care especially about the causes on our customers’ hearts and would love to host events to help fundraise on your behalf.
Transparency: In essence, we’d like to be an open book to our customers especially in terms of breaking down our footprint and our costs/pricing. We’re working on another post to address the later topic of how we calculate our garment pricing- be on the lookout for that soon!
While we wouldn’t give ourselves an A+ in any one of these categories, these are the areas that we consider and strive to perfect in terms of sustainability as we grow and evolve our brand. We hope this gives you a clearer picture of what sustainability means to us, and what it might mean for you to shop with this perspective.As always, we are open for questions and suggestions. Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. We look forward to chatting with you.