Sustainability

Reducing waste is a priority of mine. I wanted Kolé to focus on sustainability efforts while supplying cute, comfortable suits that fit everyone's style.

SOME BACKGROUND

The fashion industry is the second-largest polluter in the world. This industry is responsible for 10% of humanity's carbon emissions, 20% of the worlds water pollution, and 31% of microplastics contaminating the ocean. But that's not all.

Over 8 metric tons of garbage enter our oceans every year. This includes clothing, plastic bottles, glass bottles, cigarettes, and everything that is considered trash once we're done with it. This number is hard for us to fathom, but here's the easiest way to think about it 

Every minute, of every day, there is a garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the ocean.

We all have a responsibility to do better, be better, and help improve our environment; which will help ourselves and future generations. With these eco-friendly changes, we can start to make this change now. 

Here's how I'm making improvements and staying sustainable.

MATERIALS

I currently use eco-friendly fabrics, that are made from post-consumer waste (recycled plastic) or are specially created to biodegrade faster in landfills. Though these types of fabrics do contain spandex and are technically still made of plastic, they have been regenerated for a second life.

Amni Soul Eco® - Made in Italy. UV protection UPF+50, OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Certified, fast-drying, lightweight, extremely soft, and stretchy. 

All other fabrics - UV protection UPF+50, OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Certified, soft, lightweight, resistant to chlorine, sunscreen, oil, and pilling. 

  • Amni Soul Eco®

    One of the first fabrics created to biodegrade 10x faster in landfill conditions compared to traditional fabrics.

  • Carvico Vita (Econyl)

    Widely known as the fabric made from water bottles (well, recycled plastic really), and created into multiple fabrics for a variety of uses.

  • Recycled Spandex

    Made of Recycled Polyester, Lycra, and Nylon; these fabrics are all created from post-consumer recycled yarn.

  • Deadstock

    These are fabrics that are no longer supplied and are not always made with eco materials; however, using them prevents them going straight to a landfill.

PRODUCTION

I design, cut, and create all suits at my home in Florida. Each piece is handmade in small batches, helping reduce the number of wasted materials and preventing overproduction. Most scraps are repurposed into additional suits to create unique designs - you can find these in the Exclusive section!

By producing in the U.S., I’m able to reduce our carbon emissions that are usually increased by manufacturing overseas.

SUPPORTING SUSTAINABILITY

On top of all of the efforts to reduce waste, I also support 4Ocean, an organization that focuses on the removal of waste from our oceans, shores, and rivers using specialized technology. For every piece purchased, $1 is donated to them. 

You also have the option to reduce your carbon footprint with each shipment. During checkout, you can add a few cents to your order by checking the Cloverly box; which is then sent to organizations that help reforestation, renewable energy, and other carbon reduction projects across the world.

SHIPPING

All shipping materials are either compostable or recyclable. I use compostable mailers, shipping labels, and packing slips. The mailers can also be reused for one more shipment! 

Both info cards, tags (reversible options only), and tissue paper are recyclable as well.