If we want fashion to be sustainable, we must slow down.
Fair trade, organic cotton and recycled fabrics are all great buzzwords when it come to discussions about sustainable fashion, but the fact is that we simply consume too much.
We produce collections not seasons and consider how versatile a garment is before we produce. Our goal at Senza Tempo is to create a garment you’ll wear through the seasons and for years to come, not to get you to buy something new every other week.
That means creating classic, superior quality garments made by people paid a living wage — that’s what’s sustainable.
It’s an old fashioned approach to shopping. It’s the way our grandmothers shopped.
Unlike most of us today, they were mindful and thoughtful with their purchases because they had to be — money and fabric shortages during the depression and war years instilled frugality. They had capsule wardrobes before the term ever entered the lexicon. Shopping wasn’t a hobby. This approach must be revived if we want fashion to be truly sustainable. In order to slow our consumption we must buy pieces that are meant to last for years.
Senza Tempo is made in the same factory from sampling to production in downtown Los Angeles. Our items are shipped to our warehouse in South Carolina and then direct to our clients.
Using a single factory not only reduces our carbon footprint by simplifying our supply chain, but it also results in a better product due to consistency in production.
Read more about how to build a more Mindful Closet in the Senza Tempo journal.
A Few Fashion Facts and Figures
Waste & The Environment
- The average American consumer buys just over one new item per week, spends almost a full week on shopping every year and throws out nearly 80 pounds of clothing per year.
- Only 3% of the clothing consumed in the U.S. is actually made in America today. In the 1960s, 95% of our clothing was made in America.
- Nearly 90% of garments are transported by ship whose fuel is 1000 times dirtier than highway fuel.
Women & Wages
- Nearly 80% of garment workers globally are women.
- According to the Department of Commerce the U.S. imports $29.6 billion from China, $4.9 billion from Bangladesh, $3.2 billion from India in 2014.
- The average apparel worker’s wage in China is $1.36, $0.24 in Bangladesh and $23.32 in the U.S.
- Monthly wages as a percent of living wages are only 20% in China and India, and only 14% in Bangladesh.
- All three of these countries are on the Department of Labor’s list of countries with known forced or child labor practices.