Sustainability

The global fashion industry has a hand in the exploitation of people and of the land. Conscious decisions from both the industry and consumers must be made in order to combat this.
This is why, here at Second Link Clothing, we strive to be the link between our consumers - you - and making good, conscious choices.
We try to consider all aspects of our business, in order to minimise our impact on this planet.

 

Fabrics

High quality, natural fiber and sustainable fabrics are chosen for our pieces. 

All of our garments are made using 100%  linen. Linen is one of the most sustainable fabrics on the market as it uses much less water and pesticides than cotton and other fibre crops.

Our linens are sourced through NZ supply chains and are OEKO-TEX certified meaning that they meet rigorous environmental and social standards in terms of their production. You can learn more about OEKO-TEX fabrics here.

We also utilise second-hand and vintage fabrics where we can - mostly in our hats and other offcut projects, or in one off ready-to-wear pieces.

 

Zero Waste

Regular fashion design generally wastes around 15% of the fabric (globally, that accounts to 60 billion m2 of fabric every year - eek!). These off-cuts can often be hard to re-purpose so they tend to end up in landfill.

To avoid this, we have designed our garments to be as zero waste as possible. Our garment patterns are configured from geometric shapes - all of the pieces fit nicely together on the fabric prior to cutting. Depending on the size of garment ordered, we either use up all of the fabric length when cutting out the garment or only produce a small amount of offcuts.

We have a use for all of our offcuts - predominantly binding for our garments to leave clean edges or for our hand braided baskets.

We are really proud to not contribute to the massive amount of waste that the textile industry creates in this way.

 

Packaging

We package our items as minimally as possible to avoid excess waste.

Our garments are wrapped up in acid-free tissue paper, fair-trade hemp twine and topped with hand written note on recycled cardstock - that's all! They are then sent to you in compostable or recyclable kraft paper mailers.

Each component can be re-used, recycled or composted.