Most clothing is made without a second thought about what happens to it when it is no longer wanted. 89% of textile waste ends up in landfill or incineration. Less than 1% of clothing is recycled back into clothing.
Bee&Sons cardigans are designed to be disassembled and recycled. Our Take Back service, a free return initiative, will make new clothes out of old. For a 10% discount on your next order, we will process the wool in your old cardigan and turn it into recycled yarn. We are currently ‘wear-testing’ different types of recycled natural yarns to see which are the best quality and most durable. Look out for our recycled collection, coming soon, (by the way, it looks and feels exactly like virgin fibre.)
Most clothing is made without conscience, without considering the bigger environmental picture. Over-production by some of the biggest names in fashion accounts for significant amounts of waste clothing, which also ends up in landfill or incineration.
Our clothes are made in batches of 100. When we run out, we’ll take pre-orders and create another 100. We won’t throw anything away. We have made a promise to ourselves not to create more waste.
Most clothing is made from polyester blends that cannot currently be recycled. Polyester is cheap and poor quality, designed to be thrown away and enabling the culture of fast fashion.
Our clothes are made using are 100% natural yarns that can be recycled.
Most clothing is made in nameless factories by faceless people. We support Fashion Revolution, a global movement that addresses social inequalities and human exploitation in the clothing industry, and encourages transparency of supply chains.
Our clothes are made in a local textile manufacturing company committed to ethical conduct, where employees are treated fairly and paid properly. We know the people who make our clothes. They work hard and laugh a lot.
Most fabrics are sourced and clothing is made anywhere in the world with little consideration of carbon emissions.
Our clothes are made in the UK. True, our yarn comes from Italy, and until we find a high quality alternative, that will remain the case. But our manufacturing happens locally. We recognise the importance of local employment and saving the UK’s manufacturing skills.
Most clothing is made with only financial profit imperatives, never mind the negative impacts on the environment or society.
Our clothes are created with responsible business practices as the key priority. There are a number of brands today that truly care about the environment and social equality. Not everyone upholds the same principals as us. Some brands, for example, focus on supporting cooperatives of women in India, or recycling fishing nets from the ocean bed. We admire and applaud all efforts to clean up the fashion industry. What we all agree on is that fast fashion truly sucks.
Most clothing is made by big fashion brands that claim that using synthetic or semi-synthetic fibres is less damaging to animals.
Our clothes are made from wool, silk, cashmere and mohair, all natural fibres that, when produced responsibly, are inherently renewable and biodegradable. We work with the Responsible Wool Standard sheep producers who observe stringent shearing management requirement and are mulesing free. By recycling our clothes and using recycled yarns, we are addressing the fashion industry’s reliance on virgin fibre and the environmental implications associated with the production of new yarn. We are also saving clothing from landfill and incineration, and all the air and water pollutions associated with both.
Most clothing ends up polluting our seas and air. Every second, the equivalent of a garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. And an estimated $500billion value is lost each year due to clothing being hardly worn and very rarely recycled. Simply washing synthetic fibres releases half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres into the ocean each year – that’s the equivalent to 50 billion plastic bottles. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation – MAKE FASHION CIRCULAR)
Our clothes represent a radical rethink of the textile economy.