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At Bird Collective, we strive to use the most eco-friendly suppliers and products. While we could source a cheaper product and pass the savings on to you, this wouldn't align with our mission and goal for a sustainable future. We only work with suppliers that are transparent about their processes and also strive to promote safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing.
All of our apparel is made in WRAP certified facilities and printed in the U.S. Our t-shirts, tanks, & hoodies are cut & dyed by our eco-friendly supplier in Los Angeles. Our crew eco-sweatshirts are made by Alternative Apparel, a member of Fashion Revolution, the leading global movement to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion.
The below information pertains to our supplier of T-shirts, tanks, long-sleeve tees and all sweatshirts except for crew sweatshirts. For information on our crew sweatshirts read below.
Our supplier uses newer, more efficient dye machines, using 7x less water than the clothing industry average to save 24 million gallons a week. Any water used goes through a filtration system that allows it to be recycled. The little waste wastewater generated goes to a state-of the art water reclamation plant in L.A. The California Environmental Protection Agency, or “EPA”, is the strictest in the world. Due to the EPA’s high level of oversight and regulation, no harmful chemicals are released back into our ecosystem. Dye houses and treatment plants like the ones we use in L.A. are almost nonexistent where many manufacturers dye their fabric.
Our supplier uses solar energy to power sewing and cutting facilities, motion-sensor LED lighting and skylights throughout each building, and electric car charging stations to encourage employees to go green.
Our manufacturer's facilities and L.A headquarters send almost nothing to landfills because they recycle almost everything that cannot be turned into a tee. They have optimized their cutting to reduce plastic use, and excess fabric is repurposed into a number of things, such as baby bibs and stuffing for upholstery. Let nothing go to waste!
Our apparel is created with the latest in garment printing technology. In addition, our inks are water-based and eco-friendly. This makes the feel softer than traditional screen-printed shirts, but just as durable.
Large retailers restock collections every 4-6 weeks, pressuring us to buy more and think less, leaving a huge amount of unwanted clothing discarded at landfills (16 million tonnes a year in this country alone). Brands destroy unsold product as a way to maintain exclusivity through scarcity, but the precise details of who is doing it and why are not commonly publicized. At Bird Collective, all of our tees are made to order, so while it may take a little extra time to get to you, we reduce waste from bulk overstock and unsold garments.
Our Eco Crew Sweatshirt contains organic & recycled material. You can read about our supplier's practices here.
Our Eco Totes are a great alternative to single-use plastic shopping bags. Organic cotton products are the result of farming which relies on fertilizers of organic origin, such as compost manure, and uses biological pest control. There are no synthetic substances or genetic modifications used during the production.
Who doesn't love a one-of-a-kind vintage find? At Bird Collective we hunt for vintage tees to bring you a curated collection of unique and rare finds. By buying a vintage item, you're giving it a second life and saving it from the landfill.
Most of our packaging materials are recyclable or biodegradable. Bubble wraps are made from a minimum of 15% recycled plastic and 10% post-consumer content. Our kraft tubes are made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content and 0-30% secondary recycled content.
We still have work to do. We hope to move to even more eco-friendly practices like all sustainable fabrics and shipping in the near future. Stay tuned!