OUR SUSTAINABLE APPROACH
Since the beginning, our mission has been to create ethical garments that are made to feel.
Our process starts with consciousness. We consider both people and our planet when sourcing our fabrics, and make sure every decision is intentional.
“Every second, the equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned. An estimated USD 500 billion value is lost every year due to clothing that’s barely worn and rarely recycled.”
- ‘A New Textiles Economy: Redesigning fashion’s future,’ Circular Fibres Initiative
We want to do our part to lower that statistic by not overproducing materials, which is why we prioritize using deadstock fabrics.
Picture this: A mass-produced piece of clothing is cut from a large roll of fabric, but only about 10% of the roll gets used. Those mounds of deadstock fabric can end up in landfills, or they can be used to create beautiful new garments with a long life.
We source all of our materials, including deadstock, from trusted suppliers right here in the U.S. Sextet Fabric Inc. is one of our main supplier. They do their spinning and dying between New York and California.
All of our suppliers provide their employees with a fair living wage, equal pay and good working conditions. They recognize their employees as craftsmen and treat them with dignity and respect.
We believe this ethical production creates a special energy that’s reflected in our garments. It enhances their quality, too.
Fabric selection plays a large part in both comfort and sustainability,
which is why we choose to work with some of the softest, most environmentally friendly fabrics on the market.
All of our fabrics are plant-based and naturally processed or recycled.
Why process naturally?
Air, water and earth give trees life. Lenzing uses these natural raw materials for the production of TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®,
allowing nature to return to nature at the end of a product’s life.
Known for its incredibly soft texture, we use locally sourced Lenzing™ Modal for our knit and jersey garments. This plant-based fiber is sourced from beech trees in responsibly managed forests, making it both renewable and biodegradable.
Manufactured in a closed-loop process, 95% of the chemicals are captured and reused, dramatically reducing waste.
We conducted a personal experiment to verify the biodegradable fact about MicroModal. To our incredible surprise, it fully reverted back to Nature in only 7 weeks. Check our video on IG.
For our woven garments, like several of our pants and kimonos, we use TENCEL™. This plant-based material is the trademarked version of Lyocell. It’s certified sustainable and is produced from eucalyptus trees.
Organic Cotton / TENCEL™ Blend
We use a blend of Organic Cotton and TENCEL™ for our trench coat and shorts. This particular blend is made from Japanese deadstock fabrics from Zen Textiles.
We source a lot of our materials from local mills and ethical manufacturers. By using their leftover deadstock, we eliminate the need to spin new fibers, reducing landfill waste and the impact on our forests.
MADE IN NYC & LA
From our deadstock fabric provider to our ‘cut and sew’ manufacturer, all of our production takes place within the U.S. — specifically, Los Angeles and New York City.
“Up until the late 1970s, The United States produced at least 70 percent of the apparel purchased by Americans… by 2012, it was down to 2.5 percent.” - Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, Thomas
At Lâcher Prise, we strive to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible and help revive the American garment industry.
In an effort to stop overproduction and reduce unsold inventory, we design garments that can be worn multiple ways, and we produce them in small batches.
“Of the more than 100 billion items of clothing produced each year, 20 percent go unsold… leftovers are usually buried, shredded, or incinerated. In the last 20 years, the volume of clothes Americans throw away has doubled — from 7 million to 14 million tons. That equals 80 pounds per person per year.”
- Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes, Thomas
Slow fashion is one of our main values. We’re not interested in keeping pace with the major retailers and fashion houses designing new collections for every season.
Instead, we offer limited-run designs; we give our pieces more than one utility; we focus on timelessness; and above all, we prioritize quality.
Our staple design and best-seller, the Liberte is a reflection of our dynamic and sustainable values at Lâcher Prise. This all-in-one piece can be worn in a multitude of ways. Discover the possibilities in our tutorial here.
LÂCHER PRISE'S CYCLE
We are happy to announce our new partnership with Tree App, a mobile app which enables anyone to plant a tree for free, everyday, in less than a minute. The trees are funded by eco-conscious organisations who support tree planting through sales performed on their own platform.
We wanted to create a pact with Mother Nature; by giving back what we have taken from her… For every $50 spent on our website, we promise to plant one tree with @treeapp, in this way we give back to nature what it has given to us (note: Lenzing fabrics come from reliable and renewable forests)
We are aware of the urgency of global warming, this is why we prioritize and create a fair circular life for our clothes.
All of our designs are produced according to strict rules, our fabrics are biodegradable to ensure that our product’s end-of-life is respected and that the future is not made of stacked clothing polluting our land and oceans. This allows our customers to wear innovative designs while respecting our most precious resources.
All tree planting activities not only have environmental benefits, but also a social and economic impact by working closely with local communities. You can read more about Tree App tree planting practices here.
To date, Treeapp has funded the planting of over 140,000+ trees across:
● Africa: Madagascar, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mozambique, Kenya
● Americas: Brazil, Peru, Haiti
● Asia: Nepal, Indonesia
Every order comes in a reusable organic cotton gift pouch, wrapped in 100% recycled poly mailer packaging, which we source from EcoEnclose.
The sustainability of our packaging is just as important to us as that of our garments. That’s why we deliver every one of our pieces in a plant-based eco-friendly pouch. Not only do these pouches serve to reduce single-use packaging, but they also help protect your garment during travel.