Shopping responsibly is really the key to improving the economy and reducing environmental pollution. I’ve talked a bit about this idea before in previous posts, like Waste Not Want Not
In a given year, the average textile waste is 70 pounds per person. This translates to mean that our current clothing manufacturing system is environmentally toxic.
You may dismiss this statistic, envisioning heaps of clothing outside like a compost pile. But that simply isn’t the case. Every step of production creates an environmental footprint, from dyeing to manufacturing, to shipping the order after it’s been sold. And now that 98% of American fashion production occurs in other countries, the carbon footprint required to shuffle garments around grows exponentially.
Thankfully, savvy entrepreneurs like Ashley McAleavy (above, right) are seeking to break the cycle of waste and pollution. Ashley is the founder of Remedy
, a sustainable clothing line based in New York City.
Like the name suggests, Remedy seeks to reduce environmental waste while offering unique fashions. Ashley selects locally sourced vintage garments and adapts them for today’s lifestyle. This may require a slight alteration, or a total revamp of the piece. She also uses donated textiles and yardage to create one-of-a-kind garment designs. My current favorite is the floral dress featured at the beginning of the post.
Remedy Designs is a company dedicated to creating a sustainable product line of women’s fashion. We maintain a high standard of Social and Environmental Responsibility, by limiting the impact our product has on the environment throughout it’s lifecycle and minimizing the company’s carbon footprint. We are going the extra mile to bring you authentic, sustainable style. Social responsibility is also a priority here at Remedy Designs. We strive to make a product we can all be proud of; from sourcing materials, (vintage, second hand clothing, and overstocked fabric) to production, (local production and fair labor practices) to shipping a final product, (recycled packaging materials). We don’t claim to have all the answers but you can be sure, we try our best to do business in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Ashley’s latest line for Remedy will be showcased at the Color Me Teal fashion show
this Sunday at 5pm. I’ll be attending the show and modeling some of her designs! Tickets are $20 and benefit ovarian cancer research. Join me in supporting a great cause and a great business. Look for a full recap of the event next week.