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Here’s what I commit to do and am already doing:

  • Use environmentally-friendly stationery. My pencils are made from recycled CDs!

  • Design sketches on recycled, handmade paper.

  • Draft custom patterns using zero-waste principles.

  • Source only organic fabrics, which can be composted and will biodegrade in up to four months.

  • Source remnant and deadstock fabrics, saving them from being sent to landfill. Sometimes the fibres that go into such fabrics are synthetic and therefore not produced sustainably. But in re-purposing them, Syra Brownlock contributes to a circular economy. In landfill, such fabrics would release toxic fumes that further exacerbate the effects of climate change.

  • Cut fabric according to zero-waste principles.

  • Source materials from sustainable suppliers. You can read more here.

  • Provide detailed information about provenance, process, and suppliers of each piece of fabric in my collection.

  • Upcycle all fabric offcuts from cutting your clothes. Some are turned into pattern weights for future projects, or make-up wipes, or reused as facings in other clothes.

  • Refuse all single-use plastic at all stages of production. This includes sourcing wooden spools for threads, machine needles packed in paper, and using metal bobbins.

  • Independently verify the environmental practices of each supplier, wholesaler, cooperative and producer I source from.

  • Package your clothing in paper and other compostable materials.

  • Use vegetable dyes in all printing - this includes your handwritten cards with details of your piece’s provenance, and all merchandise.

  • Use greener and more environmentally-friendly international shipping services via Correos, Spain’s most trusted postal service.

  • Provide the option for customers to offset the carbon footprint of shipping via donating to green projects here.

I’m constantly looking for innovations and creative ideas. If you have any recommendations of how I can improve Syra Brownlock’s environmental policy and practices, don’t hesitate to email me: sanjukta@syrabrownlock.com

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