We are a brand committed to change, and we recognise that the time is now to make it. It is so important that fashion brands, businesses and influencers begin to take a stand and search for alternatives to the current destructive forms of production. Join us! It’s your planet too…
Our climate is in crisis and, unless you’ve been chilling under a rock for the last 12 months, we are all aware of this. It’s on the news, we see it every day on our social channels and it is a topic on everybody’s lips… But what are we actually doing to combat it? Not enough.
First, it’s important we explore our environmental impact, that way we can effectively learn how to reduce it. For United Change Makers, reducing our impact means reviewing every step of the supply chain: from the way our jeans are made, to the packaging and labelling, as well as our own actions here at UCM HQ.
Cotton has long been considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop, not because of its aversion to bathtime but because of its use of nasty pesticides, harmful to both humans and animals. These chemicals (used in traditional cotton farming) are known to contaminate not just the soil, but the surrounding air and water sources used by the local communities and wildlife.
Many consumers, however, are blissfully unaware are this dark side of cotton as it is almost always portrayed in a more favourable light: a consumer-friendly fabric and one of the most loved and used fibres in the fashion industry.
Here at United Change Makers we choose to work only with organic cotton, removing the use of nasty chemicals and pesticides and halving the CO2 emissions (when compared to conventional cotton farming). Read more about our fabrics and why we work with GOTS Certified organic cotton for our production here.
Not only is it the ‘dirtiest’ crop, cotton is also known as an extremely thirsty crop. According to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), it can take up to 20,000 litres to produce just 1kg of cotton. How crazy does that sound?!
Considering that over a billion of people on this planet don’t have access to clean, sanitised water, it seems baffling that we allow such water-intensive production like this continue when there are alternatives. For example! Our factory in Indonesia has its own onsite Wastewater Treatment Plant which collects water from production to be treated and reused. It’s so important we grab a hold of these kinds of innovations and help use water more efficiently, as well as reduce water pollution.
Having a strong relationship with our supply chain gives us confidence in their ability to seek out new innovations so we can become more and more sustainable with our production.
Fashion will never be without its impact. However, if we take care of our clothes then we can all minimise our environmental impact.
All United Change Makers’ product is produced using high-quality organic cotton, by skilled garment workers who put care into every stitch. We want to create products that are built to last and jeans that our customers can wear on repeat without fear of breakages.
We understand that our price-point might be a little higher than those on the high street but consider our collection as an investment in your wardrobe and shop with sustainable brands who ‘s product you can trust to outlive the cheap alternatives.
We also aim to develop timeless styles you can wear every season, rather than disposable trends that gather dust in the back of your wardrobes.
According to Wrap UK, it is estimated £140 million worth of clothing goes to landfill each year. (wrap.org.uk/content/clothing-waste-prevention) We want to encourage all our customers to avoid this bitter end for your clothes and help change the nations disposable fashion habits. Once you’ve shopped with us it’s your turn to continue our products’ journey and manage its future impact.
We are in the midst of an environmental emergency and it’s time for a change. As a brand, and as consumers we all have the power to make a difference.