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INDIGO Code of Ethics: What is Second-Life Fashion?

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Code of Ethics Pillar 1: Second Life


Over the next handful of weeks, we’re going to dive deeper into INDIGO’s sea of sustainability and take a closer look at the pillars that make up the Code of Ethics. The first pillar on deck is none other than: second-life.

When we say ‘second-life’, we are referring to the utilization of deadstock or recycled materials to produce our textiles rather than sourcing new. By taking this route, we are actively contributing to the minimization of waste tossed in the landfill.

 

 Jackie picnic's on our deadstock blanket scarf (multipurpose!) in an RPET cropped tee with recycled sateen custom patch. 

Jackie picnic's on our deadstock blanket scarf (multipurpose!) in an RPET cropped tee with recycled sateen custom patch. 

So… what’s deadstock? Deadstock is a term that is used to describe “merchandise that was never sold to or used by consumers before being removed from sale”, typically because it’s seen as ‘outdated.’ The thought of all that perfect fabric getting kicked to the curb pulled at INDIGO’s heartstrings, so we decided to re-use those discarded textiles and breathe new life into them. Nobody puts deadstock in the corner.

 

 This custom skirt, made of RPET chiffon, is a great addition to any season-less wardrobe. Orders for this piece are currently OPEN, send INDIGO a message to get your own! 

This custom skirt, made of RPET chiffon, is a great addition to any season-less wardrobe. Orders for this piece are currently OPEN, send INDIGO a message to get your own! 

When we’re not scouring the landfills for textile gold (metaphorically speaking, of course), we’re shopping around for fabrics made from post-consumer plastic water bottles. A whopping 80% of purchased plastic water bottles end up landfills! Using fabrics that are derived from plastic water bottles helps ensure that those bottles don’t become another statistic. It may not make the biggest impact, but if we helped prevent any pollution at all, that’s a win in our eyes.

As the saying goes, “first is the worst, second is the best.” We think they were talking about second-life clothing and we couldn’t agree more. Stay tuned for the next Code of Ethics post where we’ll be covering, pillar #2: low impact dyes. You won’t want to miss it. :)

 

By Shaye Radin - Shaye is a sustainable lifestyle blogger and founder of www.galtruism.com—for nature, for others, for you. 

 

Images by Yanina May Photography - Follow her on Instagram @yaninamayphotography

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Self-Love & Self-Confidence

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By: Amanda Asencio

This is Part 2 of Indigo Apparel’s Women Empowerment Series. Edwina is a college student looking to become a nurse with a passion for modeling. She's a free-spirited, carefree personality who loves connecting and sharing with other creatives. Hear what she has to say on what women empowerment means to her, and find out who her biggest woman role model is.

Lovely Edwina talks on how women empowerment to her means self-love and self-confidence. For many, self-love means showering oneself with new purchases and taking a day off work. To us, self-love goes deeper and can actually mean to do that one assignment you’ve been putting off for weeks, or to ignore that late night text from your ex. Self-love is putting work into yourself, which can take time and dedication, but when you love yourself it’s worth it. As Beyoncé put it, “if at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again.” More so, you can't self-love if you don’t have self-acceptance.

We’ve all met someone who could talk the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. Self-confidence is being able to do both.  The first step is to be open with yourself and others. Leading with an open mind and energy allows for a more confident attitude.  In a social media age it can be difficult to achieve self-confidence, since people can curate their feeds to showcase only the best parts of their lives. It can easily seem that’s all there is and what we begin to strive for.  Social media does not fall under “seeing is believing”. Realizing that what’s on our phones isn’t always reality is key, everyone has something to bring to the table.  Self-love and self-confidence comes in many forms, it’s a practice but each and every one of us has to put their best foot forward.

 

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Be Bold For Change

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This is Part 1 of Indigo Apparel's Women's Empowerment Series. Shaye is a sustainable lifestyle blogger and founder of www.galtruism.com—for nature, for others, for you.


International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8th every year. It is a central point in the movement for women’s rights. I hope for the day women will be celebrated everyday, so we don’t need one day to be celebrated. 

There's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender equality around the globe, now more than ever. In support of International women’s day many will be found attending rallies, protesting on behalf of women’s rights, or spending money on women owned businesses like Indigo Apparel. How we wanted to celebrate this day and month is by asking women from all around what women empowerment means to them and to share a story about how being a woman has impacted their life. We hope to bring a sense of togetherness and unity, a safe space for women to share their creativity, ideas, and voice.

 

INDIGO’s Code of Ethics

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Nowadays, it seems as though sustainable fashion is a trend. A movement, if you will. To us at Indigo Apparel, it is way more than that; it is a lifestyle that is sewn into each of our pieces. Sustainability is the foundation on which INDIGO Apparel was built and it is our natural duty to spread the knowledge.

There are several misconceptions about living a green life. One of the biggest is that maintaining an environmentally friendly life is ‘so hard.’ We live in a society that makes it a little difficult, sure, but anything worthwhile takes determination, grit, and commitment. It’s all about baby steps. Swap out plastic bags at the grocery store for reusable bags. Quit buying plastic water bottles and get a canteen instead. Invest in quality clothing pieces that were made with the environment in mind and produced to last. Living an eco-life is easier than you think and extremely fulfilling.

So, yeah, we’re obviously passionate about living an environmentally conscious life. So much so that we created INDIGO’s Code of Ethics, six pillars that are essentially the backbone of our company. Let us explain a little further.

  1. Second life (deadstock or surplus fabric, vintage trims): We reuse discarded textiles instead of sourcing new, which keeps a smile on Mother Nature’s face. We also choose fabrics made from post-consumer plastic bottles-- reduce, reuse, recycle.

  2. Bamboo (fabric): Bamboo is a very sustainable crop; it grows extremely fast, doesn’t require fertilizer, and regenerates from its own roots. It also creates an incredibly soft, silky feeling fabric, which is durable and thermoregulatory, meaning it cools or warms to you to regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable. Feel good, look good.

  3. Organic: Your body is a temple, so it should be treated with the most love. This is why our products are made from organic materials, which are derived from plants that have been planted using non-gmo seeds, free of pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

  4. Vegan: It is our promise that no animals have been or will be harmed or tested-on to make these clothes.

  5. Low-Impact (dyes): Why use toxic chemicals or modants when you can use low-impact dyes? Our products contain low-impact dyes, which are classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as eco-friendly.

  6. Made in the USA: As a local brand ourselves, we’re all about supporting small businesses. By shopping domestically, you not only promote the local economy, but also the artists and workers that make the magic happen. All of our pieces are born in the USA, from beginning to end.

If you are looking to embark on a sustainable lifestyle journey, wearing it on your sleeve is a good start. It is our hope that INDIGO’s Code of Ethics has taught you that living green isn’t as daunting as you think. Small steps eventually turn into big steps, and you have to start somewhere. By wearing the change, you are the change.

By Shaye Radin - Shaye is a sustainable lifestyle blogger and founder of www.galtruism.com—for nature, for others, for you. 

Images by Yanina May Photography - Follow her on Instagram @yaninamayphotography

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There's Progress in Partnership

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Written by: Amanda Asencio

As we welcome the month of March and Spring arises, we want to bring focus on equality.  Equality is the state of being equal in status, rights and opportunities. Clothing is a statement, an identity, and a lifestyle. Clothing can also spread a message and stand for a cause. Through our clothing at Indigo Apparel we want to be one of many voices to show equality.

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International Women’s day is coming up and gender inequality still exists. There are many steps to lessen inequality; many of these steps involve working together, listening to girls and women, and allowing women to rise to positions of power.  One of the harsh realities to remember is that when women “trespass” in spaces that were previously male-dominated, there can be backlash. Backlash can look like violence, humiliation in the office, sexual harassment… etc. This harsh reality doesn’t mean we should stop striving forward. Let our voices be heard, encourage each other, especially mothers, to raise aspirations of young girls. Images of what a women should be or do must continue to evolve. We need more role models to expand the dreams of young women in fields like engineering and entrepreneurship to be more confident in themselves and what they do.

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Indigo Apparel is designed with passion and driven with a cause of sustainability. We strive for comfortability not only with fabric, but being comfortable in your own skin. Clothing is a way of expression, and what better way to express a passion and a cause than to practice what you preach #beboldforchange.

Make sure to visit https://www.internationalwomensday.com to learn more and take action!

Sporting A "The Future Is Female" Tee? You Might Not Be Supporting Women's Freedoms Like You Think...

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First off, kudos for trying to send a positive message if you own an item of clothing promoting female empowerment! I'm with you, actively trying to make a difference in support of women's rights. Unfortunately, the mass majority of these trendy tees like "The Future is Female" and "Feminist" have been mass produced in places that directly exploit third-world garment workers. This is a women's issue- according to the Labor Behind the Label campaign, approximately 80% of garment workers are women. 

Fast fashion is a lot of things. It's cute, it's cheap, it's easy to layer... sure. We've all been there- a bad day= spending spree, only you don't have to spend that much to shower yourself in inexpensive clothing gifts that you feel like you deserve. The truth is, we are so far removed from the clothing supply chain, that we forget the other aspects of fast fashion. Cheap clothes are deadly. Fast fashion is women being locked in sweatshops, inhaling toxic chemicals, and non-living wages. This doesn't mean "broke" the way we mean it (I'm so guilty of this. "I can't go to the movie AND out to eat, I'm broke.", it means not having enough money to have food and proper shelter for their families. Beyonce's 1-year old brand "Ivy Park" boasts "We are IVY PARK. A new activewear brand co-founded by Beyoncé, made for women who want to look and feel at the top of their game." Sadly, this brand is actively doing the opposite. The label is produced by way of poverty stricken women, often working 60+ hours/week, making less than $10 per day. In the words of Jakub Sobik, from the charity Anti-Slavery International, "This is a form of sweat shop slavery."

Coming up this month is International Women's Day, March 8. In preparation, I think this information is important to think over. Where do we individually stand on women's rights and empowerment? What does feminism mean to you? If we make decisions with our money, brands listen. In a capitalist economy, I believe a dollar is the only way to deliver your vote.  Luckily, we have the opportunity to lessen the demand on these exploitative processes.

Here are some easy steps you can take to do your part:

  • Buy from Indigo Apparel. You're already here! We are as transparent as possible, do all of our production in New York, and use eco-friendly textiles & low-impact dyes.
  • Purchase from brands who don't produce in an exploitative way. It's that easy! Download the app Good On You to help you choose brands that align with your values: https://goodonyou.eco/app/ 
  • Take it one step further: find brands who support women in the workplace. Women run companies, and brands who are 100% involved and integrated in their garment manufacturing process.
  • Buy from companies that are made in the USA, Australia, or other countries with stricter labor laws. 
  • When it feels like you can't afford a quality-made item, think about how often you will wear it. Often, when we think about the $20 trendy tee vs. a $60 quality top, we forget about the "cost per wear". If you wear something once because it doesn't fit exactly right, or the color is off, it turns out to be much more expensive than a piece you continue to wear time and time again. 
  • Continue to educate yourself. By doing your research and reading up on the current status of the clothing industry, you are working towards a better future for women- one where we can be confident in saying "The Future Is Female". 

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Experience Gifting on Valentine's Day

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What is experience gifting? 

- It's giving someone an experience as opposed to a material item. It's a fun activity for both parties such as Valentine's inspired paint class, or seeing a movie of a genre you both enjoy! The reason experience gifting triumphs all other styles is because it leaves a lasting impression and creates such wonderful memories. Whether on a first date or the 10th experience gifting is great for partners at all stages. You can do something as small as taking someone to their favorite movie or something more extravagant like taking someone on a one night cruise ship party for the evening. 

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Experience gifting is the best way ensure zero waste as well, its a win win! This Valentine's treat someone you love to a dinner. Instead of going out, try something creative and go to a cooking class, then try recreating the same dish at home together! This will create a fun, creative, and memorable day for you both. With great movies coming out like Black Panther, buy tickets for you and yours to enjoy a show or even a concert. Instead of guessing a gift, take that person in your life on a shopping spree and pick two or three pieces from the pile they collected. This will also keep the element of surprise, if thats your thing.

 

Yes, Valentine’s Day is more than about spending money on each other, it’s about spending time, but a little gift never hurt nobody. Gifting is a way of expressing just how much you care, its thoughtful and who doesn’t love being spoiled by the person you love!? 

 

By: Amanda Asencio

Self Watering on Valentine's Day

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For some, this upcoming holiday is a dreadful one. Valentine's Day is not only for those with significant others; it can be just as special, if not more so, for those that are single. It is a time for self-love and care. As much as we all enjoy receiving chocolates and roses, Valentine's Day is much deeper than that. It’s about loving, encouraging and believing in self. A woman is unstoppable when she loves herself fully; look at Beyoncé.

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Valentine's Day is as simple as happily giving, but remember, are you giving to get? Ultimately the only way to truly give is to give without expectation of something in return. Self-love, for some, can be a task. Here are some cost free things you should do on Valentine's Day and frankly everyday.

  • Wake up and write down 3 things you love about yourself
  • Share a smile with someone
  • Call your mother and share your appreciation and love
  • Instead of waving to someone you know when passing by, stop for a minute to carry a convo and see how he or she is doing. Who knows, they may even invite you to their plans!
  • Meditate for 5 minutes and get in touch with your inner soul
  • Set goals and dreams for yourself both for the future and for day to day – then go get it

Happiness and love comes in all shapes and sizes. 

Visit our Pop Up Shop & Local Market for more Valentine's gifts!

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By: Amanda Asencio

New Year, New Gifting Method

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  Holiday time sounds like hot cocoa by the fire listening to Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” For those that are eco-conscious, this time of year is one that is dreadfully wasteful. Look no further, we have simple gifting tips to avoid bags, bows, and paper which can be super wasteful. These steps can be done with tools found around the home. Zero waste and  zero dollars spent sounds fun to me!     

Holiday time sounds like hot cocoa by the fire listening to Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” For those that are eco-conscious, this time of year is one that is dreadfully wasteful. Look no further, we have simple gifting tips to avoid bags, bows, and paper which can be super wasteful. These steps can be done with tools found around the home. Zero waste and  zero dollars spent sounds fun to me! 

 

   
  
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    Here’s what you’ll need for wrapping:   ·       Recycled paper   ·       Newspaper   ·       Scrap fabric   ·       Pretty dish cloth   ·       Vintage scarf   ·       Old paper grocery bags   ·       Get creative and use anything in your house     Here’s what you’ll need for tying:   ·       Hemp   ·       Leather cord   ·       Scrap fabric   ·       Twine   ·       Metal wire     Heres what you’ll need for embellishment (optional) :   ·       Real plants   ·       Vintage jewelry   ·       Card written on recycled paper or cardboard     Happy holidays & happy gifting!  Source: http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/a6205/eco-friendly-gift-wrapping/  By: Amanda Asencio

Here’s what you’ll need for wrapping:

·      Recycled paper

·      Newspaper

·      Scrap fabric

·      Pretty dish cloth

·      Vintage scarf

·      Old paper grocery bags

·      Get creative and use anything in your house

 

Here’s what you’ll need for tying:

·      Hemp

·      Leather cord

·      Scrap fabric

·      Twine

·      Metal wire

 

Heres what you’ll need for embellishment (optional) :

·      Real plants

·      Vintage jewelry

·      Card written on recycled paper or cardboard

 

Happy holidays & happy gifting!

Source: http://www.countryliving.com/diy-crafts/how-to/a6205/eco-friendly-gift-wrapping/

By: Amanda Asencio

Plastic Alternatives and Why They are Important

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How can something so useful and widely used be so damaging?


Plastic has been an invention highly used for various things. However, today’s plastics system is broken and a great example of our highly wasteful shortcomings that are becoming more evident by the day. If we continue at this rate by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.


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Proactive thinking can fix this problem

 

It starts with you, one person at a time making change. There is much to be done, so if there is a way to implement change, do it. As a community and society changing our perspectives and rethinking the way we make, use and re-use plastics so they aren’t seen as waste is a first step.

 

Simple steps to avoid plastic:

1.     Carry around a tote bag when grocery shopping. This way you won’t need plastic bags and can re-use the tote whenever. Indigo Apparel sells recycled cotton canvas tote bags for $20 -https://www.theindigoshop.com/accessories/banana-split-pinup-tote

2.     Americans use over five hundred million plastic straws a day. Opt for a more sustainable option like a stainless steel straw or bamboo straw which you can find at Package Free Shop for $1.50 - $4.95 

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3.     We all at one point have had an overflow of tupperware in our house. mason jars or stainless steel food storage are a great alternative to this. You can find these products on Amazon at -https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=stainless+steel+tupperware&tag=geminipcstand-20&index=aps&hvadid=29211443752&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=e&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_63cxr2cf13_e

By : Amanda Asencio

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An Easy Way to Lessen Your Environmental Impact: Washing Smart

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Washing clothes can be a mindless task. Make a routine feel impactful in 5 easy steps. It is not a surprise that the fashion industry is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Yet, if you thought plastic was bad, the very machines we use in our homes are just as damaging.

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If you guessed washing machines, you’re right.  When washing, garments release half a million tons of microfibers into the ocean, which is the equivalent of more than 50 billion plastic bottles. The microfibers are near impossible to clean up, and can enter food chains harming us, as well as marine life.

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What can you do? Buying with longevity in mind is one way to help slow down this damage to our planet and health. Up to two-thirds of clothes’ carbon footprint occurs after you take it home, which is good news because this means it’s up to us to make change which can be done in a few simple steps.

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Sustainability and style can certainty coexist, and one of our favorite brands, Reformation, showcases this effortlessly. The eco-friendly company geared toward the millennial with some extra cash to spend on 70s-influenced silhouettes and retro denim has become a fan favorite. Reformation has shared with us some steps to incorporate into our daily lives when it comes to washing smart. Here are a few pro tips:

 

1.     Only wash as needed – Next time you feel lazy about not doing a wash, and instantly feeling obligated to do a load of laundry, sit back down, put your feet up and pat yourself on the back for being a smart washer. Re-wear and re-use clothes as many times as desired without feeling dirty. Not only are you saving water this way but your also saving the life and longevity of your clothes the less they are continuously washed.

2.     Skip the dryer – Avoid the dryer when you can, and try hang-drying your clothes instead. In fact, machine drying is not recommended at all for denim. To save the color and longevity of your denim, begin air-drying the next time you go to do a wash, especially for black denim!

3.     Cold water – When you do a wash set the water to “cold” to save energy and help clothes last a little longer. Heat breaks down fibers.

4.     Spot cleaner- Tell your BFF to move aside for the spot cleaner! If there is a stain in one visible spot, don’t waste water by throwing it in the laundry, use spot cleaner.

5.     Denim – Try bagging and putting it in the freezer for a day or two, this will kill bacteria and odors as well as keep your jeans in better shape. Consider it a science project!

 

Join Reformation and other sustainable brands like Indigo Apparel in efforts to shop smart and live responsibly. It is in our hands to make change!

Author: Amanda Asencio (Indigo Apparel)