If we take a look at the labels on most of our clothing, they would say ‘made in China’, ‘made in Bangladesh’ or ‘made in Cambodia.’ It’s no secret that big chain corporations are producing their clothes abroad, in order to manufacture in the cheapest possible way.
But what does that often mean for the garment workers? The answer is low pay, long working hours and unsafe working conditions due to a lax government. The way this fast paced fashion industry works, also means a great deal of clothing waste.
One label set to counteract our sweatshop culture is Tonlé. As a cambodian based brand, founder Rachel Faller knows the ins and outs of mass manufacturing and its detrimental impact on the environment.
Having previously established Cambodia’s most successful cothing brand Keok’Jay, which sells to the US, Australia and Norway, Faller is now shutting up shop, in order to pursue a more sustainable path.
“We design comfortable, wearable clothes that are as unique as their makers.”
Faller ensures all materials used are recycled, using fabric scraps from factories, which would otherwise be destined for landfill. She and her team hand cut each fabric, which is sewn back into yarn. Even the paper the company uses is made from leftover scraps.
Most importantly, as a fair trade business, all workers are given the chance to progress through fair pay and a motivational working environment.
Faller is currently working towards expanding her business, so that her designs will be available within Europe and the US. Find out more in their Kikstarter campaign here.