Untitled Thoughts was built on the foundation of Sustainability. Our Studio maintains as many sustainable, eco-friendly practices as we can possibly get our hands on. We are a small studio, so we have limited resources, but as we grow, our practices will grow with us in a positive direction!
I try to use as many energy efficient & sustainably sourced resources as possible in my studio. I may be a one woman operation, but that doesn't stop me from being incredibly dedicated to providing you with beautiful clothing that keeps your conscience feeling super good.
Our website, which is where the majority of our items are sold, is hosted by GreenGeeks which is an eco-friendly hosting provider. Not only do they run on 300% Wind Power, but they are also partnered with U.S. EPA Green Power. You can check out all they are striving to do for the environment here.
It may seem small, but all of lights in my studio are Energy Star certified CFL Bulbs. Each bulb saves an estimated 84 lbs of CO2 over the course of its lifetime as compared to a traditional incandescent bulb and they last around 10 times as long! Plus, my studio is located in a super sunny spot, so I hardly even have to turn on the lights when working during the day, saving even more!
Though I don't have a large garden yet as I am planning to move soon, I have started a small indoor garden as well as potted garden outside which provides my household with small veggies for lunch and colorful flowers for my all-natural dyes. Once I move to a larger space, I will go more deeply into mini-farming to expand and provide even more to both my personal life and the studio life!
I recycle and reuse or donate my textile scraps whenever possible. Zero waste is my ultimate goal. I am now officially composting 100% of our organic matter as well as striving to eliminate the amount I need to recycle through more efficient use of my supplies and fabrics. Every little thing adds up and I want to make a positive difference, no matter how small.
Currently, Untitled Thoughts operates primarily online and with a few small, locally owned boutiques. I try my best to partner with other sustainable boutiques to further inform those who have little exposure to a sustainable lifestyle about all the wonderful things eco-friendly fashion has to offer!
On average, e-commerce uses about 30% less energy than traditional brick & mortar retailers do. Couple that with energy efficient web hosting program and Untitled Thoughts is actually offsetting my carbon footprint by offering over 90% of our products exclusively online. Pretty cool, eh? Bonus: you don't even have to leave your bed to get some cute clothes. Let the Netflix binge watching continue while I take care of delivering items that'll make you swoon.
I aim to reuse where we can and purchase eco-friendly when needed. That's why the majority of my products are packaged in containers that have previously been shipped to me, or I opt in for items such as Eco Enclose products which are biodegradable and reusable as well!
My hangtags are made from 100% PCW recycled material and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, chlorine free, acid free, pH neutral & archival cardstock made right here in the USA.
Untitled Thoughts logo labels, size labels, and garment care labels are all made of GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton. I also use recycled & vintage threads and buttons for the majority of the items in my shop, which not only lends a unique characteristic to each design but is also super nice to the environment. As I begin to run out of these vintage materials, though, I have shifted into purchasing GOTS-certified long-staple 100% organic cotton thread and eco-friendly button options.
Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothing per person, per year. You can get pre-paid shipping labels by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org so you can recycle your clothes when you no longer want them. I will even keep you updated on the new life your clothes are living via email notifications all along their journey!
This is my favorite part of any design, but it is also where the environment an take the biggest hit. That is why I take sourcing our fabrics VERY seriously. I shop locally every chance I get, scour thrift stores for cool fabrics & items that are in desperate need of a reboot, and purchase 100% Organic fabrics when I buy new.
I really dig USA based products, so of course I turn to other local businesses as often as I can. However, due to my studio size and the limited number of resources available to designers here in the USA, I sometimes have to source overseas. I am always working to change that. However, I DO cut, sew, and produce ALL of our garments right here in GA. No outsourcing needed!
Currently, I am purchasing the majority of our raw goods from USA based businesses that gather some of their goods from overseas. Unfortunately, my favorite material, Hemp, is not legally allowed to be produced into fabric here in the USA, so I have to outsource from other countries. Hopefully, this will change in the years to come. Until then, I am continually striving to purchase more and more items from USA based manufacturers exclusively.
I am currently on a mission to not only purchase really awesome, organic, all natural materials, but I am also out to work with other businesses who have the same set of high standards regarding the environment as well as fair labor as I do. This is why I generally only work with small, family owned businesses and vet larger corporations to make sure they meet my high level of expectations.
Service & Community
Helping others isn't all about the karma; I think it's awesome to help others just because. I am constantly looking for new ways to support local and national organizations. Currently, I donate percentages of certain collections/ designs to specific non-profit organizations such as the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center. I also donate all fabric scraps to local business, Re:Loom and un-sold products to individual families or women's shelters in need.