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!
Our studio is small, but we use as many energy efficient & sustainably sourced resources as possible. We are a teeny-tiny team, consisting of the Owner, a few interns and seamstresses, but our team is incredibly dedicated to providing you with beautiful clothing that keeps your conscious soaring!
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 our 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, our studio is located in a super sunny spot, so we hardly even have to turn on the lights when working during the day, saving even more!
Though we don't have one yet due to limited space, we are currently starting a small indoor garden to provide us with small veggies for our lunches and colorful flowers for our all natural dyes. Once we move to a larger space, our garden will continue to expand and provide even more! Bonus: we are constantly surrounded by the beauty of our mini-nature!
We recycle and reuse or donate our textile scraps whenever possible. Zero waste is our goal. We are currently taking steps to begin composting 100% of our organic matter as well as eliminate the amount we need to recycle through more efficient use of our supplies and fabrics. Every little thing adds up and we want to make a positive difference, no matter how small.
Currently, our entire team is comprised of women! Yay! And we are consonantly trying to find more ways to provide work to more women as well as underrepresented parts of the population. Our end goal is to have a large enough operation to be able to employ those most in need of work and provide a tangible skill to those involved with our company.
Currently, Untitled Thoughts operates primarily online and with a few small, locally owned boutiques. Hopefully, as we grow we will be able to open our very own brick-and-mortar store and outfit it with all kinds of nifty vintage & sustainable finds. Until then, we try our best to partner with other sustainable boutiques to further inform our end consumer about all the wonderful things eco-friendly fashion has to offer!
On average, e-commerce uses about 30% less energy than traditional brick & mortar retailer do. Couple that with our energy efficient web hosting program and we are actually offsetting our 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 we take care of delivering items that'll make you swoon.
We aim to reuse where we can and purchase eco-friendly when needed. That's why the majority of our products are packaged in containers that have previously been shipped to us, or opt in for items such as Eco Enclose products which are biodegradable and reusable as well!
Our 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. Even the packaging our paper is delivered in is made from recycled materials!
Our logo labels, size labels, and garment care labels are all made of GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton. We also use recycled & vintage threads and buttons for the majority of our items, which not only lends a unique characteristic to each design but is also super nice to our environment. As we begin to run out of these vintage materials, though, we have begun to move 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. We will even keep you updated on the new life your clothes are living via email notifications all along their journey!
This is our favorite part of any design, but it is also where the environment an take the biggest hit. That is why we take sourcing our fabrics VERY seriously. We shop locally when we can, scour thrift stores for cool fabrics & items that are in desperate need of a reboot, and purchase 100% Organic fabrics when we buy new.
We really dig USA based products, so of course we turn to other local businesses as often as we can. However, due to our size and the limited number of resources available to designers here in the USA, we sometimes have to source overseas. We are working to change that. However, we DO cut, sew, and produce ALL of our garments right here in GA. No outsourcing needed!
Currently, we are purchasing the majority of our raw goods from USA based businesses that gather some of their gods from overseas. Unfortunately, out favorite material, Hemp, is not legally allowed to be produced into fabric form here in the USA, so we have to outsource from other countries. Hopefully, this will change in the years to come. Until then, we are continually striving to purchase more and more items from USA based manufacturers exclusively.
We are currently on a mission to not only purchase really awesome, organic, all natural materials, but we are also out to work with other businesses who have the same set of high standards regarding the environment as well as fair labor as we do. This is why we generally only work with small, family owned businesses and we vet larger corporations to make sure the meet our high level of expectations.
Service & Community
Helping others isn't all about the karma; we think it's awesome to help others just because. We are constantly looking for new ways to support local and national organizations. Currently, we donate percentages of certain collections/ designs to specific non-profit organizations such as the Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center or the National Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We are also in the process of putting together local events that donate 100% of the proceeds to local charities.