SUSTAINABILITY AT CANDOR
All of our Candor garments are lovingly created with deadstock fabrics, a way to lighten our carbon footprint in an industry that is notoriously wasteful and detrimental to our earth’s wellbeing. Deadstock material can come from many different sources: a roll of fabric that was dyed the wrong colour, leftover material from massive fast-fashion production runs, fabric with minor flaws. Some of the deadstock fabrics we are using could be compared to fine wines, spending decades in cellar storage until they are unearthed and appreciated, like forgotten treasure. We are proud to say that we can rest easy knowing that these deadstock fabrics are being used for sustainable creative projects, rather than spending the next 200 years decomposing in fashion’s graveyard. Read more about what using deadstock fabric is all about here.
We use tissue paper & twine for packaging up our orders – our sturdy tissue paper is sourced from a local company, made from 100% recycled materials. We also source our eco-twine from this same company, which is 100% eco-friendly. For a personal touch, we also use recycled card and watercolours to create personalised name-tags for customers’ parcels – it’s the little details that count!
We have teamed up with proudly local and sustainable brand Growing Paper for our unique business cards. Growing Paper makes hand-made recycled paper embedded with indigenous seeds and we could not have dreamed of a more perfect match for our motto. We include one of these unique business cards in every order, so, once you’ve received your garments, you can literally ‘plant the seed’ by crumpling and burying our business cards in some soil and caring for the seedlings that will sprout. This is a direct reflection of the movement we hope to build from our brand.
There is lots of fabric waste in the fashion industry, and inevitably (like all fashion business) that constitutes so much of our waste. However, we do not just sweep up the scraps and send them off to the dump, which, unfortunately, is often the case. We use our bigger fabric offcuts to make scrunchies to gift to our customers, as well as other upcycled projects such as face masks, dog collars, and even moon bags. As for the rest of our scraps, we supply material to homeless entrepreneurs in Woodstock, one favorite in particular is a fellow we call “Lappies”. He is a bright light of energy in the cut, make, trim (CMT) room and is always so happy and excited to see what he will be able to make from what we have leftover. When it comes to our minor flaw garments, we make sure that no item is left to waste away in storage. Every month, we hold Flash Sales on our Instagram story where we sell these flawed items at a discount, as part of our ‘no stock left behind’ initiative. We want to make sure that every garment we make (minor flaws or not!) finds a loving home, and will never be tossed aside to be forgotten.
Established local label-making company Wunderlabel supplies our classic black & white Candor labels for our garments. These high-quality labels are strictly made from recycled fibres, which are then processed and rewoven for our branding – quintessentially Candor.
Our free parcel pick-ups mean that we can offer a better alternative to the pressure that using courier services puts on the environment, and it also means that we get to reward those supporting local entrepreneurs. For our couriered parcels, we use recyclable courier bags and a local courier company that offsets the carbon emissions created by delivery.
The entire building in which Candor is situated (including the new CMT space) uses recycled rainwater for all flushing, which saves thousands of litres of water each month and falls right in line with our commitment to the environment.
We’ve teamed up with local recycling gurus Recycle1st to make sure our day-to-day non-fabric waste is not ending up in a landfill. We clean and separate our trash into reusable materials (paper, glass, plastic, tin), which are then sent off for sorting and recycling.
We believe that a sustainable business model should place importance on the work environment it creates. It is a firm part of our business ethics that we encourage growth and activism from all employees. Each member of the Candor team is motivated to bring their own perspectives and ideas to the business, which ultimately enriches us as a whole. In turn, this leads to a happy team of driven individuals who are able to express themselves exactly the way they want to .