Textile waste is a huge issue. In Canada alone, the average person throws away 81 pounds of textiles each year. A lot of which could be reused or recycled. That’s just your average person, now think about large clothing brands. At Beachwood, we don’t want to be the cause of textile waste. This has been important to us from the very beginning. You know, we have NEVER thrown away any of our fabric scraps. Up until recently we had bags and totes full of scraps.
We sort through our scraps every few months. We keep any pieces that we can use and then send the rest to a textile recycling company. At this company they further sort through the scraps. Anything they cannot use, they shred. The shredded fabric is then used to manufacture more fabric!
We are all about slow fashion! The basis of this concept is not over producing. As a brand it is challenging! It’s impossible to predict what will sell and what will not. The beauty of our products being made by us, is we can make as little as we want. A lot of manufacturers have minimum order requirements, which leads to overproduction and increased amounts of garments ending up in the landfill. This is why our quantities are kept low. We restock only things that sell and discontinue items that don’t. Anything that doesn’t sell is either donated or sent to be recycled.
Zero plastic is used in our packaging & shipping. We partner with companies who are incredibly eco friendly. We have recently switched our shipping bags to a type that does not expire. We do have quite a few of our compost packs left! You will find these included in your orders because although we cannot use them for shipping, they are great for poop bags, under counter compost bin liners, collecting food scraps and even lining your flower pots. Simply toss them in your compost when you are done with them and they will degrade into your soil!
We are always searching for new ways to improve our sustainable practices. We will update this page as we make changes!