Sticks + Stone - Low Waste Ethical Women's Fashion

Sticks + Stone

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Location

Australia

Made In

Australia

Values

  • Certified Organic Certified Organic
  • Circularity Circularity
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Transparent Transparent
  • Vegan Vegan

sticks + stone may break my bones but the label will never hurt me. That’s how it goes, right? Well, whether it is or not, sticks + stone, the label hurts absolutely nothing in the creation process of their garments, from the consumers who buy their goodies to the workers who made the clothing to, of course, our incredible earth.

sticks + stone is definitely a company for the socially aware, environmentally conscious shopper. The team wholeheartedly believes that the need for sustainability in the fashion and textile industry far surpasses the desire for profit currently being made from cheap labour and ignorant processes, and this is completely obvious in their own garment production—production in which circular fashion is highly valued.

Not only does sticks + stone offer carbon neutral delivery, but the company is doing everything it can to participate in ethical and sustainable procedures—particularly in regards to minimal waste. The design stage of the sticks + stone garments is where the company’s commitment to low wastage starts, and whether it’s by cutting back on water consumption or lightening the carbon footprint, sticks + stone is constantly improving the sustainability of their processes, all the way up to the disposal phase of their garments’ life.

So, their practices are sustainable, but are they ethical? You bet your bottom dollar they are. The sticks + stone team is picky when it comes to production houses, which is why they only choose “female-led, Australian production houses where conditions are safe and clean, and where the protection of human rights is paramount.” Oh, and the best part? You can read up on their diverse, female team on the sticks + stone, the label Instagram page. How’s that for transparency.

All in all, sticks + stone gets a massive (hypothetical) thumbs up from the Ethical Made Easy team. Aside from their exquisite creations, we’d back them based on their ethical and sustainable processes alone, and also on their commitment to constantly improving upon their already impressive efforts. Go read their sustainability tips and follow their blog and, of course, have a squiz at their timeless, versatile garments.

Want to know where Sticks + Stone sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Behind the Brand

“There are so many challenges for small businesses in this space. Ensuring we stay true to our sustainable & ethical values is an incredibly time consuming & expensive process, which makes it almost unachievable”.

Jacky

Jacky - Sticks + Stone The Label

What made you start sticks + stone, the label?

I grew up in the ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland & formed a love for the outdoors & affinity with the environment from an early age. I spent long days on sun kissed shores, dreaming of the magic that the future held. After spending the first decade of my career as a marketing specialist, slaving away for a multinational FMCG giant, I decided to get back to my roots. Leveraging my marketing expertise & passion for positive social contribution & environmental practices; sticks + stone, the label – was born. My aim is to inspire fashion lovers to connect sustainability with style, to right the wrongs that exist in the fashion industry & drive better outcomes for people + planet.

Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?

I love my morning routine! I wake up to a hot lemon tea with some mindful meditation & a gratitude journal. I then read my long term goals to remind me of where I’m headed, then set my goals for the day. I normally then do some sort of exercise, either running or a HIIT session before work.

What’s the biggest barrier you’ve found to succeeding as a socially conscious business?

There are so many challenges for small businesses in this space. Ensuring we stay true to our sustainable & ethical values is an incredibly time consuming & expensive process, which makes it almost unachievable. I’ve had to sacrifice a lot of personal comforts to invest in our business & the expenses related to using high quality fabrics & processes that aren’t damaging to the environment & ensuring that every stakeholder in the process is paid appropriately for their work.

Within the ethical fashion community, there’s a big question that we ask which is ‘who made my clothes?’. In the scope of sticks + stone, the label, who made the things you sell? Can you tell us a bit about them?

Just like many other brands, we don’t own the factories where our clothes are made. Instead, we are proud to collaborate with carefully chosen partners who share our values. All sticks + stone products are crafted in female-led, Australian production houses where conditions are safe & clean, & where the protection of human rights is paramount. We work with a highly experienced network of home sewers based in Brisbane Australia, with talent carefully curated via Shona at Kershon Clothing. We are proud to work with a diverse range of women, who reflect Australia’s rich culture.

Why did you pick the fabrics you have chosen to work with?

We’re pushing sustainability forward with every design, without compromising style. Material choices have the most significant impact on sustainability, so we take great care in selecting our fibres & finishing processes. At present, 96.4% of our fabrics are sustainable, organic, regenerated or recycled, with many being completely biodegradable. The fabrics that we use include:

ORGANIC COTTON
Our Cotton Materials are beautifully soft to the touch & of the highest quality to ensure all garments are long-wearing. We use GOTS Certified, Sustainable, Organic Cotton fabrics that are completely free of the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides + fertilisers & are coloured with all natural, non-toxic dyes. This of course, makes them completely biodegradable in a few short months.

TENCEL (LYOCELL)
Tencel is a form of lyocell fiber that is produced via environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material; wood. Known for their natural comfort, Lyocell fibers are versatile, have great strength, efficient moisture absorption & a gentleness to skin. All of these fabrics are completely biodegradable in a few short months.

VEGAN LEATHER/PU (Polyurethane)
Our PU Vegan Leather is a polymer composed of organic units joined with urethane & is generally referred to as a plastic. Our Products; PU (Polyurethane) 100% – Sourced via SwatchOn Korea.

We LOVE all the innovative & sustainable vegan leather alternatives like Pinnatex (Pineapple Leather), Cork & MuSkin (Mushroom Leather).

They are fantastic for more rigid items like bags & shoes or even a jacket, but unfortunately they don’t have the flex or stretch qualities to make a pair of pants or a skirt comfortably wearable (yet!). A lot of these innovative materials are still somewhat in development phases & there are still a few gaps in the market…

We are constantly on the hunt for the most sustainable fabrics to use in our collections & are patiently waiting for further developments with these fibres. Currently, 96.4% of our fabrics are sustainable, organic, regenerated or repurposed.

Best piece of advice you have ever received?



Everything is as good or as bad as you make it!

What’s next for you and sticks + stone, the label?

We are currently working on our next collection. We are focusing on sustainable, versatile & easy to style pieces. the designs will be foundation items that are an easy wardrobe go-to, for work or play. We want to make it easy for women to invest in an item with confidence, knowing that it is made well, in good conditions & will be a faithful & flattering wardrobe staple for years to come.

One book and/or documentary everyone should read/watch? Why?

The True Cost Documentary. It shines a light on the tragic nature of the global fashion industry & how people & planet are paying a horrific price for western shopping & over consumption habits. It is a must see for anyone who wears clothes.

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