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Sustainability

Traditionally the fashion industry hasn't done a great job at looking after people or planet and we think it's time to change that. We also believe that plastics shouldn’t be thrown into landfill. Plain and simple.

our fabrics are sustainably made

Which is why we use fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles to create clothes made for moving in. Not only are we saving plastics from oceans and landfill, we're also using less energy and water compared to creating conventional synthetic fabrics. Win win if you ask us.

 

how on earth do we recycle plastic bottles into fabric? 

To put it simply, we're just changing the initial raw material, instead of using oil to create polyester (as is standard), we're using waste that we have excess of, cleaning and melting it down to a more sustainable raw material to create a fabric that is durable, breathable and tbh you wouldn't even know the end product is made differently, which is how it should be. 


what does recycled fabric feels like?

Nothing like you'd imagine; it's soft, breathable and durable. It looks and feels like regular fabric, it's just made more sustainably. 

 

how much is recycled?

Our stretch fabric is 78% recycled, with the other 12% being elastane, which is needed for stretch and unavailable as a recycled material right now. Our tech jacket fabric is 48% recycled, which we're aiming to increase this to 100% recycled, but unfortunately isn't possible due to our small scale, but we can't wait to increase this. 

 

meet our makers

We only work with makers who we've personally met and are so proud to work with the talented makers who make Team Timbuktu.

Use recycled fabrics and creating technical products makes our supply chain a little complex, but we think it's worth the effort.

Our activewear fabric is made in Hong Kong and our activewear garment manufacturer is a small, family-run factory in Badung, Indonesia, where all workers receive above minimum wage, and also receive superannuation, health care benefits and paid leave.

Our tech jacket fabric is made in Taiwan and our tech jacket garment manufacturer is based in Xiamen, China. They're a larger factory and follow the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), meaning they're audited by a third party to ensure they comply to local laws and we receive a  detailed report with information about their compliance and working conditions.

We visit our garment manufacturers every year (in addition to skype-ing them every other day) to check in, say hey and ensure we're supporting happy, healthy and safe workplaces.

 

our community is our core

Team Timbuktu has its roots in the community. We launched in June 2018 after a crowdfunding campaign to fund the debut collection, meaning we’re literally built on the shoulders of a supportive, invested community of world-changers.

There's a change happening, with consumers wanting the industry to become more transparent, they want to know who made their clothes, under what conditions and what are they made from. And we think that's fair enough. Because we know there doesn't need to be a compromise on the health of people or planet when choosing what clothes to wear.  

Our community is part of that movement. By choosing to invest in sustainable brands, they’re changing the fashion industry.

 

 

the icing on the cake...

We sweat the small stuff here.

 Not only are we using fabrics that are made more sustainably, we've eliminated the majority of single use plastics within our supply chain. It's standard practice for every garment sent from a factory to be individually packaged in single use plastic, and then sent from the warehouse out to you wrapped in more plastic.

Instead we use home compostable garment and mailing bags. We've eliminated the majority of our single use plastics (each year we use a handful of plastic bags, as opposed to the thousands that would be standard for a business our size) and use epic bags that are made from corn starch and are biodegradable in your very own home compost. Neat huh?

We always use recycled paper wherever possible, such as with our thank you cards. Less energy to produce, no new trees chopped down. Win-win.

As humans and as a small business we admit we're not perfect, but we think it's important to take sustainable steps where we can and are always trying to find more ways we can reduce our impact.

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