At Léa the Label, we believe that individual actions can and do have direct impact on the planet.
As a brand, we value environmental stewardship because the future of Earth depends on it. While admittedly no brand can be 100% sustainable, we strive to do better by making considerate choices about the materials we use within our line as well as the timeless designs we intentionally create. We also support local communities by choosing to work with a factory that provides opportunities for workers and creators. By giving employees access to incredible benefits, healthcare and opportunities, the factory helps to empower them individually and the greater community they are a part of.
Today, we'd like to share with you some of the innovative ways in which our choices at Léa the Label support a healthy ecosystem that benefits people, the planet and the environment overall.
Did you know that global conventional cotton production uses harmful chemicals including 16% of the world's pesticides? Additionally, conventional cotton depends on 10,000 liters of water just to produce one single kilo!
Just as our sarongs exude sustainability, the consciously created Monaco Linen Collection is designed with fabrics of the earth, under the umbrella of Slow Fashion. The pieces are timeless: No matter the event or season, they will always make a perfect go-to staple from your closet to wear.
The jackets of the suits are lined with 100% natural silk, which feels incredible on the skin. Even the interior label is OEKO Tex Certified Organic Cotton. We chose to use linen as the outer material for our suits. Because flax is a resilient crop, and can thrive in even poor soils, it uses significantly less water and energy to grow compared to other crops used to make fabric. Not only is it ethical, but the functional purpose of linen has its benefits as well. Linen will shield you from a sea breeze, but is breathable and cool enough to wear even on a hot day.
Using certified organic cotton was an important material decision for lining both the Monaco Long and Short Trouser. By using certified organic cotton for our linen suits and sarongs, we are supporting a regenerative agricultural practice where the cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, leaving the soil, air and water free from contaminants that cause harm and increase biodiversity in production. Organic cotton also relies more heavily on rainwater, therefore using far less irrigation-dependent processes for growth.
Because investing in the Earth means creating high-quality items that last into the future, our swimwear is not only timeless in design, but each piece is made to last you for seasons on end. Few are aware of the implications of fast-fashion, but clothes that go out of style and heavily rely on natural resources and petrochemicals in production, end up in a landfill and contribute to mass amounts of waste. The rise of fast fashion, due to shopper’s preferences for quantity over quality, has led to a heavy burden on the Earth and developing countries.
We believe that the inconvenient reality to solve the fast fashion crisis is to buy better, timeless styles that are designed to last, and we are committed to creating them.
Our desire, combined with our community’s requests, drives us to create a collection that embodies the slow fashion movement.
Supporting Resilient Communities
At Léa the Label, we also believe that supporting independent and local businesses supports the larger goals of sustainability.
Our swims and sarongs are created by a people-over-profit factory in Bali, the paradise where this brand was inspired. Choosing to work with a factory whose ethics align with our own, we can feel good about knowing all employees have access to healthcare including free medical and insurance for them and their families. They are also fairly compensated with competitive wages that help support the greater Balinese community as a durable one.
Finally, all of our swimwear is shipped in a compostable material made from cassava starch and other renewable materials. Instead of depending on petrochemicals for production, these bags will support regenerative agriculture. Once received, we encourage you to add the bag to your compost system where it can breakdown and contribute to healthy soils. We also encourage you to recycle the box we ship your items in.
Thank you for helping us support a more resilient and eco-conscious future by continuing to encourage slow fashion. While no one individual or brand can be perfect, it is the small decisions that have great impact. Stay tuned as we have exciting news to announce as we enter into a New Year.
Does Slow Fashion & Sustainability matter to you? We want to hear what small steps you may be taking to protect this beautiful planet in the comments below.