Our Mission to Bring Sustainability to the Surf & Skate Apparel Industry
Her Waves is conscious of our impact on the environment and our mission is to help make sustainability front and center in the surf/skate apparel industry. Here is some info on where we currently are in meeting this mission and our plans to improve.
T-shirts and tank tops
We currently work only with clothing manufacturers that are 100% sweatshop free and eco-friendly. All materials are sourced locally in California and assembled either in California or Nicaragua in WRAP certified/Fair trade factories.
Water reduction: All fabric is dyed in California at dye houses that use 7x less water than the average clothing manufacturer
Energy reduction: All sewing and cutting facilities are run on solar power
Reduce waste: All factories recycle everything possible – fabric, plastic, bottles, paper...you name it!
Eco-friendly printing: All screen printing is done with water-based ink and done here in San Diego supporting a local print shop.
Small batch: We create small batches of every design to reduce waste.
Plan for the future: We are working on organic versions of our tees and tanks using 100% organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and bamboo. Our goal is to launch this in Summer 2019.
We do not care that it costs more, we are determined to use biodegradable materials for all our packaging/shipping.
We currently get all our shipping materials from Ecoenclose that are biodegradable or 100% recyclable and made of recycled materials. And made in the USA.
We are looking for a solution to replace the 100% recyclable poly bags we use so we can officially say, we use no plastic for our shipping. If anyone has any ideas on how to accomplish this, that will protect the clothing from the elements while shipping, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping it local and giving back
Our entire team (the two of us) live, work and surf in Encinitas, CA (north San Diego).
We currently use manufactures in California and a screen printer here in San Diego. The female artists we work with are all over the world but, in this case, we think that is a good thing.
Future plans: Our goal is to be B Corp someday and we are currently looking for a charity to donate proceeds to that supports women/girls. If you have any recommendations, please contact us: email@example.com
We are inspired by Lex Weinstein
"One might assume that the surf industry, with a foundation in rebellion and an outdoors obsession, would be on the frontlines of the sustainable fashion revolution. However, this does not seem to be the case. Someone missed the memo. Women who surf and skate care how their clothes are made. So what does this lifestyle genre of fashion that supposedly represents us have to offer in our equally weighted demand for aesthetic and ethical production?"
Read the full article now on Herewith.com
Follow her: @lex.weinstein