SUSTAINABILITY

The art industry has caused enormous destruction to the environment. We combat this in the Era of Redemption, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the mistakes of the past.

 

Our art is sustainable.

The art industry sets itself a fast pace of production which is both unhealthy for the artist and unsustainable for the environment. We must respect the universe if we are to allow the arts to continue. We cannot liberate ourselves at the demise of the Earth and its inhabitants, this act is anti-art, for without the universe we too are nothing. To tackle this is of the up most importance and we treat art as a sustainable outlet.

We send all of our off cuts that are too small for use to our local textile recycling centre to make it into car mats. The rest we donate to charity so that others can put them to use.

 

We think the word sustainable is thown about a lot these days, check out how sustainable we are ...

 

Eco-T-shirts and Eco-prints:

We print on demand, every Tighe-Mearns-Smith Eco-print and Eco-t-shirt is printed upon order especially for you. Printing on demand eliminates overproduction, preventing the creation of waste textiles. Don't buy into unsustainable mass production, instead become a part of the Era of Redemption and buy Tighe-Mearns-Smith.

 

Eco-T-shirts:

We use Stanley/Stella to both source and manufacture our t-shirts:

- 100% GOTS certified organic ringspun cotton

- Ranked in the top 16 leading brands in the world for sustainable material sourcing by the international authority, the Textile Exchange in their Material Change Index, released on 23rd January 2020

- non-GMO (not genetically modified cotton seeds

- no chemical insecticides, pesticides or fertilisers used to grow cotton, which means the water used to grow the cotton is not considered lost water as it can be both reused or returned to the soil/other water sources

- uses soil balance, trap crops & beneficial insects to manage pests

- builds soil organic matter through crop rotation, intercropping & composting

- natural defoliation

- Cotton lint only represents 32-35% of the entire cotton ball. The rest is used as oil and cattle fodder

- GRS Certified (Global Recycled Standard), meaning certifies recycled materials based on environmental and social practices

- PETA approved Vegan

- OKEO-TEX confidence in textiles Standard 100 certified for non-harmful substances

- OCS Certified (Organic Content Standard), verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product

- FWF Member (Fair Wear Foundation), Agreement to be open and transparent about their business practices, actively working to improve labor conditions

- Waste water from dying is put through ETP’s (Effluent Treatment Plants) to remove all toxic elements to ensure it’s safe enough to be discharged back into inland surface water.

 - Co-fund electric bikes for HQ staff

- Subsidizing fair-priced grocery shops in partner factories

When compared to chemically grown cotton, organic cotton has shown a potential savings of:

- 46% Global Warming reduction

- 70% Acidification of Land & Water

- 26% Eutrophication (soil erosion)

- 62% Primary Energy Demand

We use I Dress Myself to print our T-Shirts:

- Water Based Inks

- Solvent Free Inks

- GOTS Certified

- OKEO-TEX Accredited

- PETA Approved Vegan

- Living Wage Employer

- 100% of electricity used is renewable

- 100% carbon neutral gas usage (10% is green gas, the rest is offset by supporting carbon reduction projects around the world)

- Re-using packaging

- Paper bubble wrap

- Recycled garment boxing

- Bank with Starling Bank, ensuring that the money does not fund state organizations in countries where there is a high degree of concern about a lack of human rights, or businesses with unethical practices such as tobacco manufacturers or arms dealers

- Savings account is with the Ecology Building Society, who are helping to build a greener society through sustainable residential & commercial mortgages, funded by ethical savings accounts

- Filter production waste water before it goes into the sewage system

- 100% recycled toilet paper at factories

- Compost organic kitchen waste

- Use Eco-Friendly cleaning products

- Source plant-based food and drinks for kitchen and all staff meals

Eco-prints

- Hemp Paper 290 gsm

FSC & PEFC certified forests

- Vegan certified

- Acid free

- Minimal waste polices

- All empty ink cartridges are recycled 

- The factory that produces the Hemp paper we use runs on wind, water and solar energy

Non-chemically treated water is used in the manufacturing of the Hemp paper. Once used the water is cleaned and returned to back to nature through a strictly controlled process

- The company we source the hemp paper from donate 5% of the profits, since 2008 they have supported reforestation, animal protection & environmental educational programmes including: supporting orphaned elephants in Kenya, reforestation project in Colombia, improving the protection of mountain gorillas in the Congo

- Printed in the UK

- Our Eco-Prints are sent to you in recyclable packaging and include a signed certification of authenticity

Fine art, Fashion and Jewellery

All our luxury fashion garments are created from 90% upcycled, recycled and repurposed materials

Resourcefulness is key in our design. We achieve this through appropriating products and materials that have been abjured and are going to waste. This enables our luxury sustainable fashion collections, jewellery and fine art to work as a vessel for positive environmental impact by creating a balance of creating new without the additional pressure for the continual manufacturing of products and supplies. We utilise found materials and products at every plausible stage in the creative process, enable us to create whilst simultaneously saving materials and products from going into landfill. This is the artwork of the Era of Redemption. It is through this mentality that we explore the use of unconventional materials, for example our notorious Pleated Poleyn Trousers & Pauldron Jacket which was shown at The House of Lords Westminster 2019, in Harpers Bazaar and Gay Times. 

Packaging

We package our goods in both recycled and recyclable bags and boxes as well as re-using packaging and bubble wrap that have been sent to us.  We use recycled paper tape to seal our packages.

How's that for sustainable art?

Sources:

- Organic Cotton Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) 2014 using the LCA produced by Cotton Inc. in 2012

- Textile Exchange Creating Material Change ‘Quick Guide to Organic Cotton’ 2017

- LCA data and 2014/2015 production figures

- Stanley/Stella ‘Our Path to Sustainability Report

- https://www.idressmyself.co.uk/page/sustainability/our-approach