Sustainability is a big topic right now in the fashion world, and our team at Harper & Tucker is hyper aware and saddened by how the fashion industry has contributed to issues for our planet and its people. At Harper & Tucker, it is our goal to contribute the least harm possible in all that we do, and to help drive positive change. The information out there about sustainable fashion is overwhelming, and we know how difficult it can be to be a conscious and savvy shopper.
In 2020, Harper & Tucker took on a new mission to be a haven for the conscious shopper, and to do the research for you, so that our shops are only filled with brands that share our commitment to progress toward sustainable fashion. What that means to us is transparency from the brand, and standards set for working conditions and environmental footprint.
Some of the things we look for are:
- Natural fibers or recycled or dead stock fabrics instead of newly made synthetic materials
- Vegan materials instead of animal derived products
- Production in the USA
- If production is in another country, commitments to fair trade or partnerships with factories with certifications that spell out ethical codes for treatment of workers
- Recycled or compostable packaging
- Responsible sourcing of raw materials
- Classic and timeless pieces instead of trends that feed into fast fashion
It is not overnight that brands become sustainable, and we fully understand that. We also understand that it is impossible to expect every brand to tick every box. We have chosen to partner with brands that we feel have made meaningful commitments to progress, give back where they can, and are doing more good than harm in their clothing's production. On each brand's collection page, we will detail what that brand is doing to move toward sustainability. That way, you can have all the facts in one place so you can enjoy the fun of shopping without having to worry about where each garment came from, and how it was made.
While much of our ability to drive change comes from our brand partnerships since they are the ones manufacturing the clothing, we are also doing everything we can in our shops and behind the scenes to reduce Harper & Tucker's carbon footprint. We do not use paper receipts, are transitioning to compostable shipping mailers, and reducing our use of plastics as much as possible. We have committed to being conscious and mindful to reduce waste, recycle wherever we can, and always make the thoughtful choice even if it costs more. We believe in making every small step toward positive change, and that progress is more important than perfection.
If you have any questions about our sustainability mission, our practices, or one of our brand's practices, please contact us and we will do everything we can to get you the information you need!