Our sewing facilities are located in Vancouver, B.C. We love having them so close to home. Producing locally means we stay connected to the lifecycle of our garments, and the people who make them. We can visit the facilities any time we need to and cultivate closer relationships with the people responsible for making our clothes. We are a people-first brand and we feel good knowing that our products are produced ethically in facilities that value their employees. We value them too! Plus, it’s fun being able to see where our clothes are made!
We want you to love our garments for a long time to come. Choosing long lasting-fabrics made from quality fibres is where we start. We do our best to choose the most sustainable options for each of our styles. And let us tell you, it can be a challenging process!
With any fabric, you have to be careful of where your raw materials are coming from and how they are processed. Even with the most sustainable of fibres, many producers will use a chemical heavy process that nearly negates the environmental benefits of the fibre in the first place. It is a big struggle in the textile industry to find the best sources, get the most transparent information, and still be using fabrics that are best for our styles. We source our fabrics from a few North American based suppliers. Both offer eco-friendly options that are sourced and produced internationally. We have struggled to find Canadian, or even North American knitting mills. As far as we can tell, they mostly don’t exist. All we can do is trust that we are making the best decisions with the options we have, and always keep moving forward with our research.
We believe that natural fabrics are the best choice for our bodies, and for our planet. We do not use 100% natural fibres quite yet, and we are making it a goal to make it there someday. When we do use alternate fabrics, we try to choose options like recycled options made from repurposed plastic bottles so we are still choosing options with less impact than a brand new fabric.
Below are the types of fabrics you will commonly find in our stores.
- Tencel | Tencel is a branded version of the fiber Lyocell, which is a type of Rayon made from regenerated cellulose fibers obtained from the bark, wood, or leaves of plants. Being that it is made from a naturally occurring raw material, this fabric is an Eco-friendly, vegan option that can be substituted for many more labour intensive fabrics, like silk, suede, and even leather. It is an extremely durable fiber, can be washed or dry cleaned, and is biodegradable. It has also been certified by its manufacturer Lenzing as biodegradable in seawater, which what with all the nasty textile waste that ends up in our oceans, is great news! The pulp for the Tencel we use is sourced from managed Eucalyptus groves in Austria, Australia, America and China. Lyocell is the only fully closed loop cellulose fibre on the market.
- Bamboo | A strong fibre, made from a natural plant that regenerates and grows amazingly quickly (the fastest on Earth!) with few resources and generates biodegradable products. In fabrics, bamboo fibres create a type of rayon that is soft and durable, and breathes nicely. When grown sustainably, bamboo’s footprint is low, as it doesn’t require pesticides, and actually produces 35% more oxygen than hardwood trees.
- Organic Cotton | Cotton is the most well-known, widely used natural fibre (can’t you see those amazing fluffy, white balls waving in the wind?). It is durable, soft, and comfortable in all kinds of weather. When grown organically, it is done without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Crop rotation, composting, and other natural growing techniques are employed to ensure soil health and pest resistance. Crops must be certified by an external body to guarantee they are being grown according to organic standards.
- Merino Wool | Sourced from Australian Merino sheep, where they have high standards for animal welfare (happy sheep, happy wool!). Wool is an amazing fibre. It is 100% natural, biodegradable, and renewable. It has a long life cycle, it is warm, breathable, and soft. It’s benefits are many, including being one of the most often upcycled fabrics. It is a timeless fabric that can be used to produce nearly any type of garment. When done right, it’s pretty magical.
- Linen | Produced from the flax plant, which requires less irrigation and chemical inputs than standard cotton plants (organic production is always best). It is a very strong fibre that creates light, breathable garments well suited to hot weather. A linen garment will change with you, as it softens with time and wear. It also has a great history, being one of the earliest and most widely used fabrics.
- Hemp: Hemp comes from a remarkable plant. It grows quickly with little water, does well in most climates, and doesn’t require pesticides to protect it. It leaves soil in such good health, it is sometimes used as a rotation crop. The resulting fibres are strong, creating long-lasting cloth that softens the more you wash it. Hemp fabric is very versatile, and sustainable.
SALT’s clothing line is best described as elevated basics for a mindful life. Every clothing item is designed locally by our Founder and Designer Jessica. She truly loves creating pieces that people can feel confident and comfortable in. She loves watching people try on her clothes and finding something that lights them up. She designs with intention so that our pieces are long-lasting and multi-functional, and also inspire conversation. Her way of spreading her passion for the Ocean, and for connecting people in her community, is through her clothing.
We genuinely stand for slow fashion, which means we don’t release new styles often, but we are confident that the ones we have are styles that will last you a long time. That translates to the palette of colours we choose too. A simple palette means making outfits is easy, and you are less likely to get tired of the pieces you have invested in, meaning they will last longer. We want you to have that feeling of satisfaction when you look in your closet and you know that every piece works together, and was produced consciously. That idea makes you want to sigh a big, happy sigh, doesn’t it?