SUSTAINABLE + ETHICAL PRACTICES

At Erba The Label we are proud to produce all of our garments locally in Sydney, Australia. We work closely with our manufacturers and source all materials locally in Sydney.

Our manufacturers are award compliment, meaning they operate according to the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award 2010 (TCFAI Award) which is the relevant federal modern award associated to the Australian Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry. 

We have a direct relationship with our makers which makes it possible for us to ensure they operate under ethical working conditions. As a start-up fashion label, we do not yet have the capacity to obtain fair trade or ethical certifications but it is the next step we are striving to make.

We try our best to minimise waste and be as environmentally friendly as possible in every step of designing, manufacturing and packaging/shipping. How?

  • When cutting out all the styles for production, we use whats called a ‘marker’ which is simply a computer generated sheet of paper that lays out every pattern piece in the most efficient way possible in order to save fabric. That way, we get the most out of our fabric while reducing the amount of fabric off cuts. 

  • We use local makers and source all of our materials locally. Everything that we need to produce an Erba garments is within a 20 minute commute of our location. Not only does this reduce our carbon footprint, it also means that we can personally work with our suppliers and makers to ensure sustainable and ethically made clothing. 

    • The materials we use are high quality, natural fibre, end of roll fabrics that are leftover from other designers or textile manufacturers.

    • We do not use swing tags or information cards and use very minimal wrapping. All the important information regarding your garments and order will be sent to you via email or are already listed on our website... therefore, tags and info cards are pointless!

    • Your garment is packed and sent in compostable packaging that is made from corn starch… No plastic, no problems. 

    • We save all of the fabric scraps from cutting. We are always looking for new ways to use our fabric scraps so if you have any clever ideas, send us an email at info@erbathelabel.com.

  • We personally pick up all the finished garments from our manufacturer which means there is no packaging necessary. All the garments are folded neatly into a cardboard box, no individual packaging, no coat hangers, no plastic, no tape. 

We have put in our highest efforts to create sustainable and ethical garments for you to purchase and love, but it doesn’t stop there… you become responsible for sustaining these practices. Below are some of our suggestions for you:

  • Be selective with what and how you wash your garments, only washing it when necessary. If there is a stain, try and spot clean it with a bit of cold water and detergent. Always use natural detergents/powders and hand wash when possible. Avoid using the washing machine for only a few garments… be smarter by washing a full load of clothing. Cold wash always, and line dry as much as possible. By following these simple yet effective methods you will conserve water and energy whilst prolonging your garments life.

  • It is only natural for your garments to weaken and for minor damages to occur over years of wear. The good news is that it’s also super easy to mend such things at home. Holes can be patched up and buttons and ties can be restitched onto the garment. If something has happened to your garment and you’re unsure of how to mend it or if it is even mendable, send us an email at info@erbathelabel.com and we will try our best to help you. 

  • Sometimes a garment can be a little long on you, or it just doesn’t sit on you quite right. We understand how hard it is to get a perfect fitting garment, which is why we are all for getting clothes tailored to fit your body. You will only love it even more. Find a small local tailor to support and get it adjusted as desired. 

  • Give your garments a new life when they get old or become unwanted instead of discarding it. Make it into something new, dye it (natural dyes of course), shorten it, give it to a friend, sell it, donate it, the options are endless! 

The better you look after your garments, the longer they will last.  

 

We strive to be very transparent with all of our design and manufacturing processes/practices so please feel free to contact us at info@erbathelabel.com with any queries you may have!