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The apparel industry emits as much as 8-10% of all global greenhouse gases and is the second-largest consumer of water. On top of that, as much as $500 billion in value as unworn clothes are often sent directly to landfill. [source] So the last thing the world needs is more clothes and home goods – items that will, probably, end up in landfill at end-of-life, creating more greenhouse gases, polluting more rivers and streams through production processes.
For these reasons, and because we are out to help make the world a better place, we make small runs of apparel so that we don’t overproduce and waste resources.
Our goal is to make fully compostable clothing and home goods that will not be sent to landfill – ever.
We strive to be a zero-waste apparel manufacturer so that none of our fabric scraps end up in landfill.
We buy carbon offsets for all shipping from fabric manufacturer to your home.
We use minimally processed natural and organic fabrics and low-impact dyes to maintain the fabric’s natural properties. Low impact dyes are those that contain no heavy metals such as mercury, lead, or chromium.
Traceable supply chain: We work with factories that have responsible environmental and labour practices.
Our apparel and home goods are designed and made in a small shop in Montreal, Quebec, Canada near our office. This means that design changes can be made quickly in a hands-on way instead by video or having samples sent via mail.
We only source from like-minded companies - those which create their products as sustainably as possible. They must also have fair labour practices and if possible, strive for zero-waste in their manufacturing.
For these reasons, and because we are out to help make the world a better place, we will err on the side of small selections of apparel and home goods until we know they will sell.
We won't have many sales in order to discourage unnecessary consumption and we will encourage our customers to buy only what is needed.
Our parent company, RCS Trading Company, will purchase carbon offsets for all shipping from fabric manufacturer to your home.
End of life responsibility: We will take back any Partridgeberry item you’ve purchased at its natural end of life and recycle or repurpose the fabric. Alternatively, so far, products are fully compostable in backyard composts if prepared properly.
We aren’t perfect, but we are continuously looking for solutions to decrease our overall consumer footprint.