Ethics and Sustainability

Climate change remains one of the greatest challenges of our time. Its consequences will affect our one and only planet and everyone living on it – making it a key challenge to all businesses, including ours.

At SKYE, the importance of ethics and sustainability is ingrained into our brand culture and values. We consider the needs of our present and future generations and are aware that every aspect of our business must be conducted in an ethical manner that is also economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

We design, source and manufacture in a way that benefits women, small businesses and underprivileged populations while minimizing our impact on the environment. Each decision we make below is a symbol of our commitment towards ethical and sustainable fashion.

Fabrics & Materials

While the environmental impacts associated with fabric and textile processing can be harmful, there are fabrics that leave a smaller environmental footprint. We use the most sustainable materials that are available to us. Most of our items are made from natural, biodegradable materials such as cotton, linen, TENCEL, and wool.

Cotton is the raw material we use the most. However, cotton also requires a lot of water to grow. Here at SKYE, we primarily use recycled and organic cotton. Recycled cotton is repurposed from pre- or post-consumer cotton materials that would otherwise go to the landfill. It allows us to have that soft cotton feel without the environmental impact that comes from virgin cotton. Organic cotton avoids the use of chemical fertilizers and harmful pesticides — making it safe for the environment, the farmers and you.

Linen is a beautiful and durable material made from flax plants. Ours is made from plants grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers, which is better for the farmers’ health and the environment.

TENCEL is a fiber made from sustainable wood sources, which are renewable and require little or no irrigation or pesticides. Many of our pieces use TENCEL as it is one of the most sustainable materials.

Polyester & polyamide are man-made fibers made from petroleum. They are less eco-friendly but are necessary at times to increase the strength and durability of our fabrics. We use recycled polyester and polyamide, which are made from plastic wastes such as old water bottles and fish nets. This helps prevent plastic waste from ending up in landfills or the ocean.

Deadstock 
Approximately 8-12% of our products are made from deadstock fabrics, which are excess materials from other designers and fabric suppliers. This allows us to divert these materials from landfill and repurpose them into beautiful garments.

Recycling and Waste Reduction

We are committed to promoting mindful consumption and waste reduction. We use recycled plastic made from water bottles, bags, bottles and containers to make clothing and parcel bags.  Our beautiful boxes are also made from 100% post-consumer paper materials. Being able to repurpose plastic and paper wastes and using them as packaging materials is a great way of reducing harm to our planet.

People

Our founder is female and we believe in empowering women and underprivileged populations. All of our garments are made ethically in a small, family owned factory in rural Canton which has been in business for over 25 years. Our staff is paid living wages with health care benefits, generous paid time off and maternity leave.