about tonlé - zero waste, ethical fashion
At tonlé, we see fashion differently – from the way it’s made to the way it’s worn. We see it as encouraging the unique in everyone who touches our clothing, from maker to wearer.
We're a zero waste, ethical fashion brand on a big mission, to reduce waste generated by larger factories and change the way business is done in the fashion industry. Our process starts with scrap waste sourced from mass clothing manufacturers. Using every last thread, we create handmade clothing and accessories signed by their Cambodian makers. Our family of employees is made up of individuals with spirit, drive and dreams. Together, we’ve built a supportive environment where everyone expresses themselves freely, learns new skills, and gains confidence in what they do. We believe style is more than what you wear – it’s what you choose to be a part of.
every thread matters.
the impact your purchases from tonlé make
At tonlé, when we say every thread matters, we mean it. From the people who work on your clothing to using every single scrap of fabric that comes through our workshop, we care about every step in the process of getting a piece of clothing to your hands, and each person who touches it along the way. We've partnered with Greenstory to help quantify the impact of your purchases with tonlé, which you can now see on each product page. Here is how we calculated the impact.
Producing a 220 gram t-shirt in a conventional manner uses the following avoidable resources:
- 2,700 liters of water, the average amount a person drinks over three years
- 151.2 g (1/3 lb) of chemicals and pesticides
- approximately 6 kilograms of carbon for manufacturing alone, almost 30 times the final weight of the t-shirt itself.
Creating cloth from scratch requires agriculture, fabric production and dyeing. These stages have massive CO2 emissions, water consumption, pesticides, and harmful chemicals associated with them. Our zero waste process of making of clothing from factory scraps eliminates these steps and avoids CO2 emissions, unnecessary water usage, and harmful pollution from dying and pesticides. Using recycled packaging and avoiding the use of single use plastics also significantly cuts back on our carbon footprint, and even reduces the shipping footprint because items can be packed more tightly.
For a deeper dive on how our zero waste production works, check out these pages: