It is hard to find sustainable options for small notions such as buttons, zippers, snaps and thread. Whenever possible, we work with partner suppliers to make custom notions for us in the most ethical way available. For example, we work with a local handicraft organization to make belt buckles, pendants and buttons hand-carved from re-claimed scraps of wood. We’re also working with a ceramic workshop based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, which employs people with good wages and benefits to produce handmade buttons and beads from locally dug clay.
When we can’t find something locally made, we use garment factory cast offs for our zippers and notions as often as is possible, while still ensuring the quality and integrity of our garments.