In honor of Earth Day 2012, UK retailer Jigsaw is releasing their first “Green Label” line, which consists of small-batch garments, utilizing upcycled materials and sewn locally. That not only makes these pieces more ethical, but it also makes them limited. As with any upcycled fashion – when it’s gone, it’s gone. From the Green Label Story:
Every year, the apparel industry produces millions of yards of fabric. What isn’t used in production gets forgotten in warehouses, sometimes for many years. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, material wastes in the US alone totaled 243 million tons in 2009. Materials such as rubber, leather and textiles made up approximately 8.3% of this total material waste. From this statistic alone, the importance of reusing, recycling, repurposing waste and scrap textiles is obvious.
Jigsaw is inspired by these hidden gems within the textile industry, driven to give them new life as the textiles of the “Jigsaw Green Label”. Not only is the Green Label made of recycled fabrics, but our entire Green Label collection is completely produced here, in Los Angeles, CA! Our stateside production saves on emissions, contributing to the improvement of our company’s carbon footprint. Likewise, our ‘made in the USA’ products add no additional chemicals to the environment through dyeing, treating, or printing additional fabrics.
This collection is full of luxurious, elevated basics that are easily combined with pieces you already have, and pieces you’ll acquire throughout your life.
Here are some of our favorites from Jigsaw’s Green Label Collection: