Here are some ways TAWAST takes responsibility:
All items are fairly manufactured by the hands of Milla Tawast, the founder and maker of TAWAST.
Every garment is made to order, so that there will be no deadstock. We don’t want to produce more things to the world that there is no use for.
The production happens in-house. That means less transportation, no back and forth with a factory. Everything from the patterns to the sewing is done under one roof, at the TAWAST studio.
The fabrics are ethically sourced. All of the fabrics are 100% organic and either GOTS certified or at least made of GOTS certified yarn, when the fabric manufacturer is too small to acquire the certification. The GOTS certification includes strict environmental and social criteria for operations along the entire supply chain.
Currently, all TAWAST pieces are made from these fabrics:
100% organic cotton, GOTS certified
- GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics. The organic cotton is grown in Benin, Tanzania and India. The fabric is designed in Paris, France. Spinning, weaving, dyeing and washing of the fabric is done in La Loire, France.
(Colors: Ivory, Black, Lunisolar Light, Lunisolar Gray)
100% organic cotton
- Handmade organic cotton fabrics made from GOTS certified yarn by an artisan family in Kerala, India. The yarns are dyed by hand and the weaving is done by hand on small powerlooms. The fabric is made in small batches so it is tricky to get the GOTS certification and it would require them working on a larger scale to get the end product GOTS certified.
(Colors: Light Sage, Hazelnut, Charcoal, Waffle White, Waffle Black)
100% organic linen, GOTS certified
- Jersey fabrics made of GOTS certified organic linen. The flax plant is grown in Normandy, France. The fabric is made in Germany; the linen is spun, knitted then dyed (except for the natural linen jersey which is raw) in the same factory.
(Colors: Seashell, Sand, Jetstone)
To minimize fabric waste the scraps left over from cutting are used for small accessories such as hair scrunchies. The very smallest bits are also gathered up and donated or repurposed otherwise too so no fabric ends up on landfills.
At the TAWAST studio the waste in production is minimized and the paper, cardboard and occasional unavoidable plastic is properly recycled. A lot of the studio equipment is bought second hand, and most of the big items like the sewing machines, cutting table and other furniture.
Your items are mailed in plastic-free packaging.
TAWAST does not believe in taking advantage of animals. No animal derived materials like wool, silk, leather or fur are used in our products.
Giving back is important. TAWAST donates 5% of each sale to animal sanctuaries. We have personally visited these places and witnessed the amazing work they do to help animals in need.
We do not think we are perfect – we are always looking for ways to improve!