Girlfriend Collective is motivated by the idea that good things come to those who don't waste. They recognize that discarded materials, such as old water bottles and fishing nets, can find new life as fashionable and functional garments, rather than contributing to landfill waste and ocean pollution. Transparency is a key principle for Girlfriend Collective, as they strive to take care of the people who make their clothes and prioritize the well-being of the planet over their own financial gains.
To ensure the highest standards of sustainability, Girlfriend Collective works with certified facilities and partners who share their values. Their manufacturing process involves trusted recycling partners in Taiwan who specialize in eco-friendly and high-quality textiles. Additionally, they collaborate with a core sewing partner in Vietnam that is SA8000 certified, guaranteeing fair wages and safe working conditions for employees.
Their recycled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) fabric is created by transforming post-consumer water bottles into clean, recycled yarn. Through a series of washing and polymerization processes, the bottles are converted into a soft and sustainable textile. All of their fabrics are made from recycled materials and meet the rigorous standards set by certifications such as Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, ensuring the absence of harmful substances.
Girlfriend Collective is also dedicated to responsible dyeing practices. Unlike many facilities that contribute to environmental pollution, their dye house operates with a focus on minimizing the environmental impact of the dyeing process. They ensure that every drop of water used in the dyeing process is treated in their own wastewater treatment plant before being released into a nearby stream.