the moral wardrobe: zero waste brand, tonle

It was way too cold to be outside taking photos today, so I basically just snapped a couple before (literally) running inside. I’m sure I’ll get a chance to feature my new tonle tee in better detail in the spring, but I wanted to make sure to tell you a bit more about the brand since they just started shipping to the United States.
Ethical Details: Top – c/o tonle; Coat – thrifted; Earrings – Mata Traders; Cardigan – old

Tonle is a zero waste, fair trade clothing company based in Cambodia. They’re passionate about long term sustainability, so they use remnant materials and cut patterns carefully to ensure that minimal scrap fabric is generated. Scraps are then re-woven into yarn and used again. They’re serious about the details, so all packaging is made out of 100% recycled materials, their all natural dyes are non-toxic, and notions (buttons, zippers, etc.) are either made sustainably or purchased from garment factory overstock. It’s really incredible! They also provide living wages to their talented team.

Tonle sent me this comfy keang top. It’s made of super soft knit cotton and has a boxy, cropped fit for a modern silhouette. I also appreciate the understated rope graphic.

This post is rather timely since ecouttere just made me aware of a Norwegian documentary series featuring fashion bloggers sent to Cambodia to see firsthand where their clothes come from. It’s a fascinating peek into Norwegian and Cambodian cultures and the global fast fashion industry. You can watch it here.

Stay tuned for more information on tonle. In the meantime, check them out on facebook, instagram, and twitter.

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6 thoughts

  1. Yeah; it's pretty impressive that they take the time to do it. It's troubling how much we throw away.

  2. I'm totally excited about tonlé! They emailed me like 2 months ago w/ their kickstarter campaign and truly I'm so impressed with their practices! Tank looks GREAT on you!

  3. That looks like a great t-shirt & I love it with the cardie. It's so interesting that fabrics scraps can actually be reused, but most labels choose not to do it…

  4. I love tonle's philosophy and it's such an inspiring story. I haven't bought anything from them yet, but I hope to very soon. And thank you for posting the link to that video. I will have to watch it soon!

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