Sustainability, Ethics and Values

-My handmade items are all made from 100% recycled materials, and are always shipped in recycled mailers.

-My printed crochet garments are made to order from all-new materials.

Avoiding Waste and Ensuring Quality

When you put in an order at Snapdragonbrand.com, You and I both get an email notification. If it's an order for a handmade item, I pack it up and drop it off at the post office. If it's a printed garment, I confirm that the order details have been accurately forwarded to my fulfillment company.

Every printed item is made to order, which means I don't have a warehouse of stock. This is one simple and immediate way Snapdragon Brand limits garment and fabric waste. 

From the Environmental Protection Agency: "15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, of which 12.8 million tons were discarded."

And it's only gone up since then! So Snapdragon Brand makes fewer garments, custom-made, for selective shoppers. It is my hope that once my designs are a part of your wardrobe, you'll keep and enjoy them for years. 

This is not fast fashion. The quality of the materials is also an essential element of what makes Snapdragon Brand unique as a small business. Leggings and other stretchy garments are made with a modern four-way stretch fabric. Woven from soft, smooth, comfortable microfiber yarn (82% polyester, 18% spandex, imported). Thicker, stronger, more durable and breathable than leggings you might encounter at the mall. And the print is brighter too! Snapdragon Brand printed crochet fabric is photorealistic--you may meet people on the street who believe it's really crocheted.

For Snapdragon Brand Direct-To-Garment prints, my fulfilment company uses Kornit machines and inks. Kornit uses high-quality, water-based vegan inks that they formulate, test, and produce in their own factories. Kornit inks are non-hazardous, toxin-free, biodegradable, and certified with an OEKO-TEX Eco Passport.

By 2020, all printed products from Snapdragon Brand conformed to both GOTS and OEKO-TEX certifications. 

I ship from facilities in the United States and Latvia. I sometimes expand to include the facility in Mexico for during the holiday rush. 

To learn more about the measures my fulfillment company is taking to expand and improve their sustainability efforts, click HERE.

To learn more about the waste created by the fashion industry, start HERE. There are some helpful quick facts and reliable sources. 

Values: 

The Snapdragon Brand website is a safe space for all visitors. Period. 

I believe that Black Lives Matter and want to show my support by offering a monthly special item (rotating), of which 10% of the proceeds go directly to the Loveland Foundation. From their website:

"Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing."

This month, the item is: The Vivid Rainbow Crochet Print Skater Dress

 

Looking abroad, I have learned a lot from the group No White Saviors, who actively combat exploitative white evangelical "saviorism" in Uganda and wherever else they are needed.

From their website: 

No White Saviors is an advocacy campaign led by a majority female, majority African team of professionals based in Kampala, Uganda. Our collective experience in the development & aid sectors has led us to a deep commitment to seeing things change in a more equitable & anti-racist direction.

 

As a reformed young mission tripper, I was complicit in these damaging "voluntourism" trips. It's not always easy to hear. The organizers do not hold space for white fragility, but listen with an open mind. They are doing valuable and ground-breaking work.

I support their work in my own small way by offering 10% of the proceeds from my Beulah Crochet Print Leggings. 

 

As Snapdragon Brand continues to grow, so will my giving opportunities.

 

I control what goes on the site and social media pages and will always take responsibility for my words. 

I am open to critical feedback. Have I made a mistake? Could I improve my methods? Please let me know. I will listen.