Rag and Bone

Did you know that Rag and Bone makes all their jeans in the USA? Rag and Bone is one of those brands we all know and love because the style is timeless and the quality is superior. But It’s not easy to be one of the last few companies that produce in the USA, it costs a lot more money. Which is one more reason why you should love Rag and Bone, because they care more about having virtue and integrity than a larger profit.

“What I believe is that what really makes something perfect is not the design, per se. It’s the integrity with which it was designed and made…My vision for Rag & Bone is to stay completely true as a company. I really believe that the money will come if that is what we want, but it cannot be the focus.”

- Marcus Wainwright, Rag and Bone CEO

The outlook Marcus has for Rag and Bone is so refreshing and I can feel good about purchasing their product.

I am wearing Rag and Bone jeans and their grey blue Debbie top.

I am wearing Rag and Bone jeans and their grey blue Debbie top.

Having production in the US is very important if a brand wants any sort of say in how their product is produced. When companies outsource to manufacturers outside of the country, more often then not, fair trade labor laws are ignored (hazardous working conditions or child labor) and environmental damage occurs through improper disposal of toxic textile dyes, non-biodegradable textiles, or toxic pesticides on cotton farms.

“Estimates are that 70 percent of lakes and rivers in China are polluted, as well as 90 percent of the groundwater. In all, an estimated 320 million Chinese do not have access to clean drinking water – more than the entire population of the United States.”

“Cancer rates among villagers who live along polluted waterways are much higher than the national average.”

The reason why companies decided to move manufacturing overseas is because it costs less when a factory ignores these things rather than implement solutions. Luckily the United States enacted environmental laws for clothing factory’s to abide by along with huge fines for breaking those laws, which is why we’ve seen a huge shift of outsourced production. 

The worst fast fashion brands you should avoid: 

  1. Forever21

  2. H&M

  3. Zara

  4. ASOS

  5. Rip curl

  6. Shein

  7. Romwe 

  8. NastyGal

  9. Old Navy

  10. Victoria’s Secret


Now I will admit a handful of these companies have become more transparent or released eco friendly lines, but its important to realize fast fashion is a business model not a category so while their effort is amazing, it will not be substantial in the long run. On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of luxury brands have snuck under the radar concerning environmental initiatives, or fair trade human rights. Still, what’s primarily hurting the environment is the mass production and consumption, so while luxury brands may not be as transparent about where they produce they still aren’t producing massive amounts of disposable clothing like the brands listed above.

Millennials will be the initiators for how the fashion industry will Impact the environment for good or for worse and we are amidst that turning point.

So what can you do to help? 

  • Buy things made in the USA

  • Buy vintage/used

  • Buy LESS if your going to buy NEW

  • Buy higher quality things that will last you longer so you can buy less over a lifetime! 

How can you recognize if a brand or product is bad for the environment? 

  • price

  • how trendy it is

  • How much product the brand produces a season


Sources:

http://www.chinawaterrisk.org/resources/analysis-reviews/the-environmental-cost-of-clothes/

https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/intelligence/marcus-wainwright-on-rag-bone-and-going-it-alone









Allison Kohler