OUR ETHOS

At APPARIS we recognize fashion is an inherently wasteful industry, but strongly believe that style and sustainability can coexist. We are a brand owned by women, led by women, and majority run by women - women who strive to craft high-quality, fashionable wardrobe staples with reverence for people and the planet. 

Our principled approach to design, materials, and manufacturing is constantly evolving as we learn to become better stewards of the earth, and we feel a responsibility to be transparent with our community on our sustainability efforts and goals. 

While we are not perfect, we are committed to continuous improvement in reducing our impact at every stage of our value chain. 

Thank you for letting us share our journey with you. We hope you enjoy the ride.

OUR APPROACH

DESIGN & CIRCULARITY

Each of our pieces is designed for longevity and is intended to thrive beyond seasonal trends. From silhouette to construction and material choice, we always design with durability and timelessness in mind. We are not here to help you look cute for a moment - we are here to help you look your best for years to come. That’s why we launched reAPPARIS—our second-hand marketplace—to help keep our products out of landfills and in your closet.

When developing collections, we look for key fabrics that can be utilized across different products for multiple seasons. This helps us define a strong aesthetic identity and avoid overproduction waste. While we strive to eliminate overproduction waste, sometimes we still miss the mark. We maintain partnerships with local schools and organizations so we can donate textile scraps and leftover yardage for upcycling when we do end up with leftover fabrics in our design studio or manufacturing partners' facilities.

MATERIALS

When it comes to raw materials, we strive to be circular and cruelty-free. Since our launch, we’ve focused on finding animal-free fabrics that have generally been made using nylons, polyesters, and other synthetic materials as an alternative to animal-protein fibers like fur, silk, leather, and wool. 

While we continue to stay true to our cruelty-free roots, we also understand synthetic materials are imperfect due to their heavy reliance on fossil fuels in material production and their generation of microplastics through product use and end-of-life. 

To help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, we prioritize sourcing recycled synthetics whenever possible. The majority of our collection uses recycled raw materials as their primary fabric component - 80% of our most recent collection. 100% of our lining qualities are made from recycled fibers, as well as our core fabrics.

While using recycled synthetics is a step up from virgin synthetics when it comes to carbon emissions, this still doesn’t solve the issue of microplastic pollution

We have explored the use of bio-based synthetics which are commonly derived from agricultural products like sugar, soy, and corn, but these materials can still have significant environmental trade-offs when it comes to the agricultural production of plant-based feedstocks, the chemicals used within their synthesis into a synthetic polymer, and can still lead to microplastic shed.

Finding sustainable solutions that lessen our use of plastics and reduce our carbon emissions while remaining cruelty-free proves challenging. Understanding the many environmental tradeoffs of fossil-fuel and bio-based synthetic fibers, we are expanding our view of cruelty-free materials to include certified post-consumer-recycled and cruelty-free regenerative animal fibers, and are exploring integrating them into our material base. 

There is a lot of textile waste in the world, and using post-consumer recycled animal fibers allows us to become more circular while remaining cruelty-free. If we do decide to integrate virgin animal fibers into our material base, we are committed to only sourcing from regenerative farms that are certified cruelty-free.

MANUFACTURING

When we develop new collections, we start by selecting partners best suited to make the product type and co-locate materials with their location in mind, including labels and tags. This reduces time and emissions by minimizing long-distance shipping throughout our supply chain.

While we do understand the majority of carbon emissions are generated from energy use in textile and product manufacturing, as a growing brand, we do not have direct control of our supplier’s operations. We are, however, deeply committed to supporting our suppliers’ transition toward the use of renewable energy and better chemicals and water management as best we can. 

We believe in the fair treatment of people and planet and only work with like-minded partners who prioritize social and environmental responsibility. All of our manufacturing partners are third-party audited through Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) or amfori BSCI, which helps us ensure workers are provided safe and healthy working conditions and fair wages. 

  • SMETA audits help us ensure our materials and manufacturing partners adhere to higher labor, health and safety, and environmental performance standards to protect workers from unsafe and unethical working conditions.
  • BSCI audits measure 13 social performance areas including labor, health and safety, environmental performance, and ethics issues to protect workers from unsafe conditions, overwork, discrimination, low pay, and forced labor.

CERTIFICATIONS

We look to align with trusted certifications to ensure we’re making responsible decisions when it comes to materials, manufacturing, and social compliance. 

Some of the key material manufacturing certifications we work with are OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Reborn Recycled Polyester, Global Recycled Standard (GRS), and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). 

We invite you to learn more about key material certifications below: 

  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100  certification covers international requirements regarding harmful substances and chemicals and is updated annually to account for new learnings and regulations. This helps us ensure all components of the product, from fabric to thread, have been tested against a list of 1,000 toxic chemicals cleared as safe for humans and the environment. 
  • Global Recycled Standard certification helps us ensure our recycled synthetics are derived from at least 20% recycled materials and verifies material traceability and manufacturing ethics throughout material processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading, and distribution of the product.
  • Reborn Recycled Polyester certification helps us ensure our recycled polyester is guaranteed to be made from directly collected 100% post-consumer plastic. 
  • Forest Stewardship Council certification helps us ensure our paper-based packaging and hangtags come from responsibly managed, FSC-certified forests. 
  • Intertek certification helps us ensure our fabrics are not manufactured with harmful chemicals such as Azo colorants, heavy metals, pesticides, fungicides, or formaldehyde and helps ensure fabric longevity with rigorous durability and colorfastness testing. 

CUSTOMER JOURNEY

When our pieces make their way to you, we look for logistics partners who share our values. Our logistics partners currently utilize upwards of 30% renewable energy at their facilities and are committed to increasing this percentage in the coming years. They also consolidate shipments to make transportation more efficient and reduce emissions from trucking. 

Our warehousing partners participate in recycling programs to avoid excess packaging waste in transport and recycle at least 75% of waste generated from their facilities weekly.

PACKAGING

When it comes to packaging, we do our best to minimize waste and source responsibly. All of our products are shipped in 100% home and industrial compostable bio-based mailers. Made from a combination of PLA and PBAT, our mailers will break down within 180 at home or within 90 days at an industrial facility. 

Our woven labels are made from GRS-certified recycled polyester at a facility engaged in water and energy conservation. 

Our hangtags, button bags, adhesive labels, advertising materials, cardboard, and paper packaging are made from REACH-compliant, FSC-certified recycled paper printed with ECO-UV inks.

CARE

Our pieces are made to last, and we hope you will handle them well. To ensure our pieces live for years to come, we recommend the following:

  • Before storage, steam the garment from the inside out. Do not apply heat directly to faux fur or faux leather pieces. 
  • To re-fluff, we recommend vigorously shaking the product to help the pile come back to life.
  • For small stains, we recommend spot cleaning using mild detergent diluted in warm water.
  • For knitwear, we recommend washing by hand to preserve the yarn and feel.

Steaming pieces helps refresh pieces between wears and washes, and helps avoid unnecessary energy use from washing and drying.