Sustainability is something that is constantly a work in progress and continually evolving. For a small business, it is a give-and-take process and challenging to get right all the time; however, we are always looking to improve where we can and will continue to work toward an even more sustainable business in the future.
In this vein, we take inspiration from Maya Angelou when she says, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Today our priority is to develop the most sustainable pieces possible.
Our pieces are made from 100% organic cotton. Organically produced cotton is healthier for the land & farm workers and uses significantly less water to produce than traditional cotton production methods. It is also soft, breathable, and biodegradable.
Our packaging is made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. It is reusable, recyclable, and 100% compostable. In everyday business operations we use as little paper as possible and exclude packing slips in favor of digital receipts.
Currently all Maman Atelier pieces are designed, cut, and sewn in our studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As Maman Atelier grows, we look forward to working with like-minded people who prioritize ethical and sustainable production methods.
As part of the fashion industry, we believe in reducing consumption, buying high quality products, and caring for them well. Trends and change of style is always fun, but we advocate for shopping less frequently and purchasing the pieces you know you love and will wear again and again for years. Well-made products tend to cost more, especially when the people making them are paid well. You might think of it as an investment you’re making today in the sort of sustainable and supportive future you want to help create and grow for tomorrow!