A.BCH is an independent fashion label offering a simple solution to a complex problem. The fashion industry is a major player in global air and water pollution, obscene wastage and human rights abuse – and that’s just the tip of the unethical iceberg. A.BCH is working to a circular economy standard, even though the rest of the industry has a lot of catching up to do. With so much secrecy in the world of fashion, they err on the side of TMI, offering full disclosure as to how each of their pieces came to be. Every thread, every fibre, every button is accounted for, because they have nothing to hide. Their clothes are affordable because they don’t mark them up to traditional retail prices. They’d never want to price people out of making a difference. They don’t just talk about ethics and sustainability, they live and breathe them. Their clothes are made in Melbourne from organic, natural and recycled materials. From their buttons crafted from the seeds of fallen corozo fruit in Panama, to their family owned manufacturer in Melbourne’s inner north, they work tirelessly to ensure that every step of the journey is as thoughtful and sustainable as possible. Not that they’ve clocked it, by any means. Their search for ways to improve is just as tireless.
MADE IN AUSTRALIA
BASED IN AUSTRALIA AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
Their garments are ethically made by family owned manufacturer in Melbourne. They are Ethical Clothing Australia certified.
They use GOTS certified organic cotton and GOTS certified organic linen.
They use natural fibers such as hemp, ethical merino wool, peace silk, tencel and corozo buttons.
They take back their own branded garments for recycling purposes. These garments are assessed and either mended for a second life (of which profits are donated to Fashion Revolution), re-made into something new, or are kept and used for their recycling research program.
Their labels are made from recycled polyester.
One of their textile mills, ABMT Textiles recycle 85% of their spent reactive dye bath water into Class A Grey Water which is then re-used. All of their GOTS suppliers are required to have written environmental policies on water resources management. All wastewater from wet processing units must also be treated in an internal or external functional wastewater treatment plant.
They work with CO2 neautral mills for their raw materials and they offset all their carbon emissions for their studio via UN Certified Emission Reduction (CER) certificates.
Their sent out packages are carbon neutral.