DATA

FIBRE ATHLETICS HAS BEEN JUST APPROVED™ JUST SYMBOL - BLACK FOR ATHLETIC WEAR

THE PROS:

The brand shares details of each product’s supply chain, including fabric mills, processes and certifications, trim and finish sourcing, construction techniques and the names and locations of production factories, on each individual product listing.

The brand states that it does as much domestic (US) manufacturing as possible to ensure job creation and to develop close relationships with its vendors/factories.

Fibre Athletics uses organic, recycled, and low-impact materials in its products.

THE CONS:

We don’t have any information on the brand’s code of conduct.

We don’t have any information on any policies and strategies Fibre Athletics has to manage waste and recycling during production.

/ Fibre Athletics was founded in June 2015 and launched an Indiegogo campaign in November 2015 to fund its first round of production.

/ Fibre Athletics’ company sales in 2015 were $24,000.

/ The brand reports it makes its products to last, and to be highly versatile.

/ The brand reports it is offering limited runs of items before developing large quantities, to see what sells before pushing it on the market and creating excess product.

/ In 2016 the brand manufactured approximately 800 items.

/ The brand shares details of each product’s supply chain, including fabric mills, processes and certifications, trim and finish sourcing, construction techniques and the names and locations of production factories, on each individual product listing.

/ When designing its products, Fibre Athletics reports that it considers environmental and community impact, the quality of the materials, the versatility of the product, and the comfort provided to the wearer.

/ The brand reports that it works with mills and factories abiding by fair practices and a range of certification standards dependent upon the specific material used to develop the product.

 

/ The brand states that it does as much domestic (US) manufacturing as possible to ensure job creation and to develop close relationships with its vendors/factories.

/ Fibre Athletics reports that it is a Chicago Fair Trade business member, and states that it works with factories that practice the fair trade standards of employing free-willing workers in safe settings.

/ Fibres Athletics reports it has visited its cut/sew factory Gil Sewing Corp. in Chicago, several times, speaking directly with employees and asking questions about the company’s practices.  The brand states the workers are working in safe conditions, treated with dignity, making fair wages, working normal work week hours, and seem happy when speaking with the brand’s CEO.

/ The brand’s materials and trims are sourced and cut and sewn in the U.S.

/ The brand reports that its workers are paid fair wages and that this assessment is based on its own research, developing positive relationships with the people it works with, asking questions and speaking directly to the workers in its supply chain, and sharing its goals with the people it works with.

/ As Fibre Athletics grows, it states that it will be able to better develop its own auditing system.

/ Fibre Athletics uses organic, recycled, and low-impact materials in its products.

/ The brand has two styles available on its website made from 100% rPET® (recycled polyester) fabric with Chitosante® by Kendor Textiles, from Oeko-tex certified Taiwanese yarn.

/ The brand’s recycled polyester sports top uses Chitosante®, an environmentally friendly treatment made from a natural biomass that provides performance properties and durability including antibacterial, biodegradable, odor resistant, non-toxic, pill-resistant, anti-static, breathable, and fast drying/wicking.

/ The brand uses domestically grown 100% GOTS certified organic cotton in its jackets. The fabric is dyed using low impact dyes which do not contain toxic chemicals or mordants (which fix the dye to the fabric), require less rinsing, and have a high absorption rate, at least 70% in the fabric, creating less water runoff than conventional dyeing processes.

/ The brand reports it is offering limited runs of its products before developing huge quantities, to see what sells before pushing it on the market and creating excess product and waste.

 

/ As it grows, the brand reports that it intends to work with US mills/manufacturers/factories to develop innovative, sustainable fabrics in the United States.

/ The brand reports that it intends to work with technical designers and patternmakers to reduce the amount of fabric wasted when cutting its garments.

/ The brand reports that it will begin developing its own audits for suppliers it works with and intends to acquire more certifications as it evolves.

/ As the brand grows and develops it plans to become a member of either the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) or the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

The brand reports it aims to develop lifelong relationships with everyone involved from product ideation to wearer.

/ Fibre Athletics contributes 1% of its profits to the following community organisations:

  • The Eden Projects, that hire local villagers to plant trees in Haiti, Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Nepal.
  • The Cara Program, a workforce development program in Chicago which gives individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment by providing a range of training, support, and job placement services.

/ The brand shares blog posts about how to have a more sustainable wardrobe on its website.

 

/ Fibre Athletics was founded in 2015 by Steve Sullivan and Sadie Monroe.

/ The brand reports that as it is a startup, the co-founders are currently not being paid.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

 

/ The brand’s recycled polyester sports top uses Chitosante, an environmentally friendly treatment made from a natural biomass. Fibre Athletics reports that this provides performance properties and durability including antibacterial, biodegradable, odor resistant, non-toxic, pill-resistant, anti-static, breathable, and fast drying/wicking.

/ The brand shares details of each product’s supply chain, including fabric mills, processes and certifications, trim and finish sourcing, construction techniques and the names and locations of production factories, on each individual product listing.

/ The brand reports it is offering limited runs of items before developing huge quantities, to see what sells before pushing it on the market and creating excess product.

VOICES

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STEVE SULLIVAN, CEO | QUOTED BY LISA ARNETT FOR CHICAGO BUSINESS

You have to say with pride and loudly that these are sustainable products that are made well and people are being paid fairly (to make them).” – 01/08/2016

 

SADIE SMITH, CO-FOUNDER | QUOTED BY HOLLY PETROVICH FOR MY CHICAGO ATHLETE MAGAZINE

We are being an open, easy to navigate dictionary, on how clothing production works. I think it’s a place where people can learn more about the clothes that they wear.” – 06/08/2016

 

FIBRE ATHLETICS | CHICAGO FAIR TRADE APPLICATION

Transparency and integrity is critical to our business model and mission. We aim to tap into a community of engaged doers that see themselves as a part of the global community working towards positive evolution.” – CFT Application