Our Sustainability Story
To launch a new men’s clothing brand we felt we could not follow the same old practices of the fashion industry. It’s well known by now that the industry has had and continues to have a major negative impact on the environment. We could not in good conscience bring more apparel into the universe without helping lead the industry into new practices. Like they say, “Be the change you want to see.”
A big part of our vision for State of Matter™ is to produce our clothing as close as possible to 100% made from sustainable materials. This led us to unearthing fabric innovations that use recycled bottles, recycled garments and recycled fishing nets to make high quality fibers, and we’re just getting started. In fact, we already made improvements since our first round of production and we are bringing some new materials forward that will have you say, “Wait. What? How do you put that in a shirt?”
Our 360° Afterlife Program
If and when the day comes where you are ready to retire a piece of State of Matter™ apparel, you can send it back to us and we’ll give it another life along with a 20% discount on your next purchase. So the environment wins and so do you!. We might clean it and donate it, or we may recycle the fibers and make it into another amazing piece of clothing. Either way, do not feel the need to throw it away. The landfills will thank you. To get instructions on how to send an item back to us, email firstname.lastname@example.org
From Design to Closet
This is our version of farm-to-table. We wanted to share with you the journey each of our products take from the moment it becomes an approved design to when it ends up in your closet.
Designed in NYC → Upcycled RENU polyester from China and LYCRA® EcoMade elastane from Brazil are shipped to China so our fabric can be made in bulk → then shipped to our factory in Egypt where the Phoenix are assembled → Once completed, shipped by boat to our warehouse in New Jersey → Then to you!!
Designed in NYC → Recycled Poly made of GREENPLUS® recycled bottles gets paired with Recycled Spandex from Germany in Taiwan where the fabric is made in bulk → then shipped to our factory in Egypt where the Jett is assembled → Once completed, shipped by boat to our warehouse in New Jersey. Then to you!!
Designed in NYC → ECONYL® recycled fishing nets collected worldwide and LYCRA® elastane from (insert source) meet up in Italy where the Triton fabric is made in bulk → then shipped to our factory in Indonesia where the Triton is assembled → Once completed, shipped by boat to our warehouse in New Jersey. Then to you!!
Designed in NYC → REPREVE® Recycled Poly from recycled bottles collected worldwide, and elastane from Korea meet up in China where our Lennox fabric is made in bulk → then the Lennox is shipped to our factory in Indonesia where it is assembled → Once completed, shipped by boat to our warehouse in New Jersey. Then to you!!
Sustainability is not just about materials and carbon footprints, though. It also means caring for the people who make our vision possible. The mills and factories with which we choose to work must meet our high standards for ethical treatment and fair wages. Our production partners are first chosen for their ethical and safe business practices then for the quality of craftsmanship they are able to output at scale.
For example, our shirts are made in Egypt in a factory known for exceptional quality, but they are also WRAP certified. We imagine most of you have never heard of WRAP, but it is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. A mouthful? Yes, but it is certification organizations like WRAP that help us determine the most ethically managed resources in manufacturing.
Another example is our blazers, pants and jackets are made in Indonesia that is a member of the Better Work program. Better Work is a comprehensive program bringing together all levels of the garment industry to improve working conditions and respect of labor rights for workers focused on fair compensation & contracts, occupational safety and health and working time.
The work on our supply chain is never done, but we are proud of the levels of sustainability we’ve achieved so far. It’s hard to turn a massive industry but it’s work worth doing.