It started off with me noticing that every garment I came across and was really happy with the quality of it was made in Portugal.
When I started exploring Portugal as a place to make Tiny Advocates' first collection, I quickly learned how much effort the country is putting into making their clothing manufacturing more sustainable and ethical.
Portugese clothing manufacturers make efforts to prioritize eco-friendly practices, ethical manufacturing, and sustainable production processes. Here are some of the initiatives and practices in Portugal's sustainable clothing manufacturing:
Sustainable Materials: Portuguese textile manufacturers have been incorporating sustainable materials into their production processes. This includes the use of organic cotton, linen, bamboo, and recycled fibers to reduce the environmental impact of fabric production.
Certifications: Portugese clothing manufacturers often adhere to internationally recognized sustainability certifications and standards such as Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 which ensures the use of environmentally friendly materials and ethical production practices.
Water and Energy Efficiency: Portuguese manufacturers have focused on reducing water consumption and energy usage in textile production. Implementing advanced technologies and equipment, such as water recycling systems and energy-efficient machinery, has helped to minimize the environmental footprint of the industry.
Fabric Waste: Portugal promotes responsible waste management practices within the textile sector. Manufacturers have adopted measures to minimize waste generation, such as optimizing pattern cutting to reduce fabric waste and implementing recycling programs for textile scraps.
Ethical Labor Practices: The Portuguese textile industry has placed emphasis on fair labor practices and worker well-being. Companies strive to provide safe working conditions, fair wages, and respect for workers' rights. Social accountability certifications are pursued by many manufacturers to ensure compliance with ethical labor standards.
Research and Innovation: Portugal invests in research and development to drive innovation in sustainable textile production. Academic institutions and industry organizations collaborate to develop new technologies, materials, and processes that reduce environmental impact. This focus on innovation promotes continuous improvement in sustainable manufacturing practices.
Portugal's efforts in promoting sustainable clothing manufacturing have contributed to the country's reputation as a leader in eco-friendly textile production.
Before making a commitment to produce in Portugal, I visited our production partner, toured their facility, learned about their initiatives, and met amazing people who make clothes for your tiny humans.