Hola! I’m Xochil (pronunciation: so-chi)
Native American/French Canadian girl living in San Diego 🙂 I’m a mom, wife of a chiropractor, and a fashion designer with over a decade of experience in the fashion industry. After 15 years of working in fashion (in Montreal), I had had enough of fashion. All the chemicals, the toxic smells, poor working conditions for the workers, and the waste of cheaply made clothing. Having my daughter has made me even more aware that every decision I make impacts our planet. So I wanted to create a platform where I can take all of the info I’ve acquired about the fashion industry and transform it into creative solutions, sustainable fashion tips, and tricks that can help you to look amazing while simultaneously making the world a cleaner and safer place for our kids.
Let your greener beauty shine - Xo
Sustainable Native is all about supporting brands who are evolving into a sustainable future.
Here are some of the values we love:
90% of garment workers are paid below the national minimum wage and are subject to intense and arbitrary work conditions. Fair Trade movement includes ensuring everyone gets a fair deal on pricing and better working conditions. Plus, ethical trade encourages improvements in communities where clothing and textile are produced.
Natural fibers like cotton are often grown using pesticides and super harmful treatments to the farmer, workers, and wildlife. Not to mention, the remaining chemicals can irritate the consumer's skin, gross! Organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs, which is a better alternative.
Vegan design derived from the vegan food movement, having similar ethical values. These products are made with materials often plant-based, for example, leather alternatives made out of pineapples (Piñatex), apple skins, and cactus (Desserto). Also, feathers and wool are made out of cotton, bamboo, and buckwheat.
Shopping at your local thrift stores & consignment boutiques is another super sustainable solution
because the pieces already exist, you are saving the entire negative impact of production, supporting retail workers.
Minimize our carbon footprint! Garment transport puts out a huge amount of C02, which can be reduced by minimizing the distances during production, transportation & shipping. Some brands are skipping overseas production to minimize a high footprint.
Nowadays, there are many different ways to recycled materials and turn them into textiles, like; plastic bottles turned into synthetic fabric. Or even old garments shredded & spun into yarns. Recycling is a great way to keep any material from going to landfill.