LOVE WHAT YOU KEEP
Sustainability is at the foundation of everything we make at FOUR.
Next, we look at where the materials come from and whether they are made responsibly to the community and environment. We look at our makers, our partners, and choose incredible people (mostly women, but also wonderful men) to work with. And finally, we donate 44% back to the community of makers.
When looking at our materials, we first consider the mill we are purchasing from and their level of quality and best practices. Our first priority is always the quality and longevity of the garment so that we can live up to our promise of doing more with less. Next, we look at organic and recycled materials, focusing on natural fibers that will decompose over time. We avoid microplastics and non-recyclable, non-biodegradable materials at all costs. Finally we look at dying and finishing, water usage and care, trims and labels, so that the garment is using minimal resources to be made and cared for. Learn more about our GOTS certified organic pima cotton and our undyed, sustainably farmed alpaca in our Foundation Sweater here.
When we create a new product, we always learn about the community in which it's made. While we are working with our makers on fabrics and patterns, we also ask them what organizations are doing important work to make their lives better. After a full year has passed, we begin an annual donation cycle for each item to the organization chosen by the makers, and continue each year to donate 44% of the profit of each item through the completion of the project. Our first donation, from #Rabbit Jacket will be released in April, 2020!
Returns & Resell & Recycling
We intend to keep every FOUR piece out of the landfill by collecting all returns, making any necessary repairs and reselling the pieces as FOUR WORN. Included in FOUR WORN will be prototypes, sample pieces, size sets and photo shoot strikes. If an item is too damaged for repair we will recycle the textile with GrowNYC and Fabscrap.