Farm To Fashion
We are what we eat has become an accepted belief, and food is now considered a form of healing from the inside. Lydia Wendt of the California Cloth Foundry, argues that our clothing, which enrobes our largest organ, our skin, is a way to heal from the outside. Not only does our skin, like the earth, absorb everything and therefore needs to be handled with care, but carefully made clothing can be a way to heal our notoriously toxic industry. Wendt worked for years in the fast fashion industry and says, “I was actively contributing to the problems; I was negotiating pennies right out of the suppliers’ and farmers’ pockets. It was a race to the bottom of the market. Eventually I saw the light.”
Our founder, Lydia Wendt, was recently interviewed by Joi Sears of TriplePundit to discuss our company, how and why we produce sustainable textiles and apparel, and our process. See how we create our line of all-American grown-to-sewn Farm to Fashion™ textiles and apparel:
Sea Change Radio's Alex Wise interviews our founder Lydia Wendt on 'triple bottom line' sustainability and California Cloth Foundry
In Sea Change Radio's "Shirt Off Your Back" posting, Alex Wise writes; "Among the inherent contradictions of capitalism, according to Karl Marx, is that private profit rests on the backs of workers who gain little from the arrangement, other than perpetuating the wealth of those to whom they sell their labor. But there is a movement afoot to mitigate that contradiction.
In 2011 ecologist Mark Browne released the results of a study that showed tiny synthetic fibers from clothing could be the biggest source of plastic in our oceans. You may surprised that you didn't get the memo and that's because most clothing manufacturers didn't want to hear it.
The Backyard Project Hoodie is The North Face’s first product ever grown and sewn within 150 miles of their headquarters in Alameda, California. California Cloth Foundry is thrilled as our founder and designer Lydia Wendt helped design and produce this socially responsible and waste-reduced garment.