Soft, flattering, fair trade, and environmentally friendly, this dress from Tonle in Cambodia is made with natural dyes, hand-printing, and zero waste.
- Recycled & remnant fabrics
- Screen-print on front only
- Wash warm, hang dry, warm iron, do not bleach or iron over print
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Cambodia
|Inches/cm||33 / 83.8||34.5 / 87.6||36 / 91.4||36 / 91.4|
Tonle's unwavering commitment to the environment can be seen in every aspect of production, particularly in the innovative zero-waste design process. Like a chef sourcing local fruits and vegetables for a seasonal meal, the Tonle design team can often be found combing through literal tons of fabric cast aside by large manufacturers to find the highest quality remnant fabrics, but they don't stop there. The designers work side by side with the production team to create collections that incorporate even the smallest scraps of their own waste. The entire production leaves 0% waste, as compared to a typical factory, which can average up to 40%.
Tonle employees earn well above the local minimum wage, and are provided with benefits and extensive training. They take job creation a step further by offering career opportunities to employees, where entry-level makers can move up to managerial roles. Instead of a traditional assembly line model, workshops are set up with team structures, where team members work on different types of products to improve their skills and contribute more creatively. Tonle fosters an environment where their employees enjoy working, feel confident to rebuild their lives, and can express themselves freely.
Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tonlé has created a positive impact in the country socially, environmentally and economically, making itself a unique force in the sustainable fashion industry. The group of 31 employees is made up of individuals with spirit, drive and dreams.
The journey of a Tonlé product begins in an unlikely place: a heaping pile of factory scrap material from mass clothing manufacturers. Their design team frequents the remnant material markets to scavenge through piles of factory castoffs before they end up in landfills. Creativity is key, as size, color, texture, and material continually vary. The excess fabric strips are tediously hand cut and individually sewn back into yarn. The yarn is then knit and woven into new pieces. Tonlé designers work side by side with the production team to plan collections that incorporate even the tiniest scraps into original looks. Tonle produces tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories.
Tonlé’s impact is significant: they have saved 10,000 kg of materials from landfill; saved 70,000 kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; saved 200 Kg of pesticides and saved 46,266,600 gallons of water. It also creates needed jobs for many Cambodians who need the work.