These past few months have brought many changes and fantastic partnerships at Oak & Fir. Most recently, we have been able to switch our manufacturers to partner with a company that aligns closely with our goals, while also ensuring that we source our products within the continent to reduce our environmental footprint. This month, we are thrilled to introduce our new manufacturer Recover: Sustainable Apparel Company!
Recover’s mission is ‘to create the best, most environmentally friendly and socially responsible products possible, and to educate and inspire those around us to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow!’
Recover is a North Carolina based company that first opened their doors in 2010, when recent college grad Bill Johnston and family friend, John Riddle, reconnected over a shared love of cycling, outdoor sports, and environmental sustainability. They were driven by this passion and a mission to develop sustainable apparel that would reduce plastic pollution and offer individuals an easy choice to participate in sustainable shopping choices. One of their missions is to actively work against marginalized production laborers by paying all employees livable wages and creating a safe work environment to encourage ethical initiatives within their business.
When it comes to sourcing and developing their clothing, Recover has developed strong partnerships among their local and international communities. Several of their clothing products, such as the classic tees and jackets, are all made within a 250-mile radius of North Carolina; similarly, all the 100% recycled plastic and upcycled cotton products are also sourced from the same local zone. This emphasis on a small radius and local initiatives demonstrates their prioritization of education, community, and reducing carbon emissions – all goals which align closely with our desired message.
However, Recover recognizes the environmental and social responsibility that accompanies international trades and they have partnered with Haiti and Guatemala to develop sustainable and ethical relationships. In Haiti, their boutique apparel factory pays their employees more than 65% the industry average, and their partnership with Global Orphan Project allocates resources to orphan prevention within the surrounding area. In Guatemala, Recover is powered by biomass from local forestry waste, and they actively work to invest in communities in Guatemala with educational support and professional mentorship opportunities.
Alongside their social and ethical decisions, Recover prioritizes the need to minimize their environmental footprint in every avenue of their business. When it comes to their clothing production, they utilize plastic in creative ways to upcycle and develop their products. To produce one t-shirt, they repurpose 8 plastic bottles which are shredded into small flakes, melted into pellets, and extruded into yarn to be knit, cut, and sewn into a shirt. Across these initiatives and many others, they have diverted over 12 million plastic bottles from the landfill, saved over 47 million KWH of energy, saved 19 million lbs of CO2 emissions, and saved 3.26 billion gallons of water.
We are proud to be working with Recover as our new manufacturer and we cannot wait to bring you some of their t-shirts, hoodies, toques, and much more, very soon. Keep an eye out for our first Recover product, the beanie, which will appear in our online stores in the near future!