How challenging has it been to maintain your eco principles?
Maintaining our eco principles is essential; however, we have faced countless challenges in trying to do sustainable business in an industry that is inherently unsustainable. For decades the fashion industry has operated a 'make-take-dispose' model that is intrinsically flawed, operating without the fair treatment of people or planet at its core and with closed doors and secrecy being the status quo. My team at Maggie Marilyn and I are all eternal optimists and will continue to do everything in our power to transform our industry; however, I am also not naive to the fact that we can’t do this alone. We need to work together to create the scale of change our industry needs.
What have been your biggest milestones and triumphs until now?
Our first big eco milestone was our transition to using fully biodegradable bags for all our wholesale shipping. It was so upsetting to ethically and sustainably manufacture our clothing and then slap each individual garment in plastic to send to our wholesalers. We knew there had to be another way! Other big milestones were launching our Sustainability Strategy and our Sustainability microsite on the Maggie Marilyn website. On our microsite you can find in-depth information about our manufacturers, suppliers, fabrics, our challenges, goals and even a section on how to care for your clothes so that they can live a long and happy life!