Supply Chain

Our fabric is grown in the world’s hemp textile capital; Heilongjiang, China. We are grateful to be sourcing our fabric from leading professionals who are passionate about constantly advancing their knowledge and skills within this field to create a more sustainable future with hemp as a textile.

When the hemp is ready to be harvested, the long fibres inside the stalks are then separated from the bark of the plant, this process is referred to as “retting”. These fibres are then spun into a continuous thread that can be woven into a fabric. Once the fibres have been spun, it is then knitted using special machinery (see video below) with our GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and 5% spandex to allow for stretch. However we are working towards using recycled spandex fibres to be blended into our garments in the near future to create a more sustainable fabric and closed loop system. Unfortunately right now as a small start up we don’t have the capabilities to create fabrics from scratch, so we are working with the best quality fabrics that are available to us in the current market until we can change that for ourselves.

Once the fabric is knitted into our beautiful soft and durable hemp organic cotton it is sent to our garment makers who are a small family run business who we have been working with since 2019 and are proud to be supporting a company that we have watched expand and build itself up from the ground like us. 

As we work towards carbon neutrality, we are committed to minimising our environmental impact every step of the way. That’s why it is important to us to have chosen a manufacturer down the road from where our fabric is produced. By keeping our production localised to one province; Hangzhou, China means we aren’t shipping our garments all over the world before it’s delivered to your door. Our goal is to minimize our carbon footprint every step of the way throughout our production line to the best of our capabilities.

All Natural

At Hempire Collective we are proud to be using all natural plant material collected here in Australia to create sustainable eco-friendly dyes for our intimates and our earth. It is important to us that we use natural dyes on our garments and vital that we have full control over how our wastewater is managed as mass production dye houses are currently a massive problem occurring in countries where manufacturing is cheap and chemical dying is not considered to be of environmental impact. Most countries don’t have the right infrastructure to dispose of waste water effectively and therefore contributing to being a key factor in polluting our waterways. By keeping our dying on shore here in Australia and small scale, not only is every piece uniquely crafted it is safer for your intimates to be breathing in natural dyes too. 

Sustainable Packaging

Once our garments are dyed here in Australia we package all our garments in recycled paper and send them out in biodegradable post bags.

We use the original comPOST Pack – a certified home compostable, fully biodegradable mailing satchel partly made from plants.

As an organisation we are extremely conscious of our carbon footprint. But as the saying goes, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”, so in early 2020 Better Packaging undertook a full audit of their carbon emissions and now offset them by 120%. That’s what being ‘climate positive’ means!

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