SustainU was created by an ex Ford model, Chris Yura. From studying business while in school and being in the world of high fashion, he learned quite a few things about the industry.
Those things being a) US jobs are diminishing and it’s important that we keep them here, rather than go overseas where wages are low and working conditions poor. And b) There is alot of waste that goes into making clothes. Waste of electricity, water, and the textiles themselves. So by creating a company that manufactures in the US and uses recycled materials and cuts back on carbon emissions, the entire process from job creation to manufacturing is great news.
As for my small part in this grand scheme, I am a Marketing and PR intern. I do cool marketing things like run errands, blog, research other news in sustainablity, and tweet. As for the PR sector, I contact organizations and schools and try to get them involved in the green movement so that maybe they’ll be interested in the clothes we produce.
I’ll give you a tour. Also, keep in mind that we’ve maybe been in this location for a month. So things are crazy.
Boxes are always EVERYWHERE. Since we’re preparing storage areas, they just sit and then are moved, and then MORE boxes come in!
This bank of windows holds such potential once the retail store is opened. My visual merchandising mind’s gears are turning!
Where I work – it’s cozy and will be even more so once our conference table is finished.
What’s cool about their set up, is the office in the front half of the building and seperated by glass windows is the screen printing sector. We get to watch them work and hear all the little robot noises the machines make. Really cool.
They can easily go through printing that pile of shirts in a day.
First thing that caught my eye – a coat tree made up of golf clubs and hangers!
The shelves I slaved away on. I am not a handywoman. But after that day, maybe I am. They’re all sanded and stained now with nice, neat piles of shirts on them. I’ll have to post a picture, I’m so proud.