While we know we have an infinite road ahead of us towards being 100% sustainable in every facet of our business, we are actively trying to use more and more sustainable fabrics, trim (buttons and labels), and packaging. We’re also 100% committed to only working with manufacturers that provide their employees with the best working conditions and treat them fairly with wages, practices and facilities as well as donating time and profits to organizations that fight injustices we care deeply about.
We have always made fabrics a priority in terms of finding the perfect combination of traits for each garment we produce. We are currently in the process of sourcing the most sustainable fabrics we can to replace any current fabric in production that is not considered sustainable.
Some things we do now or in the pipeline include:
1) Board shorts made from recycled bottles.
2) Recycled poly shipping bags.
3) Recycled polyester button ups.
4) Water based dyes and graphics for our Primo Tees.
5) Switch to Organic Cotton, Tencel, Modal, Recycled Poly for all products.
BUTTONS & TRIM
We have recently switched over all our buttons for our Premium Button Ups to either Low Impact coconut or Corozo Buttons. Corozo is a 100% natural product which is similar in consistency to a hard resin. Also known as tagua, it is often referred to as "vegetable ivory." At a microscopic level, corozo is made up of very tightly wound organic fibers which give it excellent durability and scratch resistance. Its porous nature allows colors to penetrate deep into the surface which makes it an excellent material for dyeing. Corozo is also well known for its elegant natural grain; a unique pattern that, much like a fingerprint, ensures no two buttons are exactly alike. The following are some other advantages of using Corozo:
100% Natural, Non-toxic, child safe. Dry-clean, washable, Scratch and high temperature resistant. Impact resistant - will not crack or splinter. Unique Natural grain
We have flown all over the earth to meet with the owners, managers and seamstresses in the factories that we employ to produce our products. We ensure each factory treats every one of their employees with respect, provide above average working conditions, and pay above average wages. We will not tolerate working with factories that do not hold the highest standards of decency for their workforce.
Future Goals for 2021
On-board only new factories that have the proper Fair-Trade, Organic and Other Designated Best Practices certifications.
Mandate every factory sign and abide by the following:
Restricted Substance & Material List-
Waste Material Management (i.e. Masks)-
Employee Protection Contract With Suppliers
100% of Baja Llama vendors will sign and comply with our code of conduct which outlines all of the above requirements and restrictions.
We will also help support all of our smaller manufacturers to become Fair Trade Certified™
We have made it our mission from day 1 to do what we can with the resourses we have to donate or directly help organizations that fight air and ocean pollution, animal poaching and deforestation.
Some of the organizations we support include: