Manufacturing and Production "Buzzwords"
(and What They Mean to Lys)
Fair Trade is an organized movement founded to promote standards of environmentalism and fair wages, alleviate global poverty and ensure that companies negotiate with the growers, manufacturers and producers of products for a fair price. This social-responsibility movement focuses on exports from developing countries. Lys seeks out producers who abide by Fair Trade principles (some officially "certified" and others not).
Fiber-Reactive Dyes are the most eco-friendly of synthetic dyes. They are sometimes called "low-impact", but because they are petro-chemical in nature, they do have an adverse impact on the environment. While not perfect, fiber-reactive dyes are the best available option until something better is developed or until "natural" dyeing is available on a commerical scale.
The Garment Center, also known as the Garment District or Fashion District, is the mile-square area of Manhattan that is home to tens of thousands of fashion-related jobs. The Garment Center has been in decline, partly due to non-conducive zoning laws. Lys clothes are made in the Garment Center and many finishing materials are sourced there.
Made in NYC means that Lys clothes are sewn and finished in New York City, thus supporting local industry and employment. Find us listed in the official "Made in NYC" directory! http://www.madeinnyc.org
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For human beings it describes the potential for long-term maintenance of our wellbeing as a species, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.