At Deiji Studios, sustainability and social conscience is considered integral to every facet of our company. We are a young business, and continue to learn and evolve, finding better practices and more efficient ways of doing this as we grow.
We embrace slow fashion, releasing products only when we are 100% sure it is something we love and would have in our wardrobes for years to come. We are not driven by trend or profit, we are driven by the pursuit of an innate sense of style that defies age and time..
In this model we believe our customers will have a product they can continue to work into their existing wardrobe and pass down through the generations.
These fabrications are naturally hypoallergenic and have unique anti-bacterial properties, making them highly breathable and even more importantly, they are 100% biodegradable.
The Deiji shearling slides are made from 100% mongolian shearling (sheep) made in an accredited factory, audited by WRAP.
Synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are made from chemicals using industrial processes which emit more chemical waste, are typically more energy dependent, emit higher volumes greenhouse gasses, and are far harder to recycle and dispose of.
AT THE WAREHOUSE IN BYRON BAY
We aim to minimise the use of unnecessary electricity in our warehouse, generally allowing it to naturally heat and cool (with the exception of extreme temperature days where our staff require basic heating and cooling for comfort).
We use recycled/environmentally friendly product within our warehouse and offices, and use these sparingly. We use recycled paper in our postcards, invoices, and swingtags we which are tied to garments without unnecessary safety pins.
In place of conventional plastic, all product arrives at our warehouse within boxes in cornstarch packaging which is 100% home compostable. Our orders are then packed and sent out in biodegradable satchels, we are now also changing our postage labels over to a biodegradable option so the entire package can be composted by our customer.
Any waste we generate is consciously disposed of, recycled, reused or gifted where possible.
Community is a key touchpoint of our ethos at Deiji Studios. We aim to give back to our local community in any way possible – and we love to get involved in donating to fundraisers, charity events and local projects in and around the Byron Bay region.
We have recently partnered with Thread Together to donate any seconds, samples or end of line products to community members in need of a hand up.
We consciously manufacture our product in two small family run factories in China which we visit on a yearly basis, an amazing wind powered factory in Japan as well as our socks locally in Australia.
We are committed to assisting them and motivating them to enrich the lives of those who work on our garments, and their local communities. All workers are ensured a fair wage, good working conditions and hours. We care about them on a personal level and their health, wealth and happiness matters to us. We want them to build positive futures for themselves and their families – it is our hope that as a team we can rise together.
As the environment and our impact is of such importance to us, we visit the China based factories to ensure that this core value is being respected in the production of our garments/bedding also. Linen is softened by being washed with natural pumice stones, and all waste water is recycled and disposed of in ways that minimise environmental impact. The local government has recently raised its standard codes of practice also, meaning all factories must comply with these or they are shut down. We do not use any harmful AZO dyes in any of our fabrics. Scrap fabric is gathered in bundles and donated to local craftspeople, who use them to weave blankets and rugs.
Our Japanese towel manufacturer is powered entirely by renewable energy from the Noshiro and Tashirotai Wind Farms in Akita. The organic cotton is grown chemical-free and harvested by hand, sourced through a social project that supports independence for farms in disadvantaged communities.
We will continue to learn and evolve our practises for this new world with accountability and openness. Please get in contact if you have any suggestions for us to better our product, process or service. We welcome your feedback.