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Berkeley

Harvest & Mill

Harvest & Mill makes organic cotton clothing that is exclusively grown, milled, designed and sewn in the USA. We are rebuilding American textile supply chains with a focus on sustainable and ethical practices. We work directly with USA organic cotton farmers, American Heritage Mills, the San Francisco Bay Area sewing community and designers to create meaningful, sustainable and beautiful organic cotton clothing.

SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

Materials & Ingredients
We use organic cotton that is 100% grown, spun, knit and finished in the USA. We do not use wholesalers to source our fabric but rather we work directly with our supply chain to create our fabrics. This gives us a level of traceability, transparency and control over our materials that is rare in the industry. We use innovative processes to explore sustainable textile materials such as: 1) Organic Heirloom Cotton: cotton varieties that naturally grow brown, green and red thereby eliminating the need to dye textiles 2) We work with natural dye artisans who grow or forage their own dye materials, such as clay and organic indigo. 3) Most of our pieces are made using organic dye-free and bleach-free white cotton, celebrating the beauty of raw and natural cotton.

Packaging & Delivery
All of our shipping and packaging materials are plastic free, using a minimal amount of materials. We ship all of our orders in paper mailers and tissue paper that are both 100% compostable, recyclable and made from recycled paper. Our packaging design is a simple paper fold. Soy and vegetable inks are used in the printing process. These paper folds are made within 15 miles of our studio in Berkeley, California. The actual CO2 impact of shipping our orders to customers is offset each year through carbon credits.

Quality & Value
Harvest & Mill cotton clothing is made in our highly skilled local sewing community. Harvest & Mill clothing is designed to emphasize organic cotton’s natural softness and texture, free of toxic finishes. Much of our clothing is dye-free 100% organic cotton, which can be composted after its useful life.

Waste Reduction
During the manufacturing process, we sew all of our clothing in small batches and our patterns are designed to minimize fabric waste. All clothing that does not pass quality control tests is either donated or repurposed by partnering companies.

Local Supply Chains
Harvest & Mill’s design philosophy focuses on using local resources and rebuilding local textiles supply chains. All of our sewing is done by the highly skilled and talented sewing community in the San Francisco Bay Area, within 15 miles of our studio in Berkeley, California. We use a fully USA domestic supply chain, working with mills that are as physically close as possible. All of our organic cotton is fully grown, milled, designed and sewn within the USA.

Energy Efficiency
Our supply chain is designed to be energy efficient and have a low carbon footprint. Working with a 100% USA domestic supply chain means our materials travel a fraction of the distance, significantly reducing our carbon footprint. We also carbon offset all of our studio energy and shipping energy.

Goals & Aspirations
We hope to start up a large scale clothing composting network within the next year.

Certificates & Memberships
Member of Fibershed and Carbonfree®

ADDITIONAL READING LINKS
Harvest Mill Grown Sewn USA
California clay introduction
Organic heirloom brown collection

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