our story

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Who are we?

Esfera was created in the wake of the rising Fashion Revolution. With fashion being one of the most polluting industries in the world, it was clear to us that change needs to happen & it has to happen fast. We’re proud to play even a small part in this revolution towards a sustainable future.

 

Who made our clothes?

We are working with local artisans in the city of Erode in South India, to create our handloom crafted, organic fabrics. This technique is very quickly being lost to mechanisation so the work is particularly important to these older-generation artisans, as it keeps their remarkable tradition alive. The wellbeing of these workers is an utmost priority and is constantly ensured by Nishanth Chopra, who is responsible for overseeing our production in Tamil Nadu. 

The handloom technique is something epic to behold. Once sustainably grown crop fibres are spun into yarn, the artisans are ready to weave. Although it’s more time consuming than using a machine, the meticulous process barely uses any power, relying instead on a great deal of skill and experience.

The tailors that cut and sew our pieces are paid a living wage or above and again, their wellbeing is held as a priority.

 

 

 

 

What does “sustainable fashion” mean to us? 

For us, sustainable fashion means creating clothing that respects both people & the planet, from the production of raw material (working with organic farmers), to design and manufacturing (a zero-waste process), all the way to delivery (with carbon neutral couriers) and our clothing’s end-of-life (in which we offer free advice on repairs & recycling). We ensure that our business model is one that works with nature rather than against it and can be sustained without causing harm to the planet.

 

What is the importance of “regenerative fashion”?

 Sustainability is undoubtedly a major priority for our brand. But we have recently asked the question “is it really enough to just be sustainable?” and have come back with the answer “no”.

While two of the best ways to be sustainable is reducing and reusing, one of the single most effective ways to actively reverse climate change is through Regenerative Agriculture. Pioneers of this form of farming maintain that the reversal of climate change is reliant upon the rebuilding of organic matter in our soil and the restoration of degraded soil biodiversity. This method has proven to be incredibly effective in sequestering carbon (capturing and storing excess carbon dioxide in our atmosphere) and enabling the soil to absorb/retain much more water (= water is conserved & flooding is reduced = big environmental win).

Regenerative Fashion falls into the intersection between farming and fashion, since fibres are cultivated to make fabric. The term can be applied to businesses that are actively supporting best, regenerative farming practices in the mammoth mission to restore the health of our planet’s precious soil. Regenerative fashion is something that we are sure to see much more of in the near future and Esfera will be looking out for opportunities to receive certifications for ‘Regenerative Fibres’. Watch this space! 

 

How is Regenerative Agriculture practiced? Answer: many ways, but here are a few:

Using compost rather than synthetic fertiliser

Planting natural windbreaks (e.g. rows of trees at the edge of a field to shelter it from wind, preventing soil erosion)

Avoiding the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides

Rotating crops to optimise nutrients in the soil

Intercropping (growing two or more crops in the same space at the same time)

Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash

 

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