Sustainability & Ethics
At Lazy Cat Closet, all our clothing is made in Canada in small batches from sustainable fabrics. Below are sustainability and ethics statements from the lines we carry.
Brenda Laine Design's Sustainability & Ethics Statement:
Diane Kennedy Sustainability Statement
Cherry Velvet Ethics Statement
Gilmour Clothing Sustainability Statement
Sustainability is more than ever a part of our modern era. Here is concretely how we put sustainability at the core of our creative process.
Since the beginning, we believe in a concious approach to fashion, which originates from our desire to limit our impact on the environment. To do so, we prioritize three types of fabrics :
- New sustainable fabrics and/or certified organic (Tencel, Org. Cotton)
- New natural fabrics, that do not require the use of pesticides (Linen, Wool)
- Reclaimed deadstock fabrics from fashion houses that over-ordered
For starters, all our herbal ingredients are sourced from local, organic farms within British Columbia, Canada. We also ensure that our carrier oils and essential oils are sourced within Canada, specifically being purchased from the reputable New Directions Aromatics based out of Ontario, Canada.
Furthermore, we choose to use glass jars and bottles for product packaging as glass materials are more likely to be reused and recycled by the public. Notably, we do not have additional boxes or plastic shrink wraps for lids all in the name of helping the environment.
To encourage reuse of our bottles and jars, all glass containers are dishwasher safe and our labels are removable. Last but not least, we proudly reuse all packaging material we receive from our fellow wholesalers and distributors in the hopes that they will do the same.
At Fern & Petal, we bottle all of our essential oils locally in Vancouver, BC. All of our products use all-natural ingredients, meaning there are no dyes, no fragrances and no synthetic preservatives in any product.
We care about nature and our communities; thats why with every purchase, we donate $1 to plant a tree. Working together, Fern & Petal wants to help improve the world for everyone.
At Margaret M, we value contributing to the development of our country. That’s part of the reason we’ve decided to make all our products here in Canada. We also feel better knowing that our pieces meet all Canadian healthy and safety standards; that our slimming pants have travelled less and have made a smaller carbon footprint, and that the people who manufacture our clothes are well-treated and enjoy good work conditions.
We proudly produce our garments in Canada and do our part in supporting the North American economy.
"MeMi Collective - the fashion brand that believes that what you wear should bring you joy, regardless of gender identity. Our timeless and versatile apparel is designed for anyone who puts it on and feels a sense of happiness. Based in Nanaimo, BC, our designs are simple yet sophisticated, perfect for any occasion.
But we don't just stop at style - we believe that clothing should have a conscience. That's why we use primarily fabric made from sustainable fibers and manufacture everything ethically and locally in Vancouver, BC. So not only will you look good in MeMi Collective, but you can feel good too."
Birds began in a tiny live/work studio in Victoria, BC, in 2007 before Hayley and her partner, Neil, moved to Montreal in 2008 in order to have better access to suppliers and clothing manufacturing. They connected with an incredible team of cutters and sewers in the historic garment district of Chabanel with whom they continue to work to this day. Since the brand’s inception, every item of Birds' clothing has been proudly and ethically made in Canada.
In 2015, the Birds studio moved to the Junction Triangle in Toronto where all of the design, pattern making, grading, marker making and stock processing takes place. Their original team in Montreal still cuts and sews all of their clothing.
Birds of North America also offers their "Re Nesting" Program
To facilitate a more circular and sustainable life for each of the pieces we produce, we've created a repurchasing program at Birds! If you have any Birds styles - recent or vintage, worn or unworn, damaged or pristine - we will welcome them back from you in exchange for a small credit towards a future purchase!
Two of the things we've come to realize about Birds pieces over the years are
1. they usually last a very long time
2. they are often much-loved and can be hard to part with when you don't know where they're going!
We hope our ReNesting program will be a solution for you! Anything you bring back to us will be entered into our ReNesting program where it will be directed into one of the following channels:
This avenue is for items that are in re-sellable condition. They will be laundered, photographed, repaired, and listed for resale on our website in the ‘ReNests’ section so they can find loving new homes! A portion of each sale with be donated to the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Since launching the ReNesting Program in March of 2021, we have donated a total of $1358.40!
This channel is for items that are too severely degraded or damaged to be resold. We'll either salvage fabric and trimmings from these items to included in our scrap bundles, or donate these pieces to various local charities who raise money through the sale of recycled textiles.
ON- Demand Production
What does pre-order mean for you?
You get the exactly the same product with a little extra wait (well worth it). You get to shop responsibly and save a few bucks.
What does pre-order mean for us?
We get to produce products responsibility, on demand, at a limited edition status while joining the movement towards reducing overproduction within our industry.
All orders are processed within 1 to 3 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after receiving your order confirmation email. You will receive another notification when your order has shipped.
You can skip the shipping fees with free local pickup at our Cow Bay Store. After placing your order and selecting local pickup at checkout, your order will be prepared and ready for pick up within 1 to 3 business days. We will send you an email when your order is ready along with instructions.
Our in-store pickup hours are 1-5 on Tuesday - Sunday. Please have your order confirmation email with you when you come.
At this time, we do not ship outside of Canada and the US, but please contact us if you would like to purchase from another country.
How do I check the status of my order?
When your order has shipped, you will receive an email notification from us which will include a tracking number you can use to check its status. Please allow 48 hours for the tracking information to become available.
If you haven’t received your order within 14 days of receiving your shipping confirmation email, please contact us at email@example.com with your name and order number, and we will look into it for you.
We accept returns if the item is unused and in its original condition, within 14 days of receipt and we will refund the full order amount minus the shipping costs for the return.
In the event that your order arrives damaged in any way, please email us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number and a photo of the item’s condition. We address these on a case-by-case basis but will try our best to work towards a satisfactory solution.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com