Made by Caring Canadians
The Carmina de Young team believes that women want quality and comfortable fashion without sacrificing the environment. The apparel industry is the second highest carbon emitter globally, demanding radical industry change. We are a leader in Canadian made sustainable fashion. Our commitment to the environment is so deeply rooted in everything we do, that we incorporated our company with a legal commitment to equally balance people, planet and profit.
We primarily use fabrics such as bamboo, modal, hemp, linen and organic cotton, which all use minimal pesticides and water for production.
Since 2015, all fabric scraps from our London, Ontario production studio have been saved and donated to fabric recyclers, resulting in over 500 pounds of waste saved from the landfill, the equivalent of over 50 trees grown for 10 years!
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Caring for the planet and our community.
At Carmina de Young, environmental sustainability is a core business practice. We seek to do our part to ensure our planet and all its abundant resources are here for generations to come.
We believe that every business must consider caring for the environment in the products and services offered to the world. Owner and Designer, Carmina Young explains: “Our clients want to know their garment purchases promote sustainability and community, without sacrificing quality and comfort. We focus as much on people and planet as we do profit – ensuring that our business decisions are thoughtful about the impact we are having on our community and on our earth.”
We source as many eco-friendly fabrics as possible, buying from suppliers that carry the GRS Cold Level Certification for recycled polyester and GOTS Global Organic Textile Standard for natural fibers. These standards ensure proper water treatment, no toxic additives or harmful finishes and rights for their workers.
Our collections feature organic cottons that minimize water usage and sustainable fabrics such as bamboo, modal and tencel. We make it our responsibility to understand how our end-to-end design and manufacturing process impact our use of our finite resources in the textile creation processes, while researching waste reduction practices. We save all fabric scraps for donation to local creative professional and fabric recycling programs, moving us toward a plan to be zero-waste. Keeping to small batch manufacturing helps to reduce pollution and carbon emissions unlike the large manufacturing companies throughout the world.
In the Community
Since the inception of her company Carmina has found ways to give back to her community. The company has provided opportunities for employment to those facing barriers to employment. This has included staff who are young mothers needing flexible working hours, recent Canadians and college students.
Carmina shares “both the company and our staff benefit from employment practices that meet people where they are at and when both sides work hard to make it work, it can’t help but be a successful working relationship.”
Carmina de Young is a tenant at the Centre for Social Enterprise and the Environment at Goodwill Industries. Goodwill has been an ally and supporter of Carmina de Young since 2015.
We also provide small batch manufacturing to local designers, having supported more than a dozen local companies in the production of their products locally.
In 2017, we partnered with Goodwill Industries and Fanshawe College Fashion Design program in a collaboration to research the most efficient practices for small-batch garment manufacturing. This research has helped us hone our production processes while giving students a chance to learn.
Engaging with our community will always be an integral part of what we do at Carmina de Young.