Caring for the planet and our community.

Sustainability Practices

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. 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 are collaborating with local researchers and students to find the best ways to repurpose our scrap materials and leverage up-cycled textiles.

Carmina saves all fabric scraps for donation to fabric recycling programs and charitable causes, moving us toward a plan to be zero-waste.

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 recent Canadians with little to no English language and college students.

 

Carmina shares “both the company and the 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.”

 

 

Partnerships

Carmina de Young has benefited from a partnership with the Centre for Social Enterprise and the Environment at Goodwill Industries. CEO, Michelle Quintyn shares: “Goodwill is proud to support  entrepreneurs, like Carmina,  to build their business, providing production space, administrative support, logistics, and business mentorship.”

The production space supplied by Goodwill has provided needed support to help the business grow. In addition to creating her own line, Carmina manages a micro-production business, helping other local designers and small and mid-size garment businesses manufacture their lines locally.

 

Beginning in September 2017, our manufacturing division, Goodwill Industries and the Fanshawe College Fashion Design program will be collaborating on a project funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to research the most efficient practices for small-batch garment manufacturing. This research will work to bring opportunities for this type of garment manufacturing to Southwestern Ontario, while giving students a chance to learn what is required in designing and manufacturing a fashion line in Canada.

This service will be of interest to local clothing designers and product developers, marketing companies, and entrepreneurs, who require production of smaller quantities.

Engaging with our community will always be an integral part of what we do at Carmina de Young.