Geana Sieburger of GDS Cloth Goods: Making Products at the Intersection of Design, Sustainability and Community

Founded by Geana Sieburger, GDS Cloth Goods makes clothing, workwear and Ebb reusable coffee filters for people who want to see change in the world. Believing that knowing the makers of our textile goods is as important as understanding the route of food from farm to table, they make products at the intersection of design, sustainability and community. It’s their mission to contribute to the restoration of our environment and a more equitable fashion and textile industry. Here Geana shares how they produce their products, breaking down their process from sourcing to end-of-life.

Origin

Textiles made from natural fibers are agricultural products too, so we carry our food values over into our values in sourcing textiles–no insecticides, no herbicides, yes organic, yes recycled, always biodegradable! We work with farms and mills not to elevate our products to unattainable levels of preciousness, but to know the people behind the scenes. Labor exploitation is still an institutional part of the textile and fashion industry so we stand in unison with other badass brands, saying: “products can be made in a way that values the environment and people!”

“We’re committed to designing pieces that will be your favorite apron, go-to coffee filter, and everyday garment so you’ll want to keep them in your life for decades.”

Production

Ethical production requires transparency on all levels. In order for a new fashion industry to rise from where it stands today, designers must communicate their values honestly with their production partners just as much as they should with their customers. Those values trickle down within the industry as they do outward with users of products.

We work with a local contract-sewing house to produce some of our goods, while some are still produced in-house. This allows us to offer more products and grow our studio. At the same time, we support a family-owned contract-sewing house that depends on small designers to stay in business.

Wear/Use

Our deepest wish is that you will wear/use our goods to your hearts and work’s content. These pieces are designed and sewn to last so you can fully be you and do you when you use any of our pieces. We spend a lot of time thinking about labor–how good fulfilling work is part of the recipe for happiness and how we can contribute to that in your lives. We believe garments and objects can be transformative and have the power to help us engage with the task at hand in more intentional and meaningful ways.

Care

Yes, care is about laundry, but it’s also much more than that. It’s about empathy for the people and resources that have allowed a small luxury in your life. Care is an investment of effort on your part and ours to allow the item to last as long as possible in its best condition. Little things, like washing your pieces in cold water and air drying instead of tossing them in the dryer every time, will make your aprons and garments last many times longer in a condition you’d be proud to re-gift.

And when things need repair, contact us to have them brought back to working condition.

Reuse

End of life is something we think a lot about! We’re committed to designing pieces that will be your favorite apron, go-to coffee filter, and everyday garment so you’ll want to keep them in your life for decades. Our goods are also made from natural fibers and will biodegrade with total ease. We encourage re-gifting, reselling, and clothes swaps, which keep clothes in circularity, out of landfills, and help everyone buy less new clothes.

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