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What Makes éclipse Apparel Sustainable?

As an apparel company, we are aware of the waste that clothing manufacturing creates and we are sensitive to our place and role in the planet’s ecosystem. Earth is our biggest priority, so we focus on thoughtful consumption and sustainable business practices. 

It all begins with the design of our clothing. We help our customers pare down the clothing they wear through our designs as well as resources such as the Slow Fashion Guide. By making clothing that is both physically and emotionally durable, we limit the amount of clothing being retired or thrown away.  By making the pieces versatile we limit the amount of clothing being purchased in the first place. 

Next, we focus on manufacturing. We use recycled fabric, a fabric that uses less water and energy than regular polyester and gives single-use plastic a new life. All of our pieces are sewn locally and manufactured ethically. Review our Supplier Code of Conduct to understand our manufacturing standards. Furthermore, we work with a Bluesign system partner to ensure we meet the highest safety in chemicals standards and maintain the safety and health of our manufacturers.

But we don't stop there! Shipping out our clothing also has an environmental effect. The is why we offset our customer's shipping carbon footprint by planting a tree with each order. Even the smallest details need to be taken care of; we are currently transitioning to compostable/recyclable packing and shipping materials.

Even after eclipse clothing leaves our shop, it doesn't stop being our responsibility. That's why éclipse has a take-back program, where we take back garments to keep clothing out of landfills. Additionally, we save our fabric scraps for recycling back into textiles. Only 1% of clothing is made back into textiles so we are proud to be part of this circular approach to fashion.

Meet our éclipse Advisory Board; a band of experts who help make éclipse better. It takes a village!

Bonnie Ballantyne I'm a farmer's daughter who went to Harvard, studied Human Development, married, had two children, went to work as a statistician, advertising executive, researcher and Market Analyst. Divorced, finished Masters in HD at U of Il, remarried, added 2 step-children ran a design firm with husband, Kelso. Big Bank red-lining killed our business in Springfield, Il and I went back to corporate ad biz in LA (Marketing and Research Director Y&R West / Dancer Fitzgerald Sample). My employers got bought by foreign competitors (Dentsu/Saatchi Saatchi). Tried teaching at USC but, at $2,300 a semester, couldn't afford the job. Moved to TX so Kelso could work for his dad, building banks. 1984, no jobs in TX so commuted to St. Louis, working on projects for MARC. Had it with TX, headed for CO. 1986, no jobs in CO. Ran Evergreen PRSA stables, cooked at the Mark Singer, River Sage and Observatory. Did consulting for local banks until I went to work for US West as as Advertising Research Director, then to Russia/Eastern Europe as Business Development Strategist. Left in 1993. Went to mountains to heal my corporate wounds. Ended up building geodesic domes. In 2000, siren voice of the corporate world (cha-ching) called and I marched into high tech at McDATA as Market Analyst and Business Development Strategist. Retired from the corporate world in 2004. 

After my son, Adam Stetson, died in 2011, I wrote Crocodile Goes Out, a children's book in 3 languages: English, Spanish and Maya, published by Amazon. In May of 2015, Kelso and I were living in Playa del Carmen, MX, when I had an opportunity to return to my roots, the farm. This time the farm was called la Quinta, and it was in Portugal. When our 90 day EU visas expired, we returned to Playa del Carmen. 

In 2016, we moved back to the Prospect neighborhood of Longmont, CO, where we have lived intermittently since 2000. After retirement from McDATA, I continue to consult with organizations, friends and family on various business ventures.  I look forward to more opportunities to share ideas and experience with others in the future.

 

Shelly Gottschamer is an apparel supply chain veteran, who understands the reality of how social and environmental policies translate on both the factory floor and the bottom line. Starting with Levis San Francisco, Shelly has served in sourcing/sustainability roles with leading global brands, including Patagonia, Crocs, and Canada Goose.  As Chief Sustainability Officer with OuterKnown, Shelly led this startup through FLA accreditation before manufacturing began – an FLA first.   Her industry work includes chair or co-chair of working groups with SLCP and the Accelerating Circularity Project, and advisor to the Outdoor Industry Association. Shelly is currently Managing Director at TreadleTree.com.

 

 

Jo Ann Hair is a change architect and agent, Jo Ann enables organizations and leaders to unleash potential, and realize future possibilities - in people, effectiveness and impact. A tri-sector leader with 20 years' experience in leadership development, change management, strategy, transformation, organizational effectiveness, development and design, Jo Ann enables Fortune 500, government, foundation & non-profit leaders to embrace complexity, pivot and transform.

She helps leaders globally, in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean & the US enhance impact by adopting new practices & technologies, strategic alignment, integrating post-merger, & managing operating model & culture changes. Jo Ann practices human-centered design, scenario planning and Prosci/ADKAR Change Management.

Jo Ann leads strategic change initiatives across sectors and in complex organizations - from Ball Corp & PepsiCo's IT to AT&T's BI Transformation, to WK Kellogg Foundation Learning & Impact, and Danone NA (formerly WhiteWave Foods) Business Transformation. She's consulted with Accenture, The Monitor Company, The North Highland Company, Hitachi and Point B.

Jo Ann facilitated participatory, community-based strategy with the new Denver Youth Coordinating Council, Mayor's Office, HIV/AIDS, NYC & Dallas, led Sustainable Development for Igoli 2010, Johannesburg, with the Monitor Company, and built & managed transformational capacity-building programs with Vietnam and UNDP.

Her passion for social impact and innovation are realized through The Alliance for Food & Health (AFH), EFAA, Boulder CO, and previously with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, TechnoServe, Women’s World Banking, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Jo Ann earned her BA in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her Master’s degree from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Economic and Political Development, specialty in sustainability - where she later taught project management and the Master’s theses courses.

 

Nichole Jones is an Ayurvedically inspired Life Coach specializing in Women's Emotional Well-being. I use yoga, mindfulness, Brainspotting, energy work, and a client-centered approach to help clients achieve optimal functioning.

 

Patrick Stratton is an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the sports industry. Strong business development professional skilled in management, sustainability, team building, product design, development and sourcing.