In 2017 my family and I made the decision to leave our city life and start a new chapter, living on a small, sustainable farm in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. We craved a deeper connection with nature, one where we learnt to live in harmony with the land. I carried with me on our new adventure my love of fashion design and dreamt of weaving it into my new life.
Having spent nearly twenty years in the fashion industry, I knew its impacts on the environment and its people all too well. The fast fashion cycle in my experience values profit over everything else as it pushes through new styles at incredible rates, disregarding longevity, sustainability and creating waste.
Now in our new home, I was inspired to rejoin the fashion world, but only in a way that would contribute positive change in the industry. Tasi Travels aligned perfectly with my beliefs that beautiful timeless clothing should never be at the expense of our world and its people. The Tasi Travels ethos of creating versatile pieces to wander through life in, removing the need for excess, spoke right to my heart.
At Tasi Travels we’re committed to constantly learning, growing and evolving so our practices are as environmentally friendly as possible. We commit ourselves to honesty, transparency and accountability whilst treading lightly on the earth. We conduct ourselves with integrity and empathy for those around us. We invite you to be part of our story and together, make the world a better place.
SUSTAINABILITY & RESPONSIBILITY
OUR VALUES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES
A core part of the Tasi Travels ethos is minimalism; less but better. We create timeless styles in limited amounts that will last a lifetime of travels and don't harm the environment in their production. We choose to operate under a slow fashion model, so we design to replace the need to consume, simply by making clothes that last and will be relevant for years to come.
- To only use fabrics based on sustainably sourced fibres and manufacturing processes.
- To treat the people that help us create our garments with respect and dignity.
- To promote sound ecological practices and awareness.
- To support local and global, environmental and social initiates.
- To hold ourselves accountable through transparency.
The entire Tasi Travels collection is designed and made in Queensland, Australia. We are very proud to support our talented local seamstress and pattern maker, with all garments made within 30km from the Tasi Travels Studio. We have built close and trusting relationships with our makers, who set their own hourly pay rates at a liveable wage standard. We work tirelessly together to ensure that fabric wastage is always considered and kept to a minimum. Our completely transparent production model not only helps to benefit other local Australian businesses, but it also helps to reduce fossil fuel emissions by minimising the need for excess logistics and freight transport.
We are committed to helping protect our natural environment by donating 1% of all sales to 1% for the Planet®, and also planting 1 Tree for every item sold with our partners at 1TreePlanted to support the reforestation of Australian bushfire affected areas.
Here at the Tasi Travels Studio, we are passionate about the circular fashion zero waste model, as two-thirds of a garment’s environmental impact is determined on the basis of its fabric. We care about creating durable 100% vegan garments with low impact fibres that can be worn and loved for as long as possible. In a circular model, when a garment is exhausted and unable to be recycled and repurposed, its fabric should be compostable to help to renew life. Therefore at Tasi Travels we will only work with fabrics such as TENCEL™ and Modal® that have the ability to biodegrade and give back to the earth.
Our primary fabric is a beautiful textile called TENCEL™, which is part of the Lyocell family and one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics available. TENCEL™ is generated from sustainably grown wood cellulose from the eucalyptus tree. These eucalyptus trees are grown on marginal land unsuitable for food crops and are grown with minimal water, using sustainable forestry initiatives. The cellulose is treated in a closed-loop system, meaning no waste is produced and the solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%.
One of the most outstanding qualities of TENCEL™ is its ability to enhance breathability. The smooth surface of the fibre absorbs and releases moisture efficiently, supporting the body's natural thermal regulation. It is an exceptionally soft fabric, with a smooth and cool feeling against the skin. TENCEL™ is more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen, making it perfect for all of life's adventures.
Lenzing Certified Modal®
Lenzing Modal® is a soft yet strong sustainable fabric that is manufactured in a closed loop process ( using Edelweiss® fibre technology) by spinning reconstituted cellulose from the pulp of Beech trees. These special trees are a completely natural and sustainable raw material as they multiply by "rejuvenation" which means that the trees propagate by themselves without artificial irrigation or planting. Because of the above reasons, we choose to only work with Lenzing Modal®, being the most ecological and clean Modal available.
Modal is similar to TENCEL™ in it’s softness, breathability and moisture absorption, but Modal has a slightly more delicate feel and is often made into lighter-weight fabrics than TENCEL™. Modal, like TENCEL™, biodegrades at the end of its life cycle.
Conventional cotton is a nasty crop, around 25% of the world's insecticide consumption is used for conventional cotton. Highly toxic pesticides are commonly used in growing cotton and the drift from aerial spraying can be very harmful to farm workers, wildlife and nearby communities. Regular cotton is also grown on the same soil over and over, which degrades the quality of the soil and removes nutrients, resulting in very unhealthy crops that require more water and heavy irrigation. Organic cotton crops however are rotated from one soil to another, resulting in healthier crops that require far less irrigation and water wastage. Organic cotton also does not use any harmful pesticides or insecticides. Our organic cotton is made right here in Australia, in Spotswood Victoria by an accredited Ethical Clothing Australia company. Our organic cotton is GOTS certified.